That she was hired as one of the “new kids” on Saturday Night Live this season should tell you that Laura Kightlinger works smart. Of course, she’s a college graduate, so that might not be too surprising. What does surprise are the bright and unsuspected punch-lines she delivers with a finely deceptive deadpan. Until she comes up with the requisite SNL catch phrase that gets all America doing her act, she’s free to display her dry, big-brained comedy on intimate stand-up stages. Catch her before she becomes Dana Carvey tonight and Saturday at the Comedy Cafe, 1520 K St. NW. $12. (202) 638-5653. (Dave Nuttycombe)