Harry Hill: Clown prince of daft

On the eve of a national tour, the award-winning comedian Harry Hill tells James Rampton why he's glad to be back on the road - and how he plans to take the audience out on to the street

Hill fires Bristol's revival with rage for perfection

The former England captain talks to Chris Hewett about his side's Premiership potential and today's resumption of an old rivalry in the Powergen Cup at Gloucester

Cellar notes: A corking good read

If you think most wine lists have all the appeal of your average telephone directory, Ian Brown's oddball list will make you pause for thought. With a unique blend of hilariously surreal ramblings and eccentric tasting notes, his mouthwatering Australian catalogue reads like a trialogue between Rab C Nesbitt, Harry Hill and Baldric.

You ask the questions: Harry Hill

(Such as: Harry Hill, would you pose naked if the part demanded it? And could you fit me in for a check-up?)

Corporate Profile: Harry is king of the hill

He doesn't wear white socks and his staff aren't given mobile phones, but the boss of Britain's biggest estate agency knows his profession will never top the popularity stakes. None the less he is making record profits, and they're not all from selling houses

The Joys of Modern Life: 25. Harry Hill

WITH HARRY Hill, you're either on the bus or off the bus. Those who don't find him the world's foremost comic genius tend to dismiss him. Fence-straddling is not an option.

Film: Coming attractions

November 27: Since Hammer Productions were staked in the late Seventies, there have been sporadic attempts to breathe new life into the British vampire film. The Wisdom of Crocodiles is the latest, bringing a coven of British stars together under the aegis of a Chinese director (Po Chih Leong) for a less gruesome take on the usual story. Jude Law stars as Steven Griscz, an undead Lothario who's made miserable by his vampiric existence. Timothy Spall plays the Van Helsing figure, and Jack Davenport - of This Life and the bloodsucking TV thriller Ultraviolet - is also in the cast. Alternatively, if you still haven't been sated by the boom in Seventies costume drama then The Slums of Beverly Hills - Tamara Jenkins's comic memoir of her LA childhood - will be sure to please.

Interview: Harry's game anyone can join in

Harry Hill's humour may be quirky, but it's certainly not exclusive. It even works on Americans. Vanessa Thorpe meets the man who subverted stand-up

Comedy: There's nowt as queer as Hill folk

To fill the spare time on his recently-completed three-month national tour, Harry Hill bought the script of Pulp Fiction and set about acting it out and filming it with a camcorder. "I was Bruce Willis," he recalls. "The road manager and the sound man were in it as well - there were some painful moments. It is virtually unwatchable."

Comedy: A newsworthy stand-up

The wacky humour of Eddie Izzard or Harry Hill is not Kevin Day's cup of tea. This self-confessed puritan aligns himself with political humourists like Jeremy Hardy or Mark Thomas, though he can't say that he doesn't crave a little fame and fortune...

The best medicine

It was a big step, leaving medicine for a career in comedy. But the odd 'bad night' on stage is a breeze compared to nights of watching patients die. And Harry Hill hasn't had a bad night in a long time

Comedy: Adrian Mole meets Emo Phillips

He admires Frankie Howerd and Harry Hill, and inhabits an eccentric world bursting with surreal humour. Paul Foot, High Wycombe refugee and Oxford maths graduate, could also be the next big thing in comedy

Hambro plans to speed up house sales

Hambro Countrywide, the UK's largest estate agent, yesterday announced revolutionary plans that should enable house buyers to complete the purchase of a property in less than a week.

Lager than life

Edinburgh Festival: Al Murray once waited at the table of Harry Hill. Now he's serving up his own special brew of comedy. Adrian Turpin goes on an Edinburgh bender with the Pub Landlord

Television: Heroes of comedy from the golden age of the Nineties

Funny comedy series are like buses. You wait ages, then two turn up at once. Ben Thompson hails the arrival on TV of Harry Hill and John Shuttleworth
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?