Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Bill Cosby performing stand-up in November

Bill Cosby: A strange limbo has set in, but only one side is telling jokes

For now, it is the court of public opinion which tries Cosby

The hood life: Swimer's career began when fell into an internship at MTV

Comedy writer Dan Swimer: 'I'm in awe of Jack Whitehall and Sacha Baron Cohen'

As a writer on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and 'Grandma's House', Swimer is the unsung star of some of the best TV comedy of the past decade. As his new sitcom, 'Crims', begins, he tells Alice Jones why he's still terrified of the spotlight
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, with Nick Clegg, is not the traditional wife of a British politician

If we’re stuck with political WAGs, at least let them be interesting in their own right

If Miriam Gonzalez Durantez was a politician, I’d be tempted to vote for her

The existence of "Black Eye Friday" suggests that Britain can't hold its drink

It's meant to be the booziest, most violent day of the year

Not even Jonathan Ross and Jack Whitehall can make the British Comedy Awards 2014 funny

In its 25th year, and with enough big name comedians to fill the bill at the Edinburgh Fringe present, the television awards show fell a bit flat

Russell Brand, second from left, described Nigel Farage, far right, as a 'poundshop Enoch Powell' on Question Time

Tired old Question Time is all mouth and too many trousers - it's time for a change

Nobody ever makes a point, because points do not get applause

Why are some people so intent on censoring certain body parts and sexual acts?

Placing restrictions on pornography won't protect children, but a frank and open discussion might

Christian Bale stars as Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott, it’s not about casting 'Mohammad so-and-so', it’s about realising you have a duty to make stars of non-white actors

‘Tax rebates’ is not a sympathetic response to accusations a £130m film is racist

There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

For decades, the way women appeared in advertisements was dictated by men. But now female photographers and creatives are changing the rules - as the new exhibition shows. Alice Jones meets the Mad Women
The Daily Mash 2015 annual

The Daily Mash: The perfect mash-up of jokes and journalism

The Daily Mash is now the UK's biggest humour website, producing comedy "on an industrial scale"

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness