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Holiday gift guide 2012: Comedy

Ah, the gift of laughter: Give a comedy lover Steve Martin rarities, a David Cross doll or time with NYC favorite Dave Attell

 (Photograph: Mike Carano)
Photograph: Mike Carano

Dave Attell Laugh during Hanukkah or whatever holiday it is when dirty Uncle Dave waves his pecker around like a wizard’s wand. Carolines on Broadway (212-757-4100, carolines.com). Dec 26–30; $42 plus two-drink minimum.


David Cross Throbblehead Pump up a pal’s self-esteem with a doll of the intrepid local comic, who’s presumably lambasting your friend for being a whiny nitwit. Available at aggronautix.com, $20

 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Steve Martin: The Television Stuff three-DVD set A manic and strange young stand-up wins a nation’s affection in these early specials and rarities. Available at shoutfactory.com, $30

 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity Just as unabashedly dumb as you remember, this MAD anthology serves up classic parodies, mag history and fold-ins. Available at local bookshops; $35.

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