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Greg Giraldo is the guy who shows up uninvited to your birthday party and grabs a hunk of cake with his bare hands before your real friends can finish singing “Happy Birthday.” Which is to say, he’s visually and audibly detestable, and yet strangely likable, because not enough people openly say or do things they shouldn’t. To that end, Giraldo’s standup routine consists of mocking the most vulgar aspects of American consumerism. While that’s about as original as a string of knock-knock jokes, his deliveries are often so searing that audience members can be heard sucking wind through their teeth between laughs. Giraldo’s anti-Bible shtick isn’t as funny as David Cross’, and sometimes the attacks he launches against audience members are funnier than anything he’s rehearsed, but nobody ever claimed that Giraldo was a brilliant comedian: “Unshaved spectacle” is much more accurate.
GIRALDO PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AT THE DC IMPROV, 1140 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. $17. (202) 296-7008.