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The American dream

It's official. Jane Austen can stand up to transatlantic travel. It's chiefly a matter of casting. By Adam Mars-Jones; EMMA Douglas McGrath (U)

Fringe / Greg Proops

San Francisco's Greg Proops has been over here long enough now to work out what makes a British audience tick. Many's the visiting American stand-up who loses his way in a maelstrom of socio-political references.

Sure, Bill Cosby's slick. But does his humour ever venture beyond the front door?

The one thing you have to say about Bill Cosby is that the guy is seriously cool. He doesn't bother playing a single UK date in 30 years of show business (who needs to impress the Brits to become one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world?); and, when he does finally show, he turns up as part of the Capital Radio Funk, Soul and Jazz Festival, touching down from the south of France on the afternoon of the gig in his private jet with absolutely none of the trappings of the on-the-road showbiz millionaire. Elton John, we learnt in Sunday night's kiss-and- tell rockumentary, tours with his own personal travelling hair stylist; Bill Cosby flies in with an entourage of none, on his tod, without so much as a publicity assistant in these showbiz days when even publicity assistants need publicity assistants. Presumably he pilots his own jet.

Down memory Lane

With creaky old sitcoms continuing to pull in the viewers on UK Gold, the BBC has gone one better and remade two of the Seventies' biggest hits. James Rampton reports

Film: Make whoopee not war

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The way you do

THIS IS IT by Joseph Connolly, Faber pounds 8.99

The appliance of science

Andrew Sachs plays Einstein in a new two-part documentary. James Rampton met him

Altar egos of the sitcom

With a reverential love of classic comedy, the double-act behind Father Ted is pushing TV gagdom in a new direction. By James Rampton

Man about the House - a zany new sitcom

I didn't watch the first episode of The House, the BBC's behind- the-scenes look at what really goes on at the Royal Opera House. I had imagined that it would be about opera, a dead art form I am, sadly, congenitally unable to enjoy.

We don't believe it

James Rampton meets Richard Wilson, aka lovable, long-suffering Victor Meldrew

ARTS REVIEW : Comedy Issey Ogata Lyric Hammersmith, London Mark Wareham

Comedians invariably trip themselves up when negotiating the language barrier. A subtitled Monty Python movie can clear a Spanish cinema quicker than an ETA bomb scare; and even though Eddie Izzard fancies his chances of pulling off a show in French, it's by no means certain that phrases like "la plume de ma tante" will have them guffawing helplessly in the theatres of Paris. So it is with trepidation that you pull on the simultaneous- translation headset at the start of Issey Ogata's City Life.

The Internet's most efficient librarians

Richard Longhurst finds entertainment with the help of the latest search tools and, opposite, reveals how you can keep your children away from the seedier sites

Jazz: Beyond the three-minute orgasm

He's been beaten up. His musicians have walked out on him. He's even been paid not to play. Yet Ornette Coleman stuck to his guns and diverted the course of jazz history. By Linton Chiswick

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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