Laughcast: Robert Hawkins, Steve Hirst, Backdoor Comedy Club

Once again, the weather is spotty in Tarrant County for the weekend. Best guess: Icy roads are preventing funny from rolling into town. Stay warm and dry with comedy goodness in Addison and Dallas.

Friday

I didn't know Robert Hawkins was local because he's too damned successful to hang around Dallas with us losers. Hawkins was a writer and actor on Titus, he's got a Comedy Central special and you've seen him on Conan, too. He's back home for the weekend at the Addison Improv. Local up-and-comer (and semi-finalist in the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Contest) Justin Foster opens.

But maybe 45 minutes of some guy doing an Austin Powers impression sounds more like your idea of a good time. If so, Hyena's Fort Worth has Steve Hirst, a Dallas transplant originally from Manchester, England, whose headshot includes the full on velour suit and coke bottle glasses. Somebody please write in and assure me that he does more than the Powers thing.

Saturday

I don't know how many times I have to tell you, but I'll never get tired of it: The Backdoor Comedy Club's lineup of star locals is the best way to kill a weekend evening. They're at the Double Tree Hotel on Caruth Haven, and the show's at 9 p.m.

Got an early date? Head over to the Pocket Sandwich Theatre for late night comedy with stand-up/sketch mish-mash Seven Layer Burrito Cake. Show starts at 11:15 p.m., and it's $10 on the cheap.

Sunday

Come party with the bikers and the hottest bartenders in town at Reno's Chop Shop in Deep Ellum. You never know who's going to show up, but it's always a good time. Show gets rolling around 7:30 p.m., and the chances are excellent that you'll see a naked breast or two. It's just that kind of bar. -- Andrea Grimes

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