William Cook is the author of Ha Bloody Ha - Comedians Talking (Fourth Estate) and The Comedy Store - The Club That Changed British Comedy (Little, Brown). He has worked for the BBC and written for the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and New Statesman.
John Fisher has enjoyed and long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive working for both the BBC and ITV. He worked with Tommy Cooper on several occasions and includes the bestselling biography Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing amongst his published works. He is the owner of Tommy's personal joke files.
Sean Coughlan is a journalist, author and frustrated sleep enthusiast. He writes news and features for the BBC. For six years, he wrote a weekly funny column about money for the Guardian. He has three young daughters. Hence the interest in sleep.
Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jack Dee et al
In 1958 Barry Cryer had a Number 1 hit record in Finland with the song 'Purple People Eater' by Sheb Wooley. Over his 50-year career he has written for, among many, Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor. He is a comedy legend.
Bruce Dessau is the king of comedy critics. He cut his critical teeth during the 1980s Alternative Comedy explosion in smoky rooms in the arse end of London, from Malcolm Hardee's infamous Tunnel Club to The Comedy Store before it became part of the respectable establishment. He has chaired the Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel twice - once when it was the Perrier Award, once when it was the if.comedy Award - and has regularly served on the judging committee, spending dawn to dusk to dawn again seeing stand-up comedy.