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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 40 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being by Romesh Ranganathan
    Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being - by Romesh Ranganathan

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780552173704 | ISBN 10: 0552173703

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER   Straight Outta Crawley is the hilarious and irreverent autobiography from comedian Romesh Ranganathan.  At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's holiday camp talent c ... more

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  • Cover image of book The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy by Sheila Moeschen, illustrated by Anne Bentley
    The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy - by Sheila Moeschen, illustrated by Anne Bentley

    £15.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780762466641 | ISBN 10: 0762466642

    A celebration of the most groundbreaking women in comedy who used humor to shake up the status quo and change perceptions of gender and comedy forever.  The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women celebrates the outstanding contributions of fifty ... more

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  • Cover image of book Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country by Billy Connolly
    Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country - by Billy Connolly

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781785943744 | ISBN 10: 178594374x

    All roads lead home.   ‘After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: “This must mean a lot to you, with y ... more

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  • Cover image of book Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
    Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens - by Eddie Izzard

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781405922012 | ISBN 10: 140592201x

    A memoir of love, death and jazz chickens, Eddie Izzard's fabulous Believe Me is his one and only autobiography...   'I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things... that ... more

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  • Cover image of book eYE Marty: The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius by Marty Feldman
    eYE Marty: The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius - by Marty Feldman

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781444792737 | ISBN 10: 1444792733

    The autobiography of a comic genius and godfather of surreal comedy.   Completed before he died, thirty years ago, this is the newly discovered autobiography of one of the most influential comedians of recent times, Marty Feldman.  Mar ... more

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  • Cover image of book Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister: Funny, Feisty Females by Gwenno Dafydd
    Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister: Funny, Feisty Females - by Gwenno Dafydd

    £11.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910901557 | ISBN 10: 1910901555

    “Funny is Funny” - Joan Rivers   But how do you make it in the world of comedy if you are a woman?   With Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister, writer, actress and performer Gwenno Dafydd looks at the genesis of female comedy fr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle
    Thatcher Stole My Trousers - by Alexei Sayle

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781408864548 | ISBN 10: 1408864541

    'What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in.'  In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they wo ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Remain Twenty-Something for Ever by Isy Suttie
    The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Remain Twenty-Something for Ever - by Isy Suttie

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781474600880 | ISBN 10: 1474600883

    Isy Suttie - writer, comedian and actress - on not quite being a grown-up "Isy Suttie turns the painful process of growing-up into something laugh-out-loud funny, and for that I could kiss her"(Bryony Gordon, author of The Wrong Knickers) "A cr ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Book for Her by Bridget Christie
    A Book for Her - by Bridget Christie

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780099590842 | ISBN 10: 0099590840

    Bridget Christie is a stand-up comedian, idiot and feminist. On the 30th of April 2012, a man farted in the Women's Studies Section of a bookshop and it changed her life forever.   A Book For Her details Christie's twelve years of anonymous t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul
    Becoming Richard Pryor - by Scott Saul

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780062123329 | ISBN 10: 0062123327

    A major biography intimate, gripping, revelatory of an artist who revolutionized American comedy. Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his familys brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. H ... more

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  • Cover image of book The What the Frock! Book of Funny Women: Celebrating a Century of Fantastically Funny Women by Jane Duffus
    The What the Frock! Book of Funny Women: Celebrating a Century of Fantastically Funny Women - by Jane Duffus

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780957127500 | ISBN 10: 0957127502

    The The What the Frock! Book of Funny Women will neither ask nor answer the question, 'Are women funny?' because of course women are funny. To suggest otherwise is plain silly. This book presumes you know women are funny and simply seeks to confirm t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Off the Mic: The World
    Off the Mic: The World's Best Stand-up Comedians Get Serious About Comedy - by Deborah Frances-White and Marsha Shandur

    £14.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781472526380 | ISBN 10: 1472526384

    What is it to be a stand-up comedian? To be funny, solo? You have no character-role, no double-act partner, and nowhere to look but out into the darkness, with just a microphone, an audience and your imagination. This is a job without an annual app ... more

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  • Cover image of book So, Anyway... The Autobiography by John Cleese
    So, Anyway... The Autobiography - by John Cleese

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780099580089 | ISBN 10: 009958008x

    Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peters Preparatory School at ... more

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  • Cover image of book Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    Yes Please - by Amy Poehler

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781447283317 | ISBN 10: 1447283317

    The New York Times Number One Bestseller A memoir in essays in the bestselling tradition of Tina Fey's Bossypants and Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew ... more

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  • Cover image of book Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography by Paul Merton
    Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography - by Paul Merton

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780091949341 | ISBN 10: 0091949343

    Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, Paul Mertons weekly appearances on BBC1s Have I Got News For You as well as Radio 4s Just A Minute and his travel documentaries have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture in our live ... more

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  • Cover image of book What the **** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez
    What the **** is Normal?! - by Francesca Martinez

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780753555354 | ISBN 10: 0753555352

    What do you do when youre labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? In a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for mental breakdown, and women over size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves, what the **** do ... more

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  • Cover image of book Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally by Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies
    Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally - by Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies

    £13.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781940363059 | ISBN 10: 1940363055

    For the first time ever, the two people who knew Andy Kaufman best open up about the most enigmatic artist of our generation. Comedian and Taxi star Andy Kaufman, known for his crazy antics on screen and off, was the ultimate prankster, delightin ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton
    The Life and Loves of a He Devil - by Graham Norton

    £20.00   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781444790252 | ISBN 10: 1444790250

    Revealing, moving and brilliantly funny, Graham Norton tells the story of his life through the things he loves in his brand new memoir.  'It seems to me that we are all made up of the things we adore, and by telling my stories through the prism ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders
    Bonkers: My Life in Laughs - by Jennifer Saunders

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780241967263 | ISBN 10: 0241967260

    Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - the hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure. Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Camp David by David Walliams
    Camp David - by David Walliams

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780241957721 | ISBN 10: 0241957729

    It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams.   David Walliams has been the camp aide to the Prime Minister, the rubbish transvestite and the long-suffering wheelchair pusher for an able-bodied ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir by Pam Ayres
    The Necessary Aptitude: A Memoir - by Pam Ayres

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780091940492 | ISBN 10: 0091940494

    'Next, I applied to work in the accounts department, a sealed room where women operated clattering machines like enormous typewriters. After I had catastrophically and erroneously applied all the wrong information to several trolley loads of document ... more

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  • Cover image of book Miranda Hart: The Biography by Sophie Johnson
    Miranda Hart: The Biography - by Sophie Johnson

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781857827965 | ISBN 10: 1857827961

    For the first time, author Sophie Johnson reveals the story behind Miranda's rise to fame.   The comedian was born in Torquay in 1972, yet despite graduating with a degree in politics, she always wanted to be a comedian. In 2002 she performed ... more

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  • Cover image of book Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn
    Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister - by Jonathan Lynn

    £10.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780571277964 | ISBN 10: 0571277969

    The co-writer of Yes, Minister and Hollywood comedy director presents an insider's look at how comedy works told through hilarious anecdotes.   Jonathan Lynn's credits include creating and co-writing the long-running comedy series Yes, Mi ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Small Man in a Book by Rob Brydon
    A Small Man in a Book - by Rob Brydon

    £8.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780241954829 | ISBN 10: 0241954827

    A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers. But there was a time when it looked like all we'd hear of Rob was ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Happy Hoofer by Celia Imrie
    The Happy Hoofer - by Celia Imrie

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781444709292 | ISBN 10: 1444709291

    'I've always been wilful...I've always been stubborn and always determined' One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ken Campbell: The Great Caper by Michael Coveney
    Ken Campbell: The Great Caper - by Michael Coveney

    £14.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781848420762 | ISBN 10: 1848420765

    Book of the Week - BBC Radio 4 The first, authorised biography of the anarchic comic genius, much cherished for his performances on stage and screen. Ken Campbell (19412008) was a one-man whirlwind who tore through the British theatre e ... more

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  • Cover image of book Can
    Can't Stand Up for Sitting Down - by Jo Brand

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780755355280 | ISBN 10: 0755355288

    The Stand-Up while Sitting Down Years...  Jo Brand tells the story of how she crawled to fame and fortune, managed to persuade someone to marry her and had some children at an age when she should have been in a bath chair on the seafront. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Devil Rides Out by Paul OGrady
    The Devil Rides Out - by Paul OGrady

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780553824636 | ISBN 10: 0553824635

    Birkenhead, 1973. The eighteen-year-old Paul OGrady gets ready for a big Saturday night out on the town. New white T-shirt, freshly ironed jeans, looking good. As he bids farewell to his mum, whos on the phone to his auntie, and wanders off down th ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Fry Chronicles: A Memoir by Stephen Fry
    The Fry Chronicles: A Memoir - by Stephen Fry

    £8.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780141039800 | ISBN 10: 0141039809

    Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public ... more

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  • Cover image of book Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Sayle
    Stalin Ate My Homework - by Alexei Sayle

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780340919590 | ISBN 10: 0340919590

    Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. His family ate salad. They read the Soviet Weekly. They travelled on transcontinental trains, and in the back of futuristic limousines. They saw Communism in action and ate s ... more

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  • Cover image of book Teenage Revolution: How the 80s Made Me by Alan Davies
    Teenage Revolution: How the 80s Made Me - by Alan Davies

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141041803 | ISBN 10: 0141041803

    When Alan Davies was growing up he seemed to drive his family mad. 'What are we going to do with you?' they would ask - as if he might know the answer.  Perhaps it was because he came of age in the 1980s. That decade of big hair, greed, camp ... more

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  • Cover image of book Look Back in Hunger by Jo Brand
    Look Back in Hunger - by Jo Brand

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780755355259 | ISBN 10: 0755355253

    Jo Brand is one of Britain's funniest and best-loved comedians. With a sharp eye for the absurd and in her own unique voice she tells her story for the first time. What possessed her to become a professional comedian in the cut-throat world of stand ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Beginner
    A Beginner's Guide to Acting English - by Shappi Khorsandi

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780091924775 | ISBN 10: 0091924774

    When you're young just growing up seems hard enough. But if you've been shipped to a new country and you don't speak a word of the language it's even harder. And if the Ayatollah wants you and your family dead, then that's when it gets really tricky ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Audacity of Hype: Bewilderment, Sleaze and Other Tales of the 21st Century by Armando Iannucci
    The Audacity of Hype: Bewilderment, Sleaze and Other Tales of the 21st Century - by Armando Iannucci

    £12.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781408701973 | ISBN 10: 1408701979

    In The Audacity of Hype, Armando Iannucci cuts straight to the heart of the insanity and sherbet-headed nonsense of modern life.   The Audacity of Hype brings together his views on diverse subjects, ranging from wickedly funny pen portraits o ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dear Fatty by Dawn French
    Dear Fatty - by Dawn French

    £8.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780099519478 | ISBN 10: 009951947x

    Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades. Loved for her irreverant humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge ster ... more

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  • Cover image of book Driving Miss Smith: A Biography of Linda Smith by Warren Lakin
    Driving Miss Smith: A Biography of Linda Smith - by Warren Lakin

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780340932797 | ISBN 10: 0340932791

    Linda Smith (1958-2006) was a national treasure and voted wittiest person alive on Radio 4. From her childhood in Erith featuring her sweet smiling fascist grandmother and holidays abroad (to the Isle of Wight) to her early stand-up days ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Essential Dave Allen by Edited by Graham McCann
    The Essential Dave Allen - by Edited by Graham McCann

    £10.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780340899458 | ISBN 10: 034089945x

    The spotlight picked him out: the cool, calm, darkly handsome man sitting up smart and straight in his black leather chair, with a glass of the good stuff by his side and more than an evening's worth of mischief sparkling inside his eyes. He was Dave ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bill Hicks: Love all the People - Letters, Lyrics, Routines by Bill Hicks
    Bill Hicks: Love all the People - Letters, Lyrics, Routines - by Bill Hicks

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781845291112 | ISBN 10: 1845291115

    'By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. Kill yourselves, seriously. You're the ruiner of all things good. Seriously, no, this is not a joke. "There's gonna be a joke coming..." There's no fucking joke coming, you ar ... more

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  • Cover image of book Book by Whoopi Goldberg
    Book - by Whoopi Goldberg

    £10.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780751526332 | ISBN 10: 0751526339

    "Here's where I'm supposed to say all kinds of hip, Whoopi-esque stuff to get you to buy the book... when I tell you in my own inimitable way, how uproarious and provocative this book is, how OUT THERE and cutting edge... Or, I could say things like, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Victoria Wood: The Biography by Neil Brandwood
    Victoria Wood: The Biography - by Neil Brandwood

    £9.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780753511244 | ISBN 10: 075351124x

    Victoria Wood's wit and humour have endeared her to millions of TV viewers for over three decades. Writer, producer and actress on television shows such as As Seen on TV and Dinnerladies, Victoria Wood has been voted the funniest woman in Britain and ... more

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