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The third spoke in the crazy comedy wheel that was Stella, David Wain was also the straight-man glue—the Larry to Michael Ian Black’s and Michael Showalter’s respective Moe and Curly—that kept the act rolling along. Wain suffered abuse from both sides, and he suffered hilariously. As with many comedy teams, the supposedly dumb one was actually the guy in charge. Wain directed Stella episodes (he also directed the feature Wet Hot American Summer). Indeed, during interviews on the just-released first-season Stella DVD, it is Wain who attempts to keep discussions on track, an especially difficult task with Mr. VH1 Authority on board. Perhaps Wain is off directing WHAS 2, because Black and Showalter are touring without him. One suspects that Showalter will assume the patsy role now, though anything is possible from the brain trust responsible for Stella’s surrealist comedy. The show was unremittingly stupid, albeit in very smart ways: In a conscious nod to the Rat Pack, the trio all wore suits. The move paid off—because immature, idiotic, and inexplicable behavior always looks funnier in a coat and tie. And Black and Showalter can be all three—often at once. Make this Black’s best week ever when the pair suit up at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (Dave Nuttycombe)