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Eddie Griffin

The ever-unapologetic comedian and actor Eddie Griffin (his latest tour is called "You Can Tell 'Em I Said It") can give many pause when deciding whether to go to a Griffin show. His straightforward style is what many love about his stand-up but that same quality can also drain an audience. Why go: Although Griffin is not an Original King of Comedy, he has made as many waves. Reconsider: Using the N-word so profusely can become distracting. Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, UP Comedy Club, Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave.; 312-662-4562,
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