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The week in comedy: 'Tis the season to buy jolly DVDs

It was Super Monday this week – the comedy industry's equivalent to Super Thursday, when publishers flood the bookshops with celebrity memoirs and other sure-sellers for the festive market. So on Monday DVDs by Miranda Hart, Reginald D Hunter, Micky Flanagan, Jack Dee, Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey, Seann Walsh, Keith Lemon and others hit the shelves.

That's the spirit: Joe Thomas, Greg McHugh and Jack Whitehall in 'Fresh Meat'

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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

A Louis CK-inspired journey to New York: The Comedy Cellar and The Liar Show

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Worth a look: Bo Burnham

The many faces of Bo Burnham

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The Odyssey of a true stand-up hero: Adam Riches turns to the Classics

How to follow an Edinburgh comedy award? With some Greek tragedy, as Adam Riches tells Holly Williams

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

Jack Whitehall's joke writer Freddy Syborn goes it alone with new comedy book

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Knowing him: 'I've got a lot of noise going on in my head,' says Coogan

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Lurid tabloid tales about his private life turned Steve Coogan into a Hacked Off warrior. But with his latest film, Philomena, a hot tip for the Oscars, he may be entering a new phase of life

Adrienne Truscott is a stand-up who performs naked from the waist down

Nude awakening: Meet Adrienne Truscott, the stand-up who performs naked from waist down

But her exposed genitals are the least outrageous element in her routine

Miranda Hart will hobble through her Strictly Come Dancing set for Comic Relief

Losing heart: Has Miranda Hart sold out with new exercise video?

Miranda is releasing a fitness DVD. I know. Bear with. Miranda Hart’s Maracattack will feature routines from Hart and fitness expert Amelia Watts – cardio sessions, core strength exercises etc. - set to a feelgood soundtrack of Kylie and Take That and interspersed with sketches starring Miranda’s mum, Stevie and Gary.

California dreaming: Stephen Merchant on love, short actors and orthodontics in Los Angeles

His new sitcom is about a gawky Brit struggling to find romance in Los Angeles. A case of art imitating life? Yes, says the comedian. And no…

Stand-ups are made for sitcom? Don’t make me laugh

While I am a fan of Alan Carr’s stand-up work, it was a relief to hear that he had shelved plans to write and star in his own sitcom. It was due to centre on a professional dog walker but he abandoned it after discovering that Getting On duo Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan had got to the idea first with Puppy Love, their new series for BBC4.

Comedy of the week: Russell Brand: The Messiah Complex, various venues

Most of us still don't quite know how to feel about Russell Brand: one minute he's the irksome epitome of strutting narcissism (granted, there's probably a bit of jealousy at play, the swarthy devil); the next, like some god of the liberal-minded, he's making clear-eyed proclamations on the Woolwich murders and scything down Hugo Boss for their Nazi connections.

Comedy festival of the week: Brighton Comedy Festival, various venues

Friday's Opening Night Gala (Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jon Richardson, Kevin Bridges...) announces the Brighton Comedy Festival for what it is: a big, brassy bash with an unashamed eye on the top dogs.

Gorman picks apart techniques of the news media in his latest series ‘Modern Life is Goodish’

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