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2012 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 11 December 2012

2012 stocking-fillers | The best of this year's 'humour' books

2012 stocking-fillers

The best of this year's 'humour' books

11/12/2012 … It’s a brave reader who plunges into the ‘humour’ section of their local bookshop (if, indeed, such a thing still exists) in the hope of finding something genuinely witty amid titles such as How to Poo at Work, 50 Ways To Kill A Slug and 501 Amusing Jokes Stolen Off The Internet.

Mon 19 November 2012

30 Years Of 'Allo 'Allo by Richard Webber | Book review by Steve Bennett

30 Years Of 'Allo 'Allo by Richard Webber

Book review by Steve Bennett

19/11/2012 … Though it’s hard to think it, two enduring British sitcoms celebrate their 30th anniversary this year: Blackadder and ’Allo ’ Allo.

Tue 06 November 2012

Britain Had Talent: A History Of Variety Theatre by Oliver Double | Book review by Steve Bennett

Britain Had Talent: A History Of Variety Theatre by Oliver Double

Book review by Steve Bennett

06/11/2012 … Variety has an image problem these days, seen in retrospect as a rather tacky collection of cheesy acts that passed for entertainment in a world before television.

Fri 26 October 2012

Eric Morecambe: Lost And Found, by Gary Morecambe | Book review by Steve Bennett

Eric Morecambe: Lost And Found, by Gary Morecambe

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/10/2012 … 'I wrote in an earlier book about my father that it would be my last written work about Eric Morecambe,' says Gary in the introduction to this, his fifth tome about his dad.

Fri 05 October 2012

Mack The Life by Lee Mack | Book review by Steve Bennett

Mack The Life by Lee Mack

Book review by Steve Bennett

05/10/2012 … One thing that strikes you about reading Lee Mack’s autobiography is how ordinary he is.

Thu 20 September 2012

Stephen K Amos: I Used To Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey | Book review by Steve Bennett

Stephen K Amos: I Used To Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey

Book review by Steve Bennett

20/09/2012 … Stephen K Amos’s literary debut is, unsurprisingly, written with the same light touch as his crowd-pleasing stand-up.

Mon 30 July 2012

This Is A Book by Demetri Martin | Book review by Steve Bennett

This Is A Book by Demetri Martin

Book review by Steve Bennett

30/07/2012 … If you’re already aware of Demetri Martin’s work as the hipsters’ favourite comedian, this is exactly the book you would expect him to write.

Tue 29 May 2012

You Are Nothing by Robert Wringham | Book review by Steve Bennett

You Are Nothing by Robert Wringham

Book review by Steve Bennett

29/05/2012 … For many, Cluub Zarathrusta holds a unique, legendary status in the history of cult comedy.

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