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Audiences are not prepared to take a chance on a comedian unless they've seen them on TV, the most comprehensive study of the industry has found. Half the people who go to comedy say they would not to pay to see someone live who they hadn't seen on screen. And Ticketmaster – which conduced the research – said this is reflected in box office sales that are increasingly concentrated in a few huge acts.

The story that Andy Kaufman faked his own death 30 years ago has been revived by his pal.

THE character killed off by The Simpsons has been revealed –largely to the disappointment of fans.

Production is about to start on Comedy Central’s new sitcom Mummy’s Boys, following a successful pilot.

John Cleese says he felt ‘no trace of excitement’ at being on stage for the Monty Python farewell gigs earlier this year.

The comedy week ahead…TonightONLINE: Experience all the excitement of a live comedy show on a hugely topical issue – but oddly delayed by ten days after it was made.

Seann Walsh had to cancel his gig in Hertford last night – after going to Hereford instead.

Hundreds of friends and relations of Robin Williams played their respects to the late comedian at a private memorial in San Francisco yesterday.

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