Missed the Chortle Comedy Book Festival? | Never fear, catch-up passes are available here

Missed the Chortle Comedy Book Festival?

Never fear, catch-up passes are available here

Comedy fans who missed out on Chortle's book festival can still watch all the sessions with a special catch-up pass, launched today.

Highlights of the eight-day festival, which ended on Sunday, included:

  • Adam Buxton talking about the best and worst of his podcast  is set to release a four-track musical EP next year
  • Jon Richardson in hilarious conversation with his friend, the political comedian Matt Forde.
  • Frank Skinner sharing his love of poetry
  • Richard Herring on fighting the trolls on International Women's Day
  • Victoria Wood biographer Jasper Rees revealing a treasure trove of unreleased material
  • Toast Of London co-creator Arthur Mathews,, speaking about plans for the show's return.
  • Michael Spicer talking about his his ‘Room Next Door’ idea came about and went global 
  • Alistair Campbell's stand-up daughter Grace speaks her upbringing, comedy career, and following her own path
  • Mark Watson speaking about his next book - a loose combination of memoir and self-help – and his current novel, Contacts
  • Outnumbered co-writer Andy Hamilton speaking about his book Longhand, believed to be the first published in the author's own handwriting
  • Fascinating and funny sessions with comedians Laura Lexx, Daliso Chaponda, Ian Stone and Lynn Ruth Miller
  • A discussion about the free speech ethos of the Comedy Cellar in New York
  • Comedians, including Stephen K Amos, and publishing insiders on the industry's 'diversity deficit'
  • Robin Ince talking to academic Jonathan Silvertown about the psychology and biology of laughter
  • Ariane Sherine and David Conrad on how to live to 100.

The catch-up passes cost £29 which cover all 22 sessions, and include six months' membership of comedy on-demand streaming service NextUp.

They will only be available until Wednesday next week, December 2, and the sessions must be viewed by December 13.

Click here to buy the pass.

•  NextUp are installing streaming technology into at least ten comedy clubs, to help them make money from broadcasting gigs online. The company's head of content, Tom Brandt, said: 'Over the last seven months, live-streaming has risen even more than amateur sourdough. It’s been normalised among fans and comedians and we believe it will continue to play a key role in the comedy world post-Covid, connecting potentially global audiences to live comedy everywhere.' Clubs wanting to take part can register their interest here.

Published: 25 Nov 2020

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