From the Author
Finding a murderer among 250 comedians is no joke...
My debut comic crime novel was inspired by my years writing about the comedy industry in the US and the UK - believe me, hanging out at festivals like Just For Laughs in Montreal or at the Edinburgh Festival with a couple of hundred comedians is no laughing matter. They're not like normal people - in any situation, they're always looking for the punchline. So my main protagonists, Nick Madrid and his journalist sidekick Bridget "Bitch of the Broadsheets" Frost find there's no rest from the witty - except when someone start knocking them off. I wanted to write the funniest book I could whilst making it very suspenseful (is that a word? If not, it should be). That's tricky because the laughs can often release the tension of the serious bits. I wanted the novel to seem real so I filled it with real US and UK comedians - everyone from Jim Carrey to Paul Merton. The climax in Hollywood, at a huge party at Randolph Hearst's old castle, also features every modern movies star, from Jack Nicholson down (no expense spared in this novel, I tell you). Originally, they were all blabbing away, comedians cracking wise but my publishers got nervous about copyright on the gags so now all the comedians are still in it - but mute. The critics gave my little masterpiece good reviews, though my favourite was one that I didn't understand because, on first reading it sounds clever, then you think: huh? It went: "This is a funny novel masquerading as a very funny novel." Mmmm. Good reading - oh, and don't try the yoga position at home.
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