The Arts Council has included comedy clubs in its recent emergency rescue package but has said stand-up is not an art form.
In times like these, sometimes having a good laugh is the only thing to do.
The Monty Python star was also a highly respected author on Chaucer and the writer of a series of children's history books.
Mr Bean made its television debut on January 1 1990. Thirty years on, the pilot episode still captures all that is great about Rowan Atkinson's character.
Miler halted the terms 'Renaissance Man' and 'polymath' but was one of the most wide-ranging intellects of his era.
Carry On films have been compared to a Leave voter's wet dream. But they were more thoughtful and honest than that.
Gauche and awkward, a media star for the 21st century.
John Sullivan, who created Del Boy and Rodney, has been called a modern Dickens – now both their most famous works have been made into musicals.
Royals, politicians and pop stars were all fair game for this smash hit show of the 1980s and 1990s.
Best known these days as the presenter of It'll Be Alright on the Night, Norden was one of a generation of entertainers who got their start in uniform.
The Liverpool comic scored with the third-highest selling single of the 1960s.
What does it mean for free speech if a comedian is successfully sued by her ex-husband over the material in her act?
A philosopher's take on what makes jokes funny.
Guz Khan manages to set up his gags so that we laugh with him, not at him.
It can be a tough gig as a female comedian.
In his recent Ronnie Barker Memorial Lecture, the comedian and writer said social media and technology are killing traditional TV comedy. Not so.
Have you heard the one about the Victorian sense of humour?
Traditional humour is being pushed off UK screens in favour of 'edgy' comedy.