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MARCH 7-11

There is more truth in jokes floating around the Internet than in any Sunday pundit show or stump speech. But humor is not taken seriously in this country, and so our political life is held hostage to the whims and moods of Sam and Cokie and George. Someone who does take humor seriously, and is both seriously funny and hysterically insightful, is Bob Somerby (pictured). Every day on his Web site, the Daily Howler, he offers a sharp “post-Socratic” review of the Washington press corps, applying “the simplest rules of thought” to the work of that free-floating pack of jackals. (If they had hearts, they’d all die of shame.) I witnessed his quick and fertile mind in action when I saw a brilliantly hilarious and well-constructed deconstruction of the JFK Jr. media frenzy—on the very evening it was happening. Most comics would have spent a week putting it together. Co-headlining is Chip Franklin—late of WMAL radio, now of B’more’s WBAL—who’s been making funny in D.C. for years. Franklin shares Somerby’s penchant for smart cultural critiques, usually filtered through the view of a married guy with kids—which is to say that Chip is one put-upon dude. With campaign madness upon us, we need to heed both these gentlemen. Somerby and Franklin perform at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, to Thursday, March 9, and at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12-$15. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)