Lavell Crawford

Blues singer Howlin' Wolf once referred to himself as ''300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy.'' Similarly sizable is big-boned comedian (and Breaking Bad regular) Lavell Crawford. ''I used to work at McDonald's, but I got fired,'' he explains in one bit. ''People would order double cheeseburgers, and I'd say, 'We're fresh out.' Then they'd order Big Macs, and I'd say, ''We're out of them, too.' When they'd say that there were 12 behind me, I'd say, 'But they're mine.'''

While he's in Houston, Crawford will no doubt sample some of the local ethnic cuisine, even if it sports a certain lack of variety. ''I love Mexican food, but it's all the same thing!'' he opines. ''A burrito is a tortilla with meat, beans and cheese. An enchilada is a tortilla with meat, beans and cheese in it. A chimichanga? A tortilla with meat, beans and cheese in it. Come on!''

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Club, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit $30 to $40.
Jan. 24-27, 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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