News Jonathan Ross’ agent, Addison Cresswell, pictured here with his brother, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night aged just 53 years old

The representative worked with some of the comedy circuit’s best known stars, including Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Alan Carr and Jack Dee

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You see those two tiny dots in the distance? That's you, that is. Well, it was if "you" were Rob Newman and David Baddiel. Oh, how we chuckled at their "History Today" sketches in the early 1990s. How we roared as they took their shtick to Wembley Arena, becoming the first comedians to fill its 12,000 seats. How we wept when we realised we were sat so far from the stage that they might as well have been sarcastic marionettes.

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Two in court over 30-year-old killings

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Andrew Lawrence: Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes of Fortune! Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

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Ross apologises again as BBC ban ends

Jonathan Ross marked his return to television today by repeating his apology for the Andrew Sachs scandal.

Russell Howard, Wembley Arena, London

"If I pull back this curtain you can see the rest of the venue. It's massive, and at the end of it there's a big picture of Lee Evans." So went Russell Howard's self-deprecating take on a concertinaed Wembley Arena and previous comics who filled the full version. Nevertheless, the gig rounds off a sold-out 70-date tour that has included a number of nights like this where Howard's audience has topped 3,500.

Pandora: What time can we check in, Damien?

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My Secret Life: Mark Strong, Actor, age 45

The home I grew up in... was a flat in Middleton Square in London's Islington, a beautiful Georgian square with a huge church in the middle. We moved around a lot when I was a kid. I remember flats in Walthamstow, Clapton, Stoke Newington and Edmonton, as well.

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