With the cadence of Brian Regan and the observational absurdism of Jim Gaffigan, local comic Harmston has steadily been making waves since winning Acme's Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest in 2003. Among his career accolades: appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham." He also released a comedy album, last year's "The Most Bees Ever." The Wisconsin-born standup's act is hit-and-miss, but the highs outnumber the lows. Harmston and fellow local comedian Mary Mack are set to begin a guffaw-packed marriage in September. (8 p.m. Tue.-next Sat.; 10:30 p.m. next Fri.-Sat. 18 & older. $15. Acme Comedy Co., 708 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-338-6393 or www.acmecomedycompany.com.) JAY BOLLER


'Trick Boxing'

In the decade since Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan debuted "Trick Boxing" at the 2002 Fringe Festival, they have taken their dance-filled Fred-and-Ginger-style comedy to New York, Canada and the United Kingdom. Now the married pair bring their entertaining story back for a spin at the Guthrie. "Trick Boxing" centers on Danny, a down-on-his-luck apple seller who is hoodwinked into a boxing match. With the aid of beautiful dancer Bella, he wins. Sostek and McClellan, who met while dancing in Joe Chvala's Flying Foot Forum, wrote, choreographed and now perform all the roles in this 1930s-set show that includes puppetry and striking dance. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Wed. Days/times vary through Sept. 2. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $18-$30. 612-377-2224 or www.guthrietheater.org.) ROHAN PRESTON