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Impressive lineup of comedy shows in town this week

Something funny's going on this week. We've got an impressive lineup of comedy shows to choose from, including some locals who have made it big, like Brian Regan, who grew up in Miami and cut his teeth as a young comic in Florida comedy clubs. Now he's one of the biggest touring comics in America. He performs Friday at 8 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa; $42.50.

• The flirtatiously funny Rhonda Shear, best known as the host of the USA Network's B-movie show in the '90s, USA Up All Night, is hosting the Rhonda Shear Comedy PJ Party Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater. Shear is a St. Petersburg resident now, helming an international lingerie company that's the maker of the best-selling Ahh Bra. The PJ party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with more than 20 shopping boutiques and comedians Carole Montgomery and Vicki Barbolak. $22.50, $35, $69. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

Mad TV fans can catch a show by Aries Spears, who broke out on that show with his "Talkin' American" bit. He performs Friday through Sunday at the Improv in Centro Ybor. Tickets are $49 for the Valentine's Day package, otherwise $22-24 for the rest of the weekend at

• Perfect for lovers this weekend, comic Gary Valentine has a serendipitous bit of timing. The comedian and The King of Queens actor (and brother of Kevin James) kicks off a string of shows with a Valentine's Day special with $40 lover's packages available. He performs today ($10-$12) and tickets are $14-$16 Friday-Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

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