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National Portrait Gallery celebrates 70 years of British comedy

21 September 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Exhibit includes modern performers Russell Brand and Johnny Vegas, as well as stars from the past such as Kenneth Horne

From Benny Hill looking dirty-minded to Johnny Vegas looking sexy, the National Portrait Gallery in London is celebrating British comedy in a free display that includes several recent acquisitions.

The gallery said it had acquired a photograph originally commissioned by the Guardian, which shows Vegas mimicking Demi Moore's pregnant pose on the cover of Vanity Fair. The photograph is one of more than 20 taken by Karl J Kaul, including Sacha Baron Cohen as Michael Jackson and Russell Brand as Christine Keeler.

Other recent acquisitions include portraits of Jimmy Carr and Mitchell and Webb by Barry Marsden, Omid Djalili by Karen Robinson and Matt Lucas by Nadav Kander. The display charts 70 years of British comedy, from people such as Kenneth Horne in the 1940s to the Catherine Tate Show. Along »

- Mark Brown

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