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*ONLINE* Andrew Hankinson at Chortle Comedy Book Festival

Join Andrew Hankinson live online as part of Chortle Comedy Book Festival on Friday 20 November at 9pm, where he will be discussing his new book Don't applaud. Either laugh or don't. (At the Comedy Cllear.). In Don't applaud, Hankinson speaks to the owner, comedians, and audience members at New York's famous Comedy Cellar to create a conversation about the perils, pride, and prejudice of modern comedy.

Tickets are £8. To reserve your place head to the festival's website here

Don’t applaud. Either laugh or don’t. (At the Comedy Cellar.)

What counts as funny, what as toxic, and who gets to decide? Explore the serious business of stand-up with Andrew Hankinson, author of cult classic You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat].

AMY SCHUMER. LOUIS CK. JERRY SEINFELD. CHRIS ROCK. They all worked the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, honing their acts, experimenting, taking risks. It was a safe space, thanks to the principles of its first owner, Manny Dworman, then his son Noam. The only threat to freedom of expression was a lack of laughs.

But how did a New York taxi driver, born in Tel Aviv, create comedy’s most…

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