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Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 6:00 am | Updated: 1:36 am, Mon Nov 15, 2010.

Truth is more entertaining than fiction.

At least, that’s the case in “Celebrity Autobiography,” an off-Broadway hit in which actors and comedians read verbatim the unintentionally funny memoirs of celebrities.

The show opens Thursday at Mesa Arts Center and runs through Nov. 21.

Winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, the production features a revolving cast of comedians who perform short passages penned by celebrities in their autobiographies. Many of the vignettes — such as Mary Tyler Moore describing how she pokes holes in a potato before baking it, or Joan Lunden detailing the way she stacked her clothes to ensure a speedy dressing routine before “Good Morning America” — are almost too inane to be believed. 

Others — from tell-alls by Tommy Lee, Vanna White, David Cassidy, Star Jones, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Fischer, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and scores more — make one wonder how any publisher could have taken the books seriously.

Mesa’s comedic line-up will include Laraine Newman (“Saturday Night Live”), Bruce Vilanch (“Celebrity Fit Club,” TV writer), Maggie Wheeler (“Friends”), and the show’s creators, Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel.

In other cities, Matthew Broderick, Rachel Dratch, Will Forte, Florence Henderson, Richard Kind, Justin Long, Rhea Pearlman, Matthew Perry, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Brooke Shields, Martin Short, Kenan Thompson and Rita Wilson are among the actors who have performed in the show.

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