This is a funny weekend. Seriously. It starts off big tonight with BillyGardell, a.k.a. Mike Biggs on CBS's Mike & Molly,at Side Splitters in Tampa, and the laughterkeeps rolling through Sunday. We've gotan interview with Gardell on Page 10, but here's the rest of the comedy lineup:
CHRIS TUCKER: Best known as a movie funnyman in the Rush Hour movies and the cult hit Friday, Tucker is returning to his standup roots. Interest was so intense when his show was first announced, the Mahaffey Theater quickly added a second show. He got his start with Def Comedy Jam, but he's a born-again Christian now so his act has cleaned up considerably. He took a five-year break from standup and he hasn't made a movie since 2007's Rush Hour 3, for which he was paid $25 million, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He also travels in some elite circles these days, raising money for Africa with Bill Clinton and Bono, and talking movies with Quentin Tarantino. Find out what kind of comedy emerges from that mix when he performs at 8 and 11 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. $45.75 and $65.75. (727) 892-5798.
COLIN QUINN: For Quinn, the world is too polite these days. The former Saturday Night Live cast member prefers to be the guy who gets it all out there - on race, culture, pretty much everything. Like his take on Charlie Sheen. "Those opening remarks he said in those first couple of interviews had a refreshing quality that also gave people hope . . . because here's a guy going, 'Yeah, I'm with porn stars. What d'ya think? Why wouldn't I be?' " Quinn said in a recent interview. "It was like refreshing honesty these days." Catch Quinn, whose Jerry Seinfeld-produced Broadway show Long Story Short is now airing on HBO, at 9 p.m. Friday at the Club at Treasure Island. $30. (727) 367-4511.
TOM WILSON: Wilson has appeared in more than 30 movies, but he'll always be bully Biff in the Back to the Future movies to us. But don't rub that in. Biff's Question Song - one of the funny little ditties he sings as part of his act - makes it clear he's tired of answering questions about the movies. So, Tom, we'll help you out: Michael J. Fox is a nice guy, it wasn't real manure, he won't call your friend a butthead on his answering machine and Back to the Future 4? Not happening. You're welcome. Shows are at 8 p.m. today-Friday, 10:30 p.m. Friday (show is 18 and up only), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. $15 and $17. improvtampa.com.
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ON THE RADAR
- FLORIDA ORCHESTRA POPS: Totally Awesome '80s: OMG! The orchestra is going totally rad with music by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and Prince. But will John Shaw be wearing parachute pants in the percussion section? Shows are May 20-22. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337.
- TASTE OF PINELLAS: It's three days of food and music in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. Check out the lineup: Chris Isaak and Josh Turner, May 20; Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy, May 21; and Colbie Caillat and Third Eye Blind, May 22. Tickets are just $10 a day if you buy in advance, children 12 and under free. www.tasteofpinellas.com.
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HOT: SOUTH BEACH SUNDAY
If it's May, it must be time for South Beach Sunday, the insanely popular afternoon party in Tampa with all the shiny, happy people. So if you're itching to show off that new bikini, head to the lush poolside of Green Iguana's Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be food, drinks, music and more until 5 p.m., with house music until 9 p.m. It's free before 2 p.m., $10 after. (813) 265-1234.
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HOT DOG!: HULA DOG YAPPY HOUR
Who cares about your bikini, let's see what Pookums is wearing to the pooch pool. It's dog day at the ball parkwith a pregame yappy hour including a canine beach wear contest, canine and reverse limbos, beach pails and games. Plus, you and your dog can run the bases after the game. Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, where the Threshers take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs. $5 dogs, $5-$9 people. (727) 467-4457.