Comedy Armando Iannucci

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The Independent Culture
After spending years in a TV studio making Friday Night Armistice and I'm Alan Partridge, Armando Iannucci (right) relishes the freedom of live work. In his new show, Out of His Box, he has to live on his wits, taking questions from the audience and acting out such surreal moments as the Pope singing "Supercalifragilistic...". "It's that instant feedback thing," he explains. "It sharpens you up because you can't say, `Sorry about that, it was a technical fault. We'll be with you in a minute. Meanwhile, welcome Harry the Hammer, laughter- smith and stand-up carpenter'."

Old Fire Station, Oxford (01865 794490), tonight; Bristol Old Vic (0117- 987 7877) tomorrow

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