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Trust Us: Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords, Alan Alda and more

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Dave Chappelle headlines Funny or Die’s comedy fest at Mandalay Bay this weekend.

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Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival When Dave Chappelle walked offstage in Connecticut last month, this touring circus took a turn for the even weirder. Here’s hoping the Vegas audience treats him with respect (and vice versa) and that he’s hilarious doing ... whatever it is he’s coming here to do. Either way, the bill also boasts the co-headlining Flight of the Conchords and funny folks like Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Jim Jefferies, Al Madrigal, Jeff Ross and Kristen Schaal, so we doubt you’ll go laugh-less. September 21, doors at 6:30 p.m., $55-$135, Mandalay Bay Events Center.

World Series of Comedy Up-and-coming comedians battle for bookings while you laugh, groan and help choose the winners over a series of shows spanning six days, culminating with the finals on Saturday, September 28. September 23-28, times & prices vary, Tuscany Suites.

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Andrea Gibson The slam poet brings her insightful spoken-word readings to the Center as part of its queer arts and culture series. Prepare to learn, laugh and be moved. September 21, 8 p.m., free.

Black Milk Not only does Las Vegas get to experience the Detroit rapper’s renowned prose prowess, it gets him backed by live quartet Nat Turner. Add an assortment of supporting MCs and DJs, plus live painter Mark Goddard, and this should be an embarrassment of underground hip-hop riches. September 22, 10 p.m., $5-$10, Beauty Bar.

Alan Alda The longtime M*A*S*H actor’s one-man show, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” promises to be equal parts funny and serious—much like Alda himself. September 24, 7:30 p.m., $29-$99, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.

SEE

Scratch and Dent Biscuit Street Preacher makes his Las Vegas gallery return, bringing vibrant and colorful paintings that mix his primitive style scrawls with painted narrative illustrations. Through November 1, Amanda Harris Gallery of Fine Art; opening reception September 19, 6-8 p.m.

Emmy Awards Neil Patrick Harris hosts TV’s biggest honors, with major nominees including Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, Modern Family and Downton Abbey. Tune in to find out who wins and who wears a hideous dress. September 22, 5 p.m., CBS.

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