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On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.

Punt & Dennis: They Should Get Out More, Palace Theatre, Watford

After a break of over three years, these two stalwarts of BBC radio comedy are back on the road, pointing to the title of their show as their motivation.

Lenny Henry: 'I constantly ask myself if I'm doing the right thing'

Certainties have been lacking in Lenny Henry's life. But, on the eve of a new tour, he tells Rob Sharp that he'll always have stand-up

Graham McCann: Morecambe and Wise bring us sunshine – and a lesson in comic timing

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Channel 4 has been condemned for broadcasting "deeply offensive" language after comedian Frankie Boyle used the words "nigger" and "Paki".

Mark Watson: Do I Know You? Hammersmith Apollo, London

On his journey from cult Edinburgh Fringe favourite to big venue comic, Mark Watson has notched up the kinds of TV appearances a graduating stand up might be expected to make, including Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, but it's clear tonight that performing to his largest live audience yet is the feather in his cap that is tickling him the most.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Freedom shouldn't mean doing exactly what you want

Words can be weapons which are used against the vulnerable, minorities, the powerless and voiceless. Some information needs to be kept from the wider public

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Editor-At-Large: If women have it all now, they can thank my generation

Last week, the long struggle for equal pay reached a historic turning point. The latest statistics show that, on average, a woman in her twenties will earn 2.1 per cent more than a man of the same age. It's taken so long, and so much hard work.

Katie Price seeks legal advice over Frankie Boyle joke about her son

Katie Price has asked her lawyers to write to Channel 4 after comedian Frankie Boyle made a "vile" joke about her disabled son.

Matthew Norman: How, in an instant, I came to love the real Jim Naughtie

The obituaries might as well be written. Whatever else he has done or has yet to do, he will be remembered solely for that inter-consonantal ballistic missile

A pity for Morgana that first impressions last

It&rsquo;s good to take risks with new comedy talent on TV, says FionaSturges, but Channel 4&rsquo;s latest starlet has badly misfired

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Griffin's BNP makes a show of itself and a comedian turns the world into a meaner place

Russell Howard: Laughing all the way to the bank

If you&rsquo;re young, chances are you&rsquo;ll love Russell Howard, with his topical BBC show garnering a million hits on iPlayer. Ian Burrell meets the small-town boy about to embark on a money-spinning tour

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It was the home of anarchic humour in the Eighties and now it wants to define comedy for a new generation. Ian Burrell discovers why the broadcaster is playing it for laughs
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