COOKING WITH DANE: People in the know tell me that Dane Cook has got some comedy game. Back in 2008, Cook exploded as a stand-up star with his specials Vicious Circle and Rough Around the Edges. And his comedy albums have both gone platinum, making him the highest charting comic since the likes of Cosby, Carlin and Martin were in their hay-day. He's even branched out into the movie biz. Saturday night, you can see Dane live on stage at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $50-$100.
CHOOSING CHO: It's hard to have a more interesting career than Margaret Cho. She started performing stand-up at the ripe old age of 16, when she snuck into a comedy club. Soon she was opening for Jerry Seinfeld, becoming a hit on the college comedy circuit and quickly emerging as one of the most booked acts of the '90s (performing some 300 shows in two years). She turned that success into a short-lived sit-com. Now, she's back in the spotlight, with her stand-up, her music and her stint on Dancing With the Stars. Saturday night, you can see Cho perform live at Foxwoods. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$45.
IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND: Not enough comedy for you? Oh, we have more comedy for you. Paula Poundstone is performing live at Infinity Hall in Norfolk tonight. Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and maybe a can of soda, Poundstone basically has a conversation with the audience, finding her funniest moments through stories, and interaction. Friday's show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50-$70.
IT'S MY LINE: For a while, there wasn't a bigger show on television than "Whose Line is it Anyway!" And while Drew Carey may have moved on to the Price is Right, the quick wit and improv from the show remains. Saturday night, two of the stars of the TV version of the show are bringing the live incarnation to the John Lyman Center at Southern in New Haven. Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood will use the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Tickets for the evening of improv are $35. The show starts at 8 p.m.
SOITENLY!: In the history of the world, there may not be a more important comic force than the Three Stooges. Think about it. If it weren't for Larry, Moe and Curly (and Shemp sometimes), we wouldn't have the likes of Tom & Jerry, Dumb & Dumber and pretty much any other slap-stick comedy ever. You may not like the Stooges themselves, but you can't deny that they made the world a funnier place for us all. This weekend, you can celebrate their legacy at the Three Stooges Film Festival in New Haven. Head to the Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. for all the finger pointing, spit takes and pies in the face you can handle.
HERE WE GO: You see it in the stores. You feel it in the air. We do story after story on the news. No, we're not talking about the slow economy. We're talking about the early start to the holiday season. We're still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but already the carols are playing and people are making their wish lists. And Saturday night in Hartford, the spirit of the season kicks into high gear. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is taking over the XL Center. We don't need to tell you what kind of visual and musical experience you're in for with TSO. Tickets for the 3:30pm & 8pm shows are $25-$57.
WHO'S THE BOSS: He's part of the new wave of celebrity bakers (was there an old wave?). Cake BossBuddy Valastro has turned his family run New Jersey bakery into a nation-wide cake-making phenomenon. Sunday night, head down to New Haven to check out the Boss (sorry Bruce) for yourself. Valastro is appearing at the Shubert with his Bakin' With the Boss tour. Buddy will tell you all about how he got started as a baker, and give a live demonstration of his skills. Tickets are $28.50-$48.50. The Cake Boss hits the stage at 7 p.m. And maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a piece of cake.