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Welcome into 2012, everyone. We've been doing this weekly comedy calendar for too many years to count now, and there aren't any plans to slow down in the near future. So, if you've got shows you'd like to recommend for the near future, email 'em over and you might just find it hear. Otherwise, enjoy yourselves, behave, and laugh like madmen.

MONDAY 1/2

True Story, 8:30p iO West. It’s another round of mainstage storytelling, with the theme being: Nemesis.

Dasariski, 11p UCB. These improv legends are taking the late Monday slot over in Franklin Village.

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TUESDAY 1/3

The BEATdown, 8p Nerdist Theater. Eliza Skinner’s fantastic comedy rap battle show is taking over the back room at Meltdown Comics.

Holy F*ck, 9p Downtown Independent Theater. This great show keeps on truckin’, with a Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Eddie Pepitone and more sure to make 2012 a blast.

WEDNESDAY 1/4

The Good Bits, 8p Witzend. If you’re on the westside, Venice’s Witzend is putting up Johnny Pemberton, Matt Champagne and others, all hosted by Josh Androsky.

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Frolic!, 9p Far Bar. One of downtown’s most dynamic stand up shows kicks off the new year with Rory Scovel, Ron Lynch, Sean Conroy and more.

THURSDAY 1/5

Smartest Man in the World, 8p Nerdist Theater. Greg Proops takes is popular podcast to Nerdist for a night.

Quartet, 10p iO West. Two-thirds of Dasariski, plus Tami Sagher, Jena Villepique and Stephanie Weir makes this a great show every time.

FRIDAY 1/6

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50 First Jokes, 8p Downtown Independent Theater. Fifty great comedians (BJ Novak, Maria Bamford, Matt Braunger, etc.) tell the first joke they’ve written this year.

Eddie Pepitone, 8p Hollywood Improv. The amazingly irate Pepitone is doing a full set at the Improv.

SATURDAY 1/7

Two-Headed Beast, 8p Stories Books. It’s a storytelling extravaganza, with the hilarious Lindsay Ames, Ali Waller, Joe Mande and others.

Eddie Griffin, 9p Brea Improv. Griffin is doing a few Friday and Saturday shows down in Brea.

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SUNDAY 1/8

Harland Williams, 7p Irvine Improv. Williams is making the drive to Irvine this weekend, and maybe you should, too.

Gravid Water, 9:30p UCB. The actors have learned the lines, but the improvisers playing against them have no idea what to say.