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Reviews of books about comedy, including biographies of comedians old and new, and (occasionally) books by comedians. To have a book considered for review, send a copy to Chortle, 78b South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QB.

Fri 09 January 2015

Cosby: His Life And Times by Mark Whitaker | Book review by Steve Bennett

Cosby: His Life And Times by Mark Whitaker

Book review by Steve Bennett

09/01/2015 … It's not what this sizeable biography of Bill Cosby says that's significant, but what it doesn't.

Thu 27 November 2014

Ayoade On Ayoade | Book review by Steve Bennett

Ayoade On Ayoade

Book review by Steve Bennett

27/11/2014 … Ayoade On Ayoade is a book that could only have been written by Richard Ayoade.

Fri 31 October 2014

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges | Book review by Steve Bennett

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/10/2014 … Kevin Bridges has already gone through all the 'who on earth wants to read this?' doubts of being a young comedian writing his autobiography.

Thu 30 October 2014

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby | Book review by Jay Richardson
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Book review by Jay Richardson

30/10/2014 … In his first novel for five years, Nick Hornby evokes an alternative history of British comedy in which the nation falls in love with a Lucille Ball-like figure, Sophie Straw.

Thu 02 October 2014

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry | Book review by Steve Bennett

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/10/2014 … The big revelation, of course, is that Stephen Fry snorted coke at Buckingham Palace and the House Of Commons.

Fri 26 September 2014

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton | Book review by Steve Bennett

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/09/2014 … Paul Merton has written about his life in showbusiness before.

Mon 22 September 2014

Hopeful by Omid Djalili | Book review by Steve Bennett

Hopeful by Omid Djalili

Book review by Steve Bennett

22/09/2014 … Omid Djalili’s autobiography is full of surprises.

Wed 10 September 2014

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies | Book review by Steve Bennett

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies

Book review by Steve Bennett

10/09/2014 … Unless you are of a certain age, the name Freddie ‘Parrotface’ Davies is unlikely to mean much to you.

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