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Raising more than a few eyebrows and winner of every Best Play award going, the Royal Court's sell out smash hit comedy runs at Wyndham's Theatre until 7 May.

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Footballer sent off for wrestling mankini wearing 'Borat lookalike' pitch invader

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Muammar Gaddafi has become the subject for satirists and parodies across the web.

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Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon, By Nigel Smith

Andrew Marvell was a great poet, but not an especially nice man. He had few friends, and did not trust people easily. He was also an angry man, and his immediate posthumous reputation was based on a series of sharp satires. As Nigel Smith shows in this profound and often moving biography, Marvell's anger came from hurt and disappointment. He grew up a clever clergyman's son in flourishing Hull, where he went to school with richer boys. Marvell's life illustrates the idea that to become a great poet some setbacks in youth are required. The loss of his father in 1641 in a boating accident left him desolate; he never entirely recovered.

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Take some needless violence, a religious satire and a dash of incest - and you've got yourself a collection of films too shocking for cinema.

Salvator Rosa: Bandits, wilderness and magic

The first major exhibition of work by Italian Baroque painter and controversial political satirist Salvator Rosa (1615- 1673) in over 35-years is due to open next month at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Bremner fears joke about Islam would mean death

The political satirist Rory Bremner has claimed that the "chilling" effect of fundamentalism means that every time he writes a sketch about Islam he fears that he is signing his own death warrant.

Album: The Divine Comedy, Bang Goes The Knighthood (DCR)

Unstrapping his shin pads after last year's success with The Duckworth Lewis Method, Neil Hannon returns to his main day-job with Bang Goes The Knighthood, an album on which the cast of familiar Divine Comedy characters are targeted with his usual precision and urbanity.

Sacha Baron Cohen sells 'goat film' to Paramount after bidding war

He achieved fame as the white gangster-rapper Ali G, before wowing Hollywood as Kazakh TV presenter Borat and gay fashion journalist Brüno. Now Sacha Baron Cohen is preparing to unveil a fourth alter ego. No one is entirely sure of the new character's name yet, but his job description will almost certainly involve goats.

DVD: The Thick Of It: Series 3 (18)

Not since the days of Jim Hacker or Alan B'Stard has political comedy been so satisfying.

DVD: The Thick of It: Series 3, For retail (2 Entertain)

Not since Yes, Prime Minister has there been a political TV series as entertaining as this delicious satire.

Two Cures for Love, By Wendy Cope

Beyond her famous rueful wit and hard-won, lightly-worn insight, Wendy Cope in her poems offers a painless lesson in the intricate pleasures of form. "How to Deal with the Press", for example, is a villanelle.

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