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Comedy | 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Our Comedy section’s picks for the connoisseur of fine laughter.

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Is it local? Keep the funny in Chicago with Food Baby ($15), a CD of silly sketches and songs from female supertroupe Virgin Daiquiri (Colleen Doyle, Dina Facklis, Nancy Friedrich, Abby McEnany, Colleen Murray, Mary Sohn and Rebecca Sohn). Available at virgindaiquiri.bandcamp.com. And although she ditched us for Los Angeles in 2011, we�re still happy to claim the stellar Beth Stelling (Conan), whose energetic debut, Sweet Beth ($8), includes a cameo from her Chicago partners-in-crime the Puterbaugh Sisters. Available at rooftopcomedy.com.

 

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Mystery solved Seeking a gift for that B-movie-loving, TV-obsessed cult-comedy fanatic? Search no more. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV ($50) hits shelves with four never-before-seen episodes and a shitload of bonus goodies, including an intro from series creator Joel Hodgson and head writer Mike Nelson, Life After MST3K and more. Available at shoutfactory.com.

 

 (Photograph: Jessica Zerby)
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Photograph: Jessica Zerby

#hilarious You know how social media is prey to self-serving puffery? In Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty ($19), Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels compiles the most self-absorbed celeb tweets and adds to them snarky retorts that rip these braggarts a new one. Available at Barnes & Noble, 1130 N State St (312-280-8155).

 

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Misery loves company Allow us to kindly throw some Doug Stanhope on all your fake holiday cheer. The master of misanthropy returns with Before Turning the Gun on Himself ($17), a digital smash earlier this year and now a live DVD and 12-track CD featuring bits like �My Piss Stinks� and �It�s a Party, Not Daycare, Asshole.� Available at amazon.com.

 

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Everything you ever wanted to know about nothing John Hodgman, our finest purveyor of false, useless and humorous trivia, returns with the Complete World Knowledge box set ($44). The new collection gathers his trio of best-selling books full of �amazing, made-up true facts� (including More Information Than You Require, The Areas of My Expertise and his latest tome, That Is All) and puts them in one place. Available at amazon.com.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about nothing John Hodgman, our finest purveyor of false, useless and humorous trivia, returns with the Complete World Knowledge box set ($44). The new collection gathers his trio of best-selling books full of �amazing, made-up true facts� (including More Information Than You Require, The Areas of My Expertise and his latest tome, That Is All) and puts them in one place. Available at amazon.com.

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