Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.
12 December 2013 05:13 PM
What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky. This, according to a poll by the comedy channel Gold, is the nation's favourite new festive joke and as such will feature in a specially commissioned box of comedy crackers this Christmas. I think I preferred the runner-up - Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars? Because their days are numbered - but they're neither of them close to the all-time classic: How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. You can have that one.
10 December 2013 12:00 AM
A play about the expenses scandal opens tonight. Award-winning actress Nancy Carroll tells Alice Jones about playing an MP's grasping wife
06 December 2013 07:14 PM
We shouldn't we be planning our children's online profile from the moment of conception
06 December 2013 04:31 PM
Better this honest trash than 100 faux-modest round robins
05 December 2013 09:30 PM
It wasn't your average Advent Sunday service. It started with a rousing chorus of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and ended with Abba's 'Waterloo'. In between there was a poem dedicated to Tony Wilson, a mini rave and a Danish clapping game. This was Sunday Assembly, a "godless church" which has one aim - to celebrate life. It has all the trappings of a traditional Sunday service – a sermon, songs, readings, community notices, a collection, tea and cakes – but none of the religion. Its only creed is live better, help often, wonder more.
29 November 2013 10:43 PM
Stand-ups are good value when it comes to memoirs. Show-offs by profession they combine a knack for self-lacerating storytelling with an often chaotic private life and zero sense of embarrassment. Ideal. As Russell Brand put it in My Booky Wook: “My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
University for women: your chance to spend thousands to be bullied and intimidated by your fellow students
29 November 2013 06:34 PM
'Confronting ‘Lad Culture’ in Higher Education' makes for bewildering reading
29 November 2013 06:30 PM
The actress was outraged that a scene with oral sex had been cut
29 November 2013 06:24 PM
A giant, monogrammed temple to luxury luggage, plonked in the middle of the cobbles
28 November 2013 09:15 PM
I helped to write a sitcom this week. It was with Jane Bussmann, the brilliant writer on Smack the Pony, Brass Eye and South Park, among other twisted TV gems. I wasn't the only one; there were about 50 of us in the basement of London's Soho Theatre on Sunday night, lending a hand on her new six-part sitcom.
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- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding