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BBC Two is to pay poignant tribute to Rik Mayall in a programme to air this Christmas. The retrospective, Lord Of Misrule, will be narrated by Simon Callow and features contributions from Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Lenny Henry, Ruby Wax and Ben Elton. It will cover his career from investigative nerd Kevin Turvey until his sudden death on June 9 this year.

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

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.

The comedy week ahead.

Venues are cancelling live shows by Bill Cosby as more women come forward to accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting him.

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