Ever since Popworld, Amstell has come across as a highly intelligent yet awkwardly anxious geek – and his stand-up is no different.
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It's hard to avoid drawing parallels between 'Grandma's House' and 'Seinfeld', even when the BBC sitcom breaks the 'no hugs' rule
It's not too unfair to suggest that Jack Whitehall starts this festival with a comedy deficit thanks to the limpness of the TNT Show, his Channel 4 vehicle that follows his stint on E4's Big Brother's Big Mouth. Still, the 21-year old stand-up sets about over-hauling this negative position with great gusto in a show – and Fringe debut – that's so finely tuned as to be almost too efficient.
It's night-time in Leicester Square and despite torrential rain, the queue for the Prince Charles Cinema stretches out of the door and right around the block. Screening tonight? How to Be, a tiny British indie movie made for just £250,000 by the first-time, 28-year old writer-director Oliver Irving.
The home I grew up in ... My mum bought at a time when you could get big, posh flats near the Portobello Market [in London's Notting Hill] for no money. I hold a deep affection for that area and go back regularly.
Some say digital radio is dead – go tell that to Radio 6. On the station's sixth birthday, Stephen Merchant, Russell Brand and a quirky cast of DJs reveal how the BBC's first major music station for 35 years conquered the airwaves