Arts and Entertainment Virgin territory: scenes from Louis C.K.’s 1998 debut film, ‘Tomorrow Night’, with Steve Carell

Long before Anchorman and the American Office, Steve Carell played Mail Room Guy without Glasses. And long before Parks and Recreation and the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler was Woman Sprayed with Hose. Now superstars of comedy with Hollywood at their feet, both had their first, minor film roles in Tomorrow Night, alongside another comedy titan of the future, Louis C.K.

Michael Che

Michael Che: American comedy's next big thing

The New Yorker is taking a break from working with Chris Rock and writing Saturday Night Live to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe. Nick Clark meets him

Standing up to be counted: David Baddiel has a new Edinburgh show

Edinburgh 2013 review: David Baddiel - Fame: Not the Musical, Assembly George Square

Given that David Baddiel's first stand up show for 16 years apparently arose out of an educational talk, the George Square Theatre (a lecture hall for the rest of the year), is a venue match made in heaven. It's also a far cry from the comedian's Wembley Arena days of rock n' roll comedy.

Isy Suttie is appearing in the Phoenix Fringe this year

Fringe benefits for the comedians staying away from Edinburgh

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Chav valley: Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes star in Barking in Essex

Heads Up: Barking in Essex with Lee Evans

A funny thing happened on the way to the limo …

Want a laugh? Wimmin are just the ticket

This year's Edinburgh festival is a good place to start

Refugee Sifa in Why Don't You Speak English?

TV review: Why Don't You Speak English? Channel 4

Imagine – Woody Allen: a Documentary, BBC1

Shane Warne leads the Melbourne Stars on to the field during his Big Bash days

Michael Calvin: Is the Big Bash leaving a dent in Australian hopes of producing Test players?

Focus is increasingly on T20 slog-fest which is making money – but not quality cricketers

Review: Terra, By Mitch Benn

It's Lbbp from Hrrng on the planet Fnrr!

Stewart Lee has claimed that high-profile comedians like Michael McIntyre, Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle, use writers to help them create material for their shows

Stewart Lee and funny ghost writers: Comedy is about sincerity as well as laughter

Like so much of the alternative comedy legacy (like political correctness) the passion for originality has been lost

Stewart Lee has claimed that high-profile comedians like Michael McIntyre, Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle, use writers to help them create material for their shows

Stewart Lee accuses high-profile comedians Michael McIntrye, Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle
of using writers

Comic aims a punch(line) at high-profile fellow stand-ups who use writers

Apprentice 2013 runner-up Luisa Zissman

The Apprentice Final 2013: Doubts cast over Luisa Zissman's business claims

The finalist's one company has a net worth of £200

Claudia Winkleman says producers need not redress the gender imbalance on TV panel shows

Claudia Winkleman defends male dominance on TV panel shows

Men are more competitive and 'that's possibly what works'

At college, Colin Quinn was kicked off campus for vandalism and fighting

Colin Quinn: The curious life of a comic genius

The only person Louis CK follows in Twitter

Review: I Laughed, I Cried, By Viv Groskop

Stand up if you're in a mid-life crisis

What to say? Eye Spy enacts unacceptable behaviour

TV review: Eye Spy - Lost in the ethical maze without a moral compass

Would you help yourself to a holdall of cash abandoned in a phone box? Or intervene in a restaurant if a customer was subject to racist abuse from a waiter? You’d take the cash, buy the restaurant and sack the waiter – of course, you would. Not everyone is like you, though, oh heroic reader.

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