Hilarious Habibis Presents: Comedy for Human Rights in Iran, Monday, December 5, 2022
Comedy, rights and free speech go hand in hand across the globe. We must all agree, however, that all human rights are at a premium in Iran. To that end, Syrian-American comedian hosts Gena B. Jones and Lynn Maleh welcome a stage filled with like-ethnic performers such as actor-comic Maz Jobrani, recent vintage Saturday Night Live actor Aristotle Athari, Dan Ahdoot, Sarah Fatemi, Monica Siouty, and additional special guests to the bill with the night’s proceeds going to Iranian rights organizations. Righteous.
The Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Avenue, Beverly Grove, CA
Nimesh Patel, Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Emmy-nominated, New York City writer Nimesh Patel has made his literary voice clear on the NBC’s late night talk show “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” But, considering that Patel also wrote for Chris Rock’s stand-up and was a major part of Rock’s duties at the Academy Awards (when Rock hosted, not when he got slapped by Will Smith), Nimesh gets major street and stage cred. No worries that his stand-up show is cleverly and cruelly humorous.
Acme Comedy Company, 708 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN
Good Eggs featuring Mark Normand, Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Along with Matt Ruby and Gary Vider, New York City stand-up comedian Mark Normand has been leading the charge through observational, fun-loving, alt-comic fare for at least a decade. And when the Good Eggs showcase is happening – now in residence on weekly Wednesdays – there is no better place to laugh than in the East Village.
New York Comedy Club, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY
Beth Stelling: The Petty Betty Tour, Thursday, December 8, 2022
Beth Stelling can do it all. She has wowed television and streaming audiences with her hour-long stand-up special “Girl Daddy” on HBO Max, and her half-hour slices of “The Standups” on Netflix and Comedy Central. She’s currently writing for Apple’s upcoming animated series “Strange Planet,” after having done so in the past on TV shows such as “The Last O.G.,” “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman,” and “Crashing,” along with Seth Rogan’s and Evan Goldberg’s feature film “Good Boys.” Plus, Stelling plays ‘Ms. Fish’ on Peacock’s comedy “Rutherford Falls.” I do not know how petty she is, and how it will relate to her newest stand-up comedy routine, but it will be worth checking out.
Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA
Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear, Friday, December 10, 2022
The manically comic and fictional tale of Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman that is Kiki & Herb has entranced and enthralled audiences for 35 on-and-off-years to date. With Bond as the boozy, bawdy, female lounge singer “Kiki” and Mellman as her sarcastic pianist, “Herb,” the two-some were making drag-based comedy and musical cabaret in clubs, performance halls and Off-and-on Broadway long before RuPaul held her first Drag Race. And now, the K&H team are on a six-city holiday tour for its musical, performance art comedy, “Do You Hear What We Hear?” making a stop in the city where the duo made its start.
The Curran Theatre, 445 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Nate Bargatze, The Be Funny Tour, Saturday, December 10, 2022
Is the populist Bargatze, as titled in his newest Netflix stand-up comedy showcase, “the Greatest Average American” – a nomenclature surely held by Jim Gaffigan – or is Nate something more subversive? Sure, Gaffigan got a little more political during the Trump years, but he is still the guy with kids eating Hot Pockets. Bargatze, though, he has always had a sly, spooky edge to his stand-up that roams menacingly beneath his family man surface. I think that Bargatze’s is a dam that is about to break, a calm exterior whose surface will crack comically any second now.
Macon City Civic Auditorium, 415 First Street, Macon, GA
Moshe Kasher, Sunday, December 11, 2022
Fans of my Paradise Media weekly comedy list in America will note that Kasher’s wife, stand-up comic, author, and joint podcaster fellow comedian Natasha Leggero was on this list several weeks ago, which could mean that the marrieds take turns staying home with their four-year-old baby girl. This month, then, it is dad’s turn to cough up the mean edged, cerebral humor that we have come to expect from the guy whose decade old memoir, Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 still sounds fresh. Check out his, stand-up album Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, too.
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