Robin Williams

2002 was a great year for Robin Williams. He returned to stand-up after a 16-year hiatus and delivered two chilling dramatic performances in the thrillers Insomnia and One Hour Photo. After that came, er, House of D, License to Wed, RV, an alcohol relapse after 20 years of sobriety, and divorce earlier this year. But you know what? While Williams is responsible for Patch Adams and other assaults on human decency, it seems only fair to give him another chance. He did some surprise Seattle stand-up gigs while recently here filming World’s Greatest Dad (expected next year), and this new comedy tour, Weapons of Self-Destruction, should include plenty of election-year fodder. The man can do anything, and he has the Oscar to prove it. He’s always full of surprises: sometimes the bad kind (recall his recent American Idol appearance), sometimes the good kind. He can be very, very funny; and even if he isn’t funny just now, he has so much energy that a funny moment is bound to be around the corner. (Show repeats on Saturday.) The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 292-2787, $47-$92. 8 p.m. FRANK PAIVA

Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., 2008

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