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The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We’ve seen tsunamis sweep the oceans (“2012”), the world freeze over (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and a rogue planet bear down (“Melancholia”). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth — Will Smith (“After Earth”), Tom Cruise (“Oblivion”), a cute cleanup robot (“WALL-E”) — that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting crowded. But now, months after the Mayans predicted the end of the world, comedians are having the last laugh — or at least, a Last Days laugh.