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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, 78b South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QB.

Mon 09 November 2015

The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff | Book review by Jay Richardson

The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff

Book review by Jay Richardson

09/11/2015 … There's a strong argument to be made for stand-up being a quintessentially American art form.

Mon 26 October 2015

Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan | Book review by Steve Bennett

Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/10/2015 … 'Critics tend to lazily define me by my performance as Partridge,' Steve Coogan writes wearily in his autobiography, showing that creating one of the finest ever British comic characters can be something of an albatross when it connects so deeply with people.

Thu 15 October 2015

A Portrait Of An Idiot As A Young Man, by Jon Holmes | Book review by Steve Bennett

A Portrait Of An Idiot As A Young Man, by Jon Holmes

Book review by Steve Bennett

15/10/2015 … The subtitle of Jon Holmes's autobiography, 'part memoir, part explanation as to why men are so rubbish', indicates it's being pitched as a manual of modern manhood, a response, perhaps to the Caitlin Moran-led genre of manuals about female identity.

Thu 10 September 2015

Off The Mic, by Deborah Frances White and Marsha Shandur | Book review by Steve Bennett

Off The Mic, by Deborah Frances White and Marsha Shandur

Book review by Steve Bennett

10/09/2015 … Centuries of stand-up experience have been condensed into Off The Mic, with an impressive roster of comedians from both sides of the Atlantic sharing wisdom about all aspects of their craft.

Tue 28 July 2015

Daft Wee Stories by Limmy | Book review by Jay Richardson

Daft Wee Stories by Limmy

Book review by Jay Richardson

28/07/2015 … Brian Limond, aka Limmy, has a restless imagination, as evidenced by his prolific social media output.

Fri 03 July 2015

A Book For Her by Bridget Christie | Book review by Steve Bennett

A Book For Her by Bridget Christie

Book review by Steve Bennett

03/07/2015 … Given the context, it's probably impossible to review Bridget Christie's first book, about how she started incorporating feminism into her stand-up, without mentioning the c-word, so let's get it over with: Caitlin.

Tue 23 June 2015

The Smartest Book In The World by Greg Proops | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Smartest Book In The World by Greg Proops

Book review by Steve Bennett

23/06/2015 … The most entertaining part of Greg Proops's 'concise curriculum of cool' is its introduction, when this man of many interests sets forth his agenda, making an eloquent case for the prejudices and passions that will inspire the following pages.

Fri 05 June 2015

Reasons To Kill Yourself by Andrew Lawrence | Book review by Jay Richardson

Reasons To Kill Yourself by Andrew Lawrence

Book review by Jay Richardson

05/06/2015 … A blunt, self-harm satire on the psychospeak genre, Andrew Lawrence's literary debut, Reasons To Kill Yourself, is a typically bilious incitement to suicide.

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