It’s Lit But Is It Funny?

This is a podcast in which we’re going to take a critical look at one of the most neglected genres in literature: the funny book. In each episode I’m going to invite a fellow writer to pick a favourite example – and I’m happy to stretch the definition of funny book as far as anyone wants to take it – and tell me what makes it work for them.

We’ll talk about techniques in comic writing, how comedy is changing, why some stuff dates and other stuff doesn’t and whether humour is even a genre at all. (By the way, I’m kind of hoping it is, because it’s the only one I’m really comfortable working in.) And once we’re done with all that, we’ll talk about their own work as a writer and anything else that comes up.

There’s more stuff about each episode below. In the meantime, have a listen. If you like what you hear, please do go to wherever you get your podcasts from and subscribe:

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Links to Guests and Their Chosen Books

Forthcoming Attractions

  • Paul Flower on Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (May 17th, 2021)
  • Neil Laurenson on David Nicholls’s Starter For Ten (May 31st, 2021)
  • Andy Miller on Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine’s Last Chance to See (June 14th, 2021)
  • Lucy Flannery on Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair (June 28th, 2021)
  • Chris Fielden on Terry Pratchett’s Mort (July 12th, 2021)
  • Polly Hall (July 26th, 2021)
  • Gabby Hutchinson Crouch on John Hegley’s The Family Pack (August 9th, 2021)

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