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News Jonathan Ross’ agent, Addison Cresswell, pictured here with his brother, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night aged just 53 years old

The representative worked with some of the comedy circuit’s best known stars, including Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Alan Carr and Jack Dee

Tom Daley will be mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash!

Tom Daley’s ITV1 diving show makes a Splash! with the viewers

The opportunity to see celebrities emulate the orange hue, whitened teeth and diving expertise of Tom Daley in new ITV1 competition Splash! drew 5.6 million viewers on Saturday night.

Nick Hendrix's bellboy gets to grips with Samantha Bond in Orton's <i>What the Butler Saw</i>

What the Butler Saw, Vaudeville Theatre, London
The Sunshine Boys, Savoy Theatre, London
Detroit, NT Cottesloe, London

Joe Orton's famous sex farce is the latest addition to theatreland's retro craze. Despite being funny and well acted, it's jokes are showing their age

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Jason Alexander, who played nervous ball of angst George Kostanza in Seinfeld, recently met Israel's president Shimon Peres to discuss the Middle East. The Israeli press inevitably asked the actor and campaigner if humour had a role to play the peace process, Alexander replied in the negative "because someone is always going to be offended".

Riches lives up to his name with comedy prize

A show of 'barely controlled chaos' wins the &#163;10,000 award &ndash; and guaranteed fame &ndash; for Adam Riches at the Edinburgh Festival

Nixon gets &#163;14m windfall from Moneysupermarket

The founder of financial comparison website Moneysupermarket.com Simon Nixon is £14m wealthier today after the firm – which he stopped running in 2008 but still owns a majority stake – paid out a special £20m dividend to shareholders on top of its interim dividend.

My Edinburgh hell

Veteran comics of the Fringe recall some of the gigs they would rather forget

Outside the Box: Neville begins to turn green as he heads for pastures new

Sky Sports' new pundit Gary Neville is hoping the exorbitant price of tickets for the Champions' League final, travel to Wembley and overnight accommodation (it is an evening kick-off) will not adversely affect the attendance at his testimonial match between Manchester United and Juventus on Tuesday week, from which proceeds will go to local community projects.

War on Want Comedy Gig, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Comic Relief may be over, but the relationship between charity and comedy continues apace. In the last two weeks there have been three major charity galas, including this event that celebrated 60 years of the movement founded by humanitarian Victor Gollancz.

Old lions and young dudes: David Baddiel on sexual politics, comic art and the road from gigs to print

David Baddiel's new novel sets the monster ego of the Great Writer against the flaky identity of the New Man.

Investment Column: Barratt could take a beating this year

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Behind the scenes of The People Speak

The People Speak is a documentary film project inspired by American historian Howard Zinn and developed by writer and academic Anthony Arnove. It presents history as told by the people - and in this case a rather illustrious set of them.

The People Speak: History as told by the stars

Colin Firth is heading a group of actors and actresses dramatising key moments in Britain's past. He tells James Rampton why it will enthral a new generation

Mr Nice, Bernard Rose, 121 mins (18)

You would have to indulge in Howard Marks's premium brand not to find this flat biopic, starring an irritating Ifan Rhys, smug and self-congratulatory

Diary: Angelina's local point

It's at least five days since I last wrote about Angelina Jolie and, fresh from her publicity tour for the broad Cold War stereotyping of her spy thriller Salt, the star has revealed she's to make a more nuanced movie next.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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