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“A man wanted to borrow Mulla’s donkey. ‘It would have been all right,’ Mulla replied, ‘except that my donkey is brown.’ The man said: ‘Doesn’t a brown donkey give rides?’ Mulla said: ‘I don’t want to lend the donkey, and what I said is good enough as an excuse.’” That rib-tickler is taken from Another Way of Laughter: A Collection of Sufi Humor, in which author Massud Farzan explains the Muslim tradition of the “wise fool,” whose genial antics and wry comments both teach and entertainmuch like those of a stand-up comedian. Humor has always been a more precise and practical weapon for attacking hateful attitudes than even the smartest of smart bombs, so it’s a good time for Arab-American comics Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader, and Maz Jobrani to band together as The Arabian Knights, who offer another way of laughing at this bitterly divided world at 8:30 p.m. at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)