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Paul Merton (1955-), Comedian

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A writer and performer who combines a razor wit with an outstanding talent for improvisation, Merton became widely known through Whose Line is it Anyway?, Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton - The Series (1991-3) and Room 101 (1999-2007). A superb sketch-writer, he created sketches for Sticky Moments with Julian Clary. On radio, he is a long-standing, hard-to-beat panellist on Just a Minute. Merton has a great love of the comedy stars of silent film and has written a book on the subject. His television documentary series Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood was broadcast in 2011. This portrait shows Merton with the dolphin that featured in his sketch show.