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Armando Iannucci recently said that the UK falls behind the US  when it comes to female comedy writers. Do you find it to be a male-dominated industry?

Books of the Year: Comedy

Bedwetting, race hate, Communist holidays and zombies, according to this latest batch of memoirs

The Angina Monologues, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Comic queen and friends are on song

Video: Household names at a 'bring-a-thing-athon'

A new exhibtion, Things, at the Wellcome Collection, opens in London today.

On the agenda: Photomonth; Juice Festival; British Food Fortnight; Fashion Week; Jo Brand; Laurence Olivier Awards

A 7ft beast in Newcastle, political beasts in Staffordshire and a free feast at St Paul's

Edinburgh Festival Diary: 15/08/2010

Frank Skinner and the Assembly are at loggerheads over his last-minute withdrawal as host of The Talk Show at its new venue in Princes Street Gardens.

Sarah Millican: Chatterbox, The Stand

Sarah Millican's performance tonight is one of the most consistent and accomplished I have ever seen at the Fringe.

Standards of nursery food to be reviewed

The Government will announce a review of food standards in nurseries today as ministers launch a fresh pre-election assault on the Tories over their plans for Sure Start centres.

Amanda Ross's TV Book Club

The creator of Richard and Judy's Book Club is on a mission to spread the printed word with her new TV show. John Walsh meets publishing's first lady of letters

DJ Taylor: Superior Scots

The English are to blame for Alex Salmond's smugness; the TV book club presenters who know nothing about books; an ode to the old Olivetti; and posterity in pop

Boyd Tonkin: Stay in the bedroom, you literary chaps

The Week In Books

Pandora: Abrahams returns to the Labour fold

Good news at last for Gordon Brown. David Abrahams, the mega-bucks property developer and (very) generous party donor has, it seems, returned to the fold.

Jo Brand: This charming woman

The comedian, whose latest novel is about mental illness and Morrissey, reveals how her own angst acts as an inspiration

Jo Brand: A softer brand of humour

When Carol Thatcher made her now infamous comment, the ears of one of our most irreverent comedians were assailed

The Sketch: I'd back Harriet in a fight with David

Well, there it was, the question of US intelligence documents that our judges want to open up in court and the Yanks don't. David Miliband came to the Commons to defend the authorities as, I suppose, he has to. Though exactly why escapes me, if he's the new mould we're all supposed to be waiting for. And if David Davis was right in his epic 210-word question, confidentiality does not apply when it will conceal a crime.

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