Zen & The Art of Stand-up Comedy
Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy, is a crazy mix of unexpected events and people being in the right place at the right time. A tale of unlikely connections, it’s crowed with complementary, and not so complementary, characters who will make you laugh (or maybe even cry) in between shaking your head in bewilderment.
It’s a good yarn, sprinkled with names like Harry Shagman, Mickey Finn, Bungalow Bill, and of course the lovable Zen Warwickshire is the man at the centre of it all. Surrounded by Betsy, Sheila and a couple of rare gems, who each add their unique brand of wisdom, to help turn the novel into an amusing smorgasbord of human reactions.
This book describes a group of people involved in a local comedy club. The first third of the book develops the characters and the remaining two thirds is plot advancement mingled with stand up comedy narratives. I simply didn’t find any part of the book compelling. The humor didn’t sell me. It is British humor, so perhaps I missed the point. However I was not drawn into the book. Even the frequent sex was laid out (pardon the pun) like the description of the rest of the day's activities. As far as a descriptive narrative, it succeeds very well. But somehow the pieces didn’t fit together to make a compelling novel.