New York comic Godfrey is something of an anomaly. While he's never been the center of attention, he's maintained a peripheral presence over the years, making brief appearances in everything from "Zoolander" to some of the more accomplished episodes of "Louie" -- "Niece" and "Night Out," most notably. Hell, most of America probably remembers him as the bright-eyed spokesman from the early-oughts 7-Up commercials. But fame (or lack thereof) isn't necessarily a measure of talent. Godfrey is first and foremost a comic, and a damn good one at that. A regular at New York's Comedy Cellar, his unrivaled charisma, charm and penchant for voices continue to make him one of the nation's most reliably entertaining standups. (8 p.m. Thu.-Sun.; 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $13-$19. Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, Mall of America, Bloomington. 952-858-8558 or www.houseofcomedy.net.)RAGHAV MEHTA
'Elf the Broadway Musical'
This stage adaptation of the 2003 film that starred Will Ferrell has gotten cheery notices on Broadway and on tour. The glitzy production at Ordway stars Matt Kopec as Buddy, an orphan who slips into Santa's bag and is taken to his North Pole workshop. He discovers that he's human, and goes back to Manhattan to find his family. "Translating 'Elf' to the stage was a great idea," said director Sam Scalamoni. "It lends itself to a great, imaginative storytelling. We kept the moments that audiences love, while creating something that's a new classic for the holidays." (2 p.m. Thu., Sat. and Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Wed. $27-$120. No show Dec. 25. Ends Dec. 30. Ordway Center for the Arts, 5th and Washington Sts., St. Paul. 651-224-4222 or www.ordway.org.)ROHAN PRESTON
Miss Richfield 1981: '2012: We'll All Be Dead by Christmas!'
Savor that eggnog. Spike it, if you wish. And enjoy all the cheer and trimmings of the holidays. It may well be your last holiday season, if the Mayan calendar and Miss Richfield 1981 (Russ King) are to be believed. The Twin Cities entertainer is back with a new theme for her cheeky annual holiday send-up, which has a new title this year: "We'll All Be Dead by Christmas." This will be the 14th year for Miss Richfield at the Illusion. Before the world ends, she's aiming to go out with her own bang. (8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 16. Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $30-$38. 612-339-4944 or illusiontheater.org. )R.P.