THROUGH FEBRUARY 8

Americans have always demanded a fat man to entertain us. Since early in this century, when Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was literally the biggest star in Hollywood, the list of National Funny Fatties is constant and unbroken: Hardy, Costello, Gleason, Fat Albert, Belushi. With the sudden loss of Chris Farley, perhaps it is John Pinette’s turn. He is certainly willing to leap belly-first into the role. Excerpts from his upcoming CD, Show Me the Buffet, reveal an eager artist unashamed to say, “The jokes are on me.” Which is mighty big of him. At 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12-15. (202) 296-7008. (Dave Nuttycombe)