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13 Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off: David Alan Grier, Dana Gould, and More!

Photo courtesy of The American Repertory Theatre

From '90s comedians who blazed the trail for sketch comedy in In Living Color  to the godfathers of alternative comedy, the next couple of weeks is a great mix of the trendsetters of funny.

Bryan Callen
If you don't recognize him as Carrie's "jackrabbit" lover from Sex and the City, you may recognize him from the multitude of other projects he has starred in including MAD TV, The Hangover, Entourage, and most recently Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. And yes, he's also a stand-up comedian.
When: Various times, February 27-March 1
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


David Alan Grier
From his sketch work in In Living Color to his work alongside Eddie Murphy in the rom-com Boomerang (one of the best of the '90s, by the way), David Alan Grier has been delivering glorious laughs that will translate to an equally glorious stand-up routine.
When: Various times, February 27-March 1
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


The Rejects Of Stand-Up
Think of this as a haven for those who have been rejected by the masses of mainstream comedy. At the same time, it's five comedians giving a comedy show for people who don't like comedy. It's random, boring, out of touch with reality and random. It's the ultimate anti-anti-comedy show.
When: 10 p.m., February 28
Where: The Dark Room, 2263 Mission St.


T.J. Miller
Representing the great state of Colorado, T.J. Miller is a national stand-up comedy treasure that has been seen in movies like Our Idiot Brother and can be seen in the forthcoming Bay Area-based HBO series, Silicon Valley.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday March 2
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


Emerging Comics with Sammy Obeid
Bay Area native Sammy Obeid has made all of us proud with stints on Conan O'Brien and on America's Got Talent. The well-rounded comic presents a night of up of coming comedians in the biz.
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday March 4
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Dan Gabriel
The Filipino comedian has gone from UC Davis to open mic nights in Sacramento to making a name for himself in the San Francisco comedy scene that has led to gigs on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Not too shabby.
When: 8 p.m., Wednesday March 5
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Dana Gould
Considered one of the Godfathers of alternative comedy, Dana Gould has done stand-up since he was 17 years old and has written and/or appeared on the Ben Stiller Show, Family Guy, the Simpsons and other TV shows that define the wonder of subversive comedy.
When: Various times, March 6-8
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Sebastian Maniscalco
Fresh off of his new Showtime special "What's Wrong with People?" Sebastian Maniscalco brings his own special brand of sarcasm and humor —- with an Italian American twist.
When: Various times, March 6-8
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.


The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out for Once
If you're a parent and need a night away after a day of kids sucking the life force out of you, this comedy show is for you. The Denver-based show has musical performances of songs like "Eat Your F*cking Food" and will remind you of a life before kids…until you have to go back to them at the end of the evening.
When: 8:00 p.m., Friday March 7
Where: Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St.

The Future of Comedy Showcase with Mario Montes & Jonny Eller
Guest host Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh presents the future of comedy with headlining acts Mario Montes and Jobby Eller. No time travel will be required for this show…at least I don't think so.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday March 9
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave.

Dome Cleaning Presents: American Me Comedy
A comedy show that presents the best of the best when it comes to stand-up comics from all walks of life – every race, religion, color, and sexual orientation. It's a virtual potpourri of comedy.
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday March 11
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Freddie Rainbow Presents: Gender Night
Comedian Ray Molina hosts an evening to celebrate the comedy from the finest female comedians that don't do your typical boyfriend/shopping jokes…and for that, they deserve all the praise possible.
When: 8 p.m., Wednesday March 12
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.


Speechless
Celebrate the one year anniversary of the best show about unprepared PowerPoint presentations. The popular show features comedians and tech industry pros doing PowerPoint presentations without any previous knowledge of what the hell they are talking about. It's the funniest disaster ever.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St.