The Five Best Comedy Shows in Dallas This Weekend, December 20-23

Every Thursday we highlight the best comedy of the coming weekend. Find more comedy events at dallasobserver.com/calendar.

This is 40 We're starting the list with a movie this time. Why? Because it's Judd Apatow, that's why. This is 40 follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from Apatow's 2007 flick Knocked Up.

See also Judd Apatow, in a Dallas Hotel, Talking This is 40, Long Movies and the Value of Aimlessness

Husbands, have you ever pictured your life without your wife ... after she was gone ... because she died? Pete has. Not that he doesn't love Debbie, the soon-to-be 40-year-old (who refuses to move past 38). But after so long, you can't help where the mind goes. And then, boom, you're 90. We promise, this is a comedy. Rated R.

Aaron Aryanpur at Hyena's in Dallas Aryanpur was just named the The 2012 Funniest Comic in Texas, and for good reason. Whether he's bitching about looking like Man v. Food's Adam Richman or rubber-necking traffic sans bodies, this comedian is one to see. He'll be here this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. After the show, ask him if he got to dress as a Jedi for his wedding.

Charlie Murphy at Addison Improv Known as one of the stars of Chappelle's Show, Murphy toured nationally with the I'm Rich Bitch comedy tour, and soon after, he headlined his tour, I Will Not Apologize, for which he filmed his first DVD special. Murphy hates the winter, but he hates the spring even more. Spring is just a fake summer. So we're sure he'll be in rare form this weekend. He'll be here Thursday through Sunday.

Lil Rel at the Arlington Improv Come out and hear Lil Rel's childhood stories featuring his 70s dad and chain smoking mom. This comedian talks about it all, from the time his dad and uncle almost got their asses kicked (Who would stand up to the two original Dragons, though?) to the man rules his friends must abide by. He'll be here Thursday through Sunday.

The Guilt Trip Eight days in the car with your mother. Eight days. Sounds like ... torture. But Andrew (Seth Rogen) invited his mom (Barbra Streisand) with him on a drive across country to try and sell his new invention. Who are we to question his decision, especially when he does it for us? From the Grand Canyon to topless bars, mother and son embark on what should be some pretty memorable adventures together. Rated PG-13.

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