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The comedian says he is 'overwhelmingly excited' about the show

Free kicks: 20 years of Stonewall FC

Stonewall Football Club has been tackling homophobic prejudice for 20 years – and now even the Queen is paying attention

Brand wins major comedy award

But Russell is not there to collect it - unlike namesake Jo, who also triumphs

David Hasselhoff hands out religious advice

David Hasselhoff has been giving religious advice to contestants on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

Authors on YouTube: I'm a celebrity, and I'm shameless

Big names are using YouTube videos to promote their books. Do their unsubtle tactics really work? By Arifa Akbar

Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies

Safety concerns sparked drive to outlaw products

Books of the Year: Comedy

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

Keith Richards proves that there's life in the celebrity memoir yet

After dismal sales last year, autobiographies by household names are once again flying off the shelves.

Cyberclinic: The slot machine you carry in your pocket

I'm sufficiently au fait with my own weaknesses to know that I ought to steer clear of computer games. I've had lapses that have verged on obsession over the years; Doom about a decade ago, World of Warcraft a couple of years ago – thanks to an assignment for this newspaper that got out of hand – and, more recently, Word Solitaire Aurora for the iPhone, which is like a never-ending episode of Countdown without the weak puns. But while playing these games I felt, however misguidedly, that I was undergoing some process of self-improvement. Doom enhanced my talent for blasting monsters into the ether.

Stewart Lee: A funny thing happened to comedy...

It is now big, big business. But does that mean the safe middle ground will become ever more crowded?

Pearson lifts forecast as it books 7 per cent sales rise

Pearson, the publisher behind Penguin Books and The Financial Times, upgraded its profits forecast for a second time this year after a strong performance across all of its businesses.

Diary: Cash pours into Pol's pot

"It" curator Vlad Restoin Roitfeld isn't big on self-congratulation. "I don't celebrate if I make a big sale," he assured me at the lavish party for Mother of Pouacrus, his exhibition of hip French artist Nicolas Pol's paintings (£20k-£40k each) at London's Old Dairy, attended by the likes of Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and, er... Johnny Borrell.

A confident Heskey is same as Drobga, claims Houllier

Emile Heskey started the season as the butt of jests about England's woeful World Cup performance, grinning stoically in the audience as Michael McIntyre mocked him on TV's Comedy Roadshow.

Brighton Comedy Festival Gala, Brighton Dome

Brighton rocks with laughter

David Cameron and Dizzee Rascal pick up gongs at GQ Men of the Year awards

Prime Minister David Cameron swapped political barbs for showbiz quips as he picked up a gong at the GQ Men of the Year awards.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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