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The bawdy Sarah Silverman Program had some real misses in its first two seasons, like the episode in which Silverman seduces and dumps God and the one in which Silverman’s younger sister is visited by the ghost of their dead mother, from whom she receives permission to shave her pubic hair. But Tig Notaro, thinly disguised as a lesbian cop who falls for Silverman, thereby turning her lesbian, was a subdued hit. In fact, the intensely sincere Notaro may have been one of the funniest characters in the first two seasons, despite saying nothing ridiculous or offensive. And while Silverman and Patton Oswalt may be the top-selling attractions at this year’s Bentzen Ball, hosted by Brightest Young Things, Notaro is the laid-back diamond in the rough. Her bombast- and sarcasm-free routines, which often feature glacial pacing, will be like a secret vacation for standup fans who don’t go in for random F-bombs, KFC jokes, or forced laughs. NOTARO PERFORMS AT 7 P.M. AT THE STUDIO THEATRE, 1501 14TH ST. NW. $15. (202) 332-3300. —Mike Riggs