Max Dickins: My Groupon Adventure

Max Dickins – or shall I say Lord Max Groupon – has been a very busy man. Conquering 100+ Groupons over the past year, the experience junkie has been on an unstoppable mission – but to where exactly?

For an hour of non-stop laughing, sporadic absurdities and foolish escapades, join Dickins as he relives his journey of self-improvement, Groupon-by-Groupon.

A gig down in the cellar at Pleasance is always a rather cosy experience; but no one could have made you feel more at home than the very personable chap himself, Max Dickins. From the very outset Dickins’ punchy and upbeat vigour warmed up the audience, for what was about to be a series of well-structured and hilariously engaging Groupon-inspired anecdotes.

With a projector at the front of the room and a laser pointer in his hand, the classroom environment soon became comprehensible as Dickins’ began to deliver his seminar on the dangers of Groupon, when left in the hands of a broken man. Having been chucked by the love of his life for "lacking spontaneity" and being shamefully rejected by his own parents on his 26th birthday, Dickens tells us how he decided to live by his wits one day and treat himself to a Groupon massage. And this is where the binge began…

From this point onwards it became Dickins’ mission to reclaim his mojo, one Groupon at a time. From the grooming and hugging of alpacas in Trent, to the indecencies of colonic irrigation, Dickins pushed the message forward that there really is something for everyone on Groupon. "Spontaneity for beginners", is what Dickins likes to call it.

The South London lad tenaciously guides his audience through each episode of his journey, step-by-step, sharing amusing souvenirs of screenshots, photographs and bank statements that he collected en route. Yes – this all really happened.

Although this may all seem like fun and games, Dickins draws upon the darker side of the online consumerism platform. With the opportunity to practically modify your entire life at the click of a button, Dickins is no stranger to the narcissistic tendencies Groupon can initiate. Lying alone in a room peppered with images of his face on the walls and a wallet £5000 thinner – had this all been enough to overcome the pangs of a broken heart?

For an hour of non-stop laughing, sporadic absurdities and foolish escapades, join Dickins as he relives his journey of self-improvement, Groupon-by-Groupon.

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The Blurb

In October last year I discovered the discount website Groupon. I took on the challenge of doing a different Groupon activity every week for a year. This is the story of how it changed my life. An uplifting true story of love, adventure and colonic irrigation from a ‘great charm and talent’ **** (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).