OK, you can't complain about your choices here. On Saturday, Aug. 27, two drink-spillingly funny people are in Arcata. And actually, you could see them both.
A former Groundling, fierce LGBT ally and the funniest redhead since Lucille Ball, Kathy Griffin is at the Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. ($75). When she's not dropping F-bombs and making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year's Eve, Griffin is mercilessly skewering celebrities and our obsession with them in her raucous, smart, self-deprecating standup. While her reality show My Life on the D-List and her Emmy hosting boosted her up the Hollywood food chain, it's her fast-talking, crude and relatable stories, told with only a stool, a mic and a glass of water, that make her the bold, hilarious broad you want to hang out with.
Are you more into CNN than E! Network? Enter political comedian Will Durst with his Elect to Laugh one-man show at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. and the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ($20, $15 advance). And couldn't we use a laugh at this point? Our current political landscape is a target rich environment to be sure, and the Emmy-nominated Durst, a self-described Boomer, is just the elder statesman to take on the candidates and their antics on and off the teleprompter. His sharp, world-weary grumpy-uncle satire is the perfect antidote to a case of the spin-room spins.