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Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in newcomer 'Parks and Recreation'

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American drama has had us on the edge of our seats. Now we're going to be in stitches, says Hugh Montgomery

Alan Davies: 'People told me therapy would make me unfunny'

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Funny business: ‘People who have had it easy need to have their noses put out of joint’

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The comedian – aka Rob Simpson, to the mums at his son's school – has shaved off his trademark moustache for his (very funny) West End debut. Susie Mesure meets Rufus Hound

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'I dare say my house is haunted'

David Baddiel, comedian: 'Clubs are keen on one level to take on racism but also keen that their club should not be seen as racist'

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