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Simon Amstell in Conversation

Part of Being A Man

Laugh with Simon Amstell as he talks about his hilarious and heartbreaking new book Help, contemporary masculinity and his compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage.

The award-winning comedian speaks about the experiences that have made him the man he is, from growing up as a young gay person in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest.

Former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and cowriter and star of sitcom Grandma’s House, Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing – trying to be funny solved everything, and telling the truth on stage was a way to stop it from hurting.

Beloved for his honesty and hilarity on stage, Amstell reflects on his experiences of loneliness, anxiety, depression and how his ideas of what being a man means have changed, in this talk.

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Royal Festival Hall


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