Tag: comedy

Doctor Who: The Romans

Doctor Who: The Romans

by Donald Cotton (Target, 1987)

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Without reference to the televised serial, this odd and irreverent epistolary novelisation comes across as something of a fever dream. Even in context, it takes liberties in elevating and expanding upon the plot’s farcical elements. Nonetheless, a funny and uncommonly erudite read.



Hello, Darlings! The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett

Hello, Darlings! The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett

by James Hogg & Robert Sellers (Bantam, 2013)

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Kenny Everett once wrote an autobiography; or rather, he didn’t. It was ghost-written by a friend and Kenny didn’t even read it. He wasn’t interested in the past. For those who are, Hogg and Sellers’ comprehensively researched biography is well worth reading.



The Two Ronnies

The Two Ronnies

(BBC Audiobooks, 1976/2010)

Two Ronnies

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker were at their witty, rip-roaring, wordy best in this mid-1970s LP collection of Two Ronnies sketches, faux news items and assorted titbits – an uproarious comedy hodgepodge of what should have been said (‘and it’s goodnight from him’).



The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

by Hugh Laurie (Heinemann, 1996)

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Hugh Laurie is a funny man, and his only novel to date — a cynical, conversational, fourth-wall-breaking take on the conspiracy/thriller genre, submitted pseudonymously to the publisher — is very witty, very British, and a very accomplished romp, boldly self-deprecating where Bourne only bores.


42 Word Review: All Three Of Us

All Three Of Us

dir. Kheiron (2015)

[subtitled, from the French “Nous trois ou rien”)

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Hibat, a young Iranian activist, survives the autocratic regime of the shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the religo-political purges of the ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, before finding a new life and purpose in France. A sombre story made uproariously palatable in the telling.


42 Word Review: Lolly Scramble

Lolly Scramble: A Memoir of Little Consequence

by Tony Martin (Pan, 2005)

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The best comedians are those whose humour derives from perspective. Kiwi turned Aussie Tony Martin is one such person, shunning the celebrity world to glean amusement from his everyday life. (Read aloud, his recounting of an amateur theatre mishap becomes life-threateningly funny.)