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Jim Davidson performs his comedy show at Edinburgh Festival 2014

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Much of it is about her ex-partner, who cheated on the London-based Canadian with a glamour model

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Feminism and filth make for a model show

It's a brave comic who delivers the kind of personal material that could alienate half her audience

Mark Thomas in ‘Cuckooed’, directed by Emma Callander at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014: Mark Thomas's new show Cuckooed tells the story of the arms industry’s bid to infiltrate his campaign group

A member of Campaign Against Arms Trade allegedly passed information to BAE Systems over a period of seven years

'Clapham lad' Daniel O'Reilly aka Dapper Laughs

Dapper Laughs: How one Vine sensation became the UK's biggest new comedian

Alice Jones asks if the everylad figure can offer something different from the dominant strain of middle-class comedy forged in the JCRs of Oxbridge

Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth

Graham Fellows: 'I can't do John Shuttleworth for ever'

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Pascoe says: 'I'm shocked by the parochial mindset outside London. When I go back to Essex, where I grew up, I'm still appalled by the homophobia and casual racism and aggression'

Sara Pascoe: The comedian on Darwin's marriage issues, tutting at old people and her mountain of unread books

I don't want my comedy to be at the expense of others When I started watching comedy there was a lot of negativity about women; a lot of comics were spewing out aggressive, violent and negative material. It's easy to do a routine on Kerry Katona, say, but while Jo Brand has said that you can't have victimless comedy, I restrict my victims to dead people, such as Charles Darwin – or criticising ideas.

Carly Smallman received vicious tweets about her size and looks

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Being called a fat whale is part of my act, says comedian Carly Smallman

Comic will have the last laugh after abuse by Twitter trolls inspired her new show about feminism
Sarah Millican on her Home Bird tour

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