24/11/2013 … Al Murray, by his own admission, is obsessed with the Second World War; his bookshelves groaning under the weight of volumes about the conflict.
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.
Sun 24 November 2013
Thu 21 November 2013
21/11/2013 … Stewart Francis: Pun Direction‘Over 500 of his greatest gags – and four of his crap ones’ boasts the cover line – and that’s exactly what you get - the…
Tue 19 November 2013
19/11/2013 … This is, by all definitions of the word, a substantial book.
Wed 13 November 2013
13/11/2013 … I'm not quite sure what fans of Bad Education will make of this meandering, sometimes pretentious treatise on the nature of comedy and taboo from the sitcom's co-writer,…
Wed 06 November 2013
06/11/2013 … On TV, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise absolutely owned Christmas.
Tue 05 November 2013
05/11/2013 … We've not seen anything quite like him, before or since.
Tue 08 October 2013
08/10/2013 … Freewheeling comedian Phil Kay’s book needs to be experienced with the same carefree attitude as his devil-may-care gigs.
Thu 25 July 2013
25/07/2013 … You might think, globally speaking, that comedy is in pretty rude health.