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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 14 July 2014

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal | Book review by Steve Bennett

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal

Book review by Steve Bennett

14/07/2014 … Kicking back against the patronising attitudes that have followed her all of her life, Francesca Martinez insists she doesn't want to be considered an 'inspiration'.

Wed 18 June 2014

How To Write Comedy by Tony Kirwood | Book review by Steve Bennett

How To Write Comedy by Tony Kirwood

Book review by Steve Bennett

18/06/2014 … God, books like How To Write Comedy are depressing.

Mon 02 June 2014

Secret Kilkenny, edited by Andrew Mickel and Tim Clark | Book review by Steve Bennett

Secret Kilkenny, edited by Andrew Mickel and Tim Clark

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/06/2014 … Comedians love Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs festival.

Fri 25 April 2014

Richard Pryor: Furious Cool by David & Joe Henry | Book review by Steve Bennett

Richard Pryor: Furious Cool by David & Joe Henry

Book review by Steve Bennett

25/04/2014 … If one comedian was deserving of the epithet of ‘legendary’, it would be Richard Pryor.

Mon 31 March 2014

Comedy Snapshot, by Steve Best | Book review by Steve Bennett

Comedy Snapshot, by Steve Best

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/03/2014 … He’s called it Comedy Snapshot, but Steve Best’s book is actually a pretty comprehensive portrait of the comrades in laughs that make up the current comedy circuit.

Tue 04 March 2014

Cracking The Fringe by Jon Gracey and Viv Egan | Book review by Steve Bennett

Cracking The Fringe by Jon Gracey and Viv Egan

Book review by Steve Bennett

04/03/2014 … If there’s one essential piece of advice missing from the new how-to-do-the-Edinburgh festival book Cracking The Fringe, it’s ‘you should probably buy another guide’.

Mon 03 February 2014

How To Be Averagely Successful At Comedy by Dave Cohen | Book review by Steve Bennett

How To Be Averagely Successful At Comedy by Dave Cohen

Book review by Steve Bennett

03/02/2014 … There are a lot of books that purport to tell you how to write and perform stand-up, and there are a lot of books from famous comedians telling you how they rose through the ranks of the circuit to achieve their elevated star status.

Thu 02 January 2014

Through It All I've Always Laughed by Count Arthur Strong | Book review by Steve Bennett
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© BBC/Fremantle Productions

Through It All I've Always Laughed by Count Arthur Strong

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/01/2014 … It seems they give autobiographies to just about anyone these days.

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