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The week's comedy trivia

  • ‘I've been told off by the media for not being cutting edge… I take it as a compliment, really.’ Lenny Henry

  • Bill Cosby is auctioning off some of the hideous Eighties sweaters he wore on The Cosby Show… with bids starting at a mere $5,000 per item. Proceeds from the ebay sale, which starts on Monday, will go to a charity set up in memory of the comic's late son. Bid at ebay.com/cosby.

  • Pity poor sketch group The Ornate Johnsons, performing in the Udderbelly’s inflatable Udder Place venue at the Brighton Fringe last weekend. The purple dome wasn’t the ideal place for comedy at the best of times – the constant hiss of the air compressors required to keep it inflated meant it was, as they put it, ‘like trying to watch Doctor Who while your mum Hoovered around you’. Last Sunday’s show was further hampered when one of the performer’s mikes failed – leaving him to holler above the hiss. Then the whole venue started deflating, with the audience still inside, and a hasty evacuation ensued…

  • Eddie Large is moving into a £275,000 two-bedroomed property in Portishead, Bristol, with his wife Patsy.

  • Simon Pegg owns a unique Darth Vader helmet. ‘They commissioned artists to customise Darth Vader helmets for Star Wars’ 30th anniversary and I bought one,’ he said. ‘It’s by a duo called Dan and Dan. They drew me and Nick [Frost] in bunny costumes on the side.’

  • Both Paddy McGuinness and Dom Joly took part in the traditional chasing of a giant cheese down a hill in Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire, last weekend. Both came last in their respective races.

  • Rob Brydon and his Gavin And Stacey co-star Ruth Jones went to the same school, and even appeared in school musicals together.

  • Heroes star Greg Grunberg wants Ricky Gervais to join his celebrity band, Band From TV, which already boasts Hugh Laurie and Desperate Housewives actor James Denton. Just a reminder of Ricky’s musical past – and just look at the unbridled excitement on the kids’ little faces, bottom left:

  • Gavin and Stacey star James Corden was asked for his autograph this week… by Ben Affleck. The Hollywood star then invited him to LA to meet director Kevin Smith and Matt Damon for comedy brainstorming.

  • After losing two stone, Richard Herring is planning a diet book – about how stupid most diet books are.

SOURCES: Adelaide Messenger, ebay, Chortle, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Manchester Evening News, Western Mail, Digital Spy, Daily Star, Daily Express

Published: 30 May 2008

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