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Weekend best bets: Monty Python, ‘Lipshtick,’ Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails

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Bill Murray, center, takes a selfie with Lady Gaga and David Letterman during “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in New York. The singer had Murray, Letterman and the entire audience over to the Roseland Ballroom for her performance.

Need cheering up? This weekend’s entertainment options will give you plenty to smile — and laugh — about with an array of comedic theater and standup offerings, as well as music heavy-hitters.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Lady Gaga performs at Stubb's in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

      Saturday: Lady Gaga at MGM Grand Garden Arena

      Mother Monster is back, bringing her sure-to-dazzle new “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour to MGM Grand. Even if her latest album of the same name isn’t at the top of your list, expect two hours of hits and nonstop spectacle that keep Gaga at the top of her game. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $203.

    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

      Sunday: Monty Python Live (Mostly) at South Point

      Legendary comedy troupe Monty Python’s highly anticipated reunion performance takes place in London this weekend, but if you can’t make it across the pond, you’re still in luck. Century 16 South Point will broadcast the one-off live performance on tape delay at 11:30 a.m. Tickets to the three-hour show are $16 to $18.

    • Nine Inch Nails at the Joint on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

      Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Planet Hollywood

      Whether you’re reliving the ’90s or are a fan of recent albums, expect a night of some of the finest hard rock has to offer as Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden team up for a night of back-to-back sets. Be sure to get there early to catch experimental electronic auteur Oneohtrix Point Never kick the night off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $80 to $125.

    • Borscht-belt shtick and old-fashioned farce meet in <em>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum</em>, but in Second Star to the Right Productions and Super Summer Theatre’s current production, they don’t add up to laughs.

      Tonight - Saturday: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Super Summer Theater

      Grab a picnic basket and head to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for an evening of ancient Roman yuks with the classic musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” presented by Second Star to the Right Productions. Shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $20.

    • Actress Heather McDonald arrives at the Gracie Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.

      Friday - Saturday: Heather McDonald and Iliza Shlesinger at the Venetian

      Known best for work as a writer and panelist on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” comedienne and bestselling author Heather McDonald teams up with “Last Comic Standing” champ Iliza Shlesinger for two nights of top-notch standup as the Venetian’s new all-women comedy series “Lipshtick.” Shows begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $52.25 to $96.25.

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