Arts and Entertainment

Shearsmith suggests new series would be with different characters

Funny...AND a woman?! Tina Fey's new sitcom another blow to gendering laughs

The star of 30 Rock has reshaped the comedy landscape over her career

The Muppets make anything funny, even celebrity stunts

TV review: For those of us who remember Kermit and the gang, That Puppet Game Show was very confusing indeed

That Puppet Game Show, Sat, BBC1 // The Hairy Bikers’ Restoration Road Trip, Sun, BBC2

Jigsaw

Jigsaw: A comedy show that has got the ex-factor

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Towards the end of his show the curly-haired Seann Walsh mimics Michael McIntyre and Kevin Bridges, two of his stablemates at his management company.

Jamie Demetriou: People Day

Edinburgh 2013: Jamie Demetriou: People Day - A Steve Coogan in the making?

To embody a pious, chubby choirboy and a creepy, wizened nanny with equal conviction takes talent and twisted imaginative powers: Jamie Demetriou has both in spades.

Birthday Girls: Camille Ucan, Rose Johnson and Beattie Edmondson

Edinburgh 2013 review: Birthday Girls: 2053, Pleasance Courtyard

Sketch realignment is a feature of this year's Fringe with various groups combining or downsizing, splintering off into solo ventures and so forth. The scene has never been so varied and there is something for even the most sceptical observer of the genre.

After a weird week – that’s a wrap

It’s been the final week of filming for Fool Britannia (part deux) and I can’t remember having had a stranger one for a long time.

British comedians Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones

'A gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit': Tributes pour in after Mel Smith dies at 60

Comedy actor suffered a heart attack at his home in north-west London

Butt, centre, with production manager Sue Bysh, receives a Bafta from Ronnie Barker for ‘Just Good Friends’ in 1987

Ray Butt: Television producer best known as the guiding force of 'Only Fools and Horses'

A smart and meticulous comedy maker with a common touch, Ray Butt was absolutely the right man to orchestrate Only Fools and Horses, voted Britain's Best Sitcom in a nationwide poll in 2004.

'One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert and the endless struggle between man and nature personified.' The tagline for computer game Desert Bus

Desert Bus: Drive straight for eight hours – inside the worst game ever

“One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert and the endless struggle between man and nature personified.” The tagline for computer game Desert Bus makes it sound pretty exciting. It isn’t.

Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

That's a Comic Relief! Rowan Atkinson's Archbishop of Canterbury sketch cleared by Ofcom

A Comic Relief sketch starring Rowan Atkinson as a fictional Archbishop of Canterbury did not breach the broadcasting code, according to watchdog Ofcom.

Paperback review: Lionel Asbo, By Martin Amis

Martin Amis's latest, set in the working-class purlieus of “Diston”, concerns Lionel Asbo, lotto-winning oik, and his nephew, Des. Having slept with his granny (Lionel's mother) as a teenager, Des fears that Asbo will discover his secret – and set the pitbulls on him.

Pranks: Where to draw the line?

It's different when the prankster is the butt of the joke

DVD & Blu-ray review: Horrible Histories: Series 4 (PG)

Dominic Brigstocke, Steve Connelly DVD/Blu-ray (360mins)

Theatre review: How to Host a Dinner Party, Brighton Fringe

The Sussex company Park Bench Dance Theatre’s show opens with two barefoot, smartly dressed women shuffling on to a empty stage with a dining table. They disappear again and return with some chairs. A long and wordless tussle ensues in which identical dining chairs are shifted and swapped, shunted and dragged, and swapped and shifted again.

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