This is the laugh-out-loud, clever and tender debut novel from the brilliant stand-up comedian, actor, and journalist Katy Brand. Brenda Monk is Funny is a darkly humorous and devastatingly candid snapshot of the reality, the brutality and fragility of the comedy industry, from an exciting new voice in fiction.
Brenda is a heroine for the 21st century – dazzlingly talented, but socially awkward, and the on-off girlfriend of a prolific comedian. When Brenda realises that his best material consists of recycled versions of her own, she begins to wonder whether she might be better off keeping her jokes to herself, and going solo into the spotlight.
Brand is a well-known face on television (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Comedy Lab Slap), has her own BBC Radio 4 show Mouth Trap, and won best female newcomer in the British Comedy awards. She’s also known for dressing up as Beyonce and dancing to Single Ladies for Sport Relief!