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:
By the way, as a publicity-hungry writer myself, I’m also VERY happy to appear on other people’s podcasts. If you want to hear what I sound like, please take a listen to Polly Hall’s Procrastination Station here.
Links to Guests and Their Chosen Books
- Gabby Hutchinson Crouch on John Hegley’s The Family Pack (August 9th, 2021)
- Dan Brotzel on William Donaldson’s The Big One, the Black One, the Fat One and the Other One: My Life in Showbiz (August 23rd, 2021)
- Ian Moore on PG Wodehouse’s Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (September 6th, 2021)
- Imran Ahmad on TBA (September 20th, 2021)