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

  • Isabel Rogers on W.C.Sellar and R.J.Yeatman’s 1066 and All That (March 8th, 2021)
  • Lev Parikian on Nora Ephron’s Heartburn (March 22nd, 2021)
  • Abbie Headon on Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm (April 6th, 2021)
  • Chris McCrudden on Kate Atkinson’s Emotionally Weird (April 19th, 2021)
  • Katy Darby on How Not To Write a Novel (May 4th, 2021)
  • Paul Flower on TBA (May 17th, 2021)
  • Neil Laurenson on David Nicholls’s Starter For Ten (May 31st, 2021)