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Ian Gittins, Q, 2004

EVERY BRITISH comprehensive school class has its in-house clown. Tirelessly hyperactive and compulsively subversive, he (and it always is a he) leaves at 16 in a flurry of GCSE Grade Ds for a life as a gift-of-the-gab sales rep and the life-and-soul of the local taproom. Unless, of course, this licensed joker becomes an international pop phenomenon.

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