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.
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
Mon 07 December 2009
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
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
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…
Mon 19 October 2009
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…
Thu 08 October 2009
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,…
Wed 23 September 2009
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…
Thu 16 July 2009
16/07/2009 … Magnificent Bastards.