Comedians and comedy writers talk about their books, recorded at the British Library January 2020
Episode 5: Mark Searby on Rik Mayall
Mark Searby examines the life and legacy of Rik Mayall, alternative comedy pioneer and star of The Young ones, Bottom and so much more – and the subject of Searsby's recent biography entitled, simply, Comedy Genius.
Episode 4: Louis Barfe on Ken Dodd
Speaking to comedy writer Jason Hazeley, author Louis Barfe discusses his definitive biography of one of the most enduring figures of British comedy, the eccentric genius Ken Dodd.
In what is the first serious biographical assessment of the comedian since his death last year, Barfe argues that Dodd was the last of the great variety acts, a creator of superbly absurd vulgarity who was at his best not on the small screen but on stage, where his act – ‘a rolling boil of cumulative humour’ that stretched into the wee small hours of the morning – delighted his audiences across seven decades.
Episode 3: Jen Brister on The Other Mother
Jen Brister talks to fellow comedian Katy Brand about her parenting book, The Other Mother - designed for any parent who feels they don’t fit the mould of a traditional 2.4 family and offering a funny, honest look at life as a parent: from IVF awfulness to crying over the pages of sleep training manuals.
Recorded at the British Library in January 2020 as part of the Chortle Comedy Book Festival
Episode 2: Katy Brand: I Carried a Watermelon
Katy Brand talks to fellow comedian Brenda Gilhooley about her love for Dirty Dancing which inspired her new book, which is out in paperback on May 28. Recorded at the Chortle Comedy Book Festival at the British Library in January 2020.
Episode 1: Mark Thomas talks about his new project, 50 Things About Us, with journalist Stephen Armstrong
In his new show, 50 Things About Us Mark Thomas examines how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
He picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are? It is about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich f*ckers. And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.