Johnny Vegas, Al Murray & More Featured in London's First Comedy Book Festival, Nov. 22

Johnny Vegas, Al Murray & More Featured in London's First Comedy Book Festival, Nov. 22

Johnny Vegas, Al Murray and Count Arthur Strong are among the comics taking part in the first Chortle Comedy Book Festival which will take place in Ealing next month.

Organised by comedy website Chortle, the event will be launched on the evening of 22nd November with a one-off stand-up spectacular at Ealing Town Hall that will be MC'd by Logan Murray and starring Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Henry Paker and Catie Wilkins.

The Festival itself will cover an amazingly eclectic mix of comedy-based literature. Al Murray (Watching War Films With My Dad), Johnny Vegas (Becoming Johnny Vegas), Phil Kay (The Wholly Viable), Aidan Goatley (10 Films With My Dad) and Count Arthur Strong (Through It All I've Always Laughed) will be talking about their autobiographies while Rob Newman (The Trade Secret) and Mark Watson (Hotel Alpha) will be discussing their latest novels - in Watson's case for the first time ever.

Viv Groskop (I Laughed, I Cried), and Freddy Syborn (A Good Bullet) will be looking at the stand-up lifestyle and what makes Comedy work (or not), and Stewart Francis (Pun Direction) will be launching his book of jokes, while Mike Fountain (Driving Mr Morecambe) and William Cook (One Leg Too Few) will be discussing their books about Eric Morecambe, and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, three of the most iconic names from twentieth century comedy.

There is something for children aged 8 plus from Catherine Wilkins (My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters) when she talks about the follow-up book to her hugely successful debut My Best Friend And Other Enemies, and for big kids (18+), Bob Slayer (The Happy Drunk) will be presenting his storytelling comedy show.

Marcel Lucont (What We French Think Of You British - And Where You Are Going Wrong) and Ian Moore (A La Mod) both take a look at life on the other side of the Channel and how it compares to life in the UK and Simon Singh (The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets) looks at how American cartoon series The Simpsons and its sister program, Futurama have drip-fed morsels of number theory into our living rooms over the past twenty-five years.

John Lloyd (Liff Of QI), the founder of QI, will be returning to his roots as a writer-performer. And for those who like their literature slightly more performance-based Austentatious will be using their formidable skills to improvise a Jane Austen novel, Robert Finn (Dear Dan Brown) will be trying to mine literary gold and Robin Ince will be bringing Robin Ince's Dirty Book Club back to life.

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Paul Sullivan on 01932 570 152 or 07881 885 253 or by email at

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Listings information

All shows are at - Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2BY


Simon Singh - appearing at University of West London, St Mary's Rd, Ealing, W5 5RF

Bob Slayer - appearing at The Grange, Warwick Road, Ealing W5 5XH

Marcel Lucont and Ian Moore - appearing at The New Inn, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5EX

Friday, 22nd November

8.00pm - Opening Gala

£16.00 (concs £13.00)

With Shappi Khorsandi, Richard Herring, Henry Paker and Catie Wilkins with MC Logan Murray

Saturday, 23rd November

4.00pm - Catherine Wilkins, My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters


Kids' Show - Suitable for ages 8+. The follow-up book to My Best Friend And Other Enemies, which was selected for the Bookbuzz school reading scheme and named as one of the best books for Christmas by The Independent.

5.30pm - Dear Dan Brown with Robert Finn


How do you turn a debut novel into literary gold? What about getting help from someone who's been there and done it? Robert presents an open letter to the world's best-selling bad author.

6.30pm - 10 Films With My Dad with Aidan Goatley


Join Aidan as he shows how he and his Dad learnt to communicate with help from the silver screen.

8.00pm - Rob Newman, The Trade Secret


An intelligent, acclaimed comedian and much-lauded author, Rob's latest book is a swashbuckling, rollicking tale of espionage, intrigue and adventure, set against the nascent oil trade of Elizabethan England.

9.30pm - Phil Kay, The Wholly Viable


What would you get up to if your job was telling tales of what you'd been getting up to? These are the memoirs of an award-winning comedian who's been doing seat-of-the-pants stand-up since winning So You Think You're Funny? in 1989.

Sunday, 24th November

7.00pm - Al Murray, Watching War Films With My Dad - Interviewed by Bruce Dessau


Al Murray muses on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began. Part memoir, part life obsession, this is Murray musing on what he knows best. And he's sure to tell you things about history that you were never taught at school.

9.00pm - Austentatious, Improvised Jane Austin Novel