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What’s the collective noun for joke-writers?
Posted by Adam Macqueen, 6th September 2011 | 11 comments

A gaggle? Anyway, two of them, Nev Fountain and Tom Jamieson, will be appearing at the Chiswick Book Festival at 3.45pm on 18th September, alongside two other Eye contributors, Marcus Berkmann and Louis Barfe. Tom and Nev have been with the mag since 1999, the first new joke-writing duo to join since Nick Newman and some bloke called Hislop at the beginning of the previous decade…

By the way, I am reliably informed that the collective noun for cartoonists is “a whinge”…

  1. Comment by Kevin
    September 7, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    A ding dong?

  2. Comment by Kevin
    September 7, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    On another subject, will the “Half Century of Satire” book be available thru Amazon in the USA, or will I need to order it thru

  3. Comment by Adam Macqueen
    September 12, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Kevin – I’ll try to find out for you. It seems to be listed there…

  4. Comment by Adam Macqueen
    September 12, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Ok – considered opinion from m’colleagues: “we think so.” But you know what? I’d order it from if I were you… where it’s currently (ahem) the 174th best-selling book!

  5. Comment by Kevin
    September 13, 2011 @ 4:47 am


  6. Comment by Pete Dredge
    September 14, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Looking forward to joining up with fellow ‘whinge collective’ at the V&A. Is there a bar??

  7. Comment by Andrew Birch
    September 15, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Cheeky sod, Macqueen! The Eye cartoonists expect a free copy of your book after that gratuitous slur. It is, of course, a Piss-up of cartoonists.

  8. Comment by Stephen Buckley
    September 16, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    @Andrew Birch
    Somebody *has* to say something about your particular choice of words in your riposte to the noted author – but at this time of night it’s not me…

  9. Comment by Andrew Birch
    September 16, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    All in the robust tradition of Eye humour, Stephen! I shall grovel appropriately if we meet, of course.

  10. Comment by Adam Macqueen
    September 19, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    But I AM a cheeky sod…

  11. Comment by Andrew Birch
    September 19, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    Grovelling cancelled due to hack’s honesty!

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