David Earl: ‘My mum once baked me a cake like a labrador on wheels’

The actor and comic known for his character Brian Gittins on the things that make him laugh the mostHarry Hill. In the 90s. The Hawth, Crawley. Laughed more that hour than any other. Reason I wanted to get on stage. I secretly blame him for everything….

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My funny valentine: standups on their most disastrous dates

A night in a cemetery, a trip to a strip club, five hours in A&E … comics relive their woeful romantic rendezvousIvo Graham: Motion Sickness is on a UK tour.Ken Cheng: Best Dad Ever is on a UK tour.Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap/Happy Fat is on a UK tour….

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Miles Jupp: my double life as Mr Banks from Mary Poppins

Having been repeatedly told that he looks like David Tomlinson, Miles Jupp now finds himself playing the mildly aristocratic character actorThere is something unnerving about feeling that someone else has lived through your career before you’ve even ha…

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Luisa Omielan: ‘The funniest dream? My friend’s baby served to me as a kebab’

The What Would Beyonce Do? standup on the things that make her laugh the mostSister Act. Or Booty Call, a really obscure film with Jamie Foxx in it. It’s about two guys that are trying to have sex with their girlfriends. It’s a very 80s vibe. Continue …

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Hannah Gadsby announces Nanette follow-up: ‘The humour will be back in’

‘I don’t have any intention of workshopping any of my traumas on stage again,’ Gadsby says of her new live show, which will tour US and is named for her dog DouglasAustralian comedian Hannah Gadsby has announced she will be embarking on her first US to…

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Nish Kumar: ‘It was either comedy or being Jimi Hendrix’

The comedian on Brexit, being born too old and attending the Oscars drunkBorn in London, Nish Kumar, 33, began his comedy career in 2006 on the standup circuit. A regular on radio and television, he stars in the Comedy Central travel show Joel & Ni…

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‘100% filled with mirth!’ Comedians pay tribute to Jeremy Hardy

The standup inspired Mark Thomas with his activism, opened Jack Dee’s eyes and appalled Mark Steel – in the best possible way. Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Hardy, who has died aged 57 Continue reading…

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Jo Brand: ‘Why don’t you put some jam on your shoes and invite your trousers to tea?’

The standup, writer and actor on the things that make her laugh the mostI equally loved Lee Cornes and Nick Hancock. Lee Cornes once did the same set in the first half and the second half of a show at the Comedy Store to see how pissed the audience wer…

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Jo Brand: ‘Why don’t you put some jam on your shoes and invite your trousers to tea?’

The standup, writer and actor on the things that make her laugh the mostI equally loved Lee Cornes and Nick Hancock. Lee Cornes once did the same set in the first half and the second half of a show at the Comedy Store to see how pissed the audience wer…

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Jeremy Hardy: a ferocious talent who radicalised radio comedy

Provocative and political, the stand-up – who has died aged 57 – shook up Radio 4 at a time when it was in danger of resembling a Rotary Club quiz night Although generally excluded from lists of BBC Radio 4 shows of historic longevity, a series present…

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