D.L. Hughley

If America ever becomes a “post-racial” society, comedian and TV host D.L. Hughley will probably be out of a job. Don’t get us wrong, his stand-up credentials are above reproach — his skills earned him a place as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, and his stint in the early ‘90s as host of BET’s Comic View provided some of the best material that program ever produced. It’s Hughley’s taste that’s often questionable, as evidenced by his latest venture, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. Since CNN launched the faux-news show in October, D.L. has striven for new heights of lowbrow racial humor, with jokes about Obama’s gold-grill-providing health plan and a character named Freddy Mac who, in reference to the 2008 election, remarked, “Pimps up, hoes down.” (See also: Soul Plane.) But if you’re in the mood for a little well-crafted tastelessness, Hughley will be happy to oblige; Obama’s nascent presidency should give the masterfully outrageous comic plenty to work with. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit www.improvhouston.com. $30.

Fri., Feb. 6, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 7, 7, 9 & 11 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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