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On a recent Comedy Central Friars Club roast of Rob Reiner, a preponderance of the jokes were aimed at panelist Brett Butler. Actually, calling them “jokes” is being much kinder than the comics were—Reiner didn’t have to endure the savagery heaped upon Butler. That she laughed along is testament to an exceptionally good spirit. The Alabama-born comedian was awarded a sitcom in 1993 for her razor-sharp barbs—comedy that cuts very close to the bone. By ’98, however, the media stopped calling Grace Under Fire the “hottest new show of the season,” and began calling Butler a “troubled star.” The woman who had gone from literal hard knocks to the heights of show biz was out of work and in rehab. Now, she’s returned to the stand-up stage. “Fame is such the opposite of what I’m trying to learn,” she told one interviewer. We’re not sure what she’s learned since Grace’s cancellation, or whether she still enjoys flashing her implanted breasts, but Ms. B. undoubtedly has a whole lot she’d like to discuss. It ought to be a riot. See her at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $17-$20. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)