Comedy Books

Things That Make You Go Hmm

So we picked up a copy of Greg Fleet’s latest book These Things Happen pretty much the moment it hit the shops. Why wouldn’t we? Fleet is a comedy titan: a legend of the local stand-up scene, a regular on television for close to twenty years, and always good for a laugh on radio show... Read More »

Rolling through Kalangadoo

A collection of Roly Park's Letters from Kalangadoo, by the satirist Bryan Dawe, has now been released by University of Western Australia... Read More »

Braaaaaaaains

If you’re like us, occasionally you wonder how Australian comedy writers pass their time between the rare gig where they get to actually write some comedy. In the case of Michael Ward, writer for various Shaun Micallef projects such as Mad as Hell, mystery solved: he’s written a children’s book titled Zombie McCrombie from an... Read More »

Bob’s House of Horrors

It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to stop and think about whether we’re going to have to explain who Bob Franklin is to a comedy crowd. But let’s be honest: it’s been a fair while since he was a deadpan regular on Australian comedy TV. At a guess, we’re going to say... Read More »

What we read on our holidays

One of the books we read during our January break was John Safran’s Murder in Mississippi, and while it’s not exactly a comedy it is Safran’s first book and it came about as a result of his comedy, so we thought we’d post a quick... Read More »

Blurst Wednesday Book Club: The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries

A lot of comedians have been turning their hand to books of late – why look, here’s a Fairfax story on that very same subject. Good luck getting past this line… what is evident is the women on the comedy circuit seem to write more memoirs than the blokes, and those books are made up... Read More »

Worst Friday Book Club ep 1: Bargain Bin Scab

One of the big advantages of being a comedy fan when it comes to books is that pretty much everything ends up in second hand stores. Even the cruddiest used bookstore usually has an A-grade collection of comedy books on their shelves, simply because comedy books are the most disposable, throw-away books there are. A... Read More »

The un-late Clive James

It was revealed in the British press last Thursday that Australia’s own Clive James is dying of cancer. He's not strictly a comedian, but his death would be a significant loss to Australian... Read More »

The Biography Treatment

It's hard to think of an Australian comedian more written about than Barry Humphries. If you're a Humphries fan your bookshelves are already groaning with numerous biographies and studies of the great man. Now there's a new Humphries book to add to the shelf – one that could just about replace all the Humphries books ever written - the biography One Man Show: The Stage of Barry Humphries by University of New England academic Anne... Read More »

Voting starts now!

Voting is now open. Head to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tumbliesvotes to make your... Read More »

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