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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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Harry Hill, The League of Gentlemen, Matt Lucas and Mitchell & Webb will be among the performers raising funds for the Royal Free

Rowan Atkinson, Harry Hill and Matt Lucas among comedy stars set to perform in aid of the Royal Free Hospital

The Royal Free is hosting a gala performance with big name comics raising the roof for charity.

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Music See all

Famy - We Fam Econo

Album review: Famy - We Fam Econo

A shining and adventurous new talent arrives on the indie crossover scene - do yourself a favour and check them out.

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Roger Allam in Seminar at Hampstead Theatre

Game of Thrones and The Thick of It star Roger Allam returns to stage for Seminar

In his latest role at Hampstead Theatre, Roger Allam plays a cantankerous former novelist all too happy to destroy the hopes and pretences of those who gather at his feet for advice. As a star of both stage and screen, with three Olivier Awards to his name, the actor in real life would surely be a valuable mentor for any aspiring thespian.

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Sketch discovered on reverse side of Branch Hill Pond, 1821

Undiscovered Constable oil sketch of Hampstead Heath to display in new V&A exhibition

Conservators at the V&A have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable concealed beneath the lining of a painting of Hampstead’s Branch Hill Pond.

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