Multi-platinum-selling pop-opera sensation Groban doesn't get much of a fair hearing this side of the Atlantic.
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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From the home of Radiohead, Supergrass and the Foals comes a festival that's not so much a festival as a big street party (albeit indoors). On 10 October, down Cowley Road in the east of Oxford, 10 bands will be playing 10 venues, including The Big Pink, receiving rave reviews for debut album A Brief History of Love and critics' favourite Stornoway. Staged by the team that puts together the Truck festival, this local- music spectacular will be supplemented by poetry performances and an open-mic event. Time to warm up that larynx. www.thisistruck.com
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.