BIBLIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES

Books that are well worth reading on the lives of comedians.

 

Bud ABBOTT and Lou COSTELLO

 

BUD AND LOU – THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO STORY by Bob Thomas (W.H. Allen, London. 1977)

THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO BOOK by Jim Mulholland (Popular Library paperback, New York. 1975)

THE OFFICIAL ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SCRAPBOOK by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin (Contemporary Books paperback, Chicago. 1990)

 

Dave ALLEN

 

DAVE ALLEN – GOD’S OWN COMEDIAN by Gus Smith (Hale, London. 1991)

DAVE ALLEN – THE BIOGRAPHY by Carolyn Soutar (Orion, London. 2005)

 

Fred ALLEN

 

TREADMILL TO OBLIVION by Fred Allen (Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1954)

MUCH ADO ABOUT ME by Fred Allen (Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1956)

FRED ALLEN’S LETTERS edited by Joe McCarthy (Doubleday, New York. 1965)

FRED ALLEN – HIS LIFE AND WIT by Robert Taylor (Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1989)

 

Woody ALLEN

 

WOODY ALLEN – JOKING ASIDE by Gerald McKnight (W.H. Allen, London. 1982)

WOODY ALLEN ON LOCATION by Thierry de Navaceller (William Morrow, New York. 1987)

WOODY ALLEN by Eric Lax (Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 1991)

WOODY ALLEN – A BIOGRAPHY by John Baxter (Harper/Collins, New York. 1998)

THE UNRULY LIFE OF WOODY ALLEN by Marion Meade (Scribner. 2000

Roscoe "Fatty" ARBUCKLE

 

THE DAY THE LAUGHTER STOPPED by David A. Yallop (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1976)

FATTY by Andy Edmonds (Macdonald, London. 1991)

ROSCOE “FATTY” ARBUCKLE- A  BIOGRAPHY by Stuart Oderman (McFarland 1994)

 

Arthur ASKEY

 

THREE MEN AND A GIMMICK – PETER CUSHING, TERRY-THOMAS AND ARTHUR ASKEY by Robert Hirst (The World’s Work Ltd., London. 1957)

BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES by Arthur Askey (Woburn Press, London. 1975)

 

Rowan ATKINSON

 

BEAN THERE DONE THAT – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROWAN ATKINSON by Bruce Dessau (Orion Media, London. 1997)

ROWAN ATKINSON by Bruce Dessau (Orion Media, London. 1999)

 

Lucille BALL

 

LUCY IN THE AFTERNOON by Jim Brochu (New English Library, London. 1990)

LUCY & DESI – THE LOVE STORY OF TELEVISION’S MOST FAMOUS COUPLE by Warren G. Harris (Simon & Schuster, New York. 1991)

THE LUCY BOOK by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman (Renaissance Books, Los Angeles. 1999)

BALL OF FIRE – THE TUMULTUOUS LIFE AND COMIC ART OF LUCILLE BALL by Stefan Kanfer (Alfred Knopf, New York. 2003)

 

Ronnie BARKER

 

IT’S HELLO – FROM HIM! by Ronnie Barker (New English Library, London. 1988)

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – EARLY YEARS ON THE STAGE by Ronnie Barker (Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1993)

RONNIE BARKER – THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY by Bob McCabe (Andre Deutsch / Chameleon, London. 1998)

THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF RONNIE BARKER by Bob McCabe (BBC Books, London. 2004)

AND IT’S GOODNIGHT FROM HIM – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE TWO RONNIES by Ronnie Corbett (Penguin/Michael Joseph, London. 2006)

REMEMBERING RONNIE BARKER by Richard Webber (Century, London. 2010)

 

Rosanne BARR

 

MY LIVES by Rosanne Arnold (Century, London. 1994)

 

Richard BECKINSALE

 

THE RICHARD BECKINSALE STORY by David Clayton (History Press, London. 2007)

 

John BELUSHI

 

WIRED – THE SHORT LIFE AND FAST TIMES OF JOHN BELUSHI by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1984)

 

Jack BENNY

 

JACK BENNY by Irving A. Fein (Putnam, New York. 1976)

JACK BENNY by Mary Livingstone Benny and Hilliard Marks & Marcia Borie (Doubleday, New York. 1978)

SUNDAY NIGHTS AT SEVEN – THE JACK BENNY STORY by Jack Benny and Joan Benny (Warner, New York. 1990)

WELL! – REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JACK BENNY edited by Michael Leannah (BearManor Media, 200?)

 

Michael BENTINE

 

THE LONG BANANA SKIN by Michael Bentine (Wolfe, London. 1975)

THE RELUCTANT JESTER by Michael Bentine  (Bantam Books, 1993)

 

Milton BERLE

 

MILTON BERLE by Milton Berle (?)

B.S. I LOVE YOU – SIXTY FUNNY YEARS WITH THE FAMOUS AND THE INFAMOUS by Milton Berle (McGraw-Hill, New York. 1988

 

Joe BESSER

 

ONCE A STOOGE, ALWAYS A STOOGE by Joe Besser, Jeff Lenburg and Greg Lenburg (Roundtable Publishing, Santa Monica. 1988)

 

Eddie BRABEN

 

THE BOOK WHAT I WROTE – ERIC, ERNIE AND ME by Eddie Braben (?. 200?)

 

Bernard BRADEN

 

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS by Bernard Braden (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1990)

 

Wilfrid BRAMBELL

 

ALL ABOVE BOARD by Wilfrid Brambell (W.H. Allen, London. 1976)

 

Jo BRAND

 

LOOK BACK IN HUNGER by Jo Brand (?. 2009)

CAN’T STAND UP FOR SITTING DOWN by Jo Brand (Headline Review 2011)

 

Fanny BRICE

 

THE FABULOUS FANNY by Norman Katkov (Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 1953)

FANNY BRICE – THE ORIGINAL FUNNY GIRL by Herbert G. Goldman (Oxford University Press, New York. 1992)

 

Mel BROOKS

 

MEL BROOKS – THE IRREVERENT FUNNYMAN by Bill Adler and Jeffrey Feinman (Playboy Press paperback, Chicago. 1976)

METHOD IN MADNESS – THE COMIC ART OF MEL BROOKS by Maurice Yacowar (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1981)

MEL BROOKS AND THE SPOOF MOVIE by Nick Smurthwaite and Paul Gelder (Proteus, ?. 1982)

THE FILMS OF MEL BROOKS by Neil Sinyard (Exeter Books, New York. 1987)

 

Peter BROUGH

 

EDUCATING ARCHIE by Peter Brough (Stanley Paul, London. 1955)

 

Janet BROWN

 

PRIME MIMICLER by Janet Brown (Robson, London. 1986)

 

Joe E. BROWN

 

YOUR KIDS AND MINE by Joe E. Brown (1944)

LAUGHTER IS A WONDERFUL THING by Joe E. Brown, with Ralph Hancock (Barnes, New York. 1956)

 

Lenny BRUCE

 

LENNY BRUCE – THE COMEDIAN AS A SOCIAL CRITIC AND SECULAR MORALIST by Frank Kofsky (Pathfinder / Monad paperback, New York. 1974)

 

Dora BRYAN

 

ACCORDING TO DORA by Dora Bryan, with Kay Hunter (Bodley Head, London. 1987)

 

Carol BURNETT

 

ONE MORE TIME by Carol Burnett (?, 1986)

LAUGHING TILL IT HURTS – THE LIFE AND CAREER OF CAROL BURNETT by J. Randy Taraborrelli (William Morrow, New York. 1988)

 

George BURNS

 

I LOVE HER, THAT’S WHY! by George Burns, with Cynthia Hobart Lindsay (W.H. Allen, London. 1956)

LIVING IT UP OR, THEY STILL LOVE ME IN ALTOONA! by George Burns (Putnam, New York. 1976)

THE THIRD TIME AROUND by George Burns (Putnam, New York. 1980)

GRACIE – A LOVE STORY by George Burns (Putnam, New York. 1988)

ALL MY BEST FRIENDS by George Burns, with David Fisher (Putnam, New York. 1989)

100 YEARS, 100 STORIES by George Burns (Putnam, New York. 1996)

GEORGE BURNS AND THE HUNDRED YEAR DASH by Martin Gottfried (1996)

GEORGE BURNS IN HIS OWN WORDS by Herb Fagen (Carroll & Graf, New York. 1996)

 

John CANDY

 

LAUGHING ON THE OUTSIDE – THE LIFE OF JOHN CANDY by Martin Knelman (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1996)

 

Tommy CANNON and Bobby BALL

 

ROCK ON, TOMMY! by Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, with Chris Gidney (Harper Collins, London. 2000)

 

Eddie CANTOR

 

MY LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS by Eddie Cantor, with David Freedman (Blue Ribbon Books, New York. 1928 / 1932)

TAKE MY LIFE by Eddie Cantor, with Jane Kesner Ardmore (Doubleday, New York. 1957)

AS I REMEMBER THEM by Eddie Cantor (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York. 1963)

EDDIE CANTOR – A LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS by Gregory Kaseluck (McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina. 1995)

BANJO EYES by Herbert G. Goldman (Oxford University Press, New York. 1997)

 

George CARLIN

 

LAST WORDS posthumous autobiography by George Carlin, with Tony Hendra (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2009)

 

Ian CARMICHAEL

 

WILL THE REAL IAN CARMICHAEL …? by Ian Carmichael (Macmillan, London. 1979)

 

Jasper CARROTT

 

JASPER AND ME by John Sharkey (Etsiketsi Books paperback. c.1993)

 

Charlie CHAPLIN

 

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S OWN STORY by Charles Chaplin (Bobbs-Merrill, 1916)

MY WONDERFUL VISIT by Charles Chaplin (Hurst & Blackett, 1922)

A COMEDIAN SEES THE WORLD by Charles Chaplin

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – HIS LIFE AND ART by William D. Bowman (Routledge/John Day, 1931)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – KING OF TRAGEDY by Girith Von Ulm (1940)

CHAPLIN, LAST OF THE CLOWNS by Parker Tyler (Vanguard Press, 1948)

THE LITTLE FELLOW – THE LIFE & WORK OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Peter Cotes and Thelma Niklaus (Paul Elek, 1951)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Theodore Huff (Schuman, New York. 1951)

THE GREAT GOD PAN – A BIOGRAPHY OF THE TRAMP PLAYED BY CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Robert Payne (Hermitage House, 1952)

CHAPLIN – THE IMMORTAL TRAMP by R.J. Minney (1954)

MY FATHER, CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Charles Chaplin Jr with N & M Rau (Random House, New York. 1960)

MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Charles Chaplin (Simon and Shuster, 1964)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – EARLY COMEDIES by Isobel Quigley (Dutton / Vista, 1968)

FOCUS ON CHAPLIN by Donald W. McCaffrey (Prentice-Hall, 1971)

CHAPLIN – GENESIS OF A CLOWN by Raoul Sobeland and David Francis (Quartet Books, 1977)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN by John McCabe (Robson, 1978)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Raj Sacranie (Hamish Hamilton, London. 1980)

CHAPLIN: HIS LIFE AND ART by David Robinson (Collins, 1985)

CHAPLIN AND AMERICAN CULTURE – THE EVOLUTION OF A STAR IMAGE by Charles J. Maland (Princeton University Press, 1989)

CHAPLIN IN THE SOUND ERA by Eric L. Flom (McFarland, 1997)

CHAPLIN: A LIFE by Stephen Weissman (JR Books, 2009)

CHAPLIN: THE TRAMP’S ODYSSEY by Simon Louvish (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, New York. 2009)

 

Graham CHAPMAN

 

A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY – VOLUME VI by Graham Chapman (Eyre Methuen, London. 1980)

THE LIFE OF GRAHAM – THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GRAHAM CHAPMAN by Bob McCabe (Orion, London. 2005)

 

Charlie CHESTER

 

THE WORLD IS FULL OF CHARLIES by Charlie Chester (New England Library, London. 1974)

 

John CLEESE

 

CLEESE ENCOUNTERS by Jonathan Margolis (Chapmans, London. 1992)

JOHN CLEESE – AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT by Robert Gore Langton (Chameleon / Andre Deutsch, London. 1999)

 

Robbie COLTRANE

 

LOOKING FOR ROBBIE by Neil Norman (Orion, London. 1999)

 

Billy CONNOLLY

 

THE BIG YIN – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BILLY CONNOLLY by Jonathan Margolis (Orion/Chapmans, London. 1994)

THE FUNNY SIDE OF BILLY CONNOLLY by Bruce Dessau (Orion Media, London. 1996)

BILLY by Pamela Stephenson (Harper Collins, London. 2001)

BRAVEMOUTH by Pamela Stephenson (Headline, London. 2003)

BILLY CONNOLLY – THE UNOFFICIAL AND UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY by Nigel Huddleston (Kandour, London. 2004)

 

Peter COOK

 

SOMETHING LIKE FIRE – PETER COOK REMEMBERED edited by Lin Cook (Methuen, London. 1996)

PETER COOK by Harry Thompson (Hodder & Stoughton, 1997)

PETE & DUD – AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY by Alexander Games (Andre Deutsch / Chameleon, London. 1999)

TRAGICALLY, I WAS AN ONLY TWIN: THE COMPLETE PETER COOK  by Peter Cook (Arrow 2003)

PETER COOK – SO FAREWELL THEN by Wendy E. Cook (Harper Collins, London. 2006)

HOW VERY INTERESTING – PETER COOK’S UNIVERSE AND ALL THAT SURROUNDS IT by Paul Hamilton, Peter Gordon, and Dan Kieran (Snowbooks, London. 2006)

LOVING PETER: MY LIFE WITH PETER COOK & DUDLEY MOORE  by Judy Huxtable (Piatikus 2009)

 

Tommy COOPER

 

FOR THE LOVE OF TOMMY – A PERSONAL PORTRAIT OF TOMMY COOPER by Mary Fieldhouse (Robson, London. 1986)

TOMMY COOPER – JUST LIKE THAT by Jeremy Novick (Chameleon/Andre Deutsch, London. 1998)

TOMMY COOPER – ALWAYS LEAVE THEM LAUGHING by John Fisher (Harper Collins, London. 2006)

 

Ronnie CORBETT

 

MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY – HIGH HOPES by Ronnie Corbett (Ebury Press, London. 2006)

AND IT’S GOODNIGHT FROM HIM – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE TWO RONNIES by Ronnie Corbett (Penguin/Michael Joseph, London. 2006)

 

Bill COSBY

 

THE COSBY WIT – HIS LIFE AND TIMES by Bill Adler (Carroll and Graf, New York. 1986)

COSBY by Ronald L. Smith (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1986 / W.H.Allen, London. 1987)

 

Michael CRAWFORD

 

PARCEL ARRIVED SAFELY: TIED WITH STRING by Michael Crawford (Century, London. 1999)

 

The CRAZY GANG

 

THE CRAZY GANG by Maureen Owen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1986)

 

Barry CRYER

 

YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS BUT … AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SORTS by Barry Cryer (Virgin, London. 1996)

PIGS CAN FLY by Barry Cryer (Orion 2004)

BUTTERFLY BRAIN by Barry Cryer (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2009)

THE CHRONICLES OF HERNIA by Barry Cryer (Virgin 2011)

 

Billy CRYSTAL

 

STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM by Billy Crystal (Henry Holt and Company, New York. 2013)

 

Rodney DANGERFIELD

 

IT’S NOT EASY BEING ME by Rodney Dangerfield (Harper Collins/Harper Entertainment, New York. 2004)

 

Bebe DANIELS and BEN LYON

 

LIFE WITH THE LYONS by Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon (Odhams, London. 1953)

BEBE AND BEN by Jill Allgood (Hale, London. 1975)

 

Jim DAVIDSON

 

THE FULL MONTY by Jim Davidson (Little, Brown & Company, London. 1993)

 

Alan DAVIES

 

MY FAVOURITE PEOPLE AND ME (1978 – 1988) by Alan Davies (?. 2009)

 

Joan DAVIS

 

HOLD THAT JOAN – THE LIFE, LAUGHS AND FILMS OF JOAN DAVIS by Ben Ohmart (BearManor Media, Georgia. 2007)

 

Les DAWSON

 

A CLOWN TOO MANY by Les Dawson (Elm Tree Books, London. 1985)

NO TEARS FOR THE CLOWN by Les Dawson (Robson, London. 1992)

LES DAWSON – WHEN YOU’RE SMILING by Mick Middles (Andre Deutsch / Chameleon, London. 1999)

 

Jack DEE

 

THANKS FOR NOTHING by Jack Dee (Doubleday, London. 2009)

 

Ellen DeGENERES

 

ELLEN – THE REAL STORY OF ELLEN DeGENERES by Kathleen Tr0acy (Carol / Birch Lane. 1999)

 

Phyllis DILLER

 

A LAMPSHADE IN A WHOREHOUSE by Phyllis Diller & Richard Like (2005)

 

Ken DODD

 

HOW TICKLED I AM by Michael Billington (Elm Tree, London. 1977)

KEN DODD – LAUGHTER AND TEARS by Gus Smith (Hale, London. 19??)

KEN DODD – THE BIOGRAPHY by Stephen Griffin (Michael O’Mara Books, London. 2005)

LOOK AT IT MY WAY by Ken Dodd (?. 2009)

 

Charlie DRAKE

 

DRAKE’S PROGRESS by Charlie Drake (Robson, London. 1986)

 

Fran DRESCHER

 

ENTER WHINING by Fran Drescher (Harper Collins 1996)

 

Clive DUNN

 

PERMISSION TO SPEAK by Clive Dunn (Century, London. 1986)

 

Jimmy DURANTE

 

SCHNOZZOLA – THE STORY OF JIMMY DURANTE by Gene Fowler (Viking Press, New York. 1951 / Hammond, Hammond & Co., London. 1952)

GOOD NIGHT, MRS. CALABASH – THE SECRET LIFE OF JIMMY DURANTE by William Cahn (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York. 1963)

I REMEMBER JIMMY – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JIMMY DURANTE by Irene Adler (Arlington House, Westport, Connecticut. 1980)

INKA DINKA DOO – THE LIFE OF JIMMY DURANTE by Jhan Robbins (Paragon House, New York. 1991)

JIMMY DURANTE – HIS SHOW BUSINESS CAREER by David Bakish (McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina. 1995)

 

Jimmy EDWARDS

 

TAKE IT FROM ME by Jimmy Edwards (Werner Laurie, London. 1953)

SIX OF THE BEST by Jimmy Edwards (Robson, London. 1984)

 

Arthur ENGLISH

 

THROUGH THE MILL AND BEYOND by Arthur English, with Linton Mitchell (Mildmay, London. 1986)

 

Kenny EVERETT

 

THE CUSTARD STOPS AT HATFIELD by Kenny Everett (Willow / Collins, London. 1982)

IN THE BEST POSSIBLE TASTE – THE CRAZY LIFE OF KENNY EVERETT by David Lister (Bloomsbury, London. 1996)

 

Marty FELDMAN

 

MARTY FELDMAN – THE BIOGRAPHY OF A COMEDY LEGEND by Robert Ross (Titan, 2011)

eYE Marty: THE NEWLY DISCOVERED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ABIOGRAPHY OF A COMIC GENIUS by Marty Feldman (Coronet, 2015)

 

Tim FERGUSON

 

CARRY A BIG STICK by Tim Ferguson (2013)

 

Sid FIELD

 

WHAT A PERFORMANCE by John Fisher (Seeley Service , London. 1975)

 

W.C. FIELDS

 

W.C. FIELDS – HIS FOLLIES AND FORTUNES by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday, New York. 1949 / Cassell & Company, London. 1950)

THE FILMS OF W.C. FIELDS by Donald Deschner (Citadel, New York. 1966)

THE ART OF W.C. FIELDS by William K. Everson (Bonanza Books, New York. 1967 / George Allen and Unwin, London. 1968)

W.C. FIELDS AND ME by Carlotta Monti, with Cy Rice (Prentice-Hall, New Jersey. 1973 / Michael Joseph, London. 1973)

W.C. FIELDS BY HIMSELF – HIS INTENDED BIOGRAPHY edited by Ronald J. Fields (Prentice-Hall, New Jersey. 1973)

W.C. FIELDS by Nicholas Yanni (Pyramid paperback, New York. 1974)

W.C. FIELDS – A LIFE ON FILM by Ronald J. Fields (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1984)

W.C. FIELDS – A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY by Wes D. Gehring (Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut. 1984)

W.C. FIELDS – AN ANNOTATED GUIDE By David T. Rocks (McFarland, 1993)

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF W.C. FIELDS by Simon Louvish (Faber and Faber, London. 1997)

W.C. FIELDS – A BIOGRAPHY By James Curtis (Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 2003)

 

Bud FLANAGAN and Chesney ALLEN

 

MY CRAZY LIFE by Bud Flanagan (Frederick Muller, London. 1961)

THE CRAZY GANG by Maureen Owen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1986)

 

Cyril FLETCHER

 

NICE ONE CYRIL by Cyril Fletcher (Barrie and Jenkins, London. 1978)

 

George FORMBY

 

THE ENTERTAINERS – GEORGE FORMBY by John Fisher (Woburn Press, London. 1975)

GEORGE FORMBY by Alan Randall and Ray Seaton (W.H. Allen, London. 1974)

 

Stan FREBERG

 

IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH by Stan Freberg (Random House / Times Books, New York. 1988)

 

Dawn FRENCH

 

DAWN FRENCH – THE BIOGRAPHY by Alison Bowyer (Headline Press, London. 2000)

HELLO FATTY by Dawn French (Century, London. 2008)

 

David FROST

 

FROST – ANATOMY OF A SUCCESS by Wallace Reyburn (Macdonald, London. 1968)

DAVID FROST by Willi Frischauer (Michael Joseph, London. 1971)

DAVID FROST – FROM CONGREGATIONS TO AUDIENCES by David Frost (Harper Collins, London. 1993)

 

Stephen FRY

 

MOAB IS MY WASHPOT by Stephen Fry (Hutchinson, London. 1997)

 

Terry GILLIAM

 

DARK KNIGHTS AND HOLY FOOLS – THE ART AND FILM OF TERRY GILLIAM by Bob McCabe (Orion, London. 1999)

GILLIAM ON GILLIAM edited by Ian Christie (Faber and Faber paperback, New York. 2000)

GILLIAMESQUE: A PRE-POSTHUMOUS MEMOIR by Terry Gillam (Canongate books 2015)

 

Hermione GINGOLD

 

HOW TO GROW OLD DISGRACEFULLY by Hermione Gingold, with Anne Clements Eyre (Gollancz, London. 1989)

 

Jackie GLEASON

 

THE GOLDEN HAM by Jim Bishop (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1956)

HOW SWEET IT IS – THE JACKIE GLEASON STORY by James Bacon (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1985)

THE GREAT ONE – THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF JACKIE GLEASON by William A. Henry III (Doubleday, New York. 1992)

 

Kelsey GRAMMER

 

SO FAR by Kelsey Grammer (Dutton, New York. 1995)

 

Joyce GRENFELL

 

JOYCE GRENFELL REQUESTS THE PLEASURE by Joyce Grenfell (MacMillan, London. 1976)

 

Tony HANCOCK

 

HANCOCK by Freddie Hancock and David Nathan (William Kimber, London. 1969)

THE ENTERTAINERS – TONY HANCOCK by Phillip Oakes (Woburn/Futura paperback, London. 1975)

TONY HANCOCK ‘ARTISTE’ by Roger Wilmut (Eyre Methuen, London. 1978)

THE ILLUSTRATED HANCOCK by Roger Wilmut (Macdonald / Queen Anne Press, London. 1986)

HANCOCK’S LAST STAND … OR THE SERIES THAT NEVER WAS by Eddie Joffe (Theatre Guild, London. 1998)

WHEN THE WIND CHANGED – THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TONY HANCOCK by Cliff Goodwin (Century, London. 1999)

TONY HANCOCK - THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by John Fisher (Harper Collins, 2008)

 

Tommy HANDLEY

 

TOMMY HANDLEY by Ted Kavanagh (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1949)

THAT MAN – A MEMORY OF TOMMY HANDLEY by Bill Grundy (Elm Tree Books / Hamish Hamilton, London. 1976)

 

Charles HAWTREY

 

CHARLES HAWTREY 1914-1988 – THE MAN WHO WAS PRIVATE WIDDLE by Roger Lewis (Faber and Faber, London. 2001)

WHATSHISNAME – THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CHARLES HAWTREY by Wes Butters (Tomahawk Press, 2010)

 

Will HAY

 

GOOD MORNING BOYS – WILL HAY – MASTER OF COMEDY by Ray Seaton and Roy Martin (Barrie and Jenkins, London. 1978)

WILL HAY by Graham Rinaldi (Tomahawk Press 2009)

 

Hattie HAYRIDGE

 

RANDOM ABSTRACT MEMORY by Hattie Hayridge (Penguin paperback, London. 1997)

 

Patricia HAYES

 

A FUNNY OLD LIFE by Teresa Jennings, with Patricia Hayes (Robson, London. 1990)

 

Dickie HENDERSON

 

SINCERELY DICKIE – A DICKIE HENDERSON COLLECTION edited by Peter Cotes (Robert Hale, London. 1989)

 

Lenny HENRY

 

LENNY HENRY by Jonathan Margolis (Orion, London. 1995)

 

Bill HICKS

 

BILL HICKS – AGENT OF EVOLUTION by Kevin Booth (Harper Collins, London. 2004)

 

Benny HILL

 

THE BENNY HILL STORY by John Smith (W.H. Allen, London. 1988)

THE ILLUSTRATED BENNY HILL by Gary Morecambe (Elm Tree Books, 1989)

SAUCY BOY – THE LIFE STORY OF BENNY HILL by Leonard Hill (Grafton, London. 1990)

BENNY – THE TRUE STORY BY HIS BEST FRIEND by Dennis Kirkland, with Hilary Bonner (Smith Gryphon, London. 1992)

STAR TURNS – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY HILL AND FRANKIE HOWERD by Barry Took (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1992)

THE REAL BENNY HILL by Margaret Forwood (Robson, 1992)

BENNY HILL: MERRY MASTER OF MIRTH by Robert Ross (Batsford paperback, London. 1999)

BENNY HILL – KING LEER by Jeremy Novick (Carlton, London. 2000)

FUNNY, PECULIAR – THE TRUE STORY OF BENNY HILL by Mark Lewisohn (Sidgwick & Jackson, London. 2002)

 

Thora HIRD

 

NOT IN THE DIARY by Thora Hird (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 2000)

 

Paul HOGAN

 

PAUL HOGAN by Sandra Jobson (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1987)

HOGAN – THE STORY OF A SON OF OZ by James Oram (Century Hutchinson paperback, Melbourne. 1987)

 

Bob HOPE

 

THEY GOT ME COVERED by Bob Hope (paperback with no publishing credit, Hollywood. 1941)

I NEVER LEFT HOME by Bob Hope (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1944)

HAVE TUX, WILL TRAVEL by Bob Hope, with Pete Martin (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1954) retitled THIS IS ON ME (Shakespeare Head, London. c.1955)

WHERE THERE’S LIFE, THERE’S BOB HOPE (Petersen Publishing, Los Angeles. 1957)

FIVE WOMEN I LOVE – BOB HOPE’S VIETNAM STORY by Bob Hope (Doubleday, New York. 1966)

THE AMAZING CAREERS OF BOB HOPE by Joe Morella, Edward Epstein and Eleanor Clark (W.H. Allen, London. 1974)

THE LAST CHRISTMAS SHOW by Bob Hope, with Pete Martin (Doubleday, New York. 1974 / Robert Hale, London. 1976)

THE ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD – MY FORTY YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE MOVIES by Bob Hope and Bob Thomas (Doubleday, New York. 1977)

BOB HOPE – PORTRAIT OF A SUPERSTAR by Charles Thompson (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1981)

BOB HOPE – A LIFE IN COMEDY by William Robert Faith (Putnam, New York. 1982)

DON’T SHOOT, IT’S ONLY ME by Bob Hope, with Melville Shavelson (MacMillan, London. 1990)

BOB HOPE – THE ROAD WELL TRAVELLED by Lawrence J. Quirk (Applause Books  2000)

BOB HOPE – A TRIBUTE by Raymond Strait (Pinnacle Books / Kensington Publishing paperback, 2003)

 

Kenneth HORNE

 

SOLO FOR HORNE – THE BIOGRAPHY OF KENNETH HORNE by Norman Hackforth (Angus & Robertson, London. 1976)

ROUND MR. HORNE – THE LIFE OF KENNETH HORNE by Barry Johnston (Aurum Press, London. 2006)

 

Frankie HOWERD

 

ON THE WAY I LOST IT by Frankie Howerd (W.H. Allen, London. 1976)

TITTER YE NOT! – THE LIFE OF FRANKIE HOWERD by William Hall (Harper Collins / Grafton paperback, London. 1992)

STAR TURNS – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY HILL AND FRANKIE HOWERD by Barry Took (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1992)

FRANKIE HOWERD – THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY by Mick Middles (Headline, London. 2000)

THE COMPLETE FRANKIE HOWERD by Robert Ross (Reynolds & Hearne, London. 2001)

FRANKIE HOWERD – STAND-UP COMIC by Graham McCann (Fourth Estate, London. 2004)

 

Roy HUDD

 

A FART IN A COLANDER – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Roy Hudd (Michael O'Mara Books 2009)

 

Barry HUMPHRIES

 

THE REAL BARRY HUMPHRIES by Peter Coleman (Coronet Books, 1991)

DAME EDNA EVERAGE AND THE RISE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION BACKSTAGE WITH BARRY HUMPHRIES by John Lahr (Bloomsbury, London. 1991)

MORE PLEASE by Barry Humphries (Viking, London. 1992)

MY LIFE AND ME by Barry Humphries (Viking, London. 2002)

HANDLING EDNA by Barry Humphries (Hachett, London. 2009)

ONE MAN SHOW: THE STAGES OF BARRY HUMPHRIES by Anne Pender (Harper/Collins, 2010)

Eric IDLE

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE by Eric Idle (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018)

 

Eddie IZZARD

 

DRESS TO KILL by Eddie Izzard, David Quantick and Steve Double (Virgin, London. 1998)

 

Hattie JACQUES

 

HATTIE – THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF HATTIE JACQUES by Andy Merriman (?, 2008)

 

Sid JAMES

 

SID JAMES by Cliff Goodwin (Century, London. 1995)

THE COMPLETE SID JAMES by Robert Ross (Reynolds & Hearne, London. 2000)

SID JAMES – COCKNEY REBEL by Robert Ross (JR Books, London. 2009)

 

David JASON

 

THE DAVID JASON STORY by Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank (Blake paperback, London. 1991)

DAVID JASON – THE BIOGRAPHY by Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank (Blake, London. 1997)

DAVID JASON – A LIFE IN PICTURES by Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank (Blake, London. 1999)

 

Jimmy JEWEL

 

THREE TIMES LUCKY by Jimmy Jewel (Enigma, London. 1982)

James Robertson JUSTICE

JAMES ROBERTSON JUSTICE – WHAT’S THE BLEEDING-TIME? by James Hogg, Robert Sellers and Howard Watson (. 2007) 

 

Andy KAUFMAN

 

LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE – THE LIFE AND MIND OF ANDY KAUFMAN by Bill Zehma (Allen & Unwin, ?. 1999)

 

Danny KAYE

 

THE LIFE STORY OF DANNY KAYE by Dick Richards (Convoy Publications, London. 1949)

THE DANNY KAYE SAGA by Kurt Singer (Robert Hale, London. 1956)

THE SECRET LIFE OF DANNY KAYE by Michael Freedland (W.H. Allen, London. 1985)

NOBODY’S FOOL – THE LIVES OF DANNY KAYE by Martin Gottfried (Simon & Schuster, New York. 1994)

 

Buster KEATON

 

MY WONDERFUL WORLD OF SLAPSTICK by Buster Keaton, with Charles Samuels (Doubleday, New York. 1960 / George Allen and Unwin, London. 1967)

KEATON by Rudy Blesh (Macmillan, New York. 1966)

BUSTER KEATON by David Robinson (Secker and Warburg, London. 1969)

KEATON – THE MAN WHO WOULDN’T LIE DOWN by Tom Dardis (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 1979)

THE COMPLETE FILMS OF BUSTER KEATON by Jim Kline (Citadel, New York. 1993)

BUSTER KEATON – CUT TO THE CHASE by Marion Meade (Harper Collins, New York. 1995 / Bloomsbury, London. 1996)

Graham KENNEDY

THE GRAHAM KENNEDY STORY no author credit (Southdown Press, Melbourne. 1958)

KING – THE LIFE AND COMEDY OF GRAHAM KENNEDY by Graeme Blundell (Pan Macmillan, Sydney. 2003)

GRAHAM KENNEDY TREASURES – FRIENDS REMEMBER THE KING by Mike McColl Jones (Miegunjah Press/Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne. 2008)

 

Stan LAUREL and Oliver HARDY

 

MR. LAUREL & MR. HARDY by John McCabe (Grosset & Dunlap, New York. 1966)

THE FILMS OF LAUREL AND HARDY by William K. Everson (Citadel, New York. 196?)

THE LAUREL & HARDY BOOK edited by Leonard Maltin (Curtis Books paperback, New York. 1973)

THE COMEDY WORLD OF STAN LAUREL by John McCabe (Robson Books, London. 1975)

LAUREL & HARDY by John McCabe, Al Kilgore and Richard W. Bann (E.P. Dutton, New York. 1975)

STAN – THE LIFE OF STAN LAUREL by Fred Lawrence Guiles (Stein & Day, New York. 1980)

BABE – THE LIFE OF OLIVER HARDY by John McCabe (Citadel Press, New York. 1989)

LAUREL AND HARDY – THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MOVIES by Randy Skretvedt (Moonstone Press, Los Angeles. 1987)

THE LAUREL & HARDY ENCYCLOPEDIA by Glenn Mitchell (Batsford paperback, London. 1995)

STAN AND OLLIE: THE ROOTS OF COMEDY by Simon Louvish (Faber & Faber, London. 2002)

 

John Le MESURIER

 

A JOBBING ACTOR by John Le Mesurier (Elm Tree Books / Hamish Hamilton, London. 1984)

 

Dan LENO

 

THE FUNNIEST MAN ON EARTH – THE STORY OF DAN LENO by Gyles Brandreth (Hamish Hamilton, London 1977)

 

Jerry LEWIS (see also Dean Martin)

 

KING OF COMEDY – THE LIFE AND ART OF JERRY LEWIS by Shawn Levy (St. Martins, New York. 1996)

Robert LLEWELLYN

THE MAN IN THE RUBBER MASK by Robert Llewellyn (Penguin paperback, London. 1994. new edition 1996)

THIN HE WAS AND FILTHY HAIRED: MEMOIRS OF A BAD BOY by Robert Llewellyn (Penguin paperback, London. 1996)

 

Harold LLOYD

 

AN AMERICAN COMEDY by Harold Lloyd (Longman’s, Green and Company, New York. 1928. Dover Publications paperback, New York. 1971)

HAROLD LLOYD’S WORLD OF COMEDY by William Cahn (Duell, Sloan and Peace, New York. 1964)

HAROLD LLOYD – THE KING OF DAREDEVIL COMEDY by Adam Reilly (Andre Deutsch, London. 1977)

HAROLD LLOYD by Richard Schickel

THE HAROLD LLOYD ENCYCLOPEDIA by Annette D’Agostina Lloyd (McFarland, 2004)

 

Hugh LLOYD

 

THANK GOD FOR A FUNNY FACE by Hugh Lloyd (John Blake, London. 2002)

 

Jeremy LLOYD

 

LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY, I SHALL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE by Jeremy Lloyd (B.B.C. Books, London. 1993)

 

Arthur LOWE

 

ARTHUR LOWE – DAD’S MEMORY by Stephen Lowe (Virgin paperback, London. 199?)

Matt LUCAS 

LITTLE ME - MY LIFE FROM A-Z by Matt Lucas (Canongate 2017)

Paul LYNDE

CENTER SQUARE  by Steve Wilson & Joe Florenski (Advocate Books 2005)

 

Bernard MANNING

 

BERNARD MANNING by Jonathan Margolis (Orion, London. 199?)

 

Dean MARTIN and Jerry LEWIS

 

EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME (ESPECIALLY HIMSELF) by Arthur Marx (Hawthorn Books, New York. 1974)

 

Steve MARTIN

 

BORN STANDING UP by Steve Martin (Simon & Schuster, London. 2007)

 

The MARX Brothers

 

THE MARX BROTHERS by Kyle Crichton (Doubleday, New York. 1950 / Heinemann, London. 1951)

LIFE WITH GROUCHO by Arthur Marx (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1954 / as GROUCHO by Victor Gollancz, London. 1954)

GROUCHO AND ME by Groucho Marx (Bernard Geis, New York. 1959 / Victor Gollancz, London. 1959)

HARPO SPEAKS! by Harpo Marx, with Rowland Barber (Bernard Geis, New York. 1961 / Victor Gollancz, London. 1961)

THE GROUCHO LETTERS by Groucho Marx (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1967 / Michael Joseph, London. 1967)

THE MARX BROTHERS – THEIR WORLD OF COMEDY by Allen Eyles (Zwemmer, London. 1966 / Barnes, New York. 1967)

THE MARX BROTHERS AT THE MOVIES by Paul D. Zimmerman and Burt Goldblatt (Putnam, New York. 1968)

SON OF GROUCHO by Arthur Marx (David McKay, New York. 1972)

GROUCHO, HARPO, CHICO AND SOMETIMES ZEPPO – A HISTORY OF THE MARX BROTHERS Joe Adamson (Simon and Schuster, New York. 1973 / W.H. Allen, London. 1973)

THE MARX BROTHERS SCRAPBOOK by Groucho Marx and Richard J. Anobile (Darien House, New York. 1973 / W.H. Allen, London. 1974)

THE GROUCHO PHILE by Groucho Marx, with Hector Arce (Bobbs-Merrill, New York. 1976)

THE SECRET WORD IS GROUCHO by Groucho Marx, with Hector Arce (Putnam, New York. 1976)

HELLO, I MUST BE GOING – GROUCHO AND HIS FRIENDS by Charlotte Chandler (Doubleday, New York. 1978 / Robson, London. 1979)

GROUCHO by Hector Arce (Putnam, New York. 1979)

GROWING UP WITH CHICO by Maxine Marx (Prentice-Hall, New Jersey. 1980)

THE MARX BROTHERS ENCYCLOPEDIA by Glenn Mitchell (Batsford, London. 1997)

MONKEY BUSINESS – THE LIVES AND LEGENDS OF THE MARX BROTHERS by Simon Louvish (Faber and Faber paperback, London. 1999, St. Martins Press, New York. 2000)

GROUCHO – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JULIUS HENRY MARX by Stefan Kanfer (Knopf, New York. 2000)

 

Jackie MASON

 

JACKIE, OY! – JACKIE MASON FROM BIRTH TO REBIRTH by Jackie Mason, with Ken Gross (Little, Brown, Boston. 1988)

 

Rik MAYALL

 

BIGGER THAN HITLER, BETTER THAN CHRIST by Rik Mayall (Harper Collins, London. 2005) 

 

Paul MERTON

 

MY STRUGGLE by Paul Merton (Boxtree, London. 1995)

ONLY WHEN I LAUGH - MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Paul Merton (Ebury Press, London. 2014)

 

Max MILLER

 

MAX MILLER – THE CHEEKY CHAPPIE by John M. East (W.H.Allen, London. 1977)

 

Spike MILLIGAN

 

ADOLPH HITLER – MY PART IN HIS DOWNFALL by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1971)

ROMMEL? GUNNER WHO? by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1974)

MONTY – HIS PART IN MY VICTORY by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1976)

THE SPIKE MILLIGAN LETTERS edited by Norma Farnes (M. & J. Hobbs / Michael Joseph, London. 1977)

MUSSOLINI – HIS PART IN MY DOWNFALL by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1978)

MORE SPIKE MILLIGAN LETTERS edited by Norma Farnes M. & J. Hobbs / Michael Joseph, London. 1984)

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BULLETS GONE? by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1985)

GOODBYE SOLDIER DEMOB by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1986)

IT ENDS WITH MAGIC … A MILLIGAN FAMILY STORY by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1990)

PEACE WORK by Spike Milligan (Michael Joseph, London. 1991)

MILLIGAN – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SPIKE MILLIGAN by Dominic Behan

SPIKE MILLIGAN by Pauline Scudamore (Granada, London. 1985)

SPIKE MILLIGAN – A CELEBRATION by ? (Virgin, London. 199?)

A FAMILY ALBUM – AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY by Spike Milligan (Virgin, London. 1999)

SPIKE MILLIGAN – THE BIOGRAPHY by Humphrey Carpenter (Hodder & Stoughton, London. 2003)

SPIKE MILLIGAN – AN INTIMATE MEMOIR by Norma Farnes (?, London. 2003)

 

Bob MONKHOUSE

 

CRYING WITH LAUGHTER by Bob Monkhouse (Century, London. 1993)

OVER THE LIMIT by Bob Monkhouse (Century, London. 1998)

 

Dudley MOORE

 

DUDLEY MOORE – AN INFORMAL BIOGRAPHY by Jeff Lenburg (Putnam / Delilah paperback, New York. 1982)

DUDLEY by Paul Donovan (W.H. Allen, London. 1988)

DUDLEY MOORE by Barbra Paskin (Sidgwick & Jackson, London. 1997)

PETE & DUD – AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY by Alexander Games (Andre Deutsch / Chameleon, London. 1999)

 

Eric MORECAMBE and Ernie WISE

 

ERIC & ERNIE – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MORECAMBE & WISE by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, with Dennis Holman (W.H. Allen, London. 1973)

THERE’S NO ANSWER TO THAT – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY MORECAMBE & WISE by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, with Michael Freedland (Arthur Barker, London. 1981)

FUNNY MAN – ERIC MORECAMBE by Gary Morecambe (Methuen, London, 1982)

MORECAMBE AND WIFE by Joan Morecambe, with Michael Leitch (Pelham Books, London. 1985)

THE ILLUSTRATED MORECAMBE by Gary Morecambe (Macdonald / Queen Anne Press, London. 1987)

STILL ON MY WAY TO HOLLYWOOD by Ernie Wise (Gerald Duckworth, London. 1990)

MORECAMBE AND WISE – BEHIND THE SUNSHINE by Gary Morecambe and Martin Sterling (Robson, London. 1994)

MORECAMBE & WISE – YOU CAN’T SEE THE JOIN by Jeremy Novick (Andre Deutsch / Chameleon, London. 1997)

MORECAMBE AND WISE by Graham McCann (Fourth Estate, London. 1999)

MEMORIES OF ERIC by Gary Morecambe and Martin Sterling (Andre Deutsch, London. 1999)

ERIC MORECAMBE – LIFE’S NOT HOLLYWOOD, IT’S CRICKLEWOOD by Gary Morecambe (?, 2003)

MORECAMBE AND WISE – UNSEEN by William Cook (Harper Collins, London. 2005)

MORECAMBE AND WISE – UNTOLD by William Cook (Harper Collins, London. 2007)

YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE – THE LIFE AND WORK OF ERIC MORECAMBE by Gary Morecambe (Harper Collins, London. 2009)

 

Zero MOSTEL

 

ZERO DANCES – A BIOGRAPHY OF ZERO MOSTEL by Arthur Sainer (Limelight Editions. 1998)

 

Frank MUIR

 

A KENTISH LAD by Frank Muir (Bantam Press, London. 1997)

 

Arthur MULLARD

 

OH, YUS, IT’S ARTHUR MULLARD by Arthur Mullard (Everest Books paperback, London. 1977)

 

Eddie MURPHY

 

EDDIE MURPHY – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A COMIC ON THE EDGE by Frank Sanello (Carol / Birch Lane. 1997)

 

Denis NORDEN

 

CLIPS FROM A LIFE by Denis Norden (Fourth Estate, London. 2008)

 

Brendan O’CARROLL

 

THE REAL MRS. BROWN by Brendan O’Carroll (2013)

 

Bill ODDIE

 

ONE FLEW INTO THE CUCKOO’S EGG – MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Bill Oddie (Hodder & Stoughton, London. 2008)

 

OUR GANG

 

OUR GANG – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE LITTLE RASCALS by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann (Crown Publishers, New York. 1977)

 

Michael PALIN

 

MICHAEL PALIN by Jonathan Margolis (Orion Media, London. 1997)

THE LIFE OF PALIN by Jeremy Novick (Headline Press, London. 2001)

MICHAEL PALIN DIARIES 1969-1979 – THE PYTHON YEARS by Michael Palin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 2006)

MICHAEL PALIN DIARIES 1980-1988 – HALFWAY TO HOLLYWOOD by Michael Palin (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London. 2009)

 

Nicholas PARSONS

 

THE STRAIGHT MAN – MY LIFE IN COMEDY by Nicholas Parsons (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London. 1994)

 

BILL PERTWEE

 

A FUNNY WAY TO MAKE A LIVING by Bill Pertwee (Sunburst Books, London. 1996)

 

Leslie PHILLIPS

 

HELLO – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Leslie Phillips (Orion, London. 2006)

 

Sandy POWELL

 

CAN YOU HEAR ME, MOTHER? – SANDY POWELL’S LIFETIME OF MUSIC HALL by Sandy Powell, with Harry Stanley (Jupiter Books, London. 1975)

 

Richard PRYOR

 

PRYOR CONVICTIONS AND OTHER LIFE SENTENCES (Revolver, ?. 2005)

 

Frank RANDALL

 

KING TWIST – A PORTRAIT OF FRANK RANDALL by Jeff Nuttall (Routledge & Keegan Paul, London. 1978)

 

Ted RAY

 

RAISING THE LAUGHS by Ted Ray (Werner Laurie, London. 1952)

 

Al READ

 

IT’S ALL IN THE BOOK by Al Read, with Robin Cross (W.H. Allen, London. 1985)

 

Vic REEVES and Bob MORTIMER

 

REEVES AND MORTIMER by Bruce Dessau (Orion, London. 1998)

 

Beryl REID

 

SO MUCH LOVE by Beryl Reid, with Eric Braun (Hutchinson, London. 1984)

 

Joan RIVERS

 

ENTER TALKING by Joan Rivers (Delacorte Press, New York. 1986)

STILL TALKING by Joan Rivers (Random House, New York. 1991)

 

Brian RIX

 

MY FARCE FROM MY ELBOW by Brian Rix (?. 1974)

FARCE ABOUT FACE by Brian Rix (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1989)

TOUR DE FARCE by Brian Rix

LIFE IN THE FARCE LANE by Brian Rix (Andre Deutsch, London. 1995)

 

George ROBEY

 

GEORGE ROBEY – THE DARLING OF THE HALLS by Peter Cotes (Cassell, London. 1972)

 

Peter ROGERS

 

MR. CARRY ON – THE LIFE AND WORK OF PETER ROGERS by Morris Bright and Robert Ross (BBC, London. 2000)

 

Will ROGERS

 

WILL ROGERS by Jerome Beatty (Saalfield Publishing, New York. 1935)

OUR WILL ROGERS by Jack Lait (Greenberg, New York. 1935)

WILL ROGERS – HIS WIFE’S STORY by Betty Rogers (Bobbs-Merrill, New York. 1941)

OUR WILL ROGERS by Homer Croy (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York. 1953)

WILL ROGERS – THE MAN AND HIS TIMES by Richard M. Ketchum (Simon & Schuster, New York. 1973)

THE WILL ROGERS SCRAPBOOK by Bryan B. Sterling (Bonanza Books, New York. 1976)

WILL ROGERS IN HOLLYWOOD by Bryan B. Sterling and Frances N. Sterling (Crown Publishers, New York. 1984)

 

Leonard ROSSITER

 

LEONARD ROSSITER by Robert Tanitch (Robert Royce, London. 1985)

 

Margaret RUTHERFORD

 

MARGARET RUTHERFORD – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Margaret Rutherford, with Gwen Robyns (W.H. Allen, London. 1972)

A BLITHE SPIRIT by Dawn Langley Simmons (Arthur Baker, London. 1983)

MARGARET RUTHERFORD – DREADNOUGHT WITH GOOD MANNERS by Andy Merriman (?. 2009)

 

Mort SAHL

 

HEARTLAND by Mort Sahl  (Houghton Miffin 1977)

 

Jennifer SAUNDERS

 

BONKERS – MY LIFE IN LAUGHS by Jennifer Saunders (2013)

 

Harry SECOMBE

 

GOON ABROAD by Harry Secombe (Robson Books, London. 1982)

ARIAS AND RASPBERRIES by Harry Secombe (Robson Books, London. 1989)

STRAWBERRIES AND CHEAM by Harry Secombe (Robson Books, London. 1996)

 

Peter SELLERS

 

PETER SELLERS – THE MASK BEHIND THE MASK by Peter Evans (Leslie Frewin, London. 1969)

PETER SELLERS by Alexander Walker (Macmillian, London. 1981)

P.S. I LOVE YOU by Michael Sellers (Collins, London. 1981)

PETER SELLERS by Derek Sylvester (Proteus paperback, London. 1981)

REMEMBERING PETER SELLERS by Graham Stark (Robson Books, London. 1990)

PETER SELLERS – A FILM HISTORY by Michael Starr (McFarland. 1991 / Robert Hale, London. 1992)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS by Roger Lewis (Century, London. 1994. abridged version published by Applause Books, 1997)

PETER SELLERS – A CELEBRATION by Adrian Rigelsford and Geoff Tibballs (Virgin Books, London. 1997)

MR. STRANGELOVE by Ed Sikov (Sidgwick & Jackson, London. 2002)

 

Mack SENNETT

 

FATHER GOOSE by Gene Fowler (?, New York. 1934)

KING OF COMEDY by Mack Sennett, with Cameron Shipp (Peter Davies, London.1955)

KOPS AND CUSTARDS – THE LEGEND OF KEYSTONE FILMS by Kalton C. Lahue and Terry Brewer (University Of Oklahoma Press. 1968)

MACK SENNETT’S KEYSTONE by Kalton C. Lahue (A.S. Barnes, New York. 1971)

 

Phil SILVERS

 

THIS LAUGH IS ON ME – THE PHIL SILVERS STORY by Phil Silvers, with Robert Saffron (Prentice-Hall, New Jersey. 1973)

 

Alastair SIM

 

DANCE AND SKYLARK – FIFTY YEARS WITH ALASTAIR SIM by Naomi Sim (Bloomsbury, London. 1987)

ALASTAIR SIM – THE STAR OF SCROOGE AND THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S by Mark Simpson (?. 2008)

 

Joan SIMS

 

HIGH SPIRITS by Joan Sims (Partridge, London. 2000)

 

Red SKELTON

 

RED SKELTON by Arthur Marx (E.P. Dutton, New York. 1979)

 

Linda SMITH

 

DRIVING MISS SMITH – A MEMOIR OF LINDA SMITH by Warren Lakin (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 2007)

 

The SMOTHERS Brothers

 

DANGEROUSLY FUNNY: THE UNCENSORED STORY OF “THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR” by David Bianculli (Touchstone Books 2010)

 

Howard STERN

 

PRIVATE PARTS by Howard Stern (?, 1993)

HOWARD STERN – KING OF ALL MEDIA by Paul D. Colford (St. Martin’s, New York. 1997)

 

Eric SYKES

 

ERIC SYKES’ COMEDY HEROES by Eric Sykes (Virgin, London. 2003)

IF I DON’T WRITE IT, NOBODY ELSE WILL by Eric Sykes (Fourth Estate, London. 2005)

 

TERRY-THOMAS

 

THREE MEN AND A GIMMICK – PETER CUSHING, TERRY-THOMAS AND ARTHUR ASKEY by Robert Hirst (The World’s Work Ltd., London. 1957)

FILLING THE GAP by Terry-Thomas (Max Parrish, London. 1959)

TERRY-THOMAS TELLS TALL TALES by Terry-Thomas, with Terry Daum (Robson, London. 1990)

THE COMPLETE TERRY-THOMAS by Robert Ross (Reynolds & Hearne, London. 2002)

BOUNDER! – THE BIOGRAPHY OF TERRY-THOMAS by Graham McCann (Aurum Press, London. 2008)

 

The THREE STOOGES

 

MOE HOWARD & THE THREE STOOGES by Moe Howard (Citadel Press, New Jersey. 1977)

THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK by Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer and Greg Lenburg (Citadel Press, New Jersey. 1982)

CURLY – AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY OF THE SUPERSTOOGE by Joan Howard Maurer (Citadel Press, New Jersey. 1985)

THE STOOGES LOST EPISODES by Tom Forrester, with Jeff Forrester (Contemparary Books, Chicago. 1988)

FROM AMALGAMATED MORONS TO AMERICAN ICONS – THE THREE STOOGES AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Michael Fleming (Doubleday, New York. 1999)

 

Lily TOMLIN

 

LILY TOMLIN – WOMAN OF A THOUSAND FACES by Jeff Sorensen (St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1989)

 

Tommy TRINDER

 

THE TOMMY TRINDER STORY by Tommy Trinder (McKechnie magazine, Melbourne. 195?)

 

Reg VARNEY

 

THE LITTLE CLOWN by Reg Varney (Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1990)

 

Max WALL

 

THE FOOL ON THE HILL by Max Wall, with Peter Ford (Quartet Books, London. 1975)

 

Jack WARNER

 

JACK OF ALL TRADES by Jack Warner (W.H.Allen, London. 1975)

 

Molly WEIR

 

STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT by Molly Weir

WALKING INTO THE LYONS’ DEN by Molly Weir (Hutchinson, London. 1977)

 

Mae WEST

 

GOODNESS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT by Mae West (Prentice-Hall, New York. 1959 / W.H. Allen, London. 1960, new enlarged edition: Macfadden-Bartell paperback, New York. 1970)

THE FILMS OF MAE WEST by Jon Tuska (Citadel Press, New Jersey. 1973)

COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME by David Hanna (Tower Publications paperback, New York. 1976)

MAE WEST by Fergus Cashin (W.H. Allen, London. 1981)

MAE WEST by George Eells and Stanley Musgrove (William Morrow, New York. 1982)

MAE WEST – A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY by Carol M. Ward (Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut. 1989)

MAE WEST – EMPRESS OF SEX by Maurice Leonard (Harper Collins, New York. 1992)

WHEN I’M BAD, I’M BETTER (also published as) THE QUEEN OF CAMP – MAE WEST, SEX AND POPULAR CULTURE by Marybeth Hamilton (Harper Collins, New York. 1995)

BECOMING MAE WEST by Emily Wortis Leider (Da Capo Press, New York. 2000)

MAE WEST – AN ICON IN BLACK AND WHITE by Jill Watts (Oxford University Press, New York. 2001)

MAE WEST – IT AIN’T NO SIN by Simon Louvish (Faber & faber, London. 2006)

 

June WHITFIELD

 

… AND JUNE WHITFIELD by June Whitfield (Bantam Press, London. 2000)

AT A GLANCE – AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS LIFE by June Whitfield (?. 2009)

 

Kenneth WILLIAMS

 

JUST WILLIAMS by Kenneth Williams (J.M. Dent, London. 1985)

KENNETH WILLIAMS by Michael Freedland (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London. 1990)

THE KENNETH WILLIAMS DIARIES edited by Russell Davies (Harper Collins, London. 1993)

THE KENNETH WILLIAMS LETTERS edited by Russell Davies (Harper Collins, London. 1994)

KENNETH WILLIAMS UNSEEN by Wes Butters and Russell Davies (Harper Collins, London,2008)

BORN BRILLIANT – THE LIFE OF KENNETH WILLIAMS by Christopher Stevens (Aurum, London. 2010)

 

Robin WILLIAMS

 

THE ROBIN WILLIAMS SCRAPBOOK by Stephen Spignesi (Citadel Press paperback, New Jersey. 1997)

THE LIFE AND HUMOR OF ROBIN WILLIAMS by Jay David (Quill / William Morrow paperback, New York. 1999)

 

Flip WILSON

 

ON STAGE FLIP WILSON by Thomas Braun (Creative Education, Minnesota. 1976)

 

Richard WILSON

 

ONE FOOT ON THE STAGE by James Roose-Evans (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London. 1996)

 

Barbara WINDSOR

 

THE LAUGHTER AND TEARS OF A COCKNEY SPARROW by Barbara Windsor, with Joan Flory (Century, London. 1990)

 

Mike and Bernie WINTERS

 

SHAKE A PAGODA TREE by Mike and Bernie Winters (W.H. Allen, London. 1976)

THE SUNNY SIDE OF WINTERS by Mike Winters (JR Books. 2010)

 

Norman WISDOM

 

DON’T LAUGH AT ME COS I’M A FOOL by Norman Wisdom (?)

 

Victoria WOOD

 

THE FUNNY SIDE OF VICTORIA WOOD by Bruce Dessau (Orion Media, London. 1997)

VICTORIA WOOD – THE BIOGRAPHY By Neil Brandwood (Ted Smart/Virgin, London. 2002)

 

Mike YARWOOD

AND THIS IS ME! by Mike Yarwood (Jupiter, London. 1974)

IMPRESSIONS OF MY LIFE by Mike Yarwood, with Linda Dearsley (Collins / Willow, London. 1986)