Ali Wong, Monday, December 12, 2022
San Francisco-born Wong has been at the snarky, relationship-driven, ethnic-conscious stand-up comic game for a minute. And yet, hilariously, she has made her deepest cuts in the comedy game as a writer for the ABC network family sit-com Fresh Off the Boat, and as the star and writer of Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe where she spent the entire film lusting after Keanu Reeves. My bet is she’s still finest on a stage, confronting a crowd, with her empowered feminist-favoring humor.
Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The Eddie Griffin Experience, Tuesday, December 13, 2022
From the tail of the 1990s through to the early aughts, stand-up comic Eddie Griffin could do no wrong. As the toast of Black stand-up comedy beyond the likes of the late Bernie Mac and Robin Harris, he re-defined observational humor on the hip hop tip with televised performance specials such as Voodoo Child and Freedom of Speech and live albums such as The Message in The Hat. Griffin even appeared on albums from rappers and producers such as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Dr. Dre and T-Pain. Not as visible now as he once was, I say it is time to re-experience Eddie Griffin for the New Year, starting….. NOW.
Sahara Las Vegas, 2535 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Winchester, NV
Mary Radzinski, Wednesday, December 14, 2022
I’m not specifically certain what defines being “Philly funny” other than being a sore loser and a bad sports fan. Mary Radzinski – a Philadelphia based stand-up, writer and self-defined “comediunt” – is, however just that. A regular feature at Sansom Street’s Helium, her zealously confident wit and wonk can he heard nationwide on SiriusXM and seen via Tru TV’s series, “Greatest Ever.” Plus, Mary has opened for Rosie O’Donnell, Marc Maron, Dave Attell and Jim Norton. I’ve witnessed Radzinski opening for Norton and she all but over-foul-mouthed him. Now, that’s funny.
Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA
DeAnne Smith’s DeAnarchy, Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Anyone who leads their press kit with the quote, “I’ve never actually murdered anyone. But it’s almost nice to know I could get away with it?” works for me. Along with being one of Brooklyn’s wittiest, wiftiest stand-up comedians, Smith is certainly one of its most absurd.
Union Hall, 702 Union Street., Brooklyn, NY
Krystyna Hutchinson, Thursday, December 15, 2022
I love a female stand-up comedian with a foul mouth and frank smart opinions, and Krystyna Hutchinson is the most charged of those comics, with her top comedy podcast co-hosting gig at iTunes’ Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut Shaming Podcast and her solo show, The Voices in Our Heads. Raunchy and righteous stuff, this.
New York Comedy Club East Village, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY
Ray Romano and David Spade, Friday, December 16, 2022
There is so much to unpack about this stand-up comedy pairing when you consider that Ray Romano moved on from being the lovable schlub of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and into becoming one of Martin Scorsese’s regulars in Vinyl and The Irishman. One-time SNL cast member David Spade, who went on to television sit-com fame with “Just Shoot Me” and film buddy comedies (with the late Chris Farley) had his own, serious talk show for a minute. So, it should be pretty cool to see these guys return to their stand-up comic roots, if only for a few nights in Vegas.
The Mirage casino resort, 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
Adrienne Iapalucci, Saturday, December 17, 2022
All the way from the Bronx, New York and the 2012 movie, 40 Greatest Feuds is stand-up comic and writer Adrienne Ialalucci whose very Italian-American comedy got its national debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Yes, she’s dark and way un-PC, but she loves dogs. I’ll take it.
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