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The weekend comedy lineup

Kyle Erby and Dominique Purdy will present shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29, at Chadwick's Pub in the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford. Erby started his career in show business as an intern on network television, eventually working on the staff of "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

"I did all kinds of stuff," Erby says. "And it was my job to carry jokes from the writers to the stage where Jay would read them before the show.

"I didn't know that I wasn't supposed to read them," Erby says. "So I read them every day. Jay became interested in me, and he encouraged me to try stand-up.

"I wanted to go from intern to host of the show, but they said 'no,'" Erby says.

Now Erby is on the road working on his craft. For awhile, he would fax jokes to Leno. If one was used on "The Tonight Show," the network would send Erby a check, he says.

There is a video of Erby working with Leno on a lampoon of George Bush that is posted on Erby's Web site, www.kyleerby.com.

"That was the first time I worked with Jay," Erby says. "So the video is near and dear to my heart. But right now I just want to work on my own stuff.

"Who knows, maybe I will host 'The Tonight Show' someday," he says.

Erby also works as an actor and has appeared in films, on HBO and in commercials, including a Bud Light commercial with Carlos Mencia that aired during the 2007 Super Bowl.

Purdy, another Los Angeles-based comic, will open Erby's show at Chadwick's.

"He's hysterical," Erby says. "Purdy already has a buzz going around L.A. — people have been calling him 'the Phenom.' He's been working on stages since he was 14. The guy is brilliant, very original."

Purdy appears as Jonny in the 2007 independent film "The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down," a tongue-in-cheek look at singles clubbing in L.A.

Admission to the shows at Chadwick's Pub costs $5. Call 282-2122.


Marc Yaffee and Mikhail Chernyavsky perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Ground Zero, 123 S. Front St., Medford.

Yaffee draws from his multicultural background and American Indian roots for his original comedy, using edgy commentary and one-liners to leave his "trail of laughs."

Yaffee's Navajo heritage helped inspire him to create the Trail of Laughs Pow Wow Comedy Jam, a nationally touring show that includes performers who deliver comedy from an American Indian perspective.

Yaffee puts a new spin on multi-ethnic comedy with his discussion of his Mexican, Irish and Navajo lineage. Throw in a neurotic Jewish wife, two teenage daughters and a dozen dogs living at his home, and you have a comedy melee.

Yaffee will be among the comedians highlighted on "Crossing the Line," an upcoming PBS special about multi-ethnic comics.

Admission to the show at Ground Zero costs $5 and includes a buffet-style dinner. Call 779-4827.

Kyle Erby performs Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29, at Ground Zero. - kyleerby.com