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Has my weekly self-analysis helped avert the worst of middle age?

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Welcome to my final Weekend column, guys. I was debating how emotional to get on this one. I have spent the last couple of days listening to Kanye West’s new album, so I am in quite a depressive mood. This column is m...

The best bit of our trip? A break from travel admin

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I am typing these words in Portugal. I cannot quite believe it myself. When it comes to foreign holidays at the moment, there are two groups of people, certainly among my friendship group, which I am not for one secon...

Giusto, I’m going clubbing. Just as soon as I’ve had a little lie-down

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Behavioural psychologists reckon that as a result of the Covid restrictions, the rest of this decade is going to be like the roaring 20s all over again. People are going to go out more, piling into restaurants, venues...

GB News likes to think it’s challenging the consensus. But what if it is the consensus?

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Have you been watching GB News? It fascinates me. Whatever you say about the TV channel’s politics; whatever debate you’ve been having about who annoys you the most on there, you have to respect somebody deciding to s...

In a house move blunder, I’ve blown it with my wife. Can I scapegoat the delivery men?

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My wife and I rarely have a proper argument, so it came as quite a shock to both of us when one did come along. I would describe it as less of an argument and more of a calm conversation during which she pretended to ...

My critical inner voice is driving me to distraction. Can I get it to shut up?

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I have dealt in the past with the ongoing issues related to my inner prick – a voice inside my head that is consistently telling me that I am terrible at everything and should give up as soon as possible. (Sometimes t...

I’ve taken up golf – am I at risk of becoming everything I once hated?

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A while ago I did a show with my friend Rob Beckett, the comedian, and had a look at the world of golf. Rob had been playing a bit and trying to persuade me of the benefits of taking it up. I was unsure. The whole thi...

Hurrah! I’m doing live gigs againbut what if I can’t do standup any more?

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It has been very exciting over the last couple of weeks to be able to start doing standup gigs again. Comedians, like all performers, have experienced the longest period offstage, and being back in the spotlight has v...

I’ve found a special dentist for people who are terrified of dentists

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I recently had an issue with one of my teeth. I was coming back from a weekend break with my family at Center Parcs, and I was eating a cereal bar when it took part of a back tooth with it. I was struck by two things ...

Just one solitary idiot shouting abuse at me at a footie match? I call that progress

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By the time you read this, I have no idea what the situation with England at Euro 2020 is but, as I write, we have gone through the group stage as winners, and everybody is pretending that there aren’t four or five te...

‘Fiery as ever’: Romesh Ranganathan replaces Anne Robinson for Weakest Link reboot

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Romesh Ranganathan is to host a rebooted version of the TV quizshow The Weakest Link, formerly presented by Anne Robinson. The 43-year-old comic will present the series, which is said to be returning to the BBC in a S...

The sun came out – now all I want is to wear a T-shirt without feeling embarrassed

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For a while, it looked as if the biggest after-effect of the pandemic’s latest wave would be eternal rain – all day and all night, stopping us from wanting to go outside even though we’re allowed to. Amazon would have...

Let’s celebrate TV’s winners (me!) rather than pat ourselves on the back for diversity

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I was attending the Baftas earlier this month (I realise I sound like a wanker – the sort of wanker who writes a column about the Baftas because he won one) and was asked if I could do a few press interviews after the...

Even with gravy so thick it needs spreading, my wife triumphs in the kitchen wars

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When my wife and I first got together, we came back from the shops starving and I offered to make her a stir-fry. I wanted to really impress her with something “cheffy” and so while she had a quick shower (expecting d...

My six-year-old son has taken up football– I’ve become his team’s biggest fan

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It was just about the moment when I loudly cheered the crunching tackle that took out a child and left him on the floor that I realised that I may have crossed a line in my spectating of my son’s football team. For th...

I’m not saying I’m an emotional wreck, but almost anything can reduce me to tears

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Alcuni anni fa, I was on my way to Australia to perform at the Melbourne comedy festival, and was feeling a bit nervous about what Australian audiences were going to make of me. On the plane I decided to try to take ...

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