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It’s been over eight years since Mr. Show premiered, barely, in the wee hours on HBO. Since then, program co-creator David Cross has had cameos in about two films a year and on many, many sitcoms. These appearances are generally odd little moments in which the thin, bald, bespectacled comic disappears into some weirdo character—well, as much as a thin, bald, bespectacled weirdo really can disguise himself as anything else. Cross was a founder of the “new comedy” of the early ’90s, in which “humor” does not always mean “punch line,” and when he remarks, for example, that All in the Family is “a brilliant show,” it’s difficult to know whether he means it. The last time Cross was in town, it was with a show that featured as much music as monologue, but the Improv’s more traditional stand-up stage should encourage appearances by all of his weirdo characters. I only hope Ronnie Dobbs shows up at 8:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)