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Ken Dodd His tax trial well behind him, the world's most famous wielder of a tickling-stick continues to command a loyal live following with his ageless daftness. St David's Hall, Cardiff (01222 8784444) tomorrow

Lee Hurst Catapulted from warm-up man to star of They Think It's All Over, the dome-headed comedian creates a warm rapport with his audiences. Supported by the accomplished Dylan Moran. Hampstead Comedy Club, London NW3 (0171 483 3647) tomorrow

Ardal O'Hanlon This likeable Irish comic brings the same quirky charm to his stand-up act as he does to his award-winning role as the dim priest in Channel 4's sitcom, Father Ted. He is on the bill with Paul Tonkinson, Brendon Burns and others. Hackney Empire, London E8 (0181 985 2424) 22 Jan