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Sure, I’ve been known to hyperbolize almost constantly, but believe me this time when I say that Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not is one of the funniest books (and stage shows) of all time! Written by Comedy Central vets Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello (pictured), this Daily Show-esque investigation follows “Russell Hokes, author” as he searches for small-town America: “As I laid my head in my folded arms, I would try to unlock the mystery of the town. What was its secret? Why am I so sleepy? My God, I can barely keep my eyes open.” Hokes’ car conveniently breaks down on a quarter-mile stretch of “porno shops, strip clubs, and used auto parts yards.” Welcome to Wigfield, which also boasts three mayors, a plutonium ditch, and a serial killer. (“Every small town has its shortcomings. Some small towns have a problem with the kids running off to the big city, other small towns might have worries about a drought affecting the crops, one of ours just happens to be a mindless killing machine who feeds on our fear.”) The twisted townsfolk include a pyro police chief (“I have complete control over my desire to unleash the flickering golden god”) and an albino stripper (“[I]t’s sad that one day there might come a day when a small-town girl like me won’t have a place she can take her clothes off in front of truckers”). With Airplane!-stoopid jokes galore and beat-perfect comic timing, Wigfield stays laugh-out-loud all the way to the “Hiroshima of Joy” fireworks finale. The trio performs the story at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, and at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7 (see City List for related book signings), at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. $30. (202) 432-7328. (Sean Daly)