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Sat 23 September 2006

 | Book review: Ken Dodd: The Biography

Book review: Ken Dodd: The Biography

23/09/2006 … Ken Dodd is a fascinating comic – a throwback to the days of variety, to this day performing a gruelling schedule of five-hour shows, mixing puns, surreal whimsy…

 | by Dave Gorman

by Dave Gorman

23/09/2006 … Had all gone to plan, this would be a review of Dave Gorman's debut novel.

 | by Bill Hicks

by Bill Hicks

23/09/2006 … Since you're reading this site, you probably don't need telling of Bill Hicks's status as one of the greatest stand-ups of all-time.

Fri 22 September 2006

 | by Ben Thompson

by Ben Thompson

22/09/2006 … The enticing, if unfashionable, premise of Ben Thompson's expansive book is that the golden age of TV comedy is not some far-off memory, but here and now.


22/09/2006 … Spike Milligan was such a comedic colossus, bringing so much laughter to so many people, that it's almost impossible to think ill of him.

 | by Rich Hall

by Rich Hall

22/09/2006 … Rich Hall's no stranger to the printed word.

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