Sez Les. Les Dawson. Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Top 10 books about comedy

Biographies, autobiographies, episode guides, script anthologies, tie-in books - my thirst for writing about comedy takes in the lot, so I've chosen not to differentiate between them. They're all of a piece, adding to our understanding and appreciation of the art.

Louis Barfe, The Guardian, 4th December 2019

Les Dawson is making a comeback - 26 years after death

Two plays written by the legendary comic are set to be staged for the first time.

Ed Gleave, The Mirror, 5th October 2019

My comedy hero: Justin Moorhouse on Les Dawson

As the seasoned comic, actor, radio presenter and podcaster hits the road cunningly disguised as the Northern Joker, he tells all about his comedy icon.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 8th February 2019

Alan Carr lined up to host Les Dawson tribute

Alan Carr is being lined up to host a one-off tribute show marking 25 years since Les Dawson's death.

British Comedy Guide, 16th February 2018

Make 'em laugh: Manchester's comedy greats remembered

The performers who put the city on the map for comedy and entertainment from the 1950s to the present day.

Henry Hochland, Manchester Evening News, 21st June 2017

Barry Cryer: 'Tommy Cooper had a sadistic streak'

Tommy Cooper had a 'sadistic streak' which made him relish making people uncomfortable, Barry Cryer has revealed.

Chortle, 22nd January 2017

Charlotte Dawson to have cut-out of dad at wedding

Loved-up Charlotte Dawson vows to have a cardboard cut-out of late father Les at her wedding.

Beth Allcock, The Sun, 18th December 2016

Victor Meldrew role almost went to Les Dawson

One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson reveals he originally turned down the part, thinking he was too young to play the cantankerous grump.

John Plunkett, The Guardian, 26th July 2016