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A double comedy header will be presented this weekend at Chadwick's Pub. Stand-ups Monty Hoffman and Dwight York will present shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the pub in the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

Hoffman's first big influence was Lou Costello of the comedy duo Abbot and Costello. Later, his inspiration for comedy would come from Lenny Bruce. He studied acting at San Francisco State University, where he joined an improvisation group that included Robin Williams. He took his own act to Los Angeles and began performing at the Laugh Factory and The Improv, eventually landing an appearance on A&E's "An Evening at the Improv."

He returned to his hometown in New York to appear in films and sitcoms, and he landed a leading role in 1994 on NBC's "The Good Life." He followed that with a slew of guest appearances on network television, including ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," along with "Roseanne," "Married With Children" and "Listen Up."

It all came to a halt in 2002 when Hoffman was diagnosed with throat cancer. It was discovered during a routine examination.

"I just kept wondering how long that doctor's finger was," Hoffman states on his Web site.

After surgery and a long regimen of treatment, Hoffman relaunched his career in 2004 on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." His new DVD, "Hoffman Live ... & Kicking," will be available soon. See montyhoffman.net for more.

York's career launch was a bit rockier than Hoffman's. During one of his first appearances on "The Bob and Tom Show," York joked that he was homeless for awhile. But he didn't want anyone to know it, so he slept in front of a Ticketmaster.

Since then York has been a regular guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, and he was part of the 2005 "Friends of Bob and Tom Show" tour. His other credits include finalist at the Vail National Comedy Contest; two-time semi-finalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Contest; and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota calls York's one-liners "the best this side of Stephen Wright."

"I had a job once selling security alarms door to door. I was really good at it. If there was no one home, I'd leave a brochure on the kitchen table." — Dwight York

York recently signed a recording contract with the Minneapolis-based Stand Up! Records, and he is author of a book, "The Vile File: Jokes Too Sick for the Stage." He can be heard regularly on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

In 2002 a joke from York's Web site was published in Reader's Digest. Not a bad statement about the broad appeal of his humor. See dwightyork.com online.

Tickets to the shows at Chadwick's Pub cost $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 282-2122.

Monty Hoffman opens the double comedy header at Chadwick's this weekend. - montyhoffman.net