September 2006 Books
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, 112 Norman Road, London, E11 4RL.
Sat 23 September 2006
No 1 with a bullet
Book review: As Used On The Famous Nelson Mandela, by Mark Thomas
23/09/2006 … You don’t have to look far to see the fruits of the arms industry.
Book review: That Peter Kay Book
23/09/2006 … This is the unauthorised biography that got Peter Kay so furious he was compelled to write his own version of his life story, admitting he was driven by anger at ‘some journalist’ delving into his past.
This Fringe needs a cut
Book Review: Fringe, by James Aylett and James Lark
23/09/2006 … Around 17,000 performers will swarm to Edinburgh next month, and most of them won’t have a clue what they’re doing.
Book review: Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ
by Rik Mayall
23/09/2006 … Rik Mayall wasn’t messing around when he gave his supposed autobiography a title like Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ.
Review: The Authorised Biography of Ronnie Barker
23/09/2006 … Among today’s generation of comedy fans, Ronnie Barker is considered more a bit passé.
Review: Frankie Howerd: Stand-up Comic by Graham McCann
23/09/2006 … By the end, Frankie Howerd was almost a parody of himself, the awkward, arched stance and unconvincing Brillo pad hairpiece as much as an overexposed trademark as his rambling high camp delivery, all ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and ‘titter ye nots’.
Portraits of genius
Book review: Eric Morecambe Unseen, edited by William Cook
23/09/2006 … ‘The lost diaries, jokes and photographs,’ reads the cover line on Eric Morecambe Unseen, promising to unearth a buried treasure trove of the great man’s inner thoughts.
For Python bores only
Book review: And Now For Something Completely Digital
23/09/2006 … Amazon currently lists 142 books about Monty Python.