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Bring out the laugh meters

Susan Rice says it's all about laughs.

When she takes the stage she is as familiar as family — remember the daffy aunt who wears the big earrings and lets you take sips of her whiskey highballs when your mom isn't looking?

Rice's warm humor and quick wit are usually directed at herself, but she's a woman with a perspective on all the good laughs that life has to offer.

Rice will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at Chadwick's Pub in the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

"There'll be a test, and you'll have to bring a No. 2 pencil," she says. "Also a can of food for me, and there will be prayer."

Rice began working in comedy in 1983 at the Leaky Roof Tavern in southwest Portland. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986 where she caught the attention of George Schlatter, producer of NBC's hit TV show "Laugh In." She became a favorite on "George Schlatter's Comedy Club" and Schlatter's NBC comedy specials, and she was the opening act on "The Pat Sajak Show."

Rice has headlined at the Catch a Rising Star comedy clubs; The Ice House in Pasadena, Calif.; The Laff Stop in Houston; the Improv comedy clubs; and The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, Calif.

She has performed on A&E's "An Evening at the Improv," ShowTime's "Comedy Club Network," HBO's "Comedy Central" and other network programs.

After many years in the business, Rice calls Portland her home once again.

Aaron "Riggs" Flett will open the shows for Rice this weekend at Chadwick's Pub. A comedian and radio personality, Flett got his start co-hosting a morning radio show.

After many years of interviewing comedians and attending their shows, Flett decided it was easier to rise at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m. and became a stand-up comedian.

He's developed his own show full of sarcastic perspectives on a wide range of social issues while making appearances at clubs, colleges and casinos in the Northwest.

Shows at Chadwick's Pub cost $5. Call 282-2122.

Daniel Dugar will headline Friday, March 16, at Ground Zero. Eric Miller will open the show.

Dugar originally is from Oakland and now is based in Los Angeles. His show includes edgy observations about his personal life and its ups and downs. It's an adult show with material that is somewhere between Chris Rock and D.L. Hughley.

"I've done some things," he says. "I'm on a DVD titled "Down and Dirty" on the National Lampoon label."

"Down and Dirty" features Dugar and four other comics from a stand-up marathon of "Last Comic Standing" that was filmed in 2000.

"I've been on HBO, 'Showtime at the Apollo' and on 'Nash Bridges' with Don Johnson," Dugar says.

The show at Ground Zero will begin at 9 p.m. Admission costs $5 and includes a buffet-style dinner. Call 779-4827.

Susan Rice performs Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at Ground Zero. - Tribble Run Comedy Network