More names join the Chortle Comedy Book Festival | Including Jessie Cave, Sofie Hagen and Jonathan Coe

More names join the Chortle Comedy Book Festival

Including Jessie Cave, Sofie Hagen and Jonathan Coe

Jessie Cave, Sofie Hagen and bestselling satirical author of the Rotters’ Club, Jonathan Coe, have been added to next year’s Chortle Comedy Book Festival.

They are in addition to the previously announced line-up of Taskmaster’s Alex Horne; This Is Going To Hurt author Adam Kay; Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances-White; Robin Ince on the psychology of comedians;  and Radio X DJs and podcasters John Robins and Elis James.

Also added today is a celebration of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie to mark 30 years to the day since the first broadcast of A Bit Of Fry & Laurie, with performances of previously unseen material written by the duo.

There will also be a debate on offence in comedy in the era of social media, featuring comedian and London Evening Standard columnist Ayesha Hazarika and stand-up Jay Islaam, chaired by comedy writer James Cary, who has a book on the subject coming out in the new year.

Cary will also be co-hosting a a special recording of the Sitcom Geeks podcast he presents alongside Dave Cohen. Their guest will be  Coe, whose latest bestseller Middle England offers a comic look at Brexit Britain.

Harry Potter star Cave will be discussing her book Sunrise, a version of her highly-acclaimed stage show, illustrated by a raft of original doodles.

While Hagen will be in conversation with fellow comedian Mark Watson about her forthcoming book Happy Fat, about body positivity, written in response to fat-shaming.

A day pass giving access to all the events is available for an early-bird rate of just £32 (£25 for under-25s), if purchased by the end of the year. Buy here.

Or see the dedicated Chortle Comedy Book Festival website for more details. 

Published: 13 Dec 2018

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