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I can't do one-liners to save my life FHM asked me to do some for an issue. But some were libellous and some too rude to use, so the rubbish ones made it through. One guy tweeted me. "I've just read your jokes in FHM; I've read better on the back of a Penguin wrapper." And that's why my stand-up is all about personal stories and anecdotes.

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The Channel 4 show is one of the finest comedies to emerge this decade

Loius CK has made New York's Comedy Cellar an essential destination

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Worth a look: Bo Burnham

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Aged just 23, the Edinburgh Festival sensation has enjoyed a prolific comedy career. As he begins a UK tour tonight, the American prodigy tells Alice Jones about his writing and movie-making ambitions

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Freddy Syborn has written a new comedy book, A Good Bullet

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