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Rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown

Comedy review: ‘Fake’ Londoners and fatherhood on witty rapper Doc Brown’s mind at Forum show

Rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown has come a long way since his Hampstead School days, growing up in Willesden. Real name Ben Bailey Smith, younger brother to novelist Zadie, Brown is a rising star on the comedy and acting scene after turns on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Russell Howard’s Good News and a regular gig on Law and Order: UK.

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Ivor Dembina, compere of Hampstead Comedy Club

Hampstead Comedy Club celebrates 20 strong years with ambitious expansion plans

This autumn, Hampstead Comedy Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but compère Ivor Dembina has little time to reminisce.

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Katherine Ryan

Comedian Katherine Ryan: ‘Men on Twitter treat me like a dominatrix’

Initially, at least, when speaking to Katherine Ryan, you would be forgiven for thinking her qualities lay particularly in motherhood. Sat in her Edinburgh hotel room doting on her five-year-old daughter, Violet, the pair are playing a made-up game called “bank”, according to the rising Canadian-born star, a Crouch End resident for seven years.

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Craig Brown speaking at St. Paul's School Hammersmith, 29th April 2009.  Photograph by Jonathan Player.
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Private Eye’s celebrity diarist Craig Brown reveals tricks of satirist’s trade

For the last 25 years, some of the biggest names in celebrity culture have graced Private Eye, lending their life experiences to its celebrated diary column. A typical entry might include Gwyneth Paltrow suggesting women rub olive oil onto their tights, or Prince Charles protesting about the London Eye being shaped as a “modish circle”.

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Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe could teach Ed Miliband a thing or two

There are few worse ways I could think of spending an evening than getting up on stage and trying to make a bunch of drunken hecklers laugh. The mixture of nerves and self-doubt would probably see me running for the nearest exit but, for Sara Pascoe, stand-up comedy is something everyone should try at least once.

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Both are left- right: Paul Scott, Chris Murray, Danny Mullins and Bruce Knight.

The Penis Monologues provide poignant stories of male vulnerability

Back in 1998, Eve Ensler’s empowering Vagina Monologues gave voice to taboo-busting tales of female experience – from rape and birth to masturbation and orgasm.

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The Pin comedy duo

Comedy duo The Pin on point after Footlights grounding

Coming straight out of Footlights has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you’re given a huge platform from which to sell your act, but on the other, you’re hardly going to escape the already bourgeois reputation of modern comedy.

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appearing at JW3 with his show Circumcise Me

Jewish convert writes comedy show about how he was circumcised three times

Yisrael Campbell’s stand up at the JW3 also talks about addiction and terrorism

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James Roose Evans

Hampstead Theatre founder James Roose-Evans ponders Dylan Thomas ahead of Hampstead Arts festival celebration

A boutique arts festival of words and music runs in Hampstead next month. The small but perfectly formed programme of events takes place at St John’s Downshire Hill and Burgh House, in New End Square, from November 1 to 22.

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Natalie Mendoza as Imelda Marcos with cast including Dean John-Wilson as Ninoy Aquino

Theatre review: Here Lies Love at the National Theatre Dorfman

With an Evita revival running in the West End, there seems a trend for musicals about despotic, spendthrift self-styled women-of-the-people who married international leaders.

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Jane McAdam Freud

Sculptor Jane McAdam Freud on war, family and getting to know her great granddad Sigmund

Award winning sculptor and artist Jane McAdam Freud is the daughter of artist Lucian Freud and great-grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud.

Her exhibition Dance of Disapproval War Works runs at the London Jewish Cultural Centre until November 10 and includes works created while she was artist in residence at the Freud Museum in 2005/6. She talks to Features Editor Bridget Galton about art, family and legacy.

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Experience the action of a London Lions basketball game!

Win tickets to see London Lions vs Leeds Force

The London Lions are the only professional basketball team in the capital, based at the state-of-the-art Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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