Comedians to take on the hecklers

The perpetrators think of themselves as the heroes of comedy: providing welcome relief in otherwise barren stand-up sets. But to comedians the heckler is a hated species, only serving to shatter nerves further when their show is tanking.

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins sentenced to 140 hours unpaid work as he is found guilty of harassing ex-girlfriend Anna Larke

38-year-old subjected Anna Larke to sustained emotional and domestic abuse during their seven month relationship

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins sentenced to 140 hours unpaid work as he is found guilty of harassing ex-girlfriend Anna Larke

38-year-old subjected Anna Larke to sustained emotional and domestic abuse during their seven month relationship

Justin Lee Collins has never hit anyone in his life, he told his trial for domestic and emotional abuse today

Justin Lee Collins's relationship with ex-girlfriend brought out 'the demon' in him, court hears

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins's relationship with an ex-girlfriend accusing him of harassment brought out “the demon” in him, a court heard today.

Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Magistrates Court

Justin Lee Collins' ex-girlfriend denies £20,000 blackmail attempt

The ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins today denied attempting to blackmail the comedian after they broke up.

Ex put up with Justin Lee Collins' abuse because he was 'love of her life', court hears

The ex-girlfriend of comedian and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins was on the verge of tears today as she said she had put up with the abusive relationship because he was the love of her life.

Comedian's 'campaign of abuse against girlfriend'

Justin Lee Collins demanded dossier on her previous sexual experiences, court told

Impressive return: Alan Davies

Alan Davies fills 'half a theatre' in Liverpool following Hillsborough apology

"Thank you for filling at least half of this wonderful theatre," Alan Davies told the audience at his first gig in Liverpool since making controversial remarks about Hillsborough.

Steve Martin during an appearance on The Muppet Show

Heard the one about Steve Martin's TV box set?

For those whose first experience of Steve Martin was in Father Of The Bride, his standing as America's biggest stand-up in the late 1970s (he quit live stage comedy abruptly), may seem hard to fathom.

Booking fees no joke, says Sarah Millican

The comedian Sarah Millican is refusing to perform at venues operated by Britain's largest theatre operator, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), because of its high booking fees.

Mime artists sweep awards in Edinburgh

Comics give another meaning to the phrase speechless with laughter
Josie Long - The Kent comedian entered stand-up at the age of 14, and three years later won the BBC New Comedy Award. Now 30, the fringe veteran won the best newcomer award in 2006, and her solo show 'Romance and Adventure' has earned her a third nomination for best show. It also marks more politicised content

Stop me if you've heard this one... Josie back on shortlist

Josie Long has been nominated for the biggest comedy prize at the Edinburgh Festival for the third year in a row, competing against five "inventive" rivals including a mime and a sketch troupe.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees announced

Nominees have been announced for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Tim Vine: “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze”

Q: What do you call a joke about Posh and Becks? A: Edinburgh's best

Nick Clark reports on the competition to find the finest Fringe funny

Diller: ‘My whole idea is to cheer people up’

Phyllis Diller, first female stand-up, dies, aged 95

She reportedly kept a plastic surgery diary, showing it to anyone who asked

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Tom DeLonge has announced his departure from Blink-182

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The episode saw the surprise return of shifty caravan owner Susan Wright, played by a Pauline Quirke (ITV)

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Just folk: The Unthanks

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Rowan Atkinson is bringing out Mr Bean for Comic Relief

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Grace Dent on TV

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Taylor Swift is heading to Norwich for Radio 1's Big Weekend

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‘A Day at the Races’ still stands up well today
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‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
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Icelandic singer Bjork has been forced to release her album early after an online leak

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Colin Firth as Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Brian Blessed as King Lear in the Guildford Shakespeare Company's performance of the play

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Anne Kirkbride and Bill Roache as Deirdre and Ken Barlow in Coronation Street

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste defends Joe Miller in Broadchurch series two

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The frill of it all: Hattie Morahan in 'The Changeling'

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny may reunite for The X Files

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Jeremy Clarkson, left, and Richard Hammond upset the locals in South America
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Hacked off: Maisie Williams in ‘Cyberbully’

Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challenge

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Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game are both nominated at the Bafta Film Awards
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Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated

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A history of violence: ‘Angry, White and Proud’ looked at the rise of far-right groups

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An expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle

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Lee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist

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Michael Keaton in the 1998 Beetlejuice original

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Olivia Colman and David Tennant star in 'Broadchurch'

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