Arts and Entertainment Laughing all the way...: Michael McIntyre's latest tour raked in £21m

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

DVD: Michael McIntyre: 'Hello Wembley!', (Universal)

McIntyre has at last found his métier: playing arenas where the audience wants to be entertained and non-believers stay away.

An Evening With Michael McIntyre, Wembley Arena, London

At the cutting edge of suburbia

Julian Knight: Penalised for checking your credit? That's not fair

I have always found it an injustice that those who look to shop around for a loan, credit card or mortgage actually risk damaging their credit rating in the process. It goes like this – each time a potential lender checks out your credit file it leaves a trace. If the consumer is turned down – for whatever reason – the trace turns into a great big muddy mark and, in these straitened lending times, this can be enough to bar the individual from accessing credit elsewhere.

David O'Doherty, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Laura Solon, Assembly, Edinburgh<br/>Andrew Lawrence, Pleasance, Edinburgh<br/>Alun Cochrane, The Stand, Edinburgh<br/>Paul Sinha, The Stand, Edinburgh

Laura Solon is frighteningly talented, and Alun Cochrane had some people laughing so hard they didn't seem able to stop

Comedy has gone stale, say Reeves and Mortimer

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hit out at the "stale" and old-fashioned state of comedy nowadays.

Ava Vidal: Remember, Remember The 4th Of November, The Stand, Edinburgh

Loosely basing her set around the election of Barack Obama and partially inspired by the President's writings, Ava Vidal's Edinburgh campaign reaches a peak half-way through, only to falter thereafter.

The School for Scandal, Pleasance, Edinburgh

Among the many morals one can draw from Sheridan's comedy of manners is a stark warning of the perils of speaking ill of others. Try telling that to a bunch of comedians.

Women on TV: Laugh for the ladies

Why don't women find women on TV funny? Lynne Parker, who runs the Funny Women Awards, explores the current state of comedy programmes and asks why women have a harder time than men

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Question Time: Gary Farrow

Work: Chairman and chief executive of PR company The Corporation, where he represents such celebrities as Jonathan Ross, Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr.

Life: Aged 53, he is married to The Sun columnist and broadcaster Jane Moore. They have three daughters and live in South London.

Balance: Photography and watching Chelsea Football Club.

Paul Duddridge: &lsquo;I can make anyone famous&rsquo;

Paul Duddridge is a former comedy agent who believes he can transform the lowliest nobody into a massive celebrity &ndash; in just 40 days. Guy Adams gets his tips for stardom

Pandora: McIntyre gives the bankers some credit

With bankers less popular than traffic wardens, you'd be forgiven for thinking that approval-hungry celebrities would be giving them a wide berth these days.

My secret life: Freema Agyeman, actress, 29

The flat I grew up in ... was on the Woodberry Down estate near Manor House, in north London. When I first came into the spotlight, a lot of dodgy stuff was written about it in the papers. I felt really defensive. I had a brilliant time there.

Charles brings his herbal medicines to the high street

Duchy Originals range of treatments includes controversial Detox Tincture

<a href="http://julianhall.livejournal.com/3496.html">Julian Hall: Zadie on comedy post-mortems</a>

It is customary at this time of year to suggest stocking fillers - or should I say sack-fillers given that the most prized gifts from the comedy world will be the plethora of stand up DVDs currently available. Frankie Boyle, Michael McIntyre and Russell Howard spring to mind as good buys.

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