The writer of the BBC's new comedy inspired by Julian Assange once called for the police to publicly shoot the Wikileaks founder in the head. Supporters of Assange say tweets Thom Phipps posted about him were 'shocking' and 'dangerous' – and make him unfit to write about the issue. BBC Four's new three-part sitcom Asylum is inspired by controversial figure's enforced stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

An American remake of BBC Three comedy Cuckoo is back on the cards.

A comedy audience were stunned after an open mic comic punched the compere in the face.

TICKETS have gone on sale for the first events at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Documentaries about the psychology of stand-up are proving a hit at the Sundance Film Festival.

Plans for a movie version of Jack Whitehall's sitcom Bad Education have reportedly taken another step forward.

Suberbob – a film starring stand-up Brett Goldstein as a very British superhero – has won a top award at the London Comedy Film Festival.

Channel 4 has commissioned a second series of Catastrophe, just two weeks into its initial run.

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