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Josh Widdicombe asks 'What Do I Do Now...' on his new comedy tour

Best known as one of the trio leading The Last Leg, Josh Widdicombe gets back to the day job with a new stand-up tour this autumn.

The comedian plays over 40 dates across the UK on his What Do I Do Now... tour from September 10 to December 20. Full details are available here.

"Since he's been away from stand-up, Josh has been working hard on other things... but don't worry. In his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes)," said promoters.

"If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself, then this is the show for you. If you didn't like him, then it probably isn't."

Before then, Widdicombe reunites with Adam Hills and Alex Brooker for a trio of Last Leg specials ahead of the 2015 General Election.
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Addison Cresswell obituary

Influential comedy agent who wheeled and dealed to turn his clients into stars

The colourful comedy agent Addison Cresswell, who has died suddenly at the age of 53, changed the face of British entertainment by steering the stand-up "alternative" comedians who emerged on the Edinburgh festival fringe in the 1980s into the heart of the radio and television schedules. Such was his success that he became the subject of some controversy – even notoriety – for negotiating an £18m three-year contract for his client Jonathan Ross with the BBC.

An ebullient "Jack the Lad" with a penchant for shiny satin suits and big cigars, he was the modern equivalent of such showbiz greats as Lew Grade or Bernard Delfont. His first star proteges were Lee Evans and Jack Dee, both remarkable talents in different ways, one physical and explosive, like an angrier Norman Wisdom, the other laconic and so laid back as to be virtually horizontal,
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My Crazy Obsession: how many toy rabbits is too many?

'For those who'd seen all this and thought "let's visit these weirdos", Candace and Steve have a trump card: they freeze dry all their deceased pet rabbits'

My Crazy Obsession (Tuesday, 9pm, TLC) is another eminently self-affirming show, in that most satisfying of ways: the way that allows you to look at a bunch of freaks and feel better about your own life. I have watched the first two episodes which serve up a couple of interesting cases: in the first part, it's a couple who are crazy for bunny rabbits; in the second, a family who just love their weightlifting.

The bunny collectors are Californian couple Candace and Steve who have acquired a collection of 29,000 toy rabbits of various shapes and sizes simply as a result of one of them calling the other "honey bunny". There are so many toys they have got rid of furniture to make way for them.
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TV highlights 01/11/13

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Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing | Hollywood's Best Film Directors | Rugby Union: Worcester vs Bath | Marvel's Agents Of Shield | Man Down | Pink Floyd: A Delicate Sound Of Thunder | The Walking Dead | Stand Up For The Week

Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing

7pm, Channel 5

Lucky Chris Tarrant. The self-confessed fishing nut gets a dream gig as he indulges his passion in the Maldives. As he waxes lyrical about the mighty wahoo fish, he makes everything sound as if he's giving the answers on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. It's actually quite endearing and the scenery is beautiful, but the most refreshing thing is when Tarrant addresses the issue of whether fishing is cruel, before proudly holding his catch aloft and then throwing it back in the ocean. Hannah Verdier

Hollywood's Best Film Directors

7pm, Sky Arts 1

William Friedkin is best known for directing The Exorcist and The French Connection. More recently, however,
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Living in Seann Walsh World means having it both ways

The Brighton stand-up has weaved his boozy lifestyle into his act. "Some other comics are a lot worse than me," he tells us

The life of a stand-up comedian often revolves around late nights, even later mornings and plenty of booze. Seann Walsh has had some of the latest nights of them all. "I'm the guy people can always ring when they want to go out," he admits. "They know other people will be with their girlfriends or will make an excuse about having an early start the next day. But then they always think, 'Oh, Walsh'll be up for it.'"

It's a reputation enhanced by Walsh's expressive stage persona, all scruffy charisma and laddish charm that stays just on the right side of boorishness. Without having to alter his naturally funny delivery, the 26-year-old has found himself – via regular stints on Stand Up For The Week and all the big panel shows,
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Giveaway - Win Paul Chowdhry What’s Happening White People? on DVD

The most exciting comedian of 2012 and ‘Stand Up For The Week’ team regular, Paul Chowdhry, releases his hilarious and edgy debut DVD What’s Happening White People? on DVD on 19th November, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away. Read on for details of how to enter...

Paul Chowdhry is one of the most unique and popular comedians to have recently emerged into the mainstream, who performs a topical, daring, edgy and highly charged set of dry humour with ease. His debut stand-up DVD, filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, is brimming with humorous, insightful, yet brutally honest observations - making him the most exciting & coolest comic of 2012!

Order Paul Chowdhry What’s Happening White People? here, and win amazing prizes and see the latest comedy clips at www.facebook.com/comedy.

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Win: Jon Richardson’s Funny Magnet coming to DVD – Win live tickets!

One of the UK’s freshest comedians, Jon Richardson, is releasing his much anticipated debut DVD: ‘Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet’ on 19 November. Order yourself a copy now at: http://j.mp/funnymagnetbuy

Watch The Funny Magnet Trailer Here

Funny Magnet sees the host of ‘Stand Up For The Week’ & perennial singleton, Jon Richardson, take to the stage to discuss the everyday occurrences which have a profound effect on his misanthropic outlook on life. He works his pessimism and irritability with hilarious consequences and always with his loveable vivacious delivery. Recorded during his 2012 tour, ‘Funny Magnet’ is the ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ captain at his hilarious best which makes his debut DVD the must have comedy DVD of the year – not forgetting it’s appeal as one for the ladies!

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Win: Jon Richardson – Funny Magnet On DVD, We Have 3 To Give Away

To celebrate the upcoming release of stand-up comic Jon Richardson’s debut DVD on 19th November, we are giving three lucky readers the opportunity to win Jon Richardson – Funny Magnet on DVD.

There’s nothing like great comedy at Christmas, and what better way to celebrate this than with the one of the most eagerly awaited comedy DVDs of the year. Jon Richardson, host of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, best-selling author, raconteur, and modern day heart-throb is guaranteed to provide laughs-a-plenty in his debut DVD Funny Magnet.

Funny Magnet sees everyone’s favourite grumpy young man and perennial singleton take to the stage to discuss the everyday occurrences which have a profound effect on his misanthropic outlook on life. Jon works his pessimism and irritability with some hilarious consequences, and makes the audience give in to

Catch-up TV Guide: from The Wire to The Vice Guide To The Olympics

TV: The Wire

Sky Atlantic is currently gambolling through the third and, some might argue, greatest season of David Simon's breathtaking, heartbreaking Baltimorean drama. For those with short memories, it's the season where "Bunny" Colvin comes up with a unique solution to the city's drugs problem – legalise everything. Sky subscribers can find out how well that pans out over on Sky Go, where episodes will uploaded soon after airing.

Sky Go

TV: A History Of Art In Three Colours

Art historian Dr James Fox, who nudged his way on to the top table of the Beeb's walk-and-talk experts with his excellent – if highly provocative – British Masters series, clearly isn't the laurel-resting type. This three-parter – all of which is available to view on iPlayer – sees Fox expand his canvas and take on the history of three of art's most prevalent colours: gold, blue and white. Naturally his kitchen-sink approach allows
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TV highlights 04/11/2011

Unreported World | Nirvana Night | Live at the Apollo | The Walking Dead | Tamara Ecclestone | 30 Rock

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

Journalist Peter Oborne and director James Jones travel to Russia to examine the Nashi youth movement, who are dedicated to preserving the country's interests while drumming up support for Vladimir Putin. With Putin wangling the constitution to become president for yet another lengthy term after a brief duration as "prime minister", there's an understandable level of cynicism directed at the Nashi agenda. Oborne talks to the movement's critics and supporters. David Stubbs

Nirvana Night

9pm, BBC4

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's massive-selling Nevermind, an album that fleetingly made inarticulate torpor the most cathartic power in rock'n'roll. This special night of programming focuses on the band at the height of their fame, with a 1991 Seattle concert (9pm), an episode of the show Seven Ages Of Rock (9.55pm), and finishing
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Bridges to host 'Stand Up For The Week'

Bridges to host 'Stand Up For The Week'
Kevin Bridges has signed up to host the new series of Stand Up For The Week. The Channel 4 show, which was originally hosted by Patrick Kielty, will return with new episodes in March. The programme features comedians Jack Whitehall, Rich Hall, Andi Osho and Jon Richardson giving viewers their take on the stories of the week. The regular contributors will be joined each week by a guest stand-up from the comedy scene, who will perform an exclusive set. Bridges said: "I'm chuffed (more)
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