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IT'S SEVERAL YEARS since Paul Merton (below) last ventured out on to the live circuit. In his brand-new show, And This Is Me, he 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 revelation that "comedy is truth and truth is comedy". A brave choice of material.

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn (01553 764864) 8pm

The people of Holland may not have the same humour-free reputation as the Germans, but the idea of Dutch comedy is still all Greek to us. But Raoul Heertje proves that stand-ups from the Netherlands can do the business on stage.

Hot Laughs, Cool Room, Croydon, Surrey (0181-239 0707) 9pm