Arts and Entertainment

"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Eddie Izzard performs at the 'Go Local' festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, July 2013

Eddie Izzard: 'If I'm made Mayor of London I won't give up comedy'

The comedian said his stand-up career will go into 'hibernation'

Video: The Big If in Hyde Park

Watch the videos below to see a video about the ‘IF’ campaign, involving children playing the roles of G8 leaders and time-lapse footage of the flower display in Hyde Park.

Confusion reigns

The iQuiz final: Warwick's quiz titans tick every box (nearly)

It's the student test so grand one team nearly missed an exam for it – but still lost

TV review: Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons - Go, Eddie, go! But get some proper shoes

The comic and self-confessed 'sack of potatoes on a mission' shows more than just a will to run

Sport on TV: Not-so-fast Eddie sets a blistering pace in the Cape

Eddie Izzard may be a brilliant stand-up comedian but he would have required extra powers of fortitude to stay on his feet after his latest endurance test. Three years ago he ran 43 marathons in 43 days around the UK in aid of Sport Relief, despite having no pedigree at long-distance running. It was an astonishing undertaking, but no undertaker was required.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand, Duchess Theatre, London

You know when Russell Brand is in town. Outside the Duchess Theatre in London’s Theatreland are trucks and trailers denoting that this is no ordinary event.

Graham Norton hoping to set chat show record for Comic Relief

Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith, comic Ronnie Corbett and supermodel Elle Macpherson are among the guests who will take part in Graham Norton's bid to set a new TV chat show record.

Eden project in Cornwall. Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million

Eden Project to axe up to 70 jobs

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million.

Laughing all the way...: Michael McIntyre's latest tour raked in £21m

£21m? You're havin' a laugh: Michael McIntyre profits from latest comedy tour

Comedy has been touted as the new rock’n’roll ever since Newman and Baddiel played Wembley in the 1990s. But now Michael McIntyre has proved the point by taking £21m –  nearly as much as the Rolling Stones – from his latest tour.

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs to headline an Eden Session

Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed to headline an Eden Session in Cornwall on Saturday 29 June 2013.

The xx to headline Eden Sessions 2013

The xx will headline at next summer's Cornish music event the Eden Sessions.

Peppa Pig leads winners at Bafta Children's Awards

Peppa Pig, Horrible Histories and a trio of teenage actors and games designers were among the winners of the British Academy Children's Awards.

Eddie Izzard - £31,550: The multi-lingual stand-up comic has fronted Labour broadcasts and been talked of as a London mayoral candidate

Miliband still reliant on union barons – but big donors start to return

Political parties suffer drop of almost £1m in quarter but donations still total nearly £7.9m

A lesson in learning how to be black

According to Newsweek magazine, the appearance of the South African comedian Trevor Noah on The Tonight Show earlier this year had sub-Saharan newspapers reporting it "as if it were breaking news".

Trevor Noah, The Racist, Pleasance Courtyard

According to Newsweek, the appearance of the South African comedian, Trevor Noah on 'The Tonight Show' earlier this year had sub-Saharan newspapers reporting it "as if it were breaking news". MSNBC Africa meanwhile aired it across the continent.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there