Johnny Vegas promises autobiography will offer far more than any 'stocking filler celebrity book' (From St Helens Star)
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Johnny Vegas promises autobiography will offer far more than any 'stocking filler celebrity book'
HIS journey from ‘innocent’ youngster with dreams of entering the priesthood to the motormouth, Guinness-swilling stand-up comedy dynamo has been long and fascinating.
Now Johnny Vegas is putting that life story into print – with a promise that his account will offer far more depth and detail than any “stocking filler celebrity book”.
Born Michael Pennington in Thatto Heath, the story tells of growing up in St Helens, training to be a priest and studying pottery before his breakthrough into stand-up, which saw him nominated for the Perrier Award in Edinburgh in 1997.
Told from the perspective of the young Michael, with flashes of Johnny popping up as the story unfolds, publisher Harper Collins promises an autobiography that is both “refreshing in style and laugh-out- loud funny”.
Vegas, who is now carving out a successful career as a director in both television and radio, said: “I’ve been Johnny Vegas so long now, I just want to go back to where I came from and try to find out exactly where I got him.
“There’s a mythology surrounding Johnny Vegas that even I, as Michael Pennington, have struggled to differentiate between the fact and fiction at times.
“I have no interest in producing a bog-standard, stocking-filler celebrity biography. This very real and detailed alter ego, who would eventually take over my identity completely, came from experiences throughout my early life.
“I unwittingly created a loveable monster; an acceptable and unapologetic face of alcohol-fuelled self-loathing; a Mr Hyde with a microphone.
“I just don’t know how it all came about exactly. It will be a journey of genuine self-discovery for me and one of real interest, I hope, to those who read it.
“The ending to this book is common knowledge; the beginning is somewhat of a mystery, even to me.”
Becoming Johnny Vegas is released at the end of September.
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