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It's Lit But Is It Funny?

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This is a podcast where we’re going to take a critical look at one of the most neglected genres in literature: the funny book. In each episode I’m going to invite a fellow writer to pick a favourite example and tell me what makes it work for them.

This is a podcast where we’re going to take a critical look at one of the most neglected genres in literature: the funny book. In each episode I’m going to invite a fellow writer to pick a favourite example and tell me what makes it work for them.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

This is a podcast where we’re going to take a critical look at one of the most neglected genres in literature: the funny book. In each episode I’m going to invite a fellow writer to pick a favourite example and tell me what makes it work for them.

Twitter:

@jonpinnock

Language:

English


Episodes

Imran Ahmad on The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy

9/20/2021
The writer Imran Ahmad discusses Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as well his own work, including the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed memoir Unimagined (aka The Perfect Gentleman).

Duration:00:56:14

Ian Moore on Aunts Aren‘t Gentlemen

9/6/2021
The comedian and writer Ian Moore discusses PG Wodehouse's Aunts Aren't Gentlemen and his own work with me.

Duration:00:46:55

Dan Brotzel on Who Moved My Blackberry™?

8/26/2021
The writer Dan Brotzel discusses Lucy Kellaway's Who Moved My Blackberry™? and his own work with me.

Duration:00:52:04

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch on The Family Pack

8/9/2021
The comedy writer Gabby Hutchinson Crouch discusses John Hegley's The Family Pack and her own work with me.

Duration:00:53:31

Polly Hall on Me Talk Pretty One Day

7/26/2021
Polly Hall, writer and podcaster, discusses David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day and her own work with me.

Duration:00:54:20

Chris Fielden on Mort

7/12/2021
Chris Fielden, writer, literary competition organiser and drummer, discusses Terry Pratchett's Mort and his own work with me. Features slightly louder intro music than usual.

Duration:00:50:54

Lucy Flannery on The Eyre Affair

6/28/2021
Lucy Flannery, award-winning writer and RLF consultant fellow, discusses Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair and her own work with me.

Duration:00:51:20

Andy Miller on Last Chance to See

6/14/2021
Andy Miller, co-host of the Backlisted podcast and author of The Year of Reading Dangerously, discusses Douglas Adams's Last Chance to See and his own work with me.

Duration:01:07:25

Neil Laurenson on Starter for Ten

6/1/2021
Neil Laurenson, author of Exclamation Marx!, discusses David Nicholls's Starter for Ten and his own work with me.

Duration:00:49:31

Paul Flower on Catch-22

5/17/2021
Paul Flower, author of The Great American Cheese War, discusses Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and his own work with me.

Duration:00:51:45

Katy Darby on How Not to Write a Novel

5/4/2021
Katy Darby, novelist, creative writing tutor and Liars' League supremo, discusses Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark's How Not to Write a Novel and her own work with me.

Duration:01:06:06

Chris McCrudden on Emotionally Weird

4/19/2021
Chris McCrudden, author of the Battlestar Suburbia series of comic science fiction novels discusses Kate Atkinson's Emotionally Weird and his own work with me.

Duration:00:51:26

Abbie Headon on Cold Comfort Farm

4/6/2021
Abbie Headon, Bookseller Rising Star of 2018, editor, writer, TikTokker and all-round publishing good egg, discusses Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm and her own work with me.

Duration:00:59:13

Lev Parikian on Heartburn

3/22/2021
Lev Parikian, conductor and writer of erudite and witty non-fiction, discusses Nora Ephron's Heartburn and his own work with me.

Duration:01:01:50

Isabel Rogers on 1066 And All That

3/8/2021
Isabel Rogers, award-winning poet and author of the Stockwell Park Orchestra series, discusses Sellar and Yeatman's 1066 And All That and her own work with me. Featuring guest appearance by Zig the dog and an unexpected diversion into the music of Anton Bruckner.

Duration:00:52:20

Toby Frost on Lucky Jim

2/22/2021
Toby Frost, author of the Space Captain Smith series, discusses Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and his own work with me.

Duration:01:02:51

All about "It's Lit But Is It Funny?"

2/3/2021
This is the trailer for "It's Lit But Is It Funny", which tells you everything you need to know about it in 169 action-packed seconds. Come for the jaunty theme tune, stay for the nuanced literary debate.

Duration:00:02:55