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Officials refused to allow Russell Brand into Canada on Saturday for a stand-up show. Brand, barred by Japan in May over his convictions for criminal damage and indecent exposure, complained: "We must abolish the borders between our nations and our minds."

Riches lives up to his name with comedy prize

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Helen Lederer: 'I've been called the supply teacher of comedy. It could be worse'

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