Comedy: Johnny Vegas

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Johnny Vegas (below) first made his mark as the comedian who spawned the phrase "pottery is the new rock'n'roll". But beyond the gimmick of bringing a potter's wheel on stage, this man-mountain in a Kevin Keegan circa 1977 hairdo, battered brown leather jacket and silver-seamed flares is bizarrely charismatic. Playing the part of a fading, drunken entertainer, he sounds off about the way the world has mistreated him. Despite the ranting and the slurring, he is an electrifying live presence. He presents a new show, Swingin', at The Talk of London this week.

Drury Lane, London W1 (0171-494 5397) Tue to Sat 30 Jan

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