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Comedy of the week: Balham Comedy Festival, Bedford, London SW12

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Alex Horne: The stand-up comedian and band-leader talks sharks, beards and going on the run

I've always been scared of fish Specifically sharks, because of watching Jaws when I was to young. I'm hoping I was 10. I think I might have been 15. I trod on a dead fish a couple of years later and it floated to the surface and stared at me. I still have a residual fear of the sea. I'm more than happy to devour fish, mind. Just don't want them to eat me.

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'Show Guy': actor and comedian Will Adamsdale

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Rising comedy talent and social media favourite Aziz Ansari is fast becoming a film star. Sarah Hughes meets him

Reginald D Hunter goes to dangerous places

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A year after Daniel Kitson relieved himself of his trademark locks and beard for the exquisite Where Once Was Wonder, a show about identity (Kitson was worried that his had been hijacked and appropriated as some sort of left-field brand), the master storyteller, comedian and dispenser of quiet wisdom returns.

Marcus Brigstocke's new show, 'Je M'accuse - I am Marcus' lays his personal life bare

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