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Our weekly GagSlag gossip round-up

Has Russell Brand found God? That’s the opinion of at least one gossip columnist leapt to as the sinful one was spotted leaving the Hinde Street Methodist Church in Marylebone, Central London. But what they failed to mention is that the church hosts community meetings like – oh, I don’t know - Narcotics Anonymous.

And this in the week that rival presenter Dermot O’Leary snapped that: ‘Russell’s like a playboy on crack.’ Although actually heroin used to be his drug of choice, back in the day, but playboy… well, erm, yes.

Still with the column-inch-hogging Brand, he revealed on his E4 show this week that he once sexually experimented with a vacuum cleaner. Guest Jonathan Ross topped him by confessing he’d ‘crept up on a melon’ in his youth.

Judy Reyes, who plays feisty nurse Carla Espinosa on Scrubs, has found herself in hospital for real, after falling down and fracturing her pelvis.

‘Nice work’ department: Backstage on Parky last week, Trinny and Susannah gushingly asked Dame Edna Everage to appear on their latest makeover show. “Sorry. Who are you again?" sniffed the suburban superstar, quite rightly.

Meera Syal has been left fuming after Woody Allen cut her from his latest movie Scoop – because she showed up for filming while heavily pregnant. Husband Sanjeev Bhashkar said: ‘She was particularly annoyed as it wasn't a comfortable shoot.’

Has Johnny Vegas met his match? He was teamed up with Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham for Challenge TV’s Showbiz Darts – and both drank continually during the shoot, leaving Rowland Rivron and Phil Tuffnell to retire hurt afer trying to keep up. Before filming, Vegas spent a day ‘practising darts’ at Fordham’s pub, The Rose in Dartford, but apparently ended the evening asleep in the reception of a nearby hotel, where he wound up drinking with sales reps at a bedding conference being held there.

And lest you think everyone in comedy lives the wild life, Dara O'Briain is being bugged by reports he collects rare Coke cans - thanks to a bogus entry on his IMDB profile

Published: 29 Sep 2006

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