Comedians tend to be emotionally disturbed people – but usually stop short of developing serious mental health issues. That’s the opinion of psychiatric nurse turned stand-up Jo Brand, who says: ‘In a simplistic way, comedians are not all sad people, but I think they are all emotionally disturbed people. ’She was speaking on a documentary examining the ‘tears of a clown’ cliche that airs on Radio 4 tonight, taking as its starting point the suicides of Robin Williams, Kenneth Williams and Tony Hancock.

Daniel Sloss and Tom Stade are to create a 'very offensive' online sitcom.

Radio 4 has commissioned a second series of The Cold Swedish Winter.

VIC REEVES is to appear in BBC One drama Inspector George Gently.

Comedy radio station Fubar has turned to crowd funding to raise £25,000.

The line-ups for the new series of Live At The Apollo have been confirmed.

She has enjoyed a 30-year career in comedy, but Helen Lederer has admitted she gets so scared of performing that she'll need hypnotherapy before her upcoming book tour.

Frankie Boyle and Nigel Farage have traded insults on Twitter as the row over stand-up Andrew Lawrence’s anti-immigration and anti-BBC rant snowballed.

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