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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 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.

Sun 24 November 2013

Watching War Films With My Dad, by Al Murray | Book review by Steve Bennett

Watching War Films With My Dad, by Al Murray

Book review by Steve Bennett

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.

Thu 21 November 2013

Gift of the gags... | Round-up of the humour books out for Christmas

Gift of the gags...

Round-up of the humour books out for Christmas

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 trying-too-hard title probably being one of the duds.

Tue 19 November 2013

Funny Way To Be A Hero, by John Fisher | Book review by Steve Bennett

Funny Way To Be A Hero, by John Fisher

Book review by Steve Bennett

19/11/2013 … This is, by all definitions of the word, a substantial book.

Wed 13 November 2013

A Good Bullet by Freddy Syborn | Book review by Steve Bennett

A Good Bullet by Freddy Syborn

Book review by Steve Bennett

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, Freddy Syborn.

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