John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a television producer whose credits include ‘Spitting Image’ and ‘QI’. His ‘1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop’, co-authored with John Mitchinson, is published by Faber. ‘Spitting Image’ is at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH until 1 June

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The Big Questions: Who would ‘Spitting Image’ target nowadays? Can Scotland survive on its own?

This week's questions are answered by ‘Spitting Image’ producer John Lloyd

Comedian John Lloyd whose Liff of QI is at Underbelly Bristo Square

My Edinburgh: John Lloyd is having the time of his Liff

The Fringe is a bit like a day at the races, 26 days in a row. Thrills, spills, wild fun, impossible glamour, terrible disappointment, tearing up your ticket, getting caught in the rain, drinking till you can't take any more, laughing till you cry – you may even find love if you're lucky.

The 'Not the Nine O'Clock News's team (left to right), Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, and Griff Rhys Jones carrying Pamela Stephenson in 1980

Mel Smith, the man who made me howl with laughter

As so many people have said, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60, was a comedy giant. And his talent was evident – obvious – when I first saw him 40 years ago. I was then trying to make my way in comedy at Cambridge, and he, then president of the slightly loftier Oxford University Dramatic Society, had agreed to take part, rather to amuse himself, I suspect. He was by a mile the best thing in it. Clever, and very, very funny, as he always was subsequently.

Jacintha Saldanha, Kate Middleton, and how prank calls show comedy can be used for both good and ill

From Hogarth to Chris Morris, there is a long tradition in Britain of setting out to make people look foolish. Within that tradition, prank calls are the new lowest form of wit

Quote of the Day

"The tournament would be a lot better off with the demise of grass."

The victorious nationalists have begun to be British

Success means embracing inclusive politics and diluting party identity, says John Lloyd

Letter: Trees on the march

PATRICK NAISH (letter, 4 March) asks what will happen to the land if farmers go out of business. The answer is simple: forestry. Foresters have been critical about agriculture for decades, particularly the dependence of farmers on subsidies (conveniently ignoring the tax concessions and planting grants available to forest owners).For them the current crisis is long awaited.

Books: A blast of Jacobson's Organ

John Lloyd sizes up a theory of comedy that stretches its point

'I do not condone terrorism'

As accusations fly about his South African past, Labour candidate John Lloyd tells his own story
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