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2009 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.

Mon 14 December 2009

It's a cracker! | Best of this year's Christmas humour books

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

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

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

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

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 | Book review

Tickling The English by Dara O Briain

Book review

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

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

Magnificent Bastards | by Rich Hall

Magnificent Bastards

by Rich Hall

16/07/2009 … Magnificent Bastards.

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