Joseph Morpurgo is the frontrunner in this year's Chortle Awards, with three individual nominations. He is up for best show, breakthrough act, and the innovation award. Acts with two nominations apiece are Peter Kay (for the Phoenix Nights live show and Car Share); Mark Steel (best show and radio award); Lolly Adefope (best newcomer and character improv and sketch show); Spencer Jones (breakthrough and music and variety) and sketch trio Daphne (breakthrough and sketch).

The final Chortle award shortlist been announced, with Joseph Morpurgo scooping his third nomination.

The BBC has officially appointed its new chief of in-house radio comedies, Julia McKenzie.

American comedian TJ Miller has savaged Ricky Gervais as 'an awful little puggish man who needs to stop yelling at Hollywood which gave him a chance'.

Johnny Vegas is to appear in a TV adaptation of short stories by Neil Gaiman.

 Steve Coogan is to be the voice of Satan in a new adult animation movie.

ROMESH RANGANATHAN is set to clash with Nigel Farage on Question time tomorrow night.

Mel Giedroyc is to star in a new Radio 4 sketch comedy show described as a ‘modern Round The Horne’.

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