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Jeff Green It sometimes seems as though the white, male thirtysomething stand-up is as endangered a species as the white rhino. In that sense, Jeff Green is an appealing throwback, telling cheeky stories about girl trouble. Her Majesty's Theatre, London SW1 (0171-494 5051) Sun

Hackney Empire's 10th Birthday Party My, haven't you grown. It only seems like yesterday when you were just a twinkle in some canny promoter's eye. The stars are coming out in force for this birthday bash: the wonderfully down and dirty Jenny Eclair (above), Felix Dexter, Sir Bernard Chumley, and Robbie Gee and Eddie Nestor. Hackney Empire, London E8 (0181-985 2424) tomorrow

Rich Hall This American comic has been a writer on the Letterman show, and his stand-up act cuts with the same sharpness as the chat-show host. Exeter and Devon Arts Centre (01392 421111) tonight