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.
Fri 28 December 2007
Book review: Born Standing Up
by Steve Martin
28/12/2007 … To those who know him only as the star of such Hollywood pap as Cheaper By The Dozen 2 or the embarrassing remakes of Sergeant Bilko and the Pink Panther, it would be hard to explain that 30 years ago Steve Martin was the world’s biggest stand-up star.
Wed 14 November 2007
Book review: Driving Miss Smith
by Warren Lakin
14/11/2007 … If only we all had our own personal Warren Lakins to be custodians of our legacy.
Wed 31 October 2007
Book review: Teach Yourself Stand-Up Comedy
by Logan Murray
31/10/2007 … In the past five years, Logan Murray has taught stand-up to more than 700 people.
Wed 24 October 2007
Book review: Fawlty Towers
by Graham McCann
24/10/2007 … One of the best-known facts about Fawlty Towers is that it ran for just 12 episodes.
Thu 11 October 2007
Book review: Morecambe & Wise Untold
by William Cook
11/10/2007 … As befitting their enduring status as Britain’s most-loved comics of all time, countless biographies have been written about Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise – which makes author William Cook’s goal of telling their ‘untold’ story seem ambitiously unattainable.
Wed 12 September 2007
Book review: The League Of Gentlemen's Book Of Precious Things
12/09/2007 … We haven’t heard much from the League Of Gentlemen in the two years since their Apocalypse movie.
Thu 09 August 2007
Book review: A Light-Hearted Look At Murder
by Mark Watson
09/08/2007 … Time was when comedians writing novels became a joke in itself, with every vaguely famous gagsmith seeming to land a literary deal – with decidedly mixed results.
Sun 06 May 2007
Book review: Russell Brand, Mad Bad and Dangerous To Know
by Dave Stone
06/05/2007 … There have only ever been two biographies about Tommy Cooper.