“Doctor, doctor, what do you call a book about comedy that tries to be funny, argumentative, wide-ranging, silly, weirdly personal and fairly well-researched?”
“Doomed to failure”
Bullets are violent. Jokes are violent. Can either be used for good? What is good? A Good Bullet makes next to no effort to answer the last question because it’s too hard. But it has a crack at asking why and how jokes commit violence. Why and how they amuse us with things that otherwise cause us anxiety and pain. Why and how sex, war, history, insecurity, faith, doubt and loss – all the good stuff – make people laugh.
With illustrations by Jack Whitehall.
“A young writer with a reaching, intelligent, starfishy kind of mind.”
“One of the stars of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.”
“A truly gifted young theatre maker”
Freddy Syborn co-writes the record-breaking BBC3 sitcom, Bad Education. He's also co-written a Sky TV Little Cracker, contributed sketches to Psychobitches, and written jokes for TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Stand Up For The Week and Big Brother's Big Mouth. He's still most proud of that last show.