Content Provider

Author: Stewart Lee
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571329045
Release Date: 2016-08-02
Genre: Performing Arts

Over the last few years, often when David Mitchell has been on holiday, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain in a weekly newspaper column. Why are there so few right-wing stand-ups? Who was Grant Shapps? What does your Spotify playlist data say about you? Are Jeremy Corbyn and Stewart Lee really the new Christs? And so on. Introduced, annotated and, where necessary, explained by the author, Content Provider is funny, grumpy and provocative.

How I Escaped My Certain Fate

Author: Stewart Lee
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571254828
Release Date: 2010-08-19
Genre: Humor

Experience how it feels to be the subject of a blasphemy prosecution! Find out why 'wool' is a funny word! See how jokes work, their inner mechanisms revealed, before your astonished face! In 2001, after over a decade in the business, Stewart Lee quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making musical, Jerry Springer: The Opera. Nine years later, How I Escaped My Certain Fate details his return to live performance, and the journey that took him from an early retirement to his position as the most critically acclaimed stand-up in Britain, the winner of BAFTAs and British Comedy Awards, and the affirmation of being rated the 41st best stand up ever. Here is Stewart Lee's own account of his remarkable comeback, told through transcripts of the three legendary full-length shows that sealed his reputation. Astonishingly frank and detailed in-depth notes reveal the inspiration and inner workings of his act. With unprecedented access to a leading comedian's creative process, this book tells us just what it was like to write these shows, develop the performance and take them on tour. How I Escaped My Certain Fate is everything we have come to expect from Stewart Lee: fiercely intelligent, unsparingly honest and very, very funny.

The Perfect Fool

Author: Stewart Lee
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780007547036
Release Date: 2013-09-19
Genre: Fiction

“The Perfect Fool” charts the progress of a collection of misfits, spread across the wide open spaces of Arizona and the narrow streets of South London, all unwittingly caught up in a quest for the Holy Grail.

The Incomplete Tim Key

Author: Tim Key
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9780857861207
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Genre: Humor

This is an updated version of the ebook. And it is ram-jammed full of poems by KEY. Within its pages you will find the vast majority of the same poems as you'll find in its predecessor. Poems skewering such thorny issues as sex, pancakes, footy and vodka. But, in order to drum up renewed interest, KEY has also added a new poem. And there are also seven new introductions. And KEY has also been allowed to waddle round the text with his Lamy fountain pen, altering and updating. Improving. Making everything just so.

Stewart Lee The If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One EP

Author: Stewart Lee
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571279852
Release Date: 2012-01-03
Genre: Humor

Following his hugely acclaimed TV come-back Comedy Vehicle, Lee finds himself in search of ideas for a new Edinburgh show. On a long walk across London, he endures a coffee shop humiliation involving a loyalty card which suggests itself as a framing device. Later that month, thanks to Jeremy Clarkson's casual slur against Gordon Brown and the appearance of a well-meaning young comedian in an advert, a show is born. Featuring a transcript of the show fully annotated with footnotes, the If You Prefer A Milder Comedian EP confirms Stewart Lee as the most original, daring and brilliant comedian of his generation.

Hometown Tales Birmingham

Author: Maria Whatton
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9781474605953
Release Date: 2018-06-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Original tales by remarkable writers Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. In these pages on Birmingham, you'll find two unique tales. 'Silver in the Quarter' is a vivid coming-of-age fiction about a boy who finds himself caught up in the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974 by Maria Whatton. 'In the Ape's Shadow' is a fascinating exploration of the music scene that inspired him growing up in Birmingham, by BAFTA Award-winning comedian and author Stewart Lee.

Daft Wee Stories

Author: Limmy
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473517899
Release Date: 2015-07-30
Genre: Fiction

DAFT WEE STORIES is Limmy’s first book. It is a collection of stories. There are short stories. There are longer stories. There are stupid stories. There are thoughtful stories. There are upside-down stories. There are normal-way-up stories. There are weird stories. There are less weird stories. There are really weird stories. There is nothing else like it. Have a read.

Poking a Dead Frog

Author: Mike Sacks
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101613276
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Genre: Humor

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Packed with behind-the-scenes stories—from a day in the writers’ room at The Onion to why a sketch does or doesn’t make it onto Saturday Night Live to how the BBC nearly erased the entire first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—Poking a Dead Frog is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and pop culture junkies alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stand Up Put Downs

Author: Rufus Hound
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780593068069
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Stand-up comedy

For a stand-up comedian, a heckler is either a curse or a blessing. On one hand, the drunk at the back of the room yelling incoherent nonsense can ruin the evening for everyone. But on the other, a funny, well-timed heckle can really ramp up the laughter in the room. Either way, all stand-ups know they must be prepared to deal with hecklers by using the most effective weapon at their disposal - the put-down. Whether they are sharp enough to fire them off on the spot or they have a battery of tried-and-tested insults to suit every different occasion, put-downs are an essential part of every comedian's repertoire. In this book, TV comedian Rufus Hound has compiled 200 of his favourite put-downs from his friends on the current circuit, from past comedy legends and from his own performances. Every category of heckler is covered - from Loudmouths to Smartarses, Racists to Wannabe Comedians - and Rufus has found reposts to put even the most attention-seeking disrupters in their place, making this the ideal gift for anyone interested in the art of stand-up, or anyone who wants to laugh along at some of the funniest insults in UK comedy history.

Thatcher Stole My Trousers

Author: Alexei Sayle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408864555
Release Date: 2016-03-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

'Enlightening Â? Funny, smart, original and provocative ... It is hard to imagine the stalwarts of Mock the Week recognising the Druze militia leader Walid Jumblatt in a London cinema' New Statesman What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in In 1971, comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to continue telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever. But their nemesis, a nineteen-year-old Marxist art student, was slowly coming to meet themÂ? Thatcher Stole My Trousers chronicles a time when comedy and politics united in electrifying ways. Recounting the founding of the Comedy Store, the Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and Alexei's friendships with the comedians who Â? like him Â? would soon become household names, this is a unique and beguiling blend of social history and memoir. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and why it's difficult to foul a dwarf in a game of football.

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
ISBN: 9781783350582
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Genre: Performing Arts

What's wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense,Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious nation.

Capital in the Twenty First Century

Author: Thomas Piketty
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674979857
Release Date: 2017-08-14
Genre: Business & Economics

The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Hear Me Out

Author: Armando Iannucci
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408709894
Release Date: 2017-09-28
Genre: Music

A celebration of music from the creator of Alan Partridge, The Thick of It, Veep and The Death of Stalin. All my days, I've felt pressurized by the anonymous Keepers of the Cool who tell us what we should be wearing this year, what digital boxsets we should bunker ourselves in to enjoy, what amazing app is the only one we should be shrieking emotions at our recently acquired friends with. Thankfully, I have the one consolation that if I don't quite fit into all of this, everyone else probably feels the same way. So, I say defiantly, I get more moved and excited by classical music than by any other musical genre. I believe that it is there for us all, inviting us to reach out and touch it. In Hear Me Out Armando Iannucci brilliantly conveys the joy of his musical exploration, each discovery suggesting a fresh direction of travel, another piece, another composer, another time.

The Law of the Playground

Author: Jonathan Blyth
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780091900304
Release Date: 2004
Genre: English language

Do you look back on your school days, and remember magical times, powerful and enduring friendships, and secret adventures? Well, snap out of it. You're deluding yourself. Based on the popular website playgroundlaw.com THE LAW OF THE PLAYGROUND is a dictionary of the insults, games, torture, legendary anecdotes and pure creative insanity that we all - as pre-moral children -inflicted on each other. Whilst the emphasis is always on humour, the book acknowledges that children are bastards, and begrudgingly accepts that that is, actually- very amusing. Written with dark nostalgia - and more wit and substance than your average joyless I Love 1986 TV show, everyone can find something they will identify with in LAW OF THE PLAYGROUND. A timely antidote to the rose-tinted view of childhood offered by FriendsReunited.co.uk and SchoolDisco.com.

That s Your Lot

Author: Limmy
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780008172626
Release Date: 2017-05-04
Genre: Humor

This is Limmy’s second book. It’s a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories.