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Charleston Comedy Festival 

When: Wed., Jan. 20, 8-9:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 21, 7-9:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30-11 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 23, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 853-6687
Price: $5-$20
www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com

Fight January’s doldrums with laughter and beer — the Charleston Comedy Festival is here. Now in its seventh year, the four-day fest, co-produced by Theatre 99 and Charleston City Paper, welcomes comedic talent from all over the country — and this year is bigger and better than ever.

Buzz has been building for months about the Charleston Stand-up Competition. Preliminary rounds have filtered out the funniest folks, all in preparation for the finals at the Music Farm on Wednesday, which kicks off the festival. Several local acts are also performing on Wednesday, then things warm up on Thursday with several local and national acts. Some highlights include the Get Hypnotized! (the only family-friendly show) at the Charleston Ballet Theatre at 7 p.m., and the Dangerous Strangers of Cabaret Kiki with Cook County Social Club at the same venue at 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday is when things get complicated. Just about every half hour features three or four shows going on around town, at venues familiar to the fest and newer ones as well, such as Eye Level Art and the Pour House. This means you’ve got to do your research and choose your shows wisely — refer to our Comedy Fest program inserted into this week’s issue for the D.L.

After the shows, Mellow Mushroom welcomes comics and their adoring public to their L’After Parties, where things have been known to get a little crazy. You’ve been warned. So, go and pore over the schedule. Order your tickets well in advance. Show up early for good seats. And laugh away that seasonal affective disorder.

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— Erica Jackson
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