Comedian Ian Cognito – real name Paul Barbieri – died onstage in the UK on Thursday. Jimmy Carr and Matt Lucas were among those who paid homage to him. Photo: Handout

UK stand-up comedian Ian Cognito dies onstage during show, prompting eulogies from Jimmy Carr and Matt Lucas

  • The 60-year-old, real name Paul Barbieri, had joked about having a stroke before sitting down onstage and dying
  • Jimmy Carr called his death ‘commitment to comedy’ and recalled how Cognito’s ‘kindness’ in helping him when he started out as a stand-up
Topic |   Britain

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Comedian Ian Cognito – real name Paul Barbieri – died onstage in the UK on Thursday. Jimmy Carr and Matt Lucas were among those who paid homage to him. Photo: Handout
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Volodymyr Zelenskiy, comedian and presidential candidate. Photo: Bloomberg

Ukraine election: comedian Volodymyr Zelensky favourite to beat billionaire President Poroshenko in April 21 run-off

  • The strong showing for the comedian with no political experience reflects the public longing for a fresh leader who has no links to the corruption-ridden Ukrainian political elite
  • A run-off between the top two candidates in the race will take place on April 21
Topic |   Ukraine

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy, comedian and presidential candidate. Photo: Bloomberg
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