Every Thursday we highlight the best comedy of the coming weekend. Find more comedy events at dallasobserver.com/calendar.
Jim Gaffigan at the Majestic Theatre If you have a fetish for alabaster, breathy men with high-pitched voices, Jim Gaffigan's your guy. We've lost count of how many times he's been a guest of Letterman and Conan O'Brien, and his CDs and DVDs have gone platinum. Three of his most famous comedy routines are called "Hot Pockets," "Cake" and "Bacon": a perfectly balanced meal. His new project, The White Bread Tour, is stopping in Dallas this Friday for one night only. Tickets are available for two show times.
Behind-the-Screen Comedy at Texas Theatre Watching comedians on a stage is so passé. Watching them backstage? Much better. For Behind-the-Screen, five bucks gets you in to see local comedians Adam Buck, Michele Benson, Josh Johnson and Brad LaCour do their thing. The bar is open and the popcorn's free. Stand-up, VIP-style, this Friday only at 11 p.m.
Huggy Lowdown at Addison Improv Comedian Huggy Lowdown is the No. 1 segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and he's swinging by Dallas to spread the news: little is a hate word. Think about it. "Congrats on your little project." "Have fun on your little trip." "How was your date with your little man?" Okay, that last one could go a couple ways. Known as the "Celebrity Snitch," Lowdown is here Thursday through Sunday, and he better bring the goods.
Cocoa Brown at Arlington Improv Cocoa Brown is raunchy, loud-mouthed and big-boned. Never apologetic and always telling it like it is, Brown is a fixture on both TV and the silver screen. She's guested on Breaking Bad, starred in For Better or Worse and is filming the Tyler Perry drama Single Moms Club (2014). From the mouth of Cocoa Brown: "Germs bounce off a big bitch like The Matrix." I'm getting healthier every day! She'll be here Thursday through Sunday.
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Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Comedy darling Tina Fey plays Portia, a Princeton admissions officer up for a big promotion. It's down to her and one other candidate, but there's a snag -- an alternative high school mentor, John (played by Paul Rudd) needs a favor. With a child prodigy in his program trying to get into the Ivy League school, he's desperate for Portia to take a second look at his unconventional and downright awful application. But the real shock comes when John starts to suspect that non-maternal Portia just might just be the kid's biological mom.