Need a good laugh? Welcome to the all-comedy edition of ArtsPage’s weekend preview.
Be forewarned that some of these suggestions might not be suitable for kids, so look to the end of the list for a G-rated option. And feel free to recommend other events to readers in the comments thread.
First, three live, comic shows described by Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
“Dina Martina”: Everyone’s favorite drag-disaster diva holds forth, in a ritual cabaret that includes gift giving, off-key vocalizing and a stocking stuffed with wacky hilarity. It plays at Re-bar downtown through the end of the year.
“Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon”: The Spudds, Sister Agnes, the Craft Lady and a batch of other wackadoodle and divine comic personae return, in the latest edition of irreverent merriment by the Dos Fallopia duo of Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch. The show runs through Dec. 30 at Theatre Off Jackson.
“Wisemen”: Rosenstock Productions encores its “sacrilegious” holiday romp, which re-imagines the Nativity story as a legal battle with Jewish lawyers, an evil Santa, a gangsta Easter bunny and the like. At ACT Theatre through Dec. 22.
Next, a funny movie, of a decidedly non-holiday nature:
“Shaun of the Dead”: SIFF is hosting a cheeky series of apocalyptic films called “The End of the World as We Know It,” which includes a Saturday screening of the hit “zombedy” created by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald called this 2004 film “wonderfully funny.” The screening begins at 9 p.m. Saturday.
And finally, the promised G-rated option:
Ivar’s Clam Lights: Of all the local holiday-lights displays, this one emphasizes whimsy — including lighted clams with legs.
I’ll leave you with this video weekend preview, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV, which has a few perhaps more serious suggestions.
(Photos: Dina Martina by Bobby Miller; “Shaun of the Dead” courtesy of Rogue Pictures; Clam Lights courtesy of Ivar’s.)