Charlie Murphy

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy has managed to carve out a place in comedy despite having a very familiar face, and the same last name as of one of the top comedians in the country. And he's managed to do it without name-dropping, or doing comic imitations of his famous brother, Eddie. Why go: One of the viral moments from "Chappelle's Show" is the ongoing Charlie Murphy/Rick James skit, and you will get some of that. Reconsider: Sometimes abrasive jokes are just not funny. Details: Thursday through Feb. 4 at the Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg; $32; 847-240-2001,
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