Arts and Entertainment John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

Birmingham-born comic will front satirical news programme on Sunday evenings

Twin Towers costumes, a llama and a sombrero: How to do (or not to do) drunken tomfoolery

This week we’ve seen the best and worst sides of drunken excesses. What have we learnt? Just like in life: llamas good, racism bad.

Birmingham University's Guild of Students bans “racist” Halloween outfits

Students wearing Mexican, Native American and Sacha Baron Cohen costumes were all turned away from an event

Clowning around: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Burgers' workshops are a hit with fellow comedians

With stand-up dominated by the one-comic-and-a mic-form of observational humour, it's little wonder that some comedians are seeking more alternative modes of expression to set themselves apart. The Boy with Tape On His Face distinguishes himself with a joyously retro presentation of silent, performance-led humour, while the bestowal of the Edinburgh Comedy Award on Phil Burgers last year, for his mute, sexualised and playfully scary bouffon Dr Brown, echoed and endorsed the stand-up circuit's burgeoning interest in clowning.

Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has been axed from the station after almost 20 years

Tim Westwood axed as Radio 1's voice of rap after nearly 20 years

The controversial hip-hop pioneer has been axed as part of a scheduling shake-up on Radio 1

Sacha Baron Cohen (left) was due to play Freddie Mercury (right) in a film of his life

I want to break free: Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic over 'creative differences' with Queen

Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen is reported to have quit playing the lead in an impending Freddie Mercury biopic due to a disagreement with the remaining members of Queen.

Actress Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher on making it in Hollywood (and how being married to Sacha Baron Cohen DIDN'T help)

'Women should not have to adopt masculine traits in order to succeed,' says Australian actress

According to German tabloid Bild, eccentric characters like Prince Philip have a lot to offer the continent

Philip, Boris and Nessie: All provide reasons to stay in EU

German tabloid begs 'beautifully crazy' Britain to stay

The foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) has new challenges ahead in the new series

Malcolm Tucker and the The Thick of It triumph at the British Comedy Awards

Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front won best actor and actress gongs for their efforts in Armando Iannucci's Shadow Cabinet

Page 3 Profile: Karl Rove, Republican strategist

Sharing in the election joy?

Page 3 Profile: Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP

Another jibe at Cameron?

Page 3 Profile: John Key, New Zealand PM

New policy?

New Zealand Prime Minister denies calling David Beckham 'thick'

New Zealand's prime minister has denied allegations that he called David Beckham “thick”.

Bournemouth wouldn’t be the first town to take a stand against stag and hen dos. Police in Newquay said a ban on the “inappropriate clothing” associated with such parties had helped to lower anti-social behaviour and recorded crime this year.

Bournemouth police commissioner candidate vows to end the town's stag and hen party culture

The stag and hen party culture in Bournemouth is causing anti-social behaviour and strict new measures are needed to “reclaim” the town’s night-time economy, according to a local police and crime commissioner candidate.

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Ban on mankinis is good news for stags

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