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Comedy gig of the week: Louis CK, various venues

Somehow during the past few years, this unassuming looking but brilliantly witty stand-up and Emmy-winning writer (we're just waking up to his semi-biographical TV show Louie) has become the biggest deal in world comedy.

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Comedian Kevin Eldon photographed in the London offices of his agent.

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