As the Laurel to Ricky Gervais’ Hardy in the cult series Extras (as well as the co-founder of The Office), Stephen Merchant has built a stealthy reputation as a loveable twat. Tonight, he steps into the comedy spotlight for his one man show Hello Ladies (a live DVD was released in November) in a supposed attempt to crowdsource a wife. Always self-deprecatory, expect Merchant to riff on both his height (he’s 6 foot 7) and relative level of obscurity. The material varies (the matter of whether to go dutch on a date hasn’t been vogue since the '70s), but Merchant’s kinetic vulnerability shines.
Tue., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., 2011