It's Thanksgiving Eve-- and if you're dreading the big family table tomorrow, treat yourself to the big fake family gathering that's strictly for laughs at Upright Citizen's Brigade's Thanksgiving Family Feast. What's the format? Like last year, Fernie tells us: "You know how family Thanksgiving dinners inevitably descend into awkwardness and chaos? That's pretty much the format. A bunch of talented comedians playing a big, dysfunctional family gathered around the table to give thanks, argue and tell everyone how disappointed they are in each other. In the past we've seen a crazy uncle pull a gun, an impromptu and unasked-for baptism, and what happens when a person eats a Thanksgiving meal consisting entirely of marshmallows and tequila. Also, we give food to the audience. So watching a bunch of strangers descend upon free stuffing and pie continues to be a highlight for me as well." Will there be tears? "There is a 100 percent chance of tears," he says. "And about a 40 percent chance of cider. It's impossible to get good cider in Los Angeles." Food will be served, so bring your appetite. With Alex Berg, Deborah Tarica, Neil Campbell, Julie Brister, Betsy Sodaro and Todd Fasen. Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hlywd.; Wed., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702.
Wed., Nov. 23, 8 p.m., 2011