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Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once

Phil Wang

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Memoirs

One of the UK's brightest and best comedians takes an incisive look at race and belonging

'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.

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Praise for Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once

  • 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

  • Phil Wang is as original a writer as he is a comedian - Sidesplitter is predictably hilarious, but also quietly moving

  • 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.

  • A beautiful book about home, history and family. Told with Phil's trademark sharp wit and deadpan humour it is both vulnerable and hilarious in equal measure, capturing the nuances of his experiences perfectly.

  • A beautiful book about home, history and family. Told with Phil's trademark sharp wit and deadpan humour it is both vulnerable and hilarious in equal measure, capturing the nuances of his experiences perfectly.

  • A razor-sharp dissection of cultural connections, divides and differences. And yes, it's side-splitting funny

  • People often ask Phil Wang 'But where are you really from?' I can confirm, after reading Sidesplitter, that the answer is 'Funnyland'.

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Phil Wang

Phil Wang is a comedian and writer based in London. He has hosted BBC's Live at the Apollo and appeared on shows including Have I Got News For You, QI, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Roast Battle and Taskmaster.

For Radio 4, he wrote and performed a special, Wangsplaining, and two series of Daphne Sounds Expensive, with his Fosters Newcomer Award nominated sketch trio, Daphne.

Phil has performed at international comedy festivals including Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival. His critically acclaimed live show, Philly Philly Wang Wang, broke records at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has recently been made into his first Netflix special.

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