News: Katherine Ryan Announces UK Tour

Katherine Ryan has extended the tour of her latest show, Glam Role Model, into 2015 due to popular demand.

In Katherine Ryan’s homeland of Canada, it isn’t unheard of for women to expose their breasts in public. To her amusement, however, here in the UK this questionable pastime actually has a title: ‘glamour modelling’.

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News: Joan Rivers Dies

Update 4/9/14: News is coming in that 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers has died in New York. She had been hospitalised last week. She was reportedly having her vocal chords checked when she suffered respiratory problems and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Her daughter Melissa said she died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

News: How Bottom Got Ade Edmondson Into Star Wars

Comedian and actor Adrian Edmondson has revealed how his old BBC sitcom helped to land him the role of an officer alongside villainous General Hux in the latest Star Wars blockbuster.

Talking to Graham Norton on his Radio 2 show Edmondson explained that the director of The Last Jedi is a massive fan of the Edmondson/Rik Mayall sitcom Bottom.

"I'm as surprised as everyone else," said the former Young Ones star of his latest role, before going on to tell listeners how it happened.

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News: Vic Reeves aka Jim Moir Settles Phone Hacking Case

Jim Moir – aka comedian Vic Reeves - has settled his case over phone-hacking allegations just before it went to court.

Moir was one of a number of celebrities whose case was due to be heard in the High Court today. The others were Coronation Street's Rajan Harkishindas, TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris Herbert.

It had been alleged that they were victims of unlawful information gathering.

The settlement was agreed for an undisclosed sum. The other claimants have also settled.

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News: Man Gear-Changing Badly? Martin Clunes Driving School Comedy

Martin Clunes is to return to the BBC to star in a new sitcom.
 
He will play Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him, in the titular Warren.

Clunes' character is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill.

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News: Jason Donovan to Appear At Slapstick Festival

Superstar Jason Donovan is to appear at this month’s Slapstick festival of silent and classic film and TV comedy in Bristol after agreeing to stand in for the advertised host of its showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Colston Hall on Saturday 27 January (8.15pm for 9pm).   

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News: Satire Klaxon – Mash Report & Newsjack Both Return

The Mash Report is to return later this month.

The new run of the satirical news show will once again be anchored by Nish Kumar. Pictured is the team of Jason Forbes, Steve N Allen, Ellie Taylor, Pierre Novellie, Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris, Andrew Hunter Murray and Greig Johnson.

The new series will start on January 18 on BBC2 at 10pm. Apply for free tickets to filming of episodes here.

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News: Controversial Comedian's Latest Move – Children's Theatre

Controversial performer Kim Noble's latest project is every bit as surprising as his previous projects.

Noble, who won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award with Stuart Silver in 2000, has previously made waves with shows about suicide and his mental health issues. His ground-breaking multi-media performances have been sexually explicit and graphically transgressive.

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News: Leicester Mercury Comedian Of the Year Finalists Announced

The line up has been announced for the 2018 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of the Year Final at the Leicester Comedy Festival

The final takes place in Leicester on February 24.

Previous winners include Josh Widdicombe, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh, Miles Jupp, Johnny Vegas, Romesh Ranganathan and Rhod Gilbert. Previous finalists include Greg Davies and Reginald D Hunter.

This year's hand-picked eight finalists are:

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