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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

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With his domestic philosopher John Shuttleworth back in Sheffield, fretting over whether to plump for cake or a biscuit with a cup of tea, Graham Fellows revives another of his sublime creations.

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Yes: John Bishop £50,000

Corporate gigs: Which comedians take the funny money?

Many comics pay their way with corporate gigs, says Veronica Lee. But they’re not for everyone...

Clowning around: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Burgers' workshops are a hit with fellow comedians

With stand-up dominated by the one-comic-and-a mic-form of observational humour, it's little wonder that some comedians are seeking more alternative modes of expression to set themselves apart. The Boy with Tape On His Face distinguishes himself with a joyously retro presentation of silent, performance-led humour, while the bestowal of the Edinburgh Comedy Award on Phil Burgers last year, for his mute, sexualised and playfully scary bouffon Dr Brown, echoed and endorsed the stand-up circuit's burgeoning interest in clowning.

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