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Some laughs to start the new year

  • Colin Quinn will try to brighten a winter's evening at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Jan. 16.

January isn't always easy to face, with a whole year looming ahead. And the daily onslaught of depressing political, financial and crime news doesn't help

That's why there are comedians. A strong lineup of stand-up comics, ranging from rising regional favorites to nationally known performers, will play Sonoma County venues in the coming weeks.

So cheer up. Help is on the way. Here are the details, along with quips culled from the comedians' Web pages, Facebook, Tweets and past interviews:

Today — “Stand-Up Comedy” with David Studebaker, 8:30 p.m., Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. $10. 795-7868, redwoodcafe.com.

Background: David Studebaker of Rohnert Park was named “One of the 10 Best Comedians to Watch in 2013” by SF Weekly, and he also co-created the “Neighborhood Watchmen” animated Web series.

Comedic quote: “We all know there's a major problem in professional baseball, but I discovered a major problem in Little League, and that's puberty. It's an unfair advantage. There's always one kid who's enormous.”

Personal note: “I rarely do shows up in Sonoma County, so come on out.”

Thursday — Colin Quinn's “Unconstitutional,” 8 p.m., East Auditorium, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $37. 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org.

The background: In his new solo show, the “Saturday Night Live” veteran satirizes 226 years of American history in 70 minutes.

Comedic quote: “The ancient Greeks were the first ones to say, 'An unexamined life is not worth living.' They don't tell you, of course, what we found out: An examined life is not that fascinating, either.”

Philosophical observation: “Humanity is a crazy contradiction. I accept us for who we are. We're not that great.”

Jan. 18 — “Comedy Night” with Caitlin Gill, featuring Dash Kwiatkowski and Dan Mires and hosted by Torio Van Grol, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First St. E., Sonoma. $12 in advance; $15 at the door; two-drink minimum. sonomapub.com.

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