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Sidesplitter

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529350296

Price: £20

ON SALE: 16th September 2021

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

‘Phil Wang makes me laugh out loud with every single thing he does and this book is no exception’ JAMES ACASTER

‘An hilarious breath of fresh air’ AMY SCHUMER

‘Phil Wang is as original a writer as he is a comedian. Sidesplitter is predictably hilarious but also quietly moving’ SATHNAM SANGHERA

‘A razor-sharp dissection of cultural connections, divides and differences. And yes, it’s side-splittingly funny’ ADAM KAY

‘But where are you REALLY from?’

Phil Wang has been asked this question so many times he’s finally written a book about it.

In this mix of comic memoir and observational essay, one of the UK’s most exciting stand-up comedians reflects on his experiences as a Eurasian man in the West and in the East. Phil was born in Stoke-on-Trent, raised in Malaysia, and then came of age in Bath – ‘a spa town for people who find Cheltenham too ethnic’.

Phil takes an incisive look at what it means to be mixed race, as he explores the contrasts between cultures and delves into Britain and Malaysia’s shared histories, bringing his trademark cynicism and wit to topics ranging from family, food, and comedy to race, empire, and colonialism.

Reviews

A beautiful book about home, history and family. Told with Phil's trademark sharp wit and deadpan humour it captures the nuances of his experiences perfectly.
Tom Allen
Phil Wang is as original a writer as he is a comedian - Sidesplitter is predictably hilarious, but also quietly moving
Sathnam Sanghera
Phil Wang is one of my all time favorite comedians, a true original. His comedy and words here are a hilarious breath of fresh air we all need
Amy Schumer
Phil Wang runs headlong towards difficult subjects, firing off jokes as he goes. This brutally funny book will appeal to anyone who's ever felt like an outsider.
Helen Lewis
A razor-sharp dissection of cultural connections, divides and differences. And yes, it's side-splitting funny
Adam Kay
People often ask Phil Wang 'But where are you really from?' I can confirm, after reading Sidesplitter, that the answer is 'Funnyland'.
David Baddiel
Sidesplitter is elegantly written and unexpectedly moving
Observer Magazine
Funny and disarmingly moving... Britain's most original and promising young comedian
Times Magazine
A funny and moving look at what it means to be of dual heritage
Elizabeth Day
Eloquently laced with laughs and bittersweet observations.
BBC News
Phil Wang makes me laugh out loud with every single thing he does and this book is no exception
James Acaster
A terrific writer. I've laughed out loud at least once on every page
Victoria Coren Mitchell