First line: I never wanted to be a comedian.
Last line: And that's how I escaped my certain fate.
Dedication: To Ted Chippington [inspirational comedian mentioned in the book]
The cover. Heavily typographical, with a superfluity of quotation marks, for no obvious reason (representing archness/irony?); the green circles for no obvious reason either. Perhaps all just because 'someone like Stewart Lee wouldn't have a typical book cover, yeah?' Still has a quote from the Times on it, though.