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.

Jack Dee made a risqué joke about the late Steve Jobs

Comedy review: Jack Dee Live, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Jack Dee ambled almost reluctantly on to the Anvil stage tonight to open his gig, signifying that he was in a characteristically grumpy mood. However, the 51-year-old quickly dispelled the idea that he was reticent to entertain, confiding in us that going out on the road is good for the soul - it keeps family life tolerable.

Tomorrow a new Pakistan is born

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Reginald D Hunter goes to dangerous places

PFA apologise to FA chairman David Bernstein over booking of comedian Reginald D Hunter at awards dinner

The comedian used the word 'n*****' a number of times in his set

Comedy review: Rob Auton: The Yellow Show, The Warren, Brighton Fringe

Yellow and yelcome, yells Rob Auton at the top of his charming, eccentric and uplifting show. Before this, as the audience files in, he has spent a good 10 minutes festooning the room with yellow objects - dusters, rubber ducks, Marigold washing-up gloves, that sort of thing - as “Yellow Submarine” plays on a nerve-shredding loop.

Camp fire: Ian McKellen (left) and Derek Jacobi in ‘Vicious’

Grace Dent on TV: Vicious and The Job Lot, ITV

You could say it glorified sexual assault and stereotyped gays, but I took it as a lovely daft romp

Comedian Jason Manford is splitting from his wife of six years

Jason Manford splits from wife of six years

Comedian Jason Manford and his wife, television presenter Catherine, are splitting up after six years of marriage.

Reginald D Hunter

FA, PFA and moral outrage: how does one quantify the severity of racism? 

A comedian uses the word n*****. This is the big problem? Are we really not giving any credence to context?

Reginald D Hunter

Booking agency blames Reginald D Hunter for offence caused at PFA Player of the Year awards

The comedian went off message during awards ceremony

Reginald D Hunter's routine was deemed too edgy for the PFA Awards dinner

Stand-up: You thought that was a tough gig, Reginald D Hunter?

After the racism rows that have embroiled the Football Association over the past couple of years, you can imagine the organisers of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) annual awards ceremony’s horror when the comedian they hired for the evening, Reginald D Hunter, started using the ‘n’ word during his set at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on Sunday night.

The cut our Government thought you wouldn't care about

Independent living enables disabled people with high support needs to be in control of their lives - and this could soon be compromised

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star as lifelong partners growing rancorously old together in ITV's new sitcom Vicious
Reginald Hunter

Booking of comedian Reginald D Hunter for PFA Awards defended by Gordon Taylor

The comedian regularly used the word 'n*****' throughout his performance

Marcus Brigstocke's new show, 'Je M'accuse - I am Marcus' lays his personal life bare

Marcus Brigstocke: 'I'm the most interesting subject I have at the moment'

The comedian talks, for the first time, about why he's mining his life for laughs

Marcus Brigstocke's new show, 'Je M'accuse - I am Marcus' lays his personal life bare

Marcus Brigstocke: 'I'm the most interesting subject I have at the moment'

The comedian talks, for the first time, about why he's mining his life for laughs

High-vis low comedy: (from left) Luke Gell, David Haig, Mina Anwar and Toby Longworth in 'The Wright Way'

Grace Dent on TV: The Wright Way (BBC1)

Ben Elton has created an admirably broad new comedy. Shame it's not admirably funny

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