Best Comedy Club Shows This Week Across The US: January 16 – January 22, 2023

Negin Farsad, Monday, January 16, 2023

Such a treat in which to star to stand-up comedy week. Negin Farsad is an Iranian-American-Muslim female stand-up comedian who is fond of fart jokes and more serious fare such as being part of the documentary The Muslims are Coming, and the deeply personal memoir of essays about growing up Iranian-American, post-9/11, and jokes can combat racism, How to Make White People Laugh. Farsad is thrilling as a writer, and doubly engaging as a stand-up comedian.

New York Comedy Club East Village, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY

Brett Goldstein, Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In the UK, he is a comic god with a lengthy stand-u and sketch resume to go with his many television appearances. In America, he’s the rough-and-ready co-star of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso. And this week, Brett Goldstein is trying out an hour of material he’s been working on according to the people at Largo. “Some older, some newer, some he’ll write on the day. Whatever happens, it’ll be, you know, something.”

Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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Janeane Garofalo and Jeff Lawrence: the Laughing Buddha Comedy Showcase, Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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Janeane Garofalo is still the reigning queen of snark, be it acting gigs or stand-up comedy, and Lawrence is the king of all things Laughing Buddha – a stand-up comedy empire he built after living life a 90s rock rock singer who changed careers when, in his own words, “he could no longer fit into his spandex pants.” Look for some of Brooklyn’s finest untapped stand-up comics as support on this bill, as Lawrence’s other job with Laughing Buddha is curating lesser-known voices.

Eastville Comedy Club and Bar, 487 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk’s That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast, LIVE, Thursday, January 19, 2023

Sure, everybody loves true crime television and thinks that they’re cops as each show goes along. But Los Angeles-based stand-up comedians and amateur detectives Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk take thing one step further when their outrageous hit podcast, That’s Messed Up examines classic episodes of Law & Order: SVU. Expect lots of Ice-T jokes, procedural break downs, games, gossip and more. Dun Dun!

Punchline Philly, 33 E Laurel Street, Philadelphia, PA

Fred Armisen and Friends, Thursday, January 19, 2023

The last time that I saw Saturday Night Live alum, Portlandia co-creator and stand-up comedian and actor Fred Armisen on stage, he was telling jokes while drumming. Or vice versa; it was hard to tell what took the lead, the punchlines or the percussion. Armisen is a pretty calm, collective customer, even when he’s selling nark, so there’s no saying what he’ll do. Oh, and he plays Uncle Fester in Netflix’s new Wednesday smash.

Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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Friday Night Stand-Up with Logan Guntzelman, Friday, January 20, 2023

The new New Face of the Just for Laugh’s Comedy Festival in Montreal (all $75 of its prize), Los Angeles’ stand-up Logan Guntzelman, is a rude and crude roast master – enough so to make Jeff Ross blush. Now, I’m curious.

Last Best Comedy, 321 E Main Street, Alley entrance, Bozeman, MT

The start of SF Sketchfest, Saturday, January 20, 2023

You’re going to be hearing a lot about SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, as its 20th Anniversary fest goes on from January 20 to February 5 with its first in-person, on-stage events since before the pandemic. And while opening night shows with David Cross and Ian Michael Black are sold out, Ken Marino and David Wain’s night out as world-be rockstars and plenty of in-between song “pro-level funny banter” is still up for grabs. PSL If you like Marino and Wain, they wind up dotting many shows during the SF Sketchfest such as the “Viva Variety” 25th anniversary the next night.

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

“Shangela”: The Fully Lit Tour, Saturday, January 21, 2023

D.J. “Shangela” Pierce isn’t just a pretty face, a co-host and producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO series “We’re Here,” and the first contestant to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy award-winning reality series “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” Shangela is an outrageously funny stand-up comedian – emphasis on the word ‘outrageus’ – whose topicality goes beyond drag. “The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America” rules, humorously.

The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Ave and Broadway), New York, NY

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Donnell Rawlings, Sunday, January 22, 2023

Before he got married, Donnell Rawlings was one of the raunchiest hardcore stand-up comedians on the block – Redd Foxx meets Dolemite on steroids. It’s not as if he’s too much tamer now, but the Dave Chapelle friend/Chapelle Show co-star renowned for each episode’s finale (“I’m rich, bitch”), has fidelity and calm on his mind to go with the raunch and the rude which makes for a nice balance.

The Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA
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