04/01/2017 … Trevor Noah’s rise through the international comedy circuit to become host of The Daily Show has been swift.
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.
Wed 04 January 2017
Mon 19 December 2016
19/12/2016 … With A Horse Walks Into A Bar, Israeli writer David Grossman accomplishes the seemingly impossible and transposes an entire stand-up show into a novel.
Thu 01 December 2016
01/12/2016 … Released without much fanfare, at least this side of the Irish Sea, Jason Byrne’s first book is an evocative memoir of what it was like to grow up in a working-class…
Tue 08 November 2016
08/11/2016 … Bill Bailey isn’t, as it happens, the first bearded comedian to have written a bird book.
Tue 01 November 2016
01/11/2016 … It’s not the best-known phrase on which to base your book title, but Joe Lycett is clearly trying to disprove the aphorism ‘fine words butter no parsnips’…
Fri 21 October 2016
21/10/2016 … Twenty-five years years after making his debut on Radio 4’s On The Hour, Alan Partridge is the comedy gift that keeps on giving.
Thu 15 September 2016
15/09/2016 … After Bethany Black revealed last weekend that she was turned down for a gig as there were ‘too many women’ booked, it’s clear that the old prejudices faced…
Wed 03 August 2016
03/08/2016 … Now you don't have to wait for David Mitchell to go on holiday to read Stewart Lee's musings.