'I was so glad when he died'

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  • ‘Graham Norton is too camp, bitchy and showbizzy for my taste, and with the world’s most irritating voice. Apart from Alan Carr, obviously.’ Piers Morgan

  • Steve Martin has vowed to stop taking the sleeping pill Ambien – after it made him play online poker in his sleep. He said: ‘It was late at night and I was playing poker... I took an Ambien to go to sleep and I had $500 in my account, I quit, and I went to bed. I woke up the next morning... and I had $1,500 in my account, and I said, "Oh, they made a mistake..." So I called the guy in Pakistan, and he said, "No we have your IP address, we have you playing between four and five in the morning..." I was playing better out of my mind, but I never took an Ambien again.’

  • As a teenager, Eddie Izzard used to hide vodka in a fake chair.

  • Bad stand-up of the week, this time from former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan getting heckled off stage:

  • Noel Fielding might once have skipped the UK to spend the night with Courtney Love, but his tolerant other half Dee Plume seems to bear her no ill will: She'ss helping write a track for her, called Everything I Touch.

  • John Cleese has been taking the piss out of his Monty Python colleagues, saying: 'Only one of them is all right - the little guy who does the very boring travel programmes'. He called Terry Jones 'an excitable little Welshman' who didn't understand that the Welsh were 'put on the planet to carry out menial tasks for the English' and said it was a 'good riddance' when Graham Chapman died from cancer in 1989. 'He was a terrible sponger. He drank a lot at one stage. Actually what pissed me off is when he went sober. Within a year he was healthier than the rest of us. So I was very glad when he died.' Here's his full interview with Jimmy Kimmel:

  • Rob Brydon says his worst habit is picking his nose: 'It’s like that show Time Team – I find relics inside my nose, I go so deep.

  • Celtic player turned coach Neil Lennon turned up to the comedy club at Uisge Beatha, Glasgow, after one of his pals won free tickets in a prize draw run at the club. Send your 'celeb-in-a-comedy-club' stories to feedback@chortle.co.uk

SOURCES: Daily Star, Late Show with David Letterman , Chortle, YouTube, Mirror, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Sun, Chortle

Published: 6 Feb 2009

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