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2011 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 19 December 2011

Christmas stocking fillers | Book reviews by Steve Bennett

Christmas stocking fillers

Book reviews by Steve Bennett

19/12/2011 … Every Christmas, bookstores are awash with ‘humour’ titles – stocking-stuffers that range from the witty to the dire.

Fri 25 November 2011

Rob Brydon, Small Man In A Book | Book review by Steve Bennett

Rob Brydon, Small Man In A Book

Book review by Steve Bennett

25/11/2011 … It’s rather unfortunate for Rob Brydon that his sparring partner from The Trip, Steve Coogan, released the magnificent Alan Partridge memoirs at the same time as his own autobiography.

Fri 04 November 2011

I, Partridge, by Alan Partridge | Book review by Steve Bennett

I, Partridge, by Alan Partridge

Book review by Steve Bennett

04/11/2011 … Few can have seen Alan Gordon Partridge and thought, ‘Who is this man, and how on earth did he get on my TV?’ Well now, thanks to his autobiography I, Partridge, the truth about how TV Quick’s Man Of The Moment 1994 came to have the career he did can be revealed.

Mon 24 October 2011

Work! Consume! Die! by Frankie Boyle | Book review by Steve Bennett

Work! Consume! Die! by Frankie Boyle

Book review by Steve Bennett

24/10/2011 … The original sub-title for Frankie Boyle’s second book, Work! Consume! Die! was I Am Almost Completely Insane Now – and after reading 329 relentless pages of despairing, caustic misanthropic loathing, you might be inclined to agree.

Mon 10 October 2011

Beyond A Joke by Bruce Dessau | Book review by Steve Bennett

Beyond A Joke by Bruce Dessau

Book review by Steve Bennett

10/10/2011 … Funny people, comedians.

Tue 04 October 2011

Brung Up Proper by Jason Manford | Book review by Steve Bennett

Brung Up Proper by Jason Manford

Book review by Steve Bennett

04/10/2011 … Jason Manford’s autobiography is so full of authentic Northern ‘we we poor but we were happy’ charm that you can almost hear the Coronation Street theme play as you read it.

Tue 27 September 2011

The Book That’s More Than Just A Book Book by Peter Kay | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Book That’s More Than Just A Book Book by Peter Kay

Book review by Steve Bennett

27/09/2011 … There are absolutely no surprises in Peter Kay’s Christmas tour tie-in, which itself is no surprise.

Wed 21 September 2011

Comedy Techniques, by Brian McKim and Traci Skene | Book review by Steve Bennett

Comedy Techniques, by Brian McKim and Traci Skene

Book review by Steve Bennett

21/09/2011 … Comedy Techniques make the bold promise: ‘From improv to stand-up, and from satire to slapstick, here’s an essential guide to get yourself a cult following or mainstream success.

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