It's not readily apparent, but there are problems associated with being too funny. Score that one perfect, ratings-phenom gig and it'll brand you for life, no matter how much range you show. Got nothing else up your sleeve? You're dismissed as a one-trick pony. The key to comedic longevity, therefore, is to diversify. Take Grier. He's a classically trained theater actor--hello, Yale School of Drama--who's made the requisite late-night rounds, hosted "Premium Blend" and effortlessly transitioned into film and television including everything from "In Living Color" and "Damon" to "Life with Bonnie" and the titular "DAG." Even his new "Chocolate News" out-satires "The Daily Show." There's a reason Comedy Central included him in their "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time," and it has far less to do with "Stand-Ups" than it does "All Time," a distinction few others on the list can claim.
Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 24, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 25, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2008