Chortling in the new year

You’ve chortled, don’t lie. For an alternative to the clubs and bars (and trust, there are lots – check out the Scene page in this week’s ish) for your New Year’s Eve plans, why not a different type of club?  Backdoor Comedy offers a funny approach to your midnight plans with its New Year’s Eve Extravanganza. The lineup includes BET’s Chris Brown, Emmy-winning funny lady Linda Stognar and headliner Paul Varghese, pictured, who got his start in Dallas but went on to the big time with gigs on Showtime and Comedy Central. Chortle away.

DEETS: Backdoor Comedy, 8250 N. Central Expressway. $27–$43. 8 and 10:30 p.m.