Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Introducing a triple bill of Los Angeles comedians, American...ish

Camilla Cleese in American...ish, Gilded Balloon, review: 'Surprisingly prickly'

Edinburgh Festival 2014: John Cleese's daughter makes her UK debut

Backstage In Biscuit Land at Edinburgh Festival

Backstage in Biscuit Land, Pleasance Courtyard, review: Remarkable Tourette's-inspired comedy

The humour is black but it's also daft, and in places, impossibly moving

Chris Goode performs in Men in the Cities

Men in the Cities, Traverse Theatre, review: A splintered snapshot of modern masculinity

Edinburgh Festival 2014: An important, zeitgist-pricking piece from Chris Goode, one of the UK's most interesting theatre-makers

Jim Davidson performs his comedy show at Edinburgh Festival 2014

Jim Davidson, Assembly Halls - review: Crude jokes about genitalia and camel toe hail from forgotten era

Edinburgh Festival 2014: TV presenter makes his Fringe debut 

Spoiling at the Traverse Theatre

Spoiling, Traverse Theatre, review: Diverting but ultimately unpersuasive

Edinburgh Festival 2014: The premise - that Scotland is leaving the union but the UK is refusing to let it go - is punchy but the play is slight

A cyclist rides by a Google self-driving car at the Google headquarters

The driverless car puts us on the road to a ‘hands‑free’ world. But do we really want to go?

It seems like a futuristic dream, but the majority of us remain unconvinced

'Clapham lad' Daniel O'Reilly aka Dapper Laughs

Dappy Laughs: How one Vine sensation became the UK's biggest new comedian

Alice Jones asks if the everylad figure can offer something different from the dominant strain of middle-class comedy forged in the JCRs of Oxbridge

She’s been whimsical; she’s been political. Now Josie Long is promising to get personal with Cara Josephine

Edinburgh Festival 2014: Best comedy to see from Stewart Lee to Josie Long

Bridget Christie

She will have to work hard to top A Bic for Her, which won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award last year, but Christie has really hit her stand-up stride now. An Ungrateful Woman, full of more surreal flights of anger about the political and the personal, is a must-see.

2 to 25 August, The Stand (0131 558 7272)

Hillary Clinton said the role of president had become even more difficult in the 21st century

This was meant to be Hillary Clinton's moment, but everyone’s still talking about Bill

She might be lining up a run at the presidency, but it is her husband's misdemeanours that dominate the narrative

Comedian 'Weird Al' Yankovic

How 'Weird Al' Yankovic landed the first number one US comedy album in 50 years

Alice Jones on why the comedy album is enjoying a renaissance

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution