Here's the difference between Steve Carell and Will Ferrell, Luke/Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and any other major comedic actor working today: Not only is Steve Carell funnier than all of them, he can actually act. Carell, star of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and a one-time Daily Show correspondent, might be blowing up right now—he's in Little Miss Sunshine, which opens this week, and his IMDB page is crammed with upcoming projects—but he's also got a swell, easily Netflix-able resumé.

• The Daily Show: Indecision 2000 (2000)—A compilation of great Daily Show stuff—the best being the skewering of the Republican and Democratic conventions. The Republicans' con is like shooting fish in a barrel, but showing Hilary and Chelsea sipping champagne in a balcony while John Edwards talks about the Dems being the party of the people? Priceless.

• The Office (2005-now)—I know: This version sucks balls when compared with the perfect BBC show that inspired it. I resisted the goofier American version for a long time, but finally caved—and while NBC's show isn't anywhere near as great as its progenitor, thanks to Carell it's still better than any other current sitcom.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)—Carell plays Brick Tamland, a retarded weatherman who kills someone with a trident, eats fiberglass, and vehemently opposes having women in the workplace. "I read somewhere their periods attract bears," he insists. "Bears can smell the menstruation."

Melinda and Melinda (2004)—Blink and you'll miss Carell's tiny role in one of Woody Allen's crummier films—a film which, weirdly, also starred Will Ferrell.

Bruce Almighty (2003)—Don't remember this labored Jim Carrey vehicle? Carell had a supporting role in it? No? Yeah, nobody else remembers it, either, except for Carell and director Tom Shadyac. When Carrey said no to a sequel, Carell signed up—expect Evan Almighty sometime next year.