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Joker Face

By Steve Best

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Portraits of Britain's leading comedians and their favourite one liners

Publication date: September 2017
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About the book

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

Alexei Sayle doesn’t like kippers.

Andy Zaltzman’s great uncle was Nelson Mandela’s accountant.

Josh Widdicombe auditioned for the lead role in the Hobbit.

Alan Davies pulled the comedian Keith Dover out of a burning car.

Gina Yashere is a germaphobe and brings her own bed sheets, towels, pillows and slippers to hotel rooms.

Rob Beckett 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.

Sara Pascoe use to be backing singer for Robbie Williams’ dad, Pete Conway.

Tim Key’s freezer sealed itself shut three years ago and he doesn’t remember what’s in it.

Mackenzie Crook likes sunburn and air turbulence.

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