Jem Roberts…



Chortle Book Fest – The Frood

Jem Roberts is a series of nouns. Here are some of the less offensive ones:

Author, Storyteller, Performer, Editor, Comedy Historian, Songwriter, Veteran Games Journalist, Production Editor, Frank Welker Impersonator, Humanist, Voice Artist, Baritone, Pseudo Comedian, Pseudo Actor, Reliable Compére, Ukulele Player, Kazoo Virtuoso, Recording Artist, Mythology Obsessive, Folklorist, Squash Connoisseur, Non-Ginger, Beardy Folkie, Frustrated Swimmer, Native Ludlovian, Adopted Bathonian, Large Fellow.

My work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC History, The Independent, Geeky Monkey, History Revealed, GamesMaster, The Telegraph, SFX, Xbox World, Disney & Me, Total Film, BBC News online, ImagineFX and many more, and I’ve appeared on BBC Radio 4 as an ‘expert’ on innuendo, which made me proud…

This last gig came courtesy of being the official chronicler of the nation’s favourite radio comedy, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue – and also, the nation’s favourite sitcom, Blackadder. My third book, Douglas Adams: The Frood – the Very Official Story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – is in some shops now, you’ll have to find out which ones.

My fourth is the official, authorised Fry & Laurie celebration, SOUPY TWISTS – published with Unbound, as the link up above exemplifies… It’s over 100% supported, but there’s always room for more.

And just launched is TALES OF BRITAIN – over 13 years of hard work, creating a campaign to revive and celebrate the British treasury of tales, finally unveiled to the public. Join the struggle while you may…!

Email if I can ever be of any help. 


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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Spiny Norman on April 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Some of those reek of verbs… Surely there must be some verbs involved, otherwise you wouldn’t get very far as an author.


  2. Posted by Greg Cotton on November 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Loved reading THE FROOD, excellently written. Thanks!!! If you write a biography of Kenny Everett I will be the first in line to read it!!


  3. Posted by Eliza on December 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Ditto, a great read. One wee irritant tho. The kakapo is the world’s heaviest parrot & very far from small!


  4. Posted by Mr Purdygambitsteed on September 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Finally got round to reading it STOP Most enjoyable STOP Well done Jemble STOP


  5. Posted by Elizabeth Adair on May 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Jem
    On the 29th May you are involved with the an audience without Victoria Woods… Is this event first come first seated or can seats be booked?
    Regards Elizabeth


    • Hello Elizabeth!

      It’s actually on Saturday 28th, and we’ve decided to make it free entry, but donations to get out.
      We’re hoping to set up some kind of ticket system though, keep an eye out on the Bath Fringe and Widcombe Social Club sites, or search for An Audience Without Victoria Wood on Facebook, where we’ll set up an Event page.
      Hope to see you there!


  6. Posted by Sherri Goldman on January 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Jem,

    I pledged money on Unbound for the Soupy Twists book and haven’t received anything. Can you please update the status.

    Thank you,


    • Hello Sherri!

      Soupy Twists is actually being written right now – Unbound is a crowdfunded publisher, the book was green-lit when it hit 100%! My hope is that it will be available long before the 30th anniversary of ABOF&L on Boxing Day this year, but you can follow the book’s progress on

      All the best!


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