If there's anything the venerable Laugh Factory can lay claim to besides a storied history of comedy, it's goodwill toward men. This summer, owner Jamie Masada kick-started a furlough Friday offer to anyone forced to take the day off due to state government cutbacks. This holiday week their celebrated Laugh Factory Thanksgiving Dinner is back, with both the turkey and fixings and a much-welcome blast of hilarity in the form of live comedy. Not that watching your relatives tear into each other over pumpkin pie isn't funny in its own way, but remember, you also have the option to leave the comedy to the professionals. This year's lineup is still TBA as of press time, but previous volunteer servers/jokemeisters have included Jon Lovitz, Jamie Kennedy and Dane Cook. Dinner and the show are still 100 percent free, and no one will be turned away. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Thu., Nov. 26, 1, 3, 5 & 7 p.m., 2009

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