COMEDY: THE BEST OF THE REST

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Stewart Lee

At Montreal's "Just For Laughs" comedy festival in the summer, US TV execs buzzed around like moths at a campfire. It's not hard to see why. His stand-up is artfully crafted, with an almost musical rhythm. He also does the best - and most thought-provoking - material about the death of Princess Diana I've yet heard. Catch him before Hollywood does.

Monday Club, Madame Jo Jo's, London W1 (0171-371 6863) 26 Nov

Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran may be surfing on a wave of trendy Irish comedy - but he is typically acerbic about it. "Auden said that poetry is the only artform we haven't yet learnt to consume like soup. Comedy's like soup. Irish comedy is just the carrot and coriander of the month. What will it be next month? Kurdistan comedy?" Tonight is your chance to check out this inspired Irish rambler at a rare London date.

Mean Fiddler, London NW10 (0171-344 0044) tonight

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