David Mitchell is to embark on his first solo tour. The comedian will be appearing live in support of his new book, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse, a compilation of his Observer columns and new material. His publisher, Faber & Faber, confirmed that he would not simply be reading from the book, described as 'a tour of the absurdities of modern life', and that his appearances would have an 'audience with' format instead.

TodayTV AND CINEMA: It's the last night of the Pythons today, with their swansong - or should that be parrotsong - at London's O2 Arenea being broadcast live on Gold and simulcast in 450 cinemas across the UK, and 1,500 across the world.

RONNI ANCONA is to star in a new play about the 2011 London riots, Little Revolution, which will run at the capital’s Almeida Theatre from August 26.

• ‘There is nothing less funny to a comedian than his own material.

A comedian has had to change his Edinburgh Fringe poster – because it looked as if taxpayers were funding an hour of racist jokes.

EDINBURGH Fringe shows – are to be aired in cinemas across the UK.

Larger-than-life Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, also known her role in 30 Rock, has died at the age of 89.

BBC comedies are not striking a chord with viewers, a major performance review has found.

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