Margaret Cho and Connecticut comedian Lisa Lampanelli are among the entertainers who will bring laughter to local stages this weekend. Cho performs at The Ridgefield Playhouse Friday and Lampanelli brings her “Losin’ It” show to Waterbury’s Palace Theater Saturday.

We’ve also got some hot music on tap. Charlie Daniels, the guy who gave us “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” brings his band to Toyota Oakdale Theatre Friday. The next night, Frankie Valli is “Working My Way Back to You” with a show at Mohegan Sun Arena . Valli, known for such hits as “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man,” will perform with a younger group of Four Seasons.

Saturday is also when “Sophia Loren: An Evening with an Icon” takes place at The Ridgefield Playhouse . Billed as an intimate conversation Loren, it features film clips from her career and a Q&A with the Oscar-winning actress, hosted by Steve Persall, former Tampa Bay Tribune film critic.

Of course there’s children’s entertainment, too, along with a selection of stage shows. Monster Jam trucks roar into Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena Friday, with shows running through Sunday. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” based on the 1969 children’s book, is onstage at New Haven’s Shubert Theatre Sunday. And Prescription for Murder: A Columbo Mystery” opens at Town Players’ Little Theatre in Newtown Friday, and runs through Dec. 7.

There’s even something for folks who can’t wait for December’s holiday events to begin. “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” arrives at Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford Friday. This show, based on the 1983 classic holiday movie about Ralphie and his Christmas wish (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), runs through Dec. 14.

That’s just a small sample of what’s going on. Check out our slide show to see what else you might enjoy.