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Dara Ó Briain slams "bitter" comedian Andrew Lawrence: "You stay classy"

Dara Ó Briain has hit back at fellow comedian Andrew Lawrence on Twitter, branding him "bitter" and "self-delusional".

The Mock the Week host was responding to posts made on Facebook this week, in which Lawrence labelled comedians who make jokes about Ukip "moronic" and "liberal".

Lawrence, who has previously appeared on shows such as Live at the Apollo and Ask Rhod Gilbert, had written online: "Can't help but notice increasingly, a lot 'political' comedians cracking cheap and easy gags about Ukip, to the extent that it's got hack, boring and lazy very quickly.

"Particularly too much moronic, liberal back-slapping on panel shows like Mock the Week where ageing, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians, sit congratulating themselves on how enlightened they are about the fact that Ukip are ridiculous and pathetic.

"Yet the Clacton by-election victory and what looks to be a likely victory in the Rochester by-election goes
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Win: Rhod Gilbert – The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo DVD

Following several sell-out UK tours, and two best-selling DVDs, multi award-winning stand-up comedian Rhod Gilbert returns with his eagerly awaited new Live DVD. Pre-order it now from Here.

We have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers.

Rhod’s rants on life’s minor irritations are legendary, but this year, thanks to a life-changing Battenberg tattoo, and following a successful course of anger-management he’s claiming to be a more mellow fellow altogether.

In this brand new show, Rhod recounts the hilarious and turbulent lead-up to a make-or-break trip to New York with his on-off girlfriend. But has Rhod really changed? Will the new, supposedly chilled-out Rhod get his girl and live happily ever after, or will it be microwaved baked potato for one again? Could it be the Mr Angry of comedy as you’ve never seen him before?

With a nation-wide tour extended due to popular demand,
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Miranda Hart leads nominees for British Comedy Awards

Star of sitcom Miranda on course to repeat last year's success with four nominations

Miranda Hart could repeat her triumph of last year after being nominated for four gongs at the British Comedy Awards.

Hart, who picked up three awards last year, is in the running for best female television comic and best TV comedy actress.

Her hit show, Miranda, is nominated for best sitcom and she is again in the running for the people's choice award.

Also up for the award, voted for by viewers, are David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.

There are four nominations for Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, including best new comedy programme and best sitcom.

Two of the stars of the show, Tamsin Greig and Tom Rosenthal, are nominated for best TV comedy actress and best comedy breakthrough artist respectively.

Other nominees include Harry Hill, who gets three nods,
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Standup comics hit the boom time

They've taken over TV, they top the book charts, they appear on Question Time – and now they're filling entire arenas night after night. Brian Logan on the standup comedy explosion

Mick Perrin has seen a few changes in his time. Only seven years ago, Perrin, a live comedy promoter, set up Britain's first ever standup tour of arenas, for Eddie Izzard's Sexie show. "I was double-booked by one of the venues," he says. "They thought it was ludicrous to expect that Eddie would sell. The guy said, 'Well, he's just a comic, isn't he?'" Other acts – Lee Evans, Baddiel and Skinner – had played the occasional arena, but none had played a full tour of them. "I had venue managers laughing at me when I rang them up," says Perrin.

As the great Bob Monkhouse punchline goes, they're not laughing now. In those seven years – and particularly in the
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