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Richard Belzer has always been a comedian’s comedian. Mad ranters Dennis Miller and Chris Rock have openly thanked the Belz for kick-starting their angry careers. But in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when Belzer worked the ha-ha circuit nonstop, audiences didn’t know whether to laugh or run screaming from the club. Now that the Bridgeport, Conn., native is done as the cynical-yet-lovable Detective John Munch on NBC’s abruptly canceled Homicide, Belzer is back to making people nervous, this time with prose. UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe is a 217-page bullshit detector, a machine-gun frenzy of exhaustively researched verbal bullets aimed at the Warren Commission, NASA, and various authority figures who force-feed the public lame explanations. Do aliens exist? Is Elvis alive? Who killed the Kennedys? Ask for yourself when Belzer discusses UFOs at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Sean Daly)