A record eight shows have been nominated for this year's main Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award – and seven for best newcomer. Typically the lists have five or six names in, showing the difficulty the jury had in coming to a decision. The nominations for the best comedy show at the Fringe are: James Acaster: Represent Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby Kieran Hodgson: Lance Nish Kumar: Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah…I’m So clever Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast Sarah Kendall: A Day in October Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck! Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus It is the fourth successive nomination for Acaster, and the third nomination in five years for Simmons.

Frank Skinner is to host a TV documentary about the origins of light entertainmentThank You For Being A Lovely Audience will cover the subject from the formation of the music halls of the 1840s up to the TV sparkles of the 1960s.

The BBC has commissioned a series of online specials to accompany the third Brian Pern series when it airs to BBC Four.

For their new book, Off The Mic, Deborah Frances-White and Marsha Shandur interviewed scores of comedians including Eddie Izzard, Sarah Millican, Jim Jeffreies, Stewart Lee and Greg Davies to explore their secrets, insecurities and successes.

'It's why I'm on Twitter not Facebook.

Edinburgh Fringe

Fast Fringe

Friday August 28

Tom Allen, Nick Doody, Stephen Carlin, Iain Stirling, Gearoid Farrelly, Kitten Killers, Jessica Fostekew, Michael Legge and Caroline Mabey as The Two Stupids, Glenn Moore, Spencer Jones as The Herbert, Chris Turner, Mo Shapiro as Victoria Wood, MC Ed Gamble Pleasance Dome 18:40 Click for tickets

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I come on to Bloc Party: So Here We Are. Partly because the title amuses me (well that's it, you've paid and we're stuck for an hour now, guys), partly because it's quite reflective and hopefully draws an audience in (this is pretty gentle guys, I'm not going to rip your face off) but mainly because I just like it. Richard Soames Does The Right Thing, Assembly George Square, 18:50

List Of Fun

1. Oink: If the name alone doesn't get you through the door, the whole pig sitting in the window will. Order a 'Grunter' hog roast roll with crackling, haggis, apple sauce and a bottle of Irn Bru for good measure. I love this place so much I've started giving gift vouchers out as Christmas presents.

2. Red Box Noodles: Like Subway for Asian cuisine but not nearly as awful as that sounds. Pick your noodles, meat, sauce and three veg. Then add a starter and a beer. Plus there's a discount with certain performer passes. Win!

3. Pizza Paradise: It's 2am. You're hammered. You need a large slice of pepperoni and a piece of caramel shortcake immediately. These guys got you covered.

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