Flying again: Monty Python

Monty Python's final 'goodbye' show will be broadcast in 100 countries

The first of ten reunion shows opens tonight at London's O2 Arena

John Cleese in the classic ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ Python sketch

Monty Python reunion: No more silly walks from John Cleese at the O2

Fellow Python Michael Palin explained: 'John won't be doing it as he's had knee operations'
John Cleese has criticised the way the BBC commissions comedy

John Cleese: 'The BBC makes crap comedy and would never commission Monty Python now'

Comedian says he dislikes the way the BBC commissions comedy

Rik Mayall fans campaign for Bottom bench where he punched Ade Edmondson in the groin

The comedian died aged 56 from a suspected heart attack last Monday

Rob Beckett, Alan Carr and Adam Hills will all be performing at V Festival

V Festival: Nothing funny about the all-male comedy line-up

Organisers of V Festival have come under fire for failing to book a single woman for the comedy tent this year.

Clive Anderson will return to host the improvisation show
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John Oliver, guest hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show last June

John Oliver: British comedian written off at home has last laugh in US

He performed with David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade in Cambridge Footlights but had to emigrate to gain recognition
Palin says people have 'forgotten the dross'

Michael Palin: Monty Python was 'not very good'

The actor and author has admitted a lot of Python was 'crap'

Jason Manford buys audience round of drinks to apologise for being late – and picks up tab for £3,500

Manford later tweeted an image of the huge bill and said it had ‘seemed like a good idea’ at the time

Ricky Gervais as downtrodden care-home worker Derek Noakes in comedy-drama Derek

Ricky Gervais: Women are treated as 'props' in film, TV and 'particularly comedy'

The Derek creator says he loves to write more interesting female characters

The BBC has finally commissioned a satire lampooning itself

Postcode comedy: BBC goes meta with 'W1A' and marks a big birthday by sending itself up

Comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have been given licence to lampoon the venerable institution

Comedian Jenny Collier was inundated with support when she revealed how she was told she was no longer required because three of the five acts confirmed to perform at a comedy show – with four still to book - were women

Jenny Collier row: Comedy promoter apologises after dropping female comic 'because venue did not want too many women on the bill'

Jenny Collier took to Twitter after she was dropped because the 'venue did not want too many women on the bill'

Russell Brand cancels string of shows as mother Barbara diagnosed with breast cancer

The comedian confirmed he ditched a string of dates in order to spend more time with his ill mother

Bill Hicks quotes: 10 classic jokes 20 years on ‘It’s always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it’s just hilarious’

To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, we revisit some of the best lines from the acerbic king of stand-up comedy

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