As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince has spent decades mining human eccentricities to create gags - and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage he has sought - sometimes in vain - to understand the world around us. In his new book, he unites these pursuits to examine the human condition through the prism of humour.
Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? And is it all our parents’ fault? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors, Ince’s take is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind.
Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has won the Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Live show and has won three Chortle Awards. He has toured his stand up across the world both solo and with his radio double act partner, Professor Brian Cox. He is the radio critic for the Big Issue and writes a monthly column about science for Focus Magazine. He has two top-ten iTunes podcast series to his name.