August Books 8) Hard To Swallow

8) Hard to Swallow: The Abandoned Comedy Routines of John Dowie, Illustrated by Hunt Emerson

Picked this up trying to cure insomnia caused by overindulgence at and ‘s wedding. Why are comedy routines never as funny when you read them written down compared to when you see them on stage? (Perhaps because you are usually sober, and not surrounded by other people laughing, when reading them off the page.) Emerson’s cartoons are fun as usual though I suspect nothing like Dowie’s stage act. The one illustrating the script about haemorrhoids will stay with me for a long time.

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