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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.

Eight lessons and carols for godless people, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Rational festive cheer with the godless squad

Mike Wozniak, Medina & Negociants, Edinburgh Festival

Mike Wozniak asks his audience not to heckle him with 118 118 jibes, though it's hard to resist, as it's a useful shorthand for his moustachioed appearance. Having established the visual, the vocal sounds like a cross between Murray Walker and David Attenborough, nasal and breathy, and Wozniak's delivery and joke structure have something of Stewart Lee about them, relying on repetition and occasional laborious detail to state the obvious but from a sideways point of view.

Pandora: Fern's new stay-slim shocker

The row over Fern Britton's dramatic weight loss just keeps on rumbling. Yesterday the This Morning presenter was accused of deliberately misleading the public when a Sunday newspaper revealed that, despite repeated denials, she had undergone gastric banding back in 2006.

Renegade, by Mark E Smith

Another encore for the rock rebel who shuns the look-back bores

Mark Watson Takes Over The World, The Red Hedgehog (via an internet link from the Melbourne Comedy Festival), London

In the last four years, Mark Watson's "endurance shows" of 24, 33 and 36 hours in length have been among the most colourful contributions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and to comedy as a whole. The shows encourage off-beat and often innovative contributions from both comedians and audience members.

Stewart Lee: Noises Off

Heard the one about the comedian who couldn't do jokes about Islam? Stewart Lee takes issue with Ben Elton over his criticism of the BBC

Channel Five to showcase new talents from folk scene

There was a time, not long ago, when folk music was about little more than sticking your finger in your ear, donning your best woolly jumper and pining for bygone times.

Preview: Crash Pad, Arts Theatre, London

A live sitcom that stands up for something

Stewart Lee, Komedia, Brighton

Obituary: Malcolm Hardee

Comedian and club-owner dubbed `a south London Rabelais'

As Jerry Springer proves, we're still divided by a common language

In common with the vast majority of people putting their two pence-worth in, I have not seen, as I write, the BBC's version of Jerry Springer - the Opera. I have seen in on stage, though - twice - and I can't say that about any other theatrical performance I've seen in my life.

Jackson's Way, The Underbelly, Edinburgh

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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