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Comedy fans in for a treat this week

Comedy fans have a lot to choose from this weekend. Two comics who made Punchline magazine's list of 2008's top DVDs — Brian Regan and Bill Burr — will be swinging through Tampa Bay, as will MTV's Ryan Stout and prankster Jim Florentine.

Regan, who first honed his acting chops at comedy clubs in Tampa, St. Pete Beach and Clearwater, is a college favorite who regularly tops the iTunes comedy albums charts. He tours constantly, which makes him a rarity — a comedian without a sitcom or film who can fill a big theater. Comedy Central has marked him has their go-to guy, giving him a deal for two specials, DVDs, a show for the network and this tour that arrives at Morsani Hall at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

Tickets are $39.50 for the 7:30 p.m. show on Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827;

Other offerings for fans in need of laugh this week are:

Bill Burr, another comic who is popular among his peers for his sharply honed bits on overpopulation, homophobia, racism and the evil internal dialogue of bad thoughts we never want to admit to. You can see him through Sunday at the Improv in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 864-4000.

Ryan Stout won the 2005 Boston Comedy Festival and the attention of MTV, which signed him for speicals and to host shows such as A Shot at Love: The Hangover and MTV's Spring Break 2008. You can see him through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$12 advance, $2 more day of show. (813) 960-1197.

Jim Florentine is best known as the voice of some of Crank Yankers' more obnoxious puppet prank callers (belching Bobby Fletcher and Special Ed). But his CD series of pranks called Terrorizing Telemarketers is a cult favorite. You can see him at 8 p.m. Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. $20. (813) 627-7625.

Comedy fans in for a treat this week 01/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 10:55pm]
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