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

Arts world puts its weight behind Europe

A group of celebrities including film director Sir David Puttnam and Sir Peter Ustinov (right), have signed up to a campaign to highlight the benefits of European Union membership.

Comedy: Boothby Graffoe performs at the Komedia

Boothby Graffoe performs at the Komedia (01273 277070) in Brighton tonight.

Election '97 : Labour targets first-time voters

Parties are hoping their hard work with young voters will help rout the group's traditional apathy

Arts: Hold on, let's try that again

With the aid of three assistants, Eddie Izzard gives the ailing art of improvisation some eclectic-shock treatment. By James Rampton

Set co-ordinates for 1860, again

The week on television

LAUGHING TILL THE COWS COME HOME

THE EYE PROFILE: EDDIE IZZARD talks with James Rampton

Down at the Albert, Victoria rules OK

COMEDY

Edinburgh festival / Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Alan Parker uber alles

COMEDY

Comedy Jimeoin Cochrane, London

The phrase "big in Australia" conjures up ghastly images of Rolf Harris or, worse, of Paul Hogan. Fortunately, the Irish-born comedian Jimeoin, to whom the phrase also applies, is not cut from the same cringe- making cloth. In fact, he should probably be celebrated as Australia's greatest export since Pommy-bashing.

Bring me your young, your disenchanted

At the last election, the under-25s went missing in a big way. Can an army of comedians and rock stars persuade them to vote next time? Jonathan Glancey reports

COMEDY: Stand up falls down, but pulls it off

EDDIE IZZARD emerged from the pages of a giant book to show that he had discovered reading. There is no such unexpected revelation in Lee Evans's grand entrance at the start of his marathon West End run. His name in lights above the Lyric Theatre stage, Evans slowly descends a large staircase and, without wanting to reveal too much, it would probably be fair to relate that he doesn't quite make it to the bottom unscathed. Evans's act is built around a highly skilled celebration of incapacity, so a first night ought to be meat and drink to him: the higher the stakes, the more piquant the pratfall.

Your chance to pick a personality to forget

Yes, it's coming to the end of 1995, so it is time to vote in our annual, alternative Non-Personality of the Year contest again. All you have to do is vote for the person who you think has contributed most to making 1995 a year you would rather forget about.

Talking to your selves

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

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