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A big weekend of comedy

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. Craig Ferguson

Here's a chance to see comedian Craig Ferguson at a reasonable hour. The 47-year-old Scottish reformed alcoholic high school dropout, drummer, actor, comic and novelist has hosted The Late Late Show since 2005. (It follows David Letterman's Late Show on CBS, if that's past your bedtime.) Ferguson brings his intimate and direct comedy to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $29.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

. Cheech and Chong

If you think Cheech & Chong: Get It Legal is about downloading music, this show’s not for you. Joint originators of the stoner film genre, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong are highly irreverent and satirical, with a no-holds-barred comedy that is hilarious if you don’t mind potshots at mainstream culture. The show is at 8 p.m. Friday at Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38.50-$48.50. (813) 229-7827; tbpac.org.

. Maria Bamford

One of Patton Oswald's Comedians of Comedy, Bamford is an alt-comedy goddess known for her manic stage presence and overwhelming array of voices and characters, all offering a unique take on her dysfunctional childhood and life. Shows are 8 tonight, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $14-$18. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

. The Smothers Brothers

During its run on CBS from 1967-69, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was the most controversial program on television. With a mix of hip guests, political humor and cutting-edge music, Tom and Dick Smothers were the Jon Stewart of their day and they got fired for it despite huge ratings. Their live show uses their love of folk music to take satiric shots at politics, culture and even yo-yo tricks. It starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Florida Strawberry Festival, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. Reserved seats $10-$15. Festival admission is $10, $5 ages 6-12. flstrawberryfestival.com.

. Gabriel Iglesias

His DVD I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy has helped sell out shows for this Mexican-American comic in the extra-large Hawaiian shirts. He mixes storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects in a mostly clean show that has found national crossover appeal. The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50. (813) 229-7827; gabrieliglesias.com.

Jay Cridlin and Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writers. Information from the Los Angeles Times was used.

A big weekend of comedy 03/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:08pm]

    

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