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.
Mon 14 December 2009
It's a cracker!
Best of this year's Christmas humour books
14/12/2009 … It’s the time of year when the shelves in the ‘humour’ section of every bookstore groan under the weight of new titles.
Mon 07 December 2009
Where Do Comedians Go When They Die?
Journeys Of A Stand-Up, by Milton Jones
07/12/2009 … Write what you know, that’s what novelists are always told – and it’s advice Milton Jones has certainly taken to heart.
Mon 16 November 2009
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Life and Work of Eric Morecambe
by Gary Morecambe
16/11/2009 … This is, by my reckoning, the sixth book Gary Morecambe has written about his father, and the cupboard is looking pretty bare by now.
Mon 02 November 2009
My Shit Life So Far, by Frankie Boyle
Reviewed by Steve Bennett
02/11/2009 … Torn between buying one of the many showbusiness memoirs cramming the biography shelves of Waterstone’s this Christmas, or a joke-packed TV tie-in from the humour section? Well Frankie Boyle’s memoirs give you both: a brisk saunter down memory lane – which in his case is a seedy back-alley littered with empty cans of Special Brew, used condoms and drugs paraphernalia – combined with typically abrasive quips about anything newsworthy that catches his eye, from Scottish football to Jacqui Smith’s husband watching porn.
Mon 19 October 2009
Saturday Night Peter
by Peter Kay
19/10/2009 … Whatever happened to Peter Kay? What happened to the subtlety that made Phoenix Nights so great, or the warmth that infused his best stand-up with such irresistible likeabilty.
Thu 08 October 2009
Tickling The English by Dara O Briain
08/10/2009 … Cross a Frank Skinner-style tour diary, a Paxmanesque dissertation on the state of the English as a people and the annual output of the Bureau Of National Statistics, and you’ll end up with something like Dara O Brian’s entertaining first tome.
Wed 23 September 2009
Book Review: Godfrey's Ghost
by Nicolas Ridley
23/09/2009 … It may have his Dad’s Army character name in the title, but anyone expecting this biography of Arnold Ridley to provide any insight into the much-loved sitcom had better turn to one of the dozens of other titles that have been written about the show.
Thu 16 July 2009
by Rich Hall
16/07/2009 … Magnificent Bastards.