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Craig Brown speaking at St. Paul's School Hammersmith, 29th April 2009.  Photograph by Jonathan Player.

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

concert conducted by Ralph

Countries unite for concert of remembrance

Last year, the North London Chorus travelled to Berlin to perform Britten’s War Requiem with Cantus Domus in front of 1,200 people. The flier for this concert carried the line “Themes for reconciliation and remembrance” and included a picture of a red poppy. Mindful of the centenary of the start of the First World War, the careful selection of works continued these themes which are so deeply embedded in Brittten’s great work.

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Theatre See all

curious incident of the dog in the night time

Welcome return to inner world of Asperger’s boy

It’s fantastic that the National Theatre’s exemplary production didn’t disappear when the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre came down during a performance last December.

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Art See all

Edward Pethebridge

Famed actor Edward Petherbridge turns talents to painting and writing

Edward Petherbridge may be best known for a long career as an acclaimed classical actor, but he has many other creative talents up his sleeve.

I catch up with him on his lunch break in between rehearsing for his celebrated two-man play, My Perfect Mind, which he describes as a “lite King Lear spin-off” and a humorous and touching show about his life, acting and his experience of not playing Shakespeare’s monarch because of a stroke in 2007.

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You could be munching on some tasty dishes at Suchef St Paul's!

Win a delicious lunch for ten at Suchef

Suchef is an entirely new eating experience set to take London by storm this summer. To celebrate the launch, Suchef is offering you the chance to win lunch for ten people at their St Paul’s location, opening today (28th July).

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