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The website for Borat, Sascha Baron Cohen's appalling Kazakhstani reporter, is not work-appropriate, but of course the comic genius of the Borat character is that he's utterly, outrageously inappropriate in every way imaginable (Borat claims that the most popular Kazakh hobbies are "disco dancing, archery, rape and table tennis.") The Borat movie, called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan opens November 3rd, and has had preview audiences laughing uproariously. In the meantime you can see his My Space profile as well as his website, where he answers the real Kazakhstan's charges about Borat.

"The Simpsons" and "Life in Hell" mastermind Matt Groening talks with graphic artist Gary Panter at the 92nd St Y tomorrow night, 8pm, $30.

I Killed by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff has the subtitle True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics — and that's what you get: mostly humorous anecdotes from major standup comedians.

You really can't write about laughs without mentioning David Sedaris. Here's a link to an essay from last year published in the New Yorker about children and art.

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We're still not over Rob Corddry leaving "The Daily Show" but the new guy, a Brit named John Oliver, is definitely growing on us. Here's his first piece called American Dream about immigration ("John, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born…not American") and there's more at the show's website.

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In the hallowed tradition of "Dallas" and "Dynasty" comes "The Cartells," a four-part, live, prime-time soap. It's written by Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed") and presented by The Drama Dept. and Comix, 353 W. 14th [8th/9th] 212.524.2500, where it will be performed. The great cast includes Joanna Gleason, Cady Huffman, Brian D'Arcy James, Jason Butler Harner, Katie Finneran, and David Rakoff. Dates: October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 8pm, $35.

We picked the workshop of Nicky Silver's "The Agony and the Agony" as one of our 13 for Fall. It's open to The Vineyard Theater members only, which is reason enough to join (plus the caliber of work here is generally very high). Anyhoo, they've gone and snagged Victoria Clark, last seen on stage earning her Tony for "The Light in the Piazza," to play opposite Silver. Audiences who only know her as the buttoned-up Margaret Johnson may be in for a surprise. Plays the first three weeks of December.

Rimshot alert: the NY Comedy Festival runs November 7-12 at venues around the city. The lineup includes Queen Latifah, Brian Regan, Dane Cook, Denis Leary, and a roast of Mario Batali.

This has been bouncing around the web for a while, but if you haven't seen it, it's pitch-perfect satire: the premise is, how would Microsoft, given the chance, repackage the iPod?
Eyewear Sale
Starting tomorrow and running through the month, Chelsee Eyes, 20 W. 20th [5th/6th] Ste. 804, 212.242.4823, is having a sale on designer eyewear, sunglasses, and prescription lenses. Frames that were $150-$550 will be $35-$350, including Mikli, Prada, Lafont, and many others. Hours will be weekdays 10-5, Saturday by appointment. No cc, checks ok.

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