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THE DOG & PONY SHOW SPECTACULAR
Spin off of The Dog & Pony Show feat. different show each week; Walkerspace, 46 Walker St. (betw. B'way & Church St.), 995-1979; Thurs.-Sat. at 8, $6 [through 10/23].

DOPPELGANGERS
Unscripted two-act play structured by audience suggestion; Surf Reality, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 539-3896; Thurs. at 8, $8, $6 st. [through 12/18].

FEED THE RICH
Bedtime Sketch Comedy pres. Tim Burr's & Aaron Ring's "bi-curious" comedy with free candy!; Nada 45, 445 W. 45th St., 4th Fl. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 581-6030; Weds. at 8, $10 [through 10/27].

FREE BREAD & WINE
Improv comedy based on audience member interviews, performed by Brain Trust; the Red Room at KGB, 85 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery), 802-8604; Sat. at 10:30, free [through 12/18].

GERSHWIN HOTEL
Patrick Borelli hosts weekly night of stand-up comedy, improv & sketch comedy for "NYC's Most Beautiful Performers" at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 E. 27th St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 718-832-3822; Thurs. at 8, free & 1 drink min.

GOTHAM CITY IMPROV
Main troupe for Gotham City Improv pres. blend of sketch, improv & hilarity (Fri. at 9), "Near-Life Experiences" by Shelagh Ratner (Sun. at 8, through 10/31); Gotham City Improv, 158 W. 23rd St., 2nd Fl. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 367-8222; $5-$10, $3 st.

KA-BAAM!!
Audience suggestion drives this "comic book" superhero improv; Surf Reality, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 917-906-5770; Fri. at 8, $8.

LEGS WIDE SHUT
Sketch-comedy spoof on Kubrick's latest film; Bank St. Theater, 155 Bank St. (betw. Washington & West. Sts.), 501-2346; Sat. at 10, $10 [through 10/30].

MINIMUM WAGE
Sketch comedy troupes appear at the Gotham City Improv Theater, 158 W. 23rd St., (Betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 367-8222 or www.miniwage.com; Sat. at 8, $8 [through 12/31].

NUYORICAN POETS
Theater Double pres. Chameleon & Uncle, two one-acts, (Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30), followed by Latin Jazz band, Syotos (Thurs. at 10), poetry slam & open mic with Keith Roach & Julie Gomez (Fri. at 10) & music from Iceland (Sat. at 10); Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. B & C), 505-8183; Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30, $10 theater, $5-$10 for 10 p.m. events.

OTHELLO & I
Open mic for comics, improv & sketch performers, hosted by Steve Yankel & Joe 'Othello' Dixon; Bar None, 98 3rd Ave. (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 777-6663; Tues. 9-12, free.

OUTTALINE
New comedy group performs sketch comedy, improv & stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 367-9000; Mon. at 8:30, $8 & 2 drink min.

PILEDRIVER
Upright Citizen Brigade's & William Merritt's Fat Ass Productions' improvised version of professional wrestling starring, "The Serbian Nightmare," "Beniet the Mad Frenchman," & "Broadcaster Dick Duffy;" 161 W. 22nd St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 366-9176 or www.uprightcitizens.org/schedule for info; Fri. at 8, $5.

REAL REAL WORLD
Upright Citizens Brigade's version of MTV's "The Real World," cast includes Mayor Guiliani, a serial killer, black plague victim, Nancy Drew & obese teenager; 161 W. 22nd St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 366-9176 or www.uprightcitizens.org/schedule for info; Sat. at 10 & Tues. at 8, $5.

RAVEN COMEDY
Weekly sketch, improv, stand-up comedy & space aliens? at Raven Cafe, 194 Ave. A (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 529-4712; Thurs. 8-11, free.

SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV
Weekly improvised comedy jam based on audience participation, including performers from Chicago City Limits, Chainsaw Boys & others; Homegrown Theater, 2628 B'way (betw. 99th & 100th Sts.), 316-4916; Sun. at 7, $6-$7.

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE
A plethora of events from some of the strangest, yet sanest, people around. Todd Barry finds himself on the internet in "Icky" (Weds. at 8); "Evente," show that depends on audience for fully-improvised production feat. NYPress' John Ross Bowie (9:30); "Harold Night," is long-form improv (Thurs. at 8 & 9:30); "Piledriver" feat. behind-the-scene look at wrestling (see above, Fri. at 8); "Rich Brown" (Fri. at 10); Open improv jam, hosted by William Merritt (Fri. at 12 a.m.); New scenes from Comedy Central's "The Hand of Adonis with a Minty Grab Bag" (Sat. at 8); "The Real Real World," skits MTV too fraidy-cat to air (see above, Sat. at 10); "A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. 2000" long-form improv show is still running (Sun. at 7:30) & so is "A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T." (Sun. at 9:30, free); "Mobile Assault Unit (Tues. at 8) & students of UCB get a chance to practice in "New Team Harold" (Tues. at 9:30); Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 161 W. 22nd St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 366-9176 or www.uprightcitizens.org for info; most performances $5.

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