Going Out: Comedy: Paul Merton

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In And This Is Me, his first solo live venture for several years, Paul Merton (left) impressed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival last summer with the revelatory nature of his material. In the show, everyone's favourite curmudgeon from Have I Got News For You, discusses among other things "his critically acclaimed near-death experience and the truth about his short but instructive spell in the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital". The show was apparently sparked by the realisation that "comedy is truth and truth is comedy". A brave choice of material. He now brings And This Is Me to London's West End for one night only.

Apollo Theatre, London, W1 (0171-494 5513) tomorrow only.

James Rampton