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Jonathan Ross’ agent, Addison Cresswell, pictured here with his brother, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night aged just 53 years old

Jonathan Ross’ agent Addison Cresswell dies, aged 53

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Miranda Hart says she only developed problems with how she looked after she left school and went to university

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Comedian Miranda Hart admits on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs today that part of her feels like an "outsider in the world of femininity". The 6ft 1in comedian with a face she describes as a "jellied horse" tells presenter Kirsty Young that she is slowly coming to terms with her appearance.

Tache move: Lou Sanders impersonates Milo McCabe, in character as Troy Hawke (right)

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Frankie Boyle lost his joke book this week. To some – the Queen, Katie Price, other objects of his furore-baiting gags – this might be cause for celebration. To the comedian, the loss of the small brown notebook was nothing short of a calamity. His set for a charity gig in Glasgow was in it, for starters. More than that, to any comedian, their notes – whether in a book, an iPhone or on the back of a beer mat, are gold. “To you”, said Boyle with typical charm, “It will just seem like a lot of random sentences about rape, drone warfare & being fingered by a sign language interpreter.” What could anyone else possibly want with that? You can’t steal someone else’s jokes and pass them off as your own. Or can you?

Russell Howard has been forced to deny that he has accepted an invitation to perform at an upcoming benefit gig for the Church of Scientology.

Russell Howard forced to deny Scientology benefit gig rumours

The comedian was rumoured to be performing for the controversial church for eye-watering ticket prices of up to £1,000

Bridget Christie: ‘I’d love it if I were to get properly heckled’

From Miley to FGM, feminism has provided some of 2013’s hottest political flashpoints. And Bridget Christie, winner of this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, is ready to ride roughshod over anyone who thinks it’s not worth talking about

Panto debut: Jo Brand (fourth left) is a genie in Aladdin

Panto is one of our great theatrical traditions – oh yes it is!

It’s behind you!” If those words elicit a groan, then bah humbug to you. You may hate pantomime but I’m honing my heckles in preparation to see several shows around the country.

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