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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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Rolf Gehlhaar

Rolf Gehlhaar: The musical genius who helped the disabled play

These days there is a greater awareness of the needs of disabled people and much more is being done to give them an equal chance in life.

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Jesse Rutherford, John Last 


other captions Lucy Roslyn and Jesse Rutherford

Theatre review: Chicken Shop at the Park Theatre

In 2009, Anna Jordan read an article about a raid on a secret brothel located over her local chicken shop in Hounslow. The dawning realisation of horror close to home forms the spine of her provocative 2011 piece, debuting at Park Theatre.

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Camden High Line

London Design Week puts a High Line over Camden High Street

In a rush to get the Saturday food shopping out the way, or pushing past hordes of commuters on a Monday morning, do you ever take the time to look up?

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