Comedy

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Anything for a laugh

14 April 2010 12:00 am

A hundred years ago, when Britannia still ruled the waves, the Royal Navy fell victim to a humiliating hoax, reports of which kept the public amused for a few wintry days in February 1910.

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A couple of drifters

3 February 2010 12:00 am

Paul Torday was 59 when his first novel, the highly acclaimed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, was published in 2006.

Quirky books for Christmas

9 December 2009 12:00 am

After the Christmas ‘funny’ books, here’s an even larger pile of Christmas ‘quirky’ books.

But then the snow turned to rain

14 October 2009 12:00 am

My daughter when small came home from school one night singing these extraordinary lines: ‘Fortune, my foe, why dost thou frown on me/ And will thy favours never lighter be?’

The one that got away

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Michael Palin is the meekest, mildest and nicest of the Pythons.

Cries and whispers

23 September 2009 12:00 am

Strange Days Indeed, by Francis Wheen

Joking apart

16 September 2009 12:00 am

Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.

Behind the wit

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Home to Roost and Other Peckings by Deborah Devonshire, edited by Charlotte Mosley

Unkind hearts and Jews

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Israel Rank, by Roy Horniman

Humph swings

3 December 2008 12:00 am

Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley, by Humphrey Lyttleton

Highs and lows on the laughometer

26 November 2008 12:00 am

Just What I Always Wanted: Unwrapping the World’s Most Curious Presents, by Robin Laurance