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The last laugh: Francesca Martinez has turned her experiences of living with cerebral palsy into an award-winning stand-up show

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'Clapham lad' Daniel O'Reilly aka Dapper Laughs

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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.

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The logical culmination of this phenomenon was This Is The End, last year’s meta-apocalypse farce about a bunch of neurotic Hollywood stars facing the end of the world

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The Hollywood comedy landscape was dominated by the romcom at its most insufferable

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The best comedy acts to see from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

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Comedian 'Weird Al' Yankovic

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