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
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