Chortle Comedy Book Festival 2020 line-up revealed

Friday 6th December 2019, 11:54am

Chortle Comedy Book Festival.

The Chortle Comedy Book Festival is to return in 2020, with a line-up that includes Adam Kay, Mark Thomas, Jenny Éclair, Arthur Smith, Robin Ince and Josie Long.

The event is returning to the British Library in London on Sunday January 19th. It'll be an even bigger programme than last year, thanks to the addition of a third performance space.

The programme will also feature Titania McGrath creator Andrew Doyle discussing 'wokeness' in comedy with political correctness advocate Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; Jen Brister talks about The Other Mother, her "wickedly honest parenting tale"; and Katy Brand discusses her lifelong obsession with Dirty Dancing, as detailed in her book, I Carried A Watermelon.

Also, top TV writer David Quantick will reveal the comedy books that inspired him; Helen Lederer discusses female comedy writing in conjunction with her Comedy Women In Print competition; and Comedy Store Player Andy Smart recalls his days hitchhiking across Europe.

Meanwhile, Ken Dodd and Rik Mayall are remembered by their biographers Louis Barfe and Mark Searsby respectively.

Whilst the main day will be on the Sunday, the festival will kick off with a gala stand-up gig on Friday 17th January featuring comedians who are also all authors: Shappi Khorsandi, Mae Martin, Jen Brister, Olaf Falafel and MC Dominic Frisby.

All-day tickets can be bought for an early-bird price of £32, or you can by tickets to individual events. For more information visit

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