Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Heard the one about the comedian who sold his soul?

A new play about the career of a stand-up exposes the cost of a life spent telling jokes

Poldark may be hunky, but he shouldn't be objectified

We should be arguing for more women in power rather than more men in pants

Trevor Noah on The Daily Show: Mistakes, he's made a few - but so do all comedians

Trevor Noah's old tweets have been trawled for offensive material

The view over Pukaki

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, New Zealand: A precious thing in hobbit country

The scenery is like a film set, but with extra seclusion, as Alice Jones found

Cameron and Miliband went head-to-head in the live televised debate last night

The Battle for Number 10: Great TV but not an interview for the job of prime minister

The real winners were Sky News and Channel 4, whose audiences soared

There were showbiz anecdotes aplenty from Brooks

Mel Brooks live in London, Prince of Wales Theatre, review: A blazing show as comedy great gets back in the saddle

If anyone alive can claim the title comedy legend, Brooks is the man

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg, book review: Unlikely heroines make their mark in these short shockers

Van den Berg’s great talent is taking quite outlandish situations and boiling them down to a universal emotional essence

Brühl photographed in his home town of Berlin

Daniel Brühl: 'When you have success abroad, you become a traitor. Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)

Zayn Malik: It's as if these boyband stars are more than just wind-up, cash-producing dolls...

Everything they do is moulded by older, greedy men to extract maximum profit

Stewart Lee axed: The demise of real stand-up on TV is no laughing matter

The axing of Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience is bad news for comedians everywhere

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Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
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Dame Colette Bowe - interview
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David Lodge thinks he knows
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Fashion's Cher moment

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'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
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Weather warning

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Saving Private Brandt

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