Happy weekend, folks. Here’s some stuff to make it fly by in a fun way.

If the balloon boy didn’t provide enough laughs for you, there are some choice comedy events this weekend to lift your spirits. On Friday, new sketch comedy troupe the Assorted Rogues perform at Theatre 99. On Sunday, head to the Tin Roof for Little Caesar’s Palace — open mic comedy hosted by Theatre 99’s Jason Groce + Little Caesar’s pizza. Yum. Also on Sunday, CP’s cover girl Kathy Griffin is performing at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

In other stage news, Theatre /verv/ presents a Short Weekend of Plays at South of Broadway Theatre in North Charleston. But your theatrical options aren’t limited to that: CofC presents Thom Pain, Charleston Stage is showing Blithe Spirit, the Flowertown Players present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions and The Charleston Acting Studio present Graceland, and PURE Theatre presents Up. And don’t miss the Footlight Players’ Costume Shop Sale on Saturday.

There are some cool art events this weekend as well. Friday at Blue Bicycle Books, celebrate the release of Kakalak from 5-7 p.m., featuring readings from local poets. Later that night, several local artists and designers (Brwn Drby, Mock Couture, Righchus, Fletcher Williams III) gather at Eye Level Art’s Heriot Street warehouse gallery for Righchus Renaissance. The same night over at Center for Photography, sports photographer Bill Frakes will have his work on display. On Saturday, Phillip Hyman hosts shows at both Vickery’s (“Freaks Come Out at Night”) and the Mill (“Retro”). Both look promising.

Feeling generous? Give back with Goodwill’s anniversary gala, An Evening with the Stars at Francis Marion Hotel on Friday, featuring food, entertainment, a silent auction, and a fashion show. Saturday morning is the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure on Daniel Island.

Other coolness: The S.C. Stingrays are back in action with games on Friday and Saturday. Yay ice hockey! And on Saturday, head to the Civic Design Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get your voice heard on bike issues at the Bicycle Visioning Workshop. Saturday is also Shinefest at the Joe, with music from Blues Traveler, the Original Wailers, and many other cool bands.

Feeling fallish? We’ve got info on pumpkin patches, haunted happenings, and other goodness in our Fright Life section. Check out our full weekend calendar here.