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Comic Sean Donnelly at the Kate

Published January 02. 2014 4:00AM

Sean Donnelly is one of thousands of pretty funny comics who are perpetually lurking just under the level of True Headliner. It's a grueling road life of club tours, but Donnelly is slowly creeping up the ladder - and good for him. He's now a veteran of "Late Night With David Letterman" and several top comedy festivals, and if his brand of observational humor isn't revolutionizing the art form, he nonetheless tranforms the idiocies of everyday life into some significant laughs.

I particularly like his riff on how Internet algorithms identify stuff you like and then make helpful future recommendations for you, as with the time Donnelly - a huge pet lover whose own bulldog is tellingly named Rickles - watched "Marley & Me," and Netflix then suggested he'd enjoy seeing "Reservoir Dogs."

Donnelly appears Friday and Saturday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, and an even younger up-and-comer, Nick Cantone, opens.

- RICK KOSTER

Sean Donnelly,

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $25; (860) 510-0473, thekate.org.

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