I have discussed actors and comedians who write books on my blog before, from mentioning Stephen Fry numerous times (most recently was my last post), to the members of Monty Python who have written books, to my surprise at how much I enjoyed Steve Martin’s fiction with his art-world based book, An Object Of Beauty, a review of sorts that I wrote in my very early days of blogging. There are many others who I have read but have not yet blogged about, including Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Mark Watson, Shaun Micallef and more, who have all written novels that pleasantly surprised me.
So what I want to know from you, my dear readers, is who, from the world of comedy and acting, do you think would write a really entertaining book (either fiction or non-fiction)? Is there an actor or comedian who you think would have a great imagination for a novel, or who would just be entertaining writing some sort of non-fiction work such as a biography or a travel book or something along those lines?
For me, the list is long. Comedians who I think could write great novels include John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Ross Noble (his would be pretty bizarre, I suspect) and many more. There are many actors too, I guess, but I have found generally that the comedians I have read thus far have incredible imaginations, hence my fixation on them.
What are your thoughts on this topic?