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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.

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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Music See all

Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Art See all

Jermiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt

Early Rembrandts to show at Kenwood House this month

Two early works by Rembrandt go on display at Kenwood House this month thanks to reciprocal loans by The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Visitors to the Grade I-listed house on Hampstead Heath can see two works by the Dutch master, both dating from around 1630.

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