Peter Kay is reuniting the cast of Phoenix Nights for two shows at the Manchester Arena, it has been confirmed. Paddy McGuinness, Dave Spikey and Neil FitzMaurice will be appearing in the new version, which will raise money for Comic Relief. The comeback will take place on January 31 and February 1, with tickets going on sale this Sunday.

Comics including Dylan Moran are to perform at a gig where the price of admission is a bag of groceries.

BILL BAILEY has been lending his support to pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.

BBC Two is to pay poignant tribute to Rik Mayall in a programme to air this Christmas.

STEPHEN MERCHANT is making a TV series based on the Lip Sync Battles from Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.

Jack Whitehall is to defend his position as king of comedy as the nominations for the public-voted British Comedy Award are unveiled.

Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival has announced its 2015 line-up with Milton Jones, Johnny Vegas, Dylan Moran and Jimmy Carr among the headliners.

Lee Evans might have just announced his retirement – but his new live DVD has gone straight to the top of the comedy charts.

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