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2010 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.

Tue 21 December 2010

Christmas book guide | Which stocking-fillers won't becomed landfill-fillers

Christmas book guide

Which stocking-fillers won't becomed landfill-fillers

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.

Wed 01 December 2010

Under The Microscope: My Life, By Dave Spikey | Book review by Steve Bennett

Under The Microscope: My Life, By Dave Spikey

Book review by Steve Bennett

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 in their superficiality.

Wed 03 November 2010

Remembering Ronnie Barker, by Richard Webber | Book review by Steve Bennett

Remembering Ronnie Barker, by Richard Webber

Book review by Steve Bennett

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 gag that drew no response from the studio audience.

Sat 16 October 2010

Life and Laughter by Michael McIntyre | Book review by Steve Bennett

Life and Laughter by Michael McIntyre

Book review by Steve Bennett

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 the audience.

Fri 08 October 2010

My Booky Wook 2, by Russell Brand | Book review by Steve Bennett

My Booky Wook 2, by Russell Brand

Book review by Steve Bennett

08/10/2010 … Russell Brand’s a man who’s addicted to excess… whether it be heroin, women – or adjectives.

Tue 14 September 2010

The Bedwetter, by Sarah Silverman | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Bedwetter, by Sarah Silverman

Book review by Steve Bennett

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

Mike Winters: The Sunny Side Of Winters | Book review by Steve Bennett

Mike Winters: The Sunny Side Of Winters

Book review by Steve Bennett

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

Stewart Lee: How I Escaped My Certain Fate | Book review by Steve Bennett

Stewart Lee: How I Escaped My Certain Fate

Book review by Steve Bennett

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.

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