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.
Wed 31 October 2007
Book review: Teach Yourself Stand-Up Comedy
by Logan Murray
31/10/2007 … In the past five years, Logan Murray has taught stand-up to more than 700 people.
Wed 24 October 2007
Book review: Fawlty Towers
by Graham McCann
24/10/2007 … One of the best-known facts about Fawlty Towers is that it ran for just 12 episodes.
Thu 11 October 2007
Book review: Morecambe & Wise Untold
by William Cook
11/10/2007 … As befitting their enduring status as Britain’s most-loved comics of all time, countless biographies have been written about Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise – which makes author William Cook’s goal of telling their ‘untold’ story seem ambitiously unattainable.
Wed 12 September 2007
Book review: The League Of Gentlemen's Book Of Precious Things
12/09/2007 … We haven’t heard much from the League Of Gentlemen in the two years since their Apocalypse movie.
Thu 09 August 2007
Book review: A Light-Hearted Look At Murder
by Mark Watson
09/08/2007 … Time was when comedians writing novels became a joke in itself, with every vaguely famous gagsmith seeming to land a literary deal – with decidedly mixed results.
Sun 06 May 2007
Book review: Russell Brand, Mad Bad and Dangerous To Know
by Dave Stone
06/05/2007 … There have only ever been two biographies about Tommy Cooper.
Sun 18 February 2007
Book Review: Russell Brand
by Tanith Carey
18/02/2007 … Whenever someone shoots from relative obscurity to the stratosphere of fame, cash-in books are guaranteed to follow, as journalists scrabble through the cuttings libraries to cobble together unauthorised biographies before their subject falls back down to earth.
Mon 27 November 2006
Book review: I Think The Nurses Are Stealing My Clothes
The Very Best Of Linda Smith
27/11/2006 … ‘I can’t remember the point when I realised Linda was unusually talented.