Comedy of the week: Brian Appleton, 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.

Brian Appleton is a deluded "rock musicologist", whose history of pop is studded with bitter tales of how he's had a hand (uncredited, the bastards) in the creation of myriad hits and movements.

In History of the World in 3 Darts he casts his net wider – but there'll still be time for such "hits" as "My Turn to Be Poorly": the song that "inspired Morrissey to form the Smiths".

Stables, Milton Keynes (01908 280800; Wed; South Street Arts Centre, Reading (0118 960 6060) Thur; Komedia, Brighton (0845 293 8480; Friday