Comedy: Al Murray

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It was a long time coming, but after being nominated an agonising three times previously, Al Murray (left), "The Pub Landlord", finally walked off with the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival this summer. In his corruscating show, And a Glass of White Wine for the Lady, the Landlord rails against all that he perceives as not normal - including jazz, spaghetti, bottled lager, liberals, women, homosexuals and the entire French nation. The self-styled "sworn defender of the Ploughman's Lunch and mortal enemy of the white wine spritzer" reckons that in his gaff "you're drinking with common sense values and the best of British thinking." You're also witnessing a most acute satire of all that's worst about bombastic British blokes.

Every Sunday at the New Ambassadors Theatre, London, WC2 (0171-836 6111) from tomorrow to 19 Dec

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