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    Becoming Johnny Vegas

    By: Johnny Vegas

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    Who is Johnny Vegas? He became a household name as the unkempt, endearing sidekick of Monkey in the PG Tips adverts. But as his revelatory autobiography shows, Johnny's true genesis took place years before then.

    As Michael Pennington, a normal guy from St Helens, began to achieve success on the stand-up circuit, increasingly positive reviews and increasingly drunken binges spawned a stage persona - Johnny Vegas - and began to feed his insatiable appetite. Today, the host body he inhabits - still that of Michael Pennington - has long since succumbed to complete subordination. It was Johnny Vegas that dragged Michael to stardom, characteristically flipping the V to authority and snobbery along the way.

    Now a household name for his notoriously brazen comedy, winning the 1997 Perrier Award in Edinburgh, host of sell-out stand-up shows and TV star of Benidorm and Ideal, Vegas has achieved everything that Michael never could. This is the story of how it happened. How the young Michael first dreamed of stardom, how he started training to enter the Catholic priesthood at 11, and how the events and experiences in those tender years gave birth - much later - to a lovable monster. The 'acceptable and unapologetic face of alcohol fuelled self-loathing. A Mr. Hyde with a microphone.' The rest - the heady mix of over-indulgence, alcohol, gluttony and comedy; the years spent as a 50/50 mix of blood and booze; the nationwide acclaim and millions of fans - is history.

    Stunningly original, refreshingly well-written and genuinely funny, this is an extraordinary tale from one of the nation's most fascinating, most relatable and most lovable comedians.

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