We won't fault you for thinking the Hollywood Fringe Festival celebrates Frankie Muniz and other of our city's countless fading stars.
Instead, the annual program highlights variety acts, cabaret, comedy, dance, films, music, workshops, and yes, even theater.
Here's the rundown on what we're going to see.
Back in Time: The God Particle Complex
Until now, high-energy particle physics was no laughing matter. This one-act, science-inspired show about time travel and the Large Hadron Collider is like The Big Bang Theory, only, you know — funny.
$10. The Annex at ArtWorks, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Rock Me Nostradamus: Doomsday Cabaret! A Rock Musical of Apocalyptic Proportions
It's the end of the world as we know it, and by the looks of it, these folks don't feel fine. The Orgasmico Theatre Company reveals that having a karaoke machine in your end-of-days survival stockpile is worth it, as cast members deliver the doomsday prophesies of December 21, 2012 through song.
$10 to $15. Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (818-342-4319)
Prohibition Podcast: Tales of the Extraordinary!
If flappers and bootleggers had the Internet, it might sound like this: an old-timey radio adventure serial that draws on the past for inspiration.
$10. Complex Theatres, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (323-465-0383)
Cirque Jerk: RedBastard
RedBastard is Eric Davis, currently featured in IRIS by Cirque du Soleil. Just don't call him a clown. As a disarming monster, world-class buffoon, and psychotic leader of an adults-only master class gone wrong, he's got plenty to teach you.
$15. Presented by Art Via Corpora at Artworks Theatre, 6567-6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (323-871-1912)
Size Matters: Short D***s: Men (And the Things They Do)
For those with short attention spans, this film program delivers five bite-sized screen gems. Highlights include a public-service announcement about domestic violence from the comedy team Sparklepuss, and Great Things — director Guy Zimmerman's modern noir set at the SRO Aztec Hotel on Route 66.
$10. Fringe Central Mainstage, Open Fist Theatre Company, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Tonight thru Sunday, June 24