Saturday November 7
David Baddiel invites you into the hilarious universe of The Person Controller - a story of humour, adventure and wishes gone wrong for a brother and sister who make an astonishing discovery that turns their lives upside down. The Guardian called Baddiel’s kids' debut The Parent Agency ‘Funny, sometimes moving, always engaging” and the same can be said for the man himself! So, come and witness David employ his considerable talents as a seasoned comedy performer, to guide you and your children through the fantastical world of The Person Controller. Ages 8+
BEST OF THE
Chortle joined forces with PG Wodehouse’s publisher, Random House, to launch a hunt for the funniest new comic writer. Now hear some of the best short stories submitted in the competition, organised to mark the centenary of the publication of Something Fresh, the first of his novels set in Blandings Castle. Hosted by Jem Roberts
Hear the exclusive first extracts from The Actual One, Isy Suttie’s brilliantly funny memoir about that moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realize that all your mates are growing up without you (to be published in January. Isy is an award-winning comedian, writer, songwriter and actress with credits including Peep Show and Shameless. She'll be in conversation with comedy writer Sian Harries.
THE FROOD: THE HITCHHIKERS' GUIDE TO
IN THE 21ST CENTURY
To mark the paperback release of the new officially authorised Douglas Adams biography, The Frood, author and comedian Jem Roberts shares some of the Hitchhiker's Guide and Dirk Gently surprises hidden within the Adams archives, and debates the difficulties of posthumorous publishing, the thorny problem of What Douglas Would Have Wanted, and how in 2015 we all seem to be living in the great man's dream world without him.
Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage, Book Club) has put together a second anthology of horror stories written by comedians. He will read from some of his childhood favourite horrors and passages from the new book and generally talk about scary stuff and horrible things. Dead Funny contains stories by Stewart Lee, Rufus Hound, Josie Long, Isy Suttie, Phill Jupitus and many more. It reveals just how dank and vile comedians' minds are
HEARD THE ONE
Several years ago, comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett had become one of Britain's first major victims of Identity Theft. It left him penniless and homeless. Later he made a documentary on the subject… and as a result was shortlisted for a Bafta and arrested in a dawn raid by Scotland Yard. Bennett has now written a true, disturbing and very funny account of his experience
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The bestselling trilogy of Bob Servant books have been critically compared to the work of Spike Milligan and Peter Cook. To mark the release of a new Bob book (Ask Bob – Your Guide to A Wonderful Life), Bob Servant creator Neil Forsyth and friends Jonathan Watson, Alex Norton and Sally Kinghorn bring the Bob Servant books to life in an evening of live readings and performance.
Sunday November 8
Comedian, actress and writer Helen Lederer presents her hilarious debut, Losing It, shortlisted for the PG Woodhouse Comedy Literary Prize and The Edinburgh First Book Award. When former star Millie is asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She will have money, the weight will be gone, and maybe she’ll get more sex….
OFF THE MIC
In Off The Mic, Deborah Frances-White and Marsha Shandur interview a host of star comedians to unpack the inner workings of their minds: their secrets, insecurities and successes; their bêtes noires and their biggest fears. In this session a panel of stand-ups comprising Phill Jupitus, Sara Pascoe and Robin Ince discuss what it takes to be a top comic.
A hilarious showcase of the conversations that comedian James Veitch orchestrates with online email scammers. Packed full of Nigerian princes, can't-miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides, his correspondence leads to surprising, bizarre and hilarious results. No wonder the New York Times said of Veitch' A wicked sense of humor... I laughed my ass off.'
Nicholas Parsons celebrates the best and most hilarious moments from six decades and 900 episodes of Radio 4’s hugely popular Just a Minute. In the very first Just a Minute book. He tells the story of the show from its inauspicious first pilot to its enduring success, thanks to the comic genius of Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Julian Clary, Graham Norton and more.
THE STORY BEAST
John Henry Falle (of Radio 4, Chortle-nominated sketch idiots, The Beta Males) hath now become The Story Beast. Behold his rattle-bag of demented tales, terrifying ritual and unrelenting Anglo-Saxon lolz... Nominated for the best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe this year,