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

Bosses take lessons in comedy

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Column One: Vaz and Izzard: Britain's oddest double act

EUROSTAR PASSENGERS from Paris to London were confronted yesterday by the strangest double act since Mr Barnum met Mr Bailey.

Comedy: Tales of the unexpected

EDDIE IZZARD CORN EXCHANGE CAMBRIDGE

Fantasy groom

How do I look? If there's one thing more eye-catching than a room decorated with purple walls and faux-Georgian furniture, it's the man in leather trousers and flowing silk shirt behind it all. Meet Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, the handy dandy of daytime television

Banned pub landlord in last chance saloon

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Lenny Queen's, London

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Theatre: LENNY; QUEENS THEATRE, LONDON

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Izzard's too nice to be true to Lenny

First Night `Lenny' Queen's Theatre London

Theatre: Lenny

Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard has had a number of telling acting cameos recently - as the rock manager in Velvet Goldmine, the terrorist in The Secret Agent - but he is taking a major step up as the lead in Lenny, a West End revival directed by Sir Peter Hall. Julian Barry's play about Lenny Bruce, the comedian whose hard-hitting routines about politics scandalised America in the 1960s, was made into a tough film starring Dustin Hoffman in 1974. For this revival, the writer apparently especially asked for Izzard after seeing a video of his live act. It may well prove an inspired piece of casting: the styles of the two improvisational comedians are well-matched. In both their acts, the thrill of the unexpected constantly simmers below the surface.

Arts: Much ado about nothing

COMEDY: JIMEOIN; EALING COMEDY FESTIVAL, LONDON
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