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"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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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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