21/12/2010 … Bookshops are heaving with ‘humour’ titles at this time of year: stocking-fillers that often stretch the definition of humour to breaking point.
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.
Tue 21 December 2010
Wed 01 December 2010
01/12/2010 … As warm and uncomplicated as his stage act, Dave Spikey’s memoirs are a breezy read, but though they are frequently entertaining, they are just as often frustrating…
Wed 03 November 2010
03/11/2010 … On one episode of the Frost Report – the Sixties TV show that first brought Ronnie Barker together with Ronnie Corbett – David Frost signed off with a weak…
Sat 16 October 2010
16/10/2010 … Say what you like about Michael McIntyre – and his many detractors already have – but he has got a very keen sense of what works; of what will play well with…
Fri 08 October 2010
08/10/2010 … Russell Brand’s a man who’s addicted to excess… whether it be heroin, women – or adjectives.
Tue 14 September 2010
14/09/2010 … ‘I’m not writing this book to share wisdom or to inspire people,’ says Sarah Silverman in the introduction to her memoirs.
Tue 31 August 2010
31/08/2010 … You know your place in comedy when you’re replaced by a dog – only to discover the new act is better received than you ever were.
Fri 06 August 2010
06/08/2010 … On the face of it, Stewart Lee’s first non-fiction book seems little more than a print version of a DVD commentary.