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Robin InceRobin Ince is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most accomplished and versatile comedians with a string of awards and media appearances to his name.

He instituted and hosted the show Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Hammersmith Apollo.  With Professor Brian Cox he writes and co-presenting the awared winning science show The Infinite Monkey Cage for BBC Radio 4 and appears regularly on Antony Gormley's One and Another (Sky Arts) and on Newsnight Review (BBC2). Robin was a regular on Richard and Judy, Channel 4 / UKTV and supported Ricky Gervais on his Fame tour. His first feature film (co-written with Carolyn Wilson) Razzle Dazzle was officially selected by the Berlin Film Festival and the New York Childrens Film Festival.

He was the Chortle Award Winner in 2009, Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award and nominated for the British Comedy Award’s Best Stage Show for Robin Ince's Book Club - a celebration of uniquely bad writing. Written with his co-The Infinite Monkey Cage presenter Brian Cox, HarperCollins published their How to Build a Universe in 2017.

Robin Ince's acclaimed I'm a Joke & So Are You was published by Atlantic Books in the UK in 2018.

His Happyness Through Science will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK in 2022.


Praise for I'm a Joke & So Are You


'Funny, Honest and Heart-warming.'

Matt Haig

'Clever, funny, kind and interesting - just like Robin.' 

Sara Pascoe

'Deceptively deep. Invaluable and inspiring.'

Stewart Lee

'Profound, compassionate, eye-wateringly funny and immensely human.'

Alan Moore

'Moving, funny and interesting!'

Jo Brand


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Robin InceWhat better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? In this touching and witty book, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief?

Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience - no matter how strange we worry it may be!

BIBLIOGRAPHY:I'm a Joke and So Are You (Atlantic, 2018); How to Build a Universe (with Brian Cox) (William Collins, 2017); Robin Ince's Bad Book Club: One Man's Quest to Uncover the Books that Taste Forgot (Little, Brown, 2010).