Eddie Griffin

Two months after Eddie Griffin hit his first stand-up stage in 1990, he was opening for Andrew Dice Clay at Madison Square Garden. We don't hear much from the Dice Man anymore, but 24 years later, Griffin, who's playing at the Houston Improv this weekend, has accrued major cred as a dramatic actor, screenwriter, recording industry producer and more.

Honored by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time, Griffin often tackles organized religion in his routines (he's a major and vocal opponent). In his comedy special You Can Tell 'Em I Said It, he spouts, ''I think Christians are jealous of Muslims, because you are not going to out-devout a Muslim. That's the most devout faith you'll ever run into. A Muslim will strap a bomb on himself and blow himself up about some Mohammed. Ask a Christian to strap a bomb on him and blow himself up about Jesus. 'No, he wouldn't want me to do that. He just blessed me with this house. I'm sure he wants me to live in it.'''

8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $30 to $40.
Fri., Aug. 16; Sat., Aug. 17, 2013

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