Dom Joly

Dom Joly has been a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and The Independent since 2001. Joly shot to fame in 2000 with his anarchic Channel 4 hidden-camera comedy programme Trigger Happy TV. He has since made television series for BBC, Five, and Sky One including, This Is Dom Joly and Dom Joly’s Happy Hour. His current TV show, Fool Britannia, is on ITV1 on Saturday nights. His spoof autobiography, Look At Me, Look At Me was published in 2004, in 2007 he brought out Letters to my Golf Club, featuring his correspondences with golf clubs around the world. In 2009 he wrote his first travel book, The Dark Tourist, in which he holidayed in some of the world’s most unlikely destinations such as Chernobyl and North Korea. His second travel book- Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, published in 2012, saw him cross the globe hunting monsters like the Yeti and Bigfoot. He is currently writing his new travel book.

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Before summer's joys can begin we must go through the ordeal of school speech day

Cecil Parkinson droned on about good morals. About a week later, he resigned from the Cabinet

An American documentary show is coming to visit - and I'm planning on having some fun

Once I've shown them the 10ft-wicker man I'll take them into a barn where my wife will be seated in a far corner dressed as a gnome...

Kate Moss is following my flying example - and going economy class

Go first class, and you remortgage your house for some free crisps and cheap fizz

Corruption at the heart of Fifa 15: Can someone stop my son being ripped off?

He started to make illicit purchases to try to keep up with friends on his latest computer game obsession

Test Match Special broadcasters Phil Tufnell and Jonathan Agnew

Maybe it's a good thing Desert Island Discs has said no again. I'm not ready

If I ever did make it on to the show I would probably leave the studio kicking myself at a particular choice

It’s my party, and I’ll lie if I want to...

Nobody ever gave me the showbiz rules for 'launch' events

Handy tips: Dom Joly (left) in a promotional image for Trigger Happy TV

How not to make the big time: Dom Joly shares 39 lessons from his showbiz career

Avoid Gillian McKeith, don't drink and tweet, and keep your hands off Slash's whiskey...

A peek inside the mind of the artist at work

There is nothing like writing a memoir to make you long to go back in time

Nigel Farage decided to stand down after he was unable to win in Thanet South

I returned to Britain to find parties without leaders and unseated MPs pondering their futures

Miliband, Clegg and Farage have gone, and, by losing his seat, Ed Balls has caused a huge problem for the organising committee of Ed Balls Day

Up and away: hot air balloons in Warstein, Germany

Hot air balloons: Try to avoid screaming like a baby as you soar up to 3,000ft

I arrived in Italy in the rather peculiar situation of being the owner of a hot-air balloon but never having been in one

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