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What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky. This, according to a poll by the comedy channel Gold, is the nation's favourite new festive joke and as such will feature in a specially commissioned box of comedy crackers this Christmas. I think I preferred the runner-up - Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars? Because their days are numbered - but they're neither of them close to the all-time classic: How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. You can have that one.

Twenty Twelve team returns to satirise life inside BBC Broadcasting House

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Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, centre, are up for Best Female TV Comic for their presenting quips on The Great British Bake Off

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BSkyB dominates the Best New Comedy category with Moone Boy competing against Hunderby, a period drama spoof on Sky Atlantic and Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life, starring Steve Coogan (pictured)

Sky has last laugh after raid on BBC comedy talent

An 11-year-old boy from an Irish village, whose previous biggest role was as Bashful in a local production of Snow White, has been named one of the breakthrough stars of the year after receiving a surprise nomination for the British Comedy Awards.

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Lord of mayhem on an Olympic scale

As the BBC's Games satire Twenty Twelve returns, Hugh Bonneville tells James Rampton about a role far removed from Downton Abbey

Executive decisions: Bonneville in 'Twenty Twelve'

Twenty Twelve: Back on track with Hugh Bonneville, the lord of office jargon

As the BBC's Olympics satire Twenty Twelve returns for a second series, Hugh Bonneville talks to James Rampton about a role far removed from Downton Abbey but just as quintessentially English.

Profile: Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican was named Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008

Sarah Millican laughs her way into the record books

Sarah Millican's remarkable rise to the pinnacle of British comedy hit another milestone yesterday as it emerged that her debut DVD has become the best selling of any female comedian.

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Doghouse (15)

If Shaun of the Dead is the gold standard of British zombie comedy, and Lesbian Vampire Killers is a tin-plated knock-off, then Doghouse must be ... Ratners.

Jongleurs March comedy highlights

March sees Jongleurs at Bow opening its doors for the first time on Sundays. Highlights include

Comedy: Antique Cutlery in fine condition

With all the gravitas commensurate with his status and venerability, the legendary Glaswegian sage, poet and humorist Ivor Cutler puts the collective mind of his audience at ease. Though the poetry books may shake in his hand, he assures a rapt Cambridge Corn Exchange, he is "not suffering from tertiary syphilis". That may very well be the case, but even well into his seventies, the uniquely affecting and melodious timbre of the Cutlerian larynx still poses a sexual threat.

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Eddie Izzard (Ambassadors Theatre, 071-836 6111, to 27 Feb). Surreal ramblings from the popular fringe performer, now in the West End for an ambitious run.
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