Over the past few years, comedian Steve Best has been taking candid portraits of his fellow stand-ups on the circuit. He has also been asking them for their favourite one-liner and a few unknown facts about them. The result is Comedy Snapshots, a remarkable, and very funny record of the British comedy scene today.
Over 450 comedians including John Bishop, Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Alexei Sayle, Phill Jupitus, Matt Lucas, Alan Davies, Julian Clary, Dara O'Briain, Al Murray, Mackenzie Crook, Mark Thomas, Rob Newman, Johnny Vegas, Katharine Ryan, David Baddiel, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jeremy Hardy, Jenny Éclair, Kevin Day, Jeff Green, John Hegley, Rich Hall, Robin Ince, Fred MacAulay, Josh Widdicombe, Jason Byrne, Ed Byrne, Tommy Tiernan, Sara Pascoe, Josie Lawrence, Josie Long, Mike McShane, Gina Yashere, Marcus Brigstocke, Rob Delaney, Andy Zaltzman, Count Arthur Strong, Arthur Smith, Richard Herring, Wayne Dobson, Phil Kay and Mark Watson.
Some jokes in the book
‘Conference pears – what do they talk about’ – Mick McShane
‘I passed a shop window today it was full of essential oils and I don't have any of them. I'm lucky to be alive’ – Ardal O’Hanlon
‘The Swiss must've been pretty confident in their chances of victory if they included a corkscrew in their army knife.’ – Rhys James
‘i before E except after C. But there is an exception, which is weird’ – Jessica Fostekew
‘They say it's easy to spot someone wearing a wig and it's true because I wore one yesterday and saw three people’ – Anthony King
‘My grandmother always used to say, “A stitch in time… may create a wormhole.” She was a physicist.’ – Abigail Burdess
Some facts in the book
doesn’t like kippers.
great uncle was Nelson Mandela’s accountant.
auditioned for the lead role in the Hobbit.
pulled the comedian Keith Dover out of a burning car.
is a germaphobe and brings her own bed sheets, towels, pillows and slippers to hotel rooms.
can peel a banana with his feet.
Phil Jupitus’s favourite meal is beans on toast.
Katherine Ryan pulled out all her eyelashes when she was 15 years old.
Stewart Lee has seen a ghost but doesn’t believe in the afterlife.
Viv Groskop gave birth to a baby next to a dishwasher.
use to be backing singer for Robbie Williams’ dad, Pete Conway.
freezer sealed itself shut three years ago and he doesn’t remember what’s in it.
Mackenzie Crook likes sunburn and air turbulence.
Hello My Pledgering Friends
I see you have had an email asking to confirm your names in the back of my book. Choose wisely as we have changed the name of the book to confuse you even further. It is now called Joker Face. Not that I'm encouraging you to change your name. Although I suppose if you've ever wanted to be called Cuthbert Hintergarden or Rosemary Thyme Cheekrash then this is the time.…
Yippee, the first draft of Comedy Snapshots has been submitted to Unbound. And then the next day I heard from Mark Steel who replied to my questions (I had been waiting over a year!). Here are the questions I ask all the comedians...
When and where you started comedy
A one-liner joke of yours
4 o5 5 facts about yourself that has nothing to do with your comedy career (unless weird…
I've been slack in updating you... and much has happened
I've managed to snap a few more great comedians for Comedy Snapshots... here's the one and only Rory Bremner
Here's his joke and facts
‘Heard about the Eskimo lottery? You have to be Inuit to win it.’
I started on the London Circuit in 1983- Finborough Arms, Donmar Warehouse, Jongleurs.
I Have a degree in French…
These people are helping to fund Joker Face.