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When: Thu., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 22, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 23, 7 & 9:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 24, 9 p.m. 2008
Price: $15-$35

Fledgling comics tell one-liners and cap on people; gifted comics deliver some kind of embedded social critique. Really gifted comics turn their medium into a form of performance art. Such is the talent of Oakland comic Mark Curry, whose deadpan delivery and hysterical facial expressions took him from stand-up gigs and rap music videos to the successful ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Whether playing the part of a harassed substitute teacher or a guy being pulled over by the police, Curry does it with gusto, giving all his roles a hint of poignancy and self-irony. He's that rare comedian who can depict a hilarious but utterly paralyzing experience ("How you doing, officer? The reason I was exceeding the speed limit was due to the fact that ...") as though he were dredging up some past wound. Curry performs Thursday, Aug. 24-Sunday, Aug. 27 at Tommy T's (5104 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton). $15-$35. TommyTs.com


— Rachel Swan

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