The Very Best of Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy in the United States April 17, 2023 to April 23, 2023

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Dan Levy and Colleagues: Hannah Einbinder, Chelsea Peretti and Very Special Guest, Monday, April 17, 2023

The son of SCTV’s Eugene Levy and the co-founder/conceptualist of Schitt’s Creek is so beloved a comic entity at this point that he doesn’t have “friends” like all of the top tier stand-up headliners that fill Largo’s calendar. Dan Levy has colleagues. And a very special guest (which, if I’m a betting man, says is his dad and Schitt’s Creek co-star). No idea what sort of stand-up comedy that Dan Levy has planned, as it’s not his forte, but I’m guessing it will be wildly successful and incisive from the get-go.

Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Matt Pavich, Tuesday, April 18, 2023

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Don’t let the friendly open face fool you – downtown New York City stand-up comedian and award-winning filmmaker (The Neighborhood) is a louse. But in a really really great and snarky humorous fashion if you’ve been a fan of his YouTube channel, Handsome Dancer.

New York Comedy Club Midtown, 241 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010

Sam Tallent, Wednesday, April 19, 2023

You know where you stand with a stand-up comedian when they named their Amazon Prime special, “Waiting for Death to Claim Us.” You just do. Once titled “the absurd voice of a surreal generation” by The Denver Post, Tallent is a rare, mellow harshing jewel of a comic mind who has written for Birdy Magazine, VICE.com, and in his debut novel, “Running the Light,” a book regarding for its deep, dark look into the scene and art of stand-up comedy.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

What’s Your F@#king Deal with Big Jay Oakerson & Robert Kelly, Wednesday, April 19, 2023

I have made no bones about (and look for my interview with) hardcore observation-alist Robert Kelly being one of my favorite stand-up comedians. And Big Jay Oakerson? He’s one of rude, crude comedy’s finest. My guess is that these two hardened, East Coast-based stand-up comedians are going to do a New York City take on Dave Attell and Roast Master Jeff Ross’ Bumping Mics spectacular – which is fine by me. Sincere flattery, you know.

ZANIES Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204

Beth Stelling, Thursday, April 20, 2023

Beth Stelling is one of stand-up comedy’s most conversational pop cultural elite along with being one of its busiest multi-hyphenates. While known to streamer fanatics as Ms. Fish on the Peacock net’s comedy Rutherford Falls, Stelling has written for Apple TV+’s animated series Strange Planet, was part of the writers’ rooms for shows such as The Last O.G., I Love You America with Sarah Silverman, HBO’s Crashing, and co-wrote and produced Good Boys, a feature film produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Mostly, though, Stelling is a damn fine and frank observational stand-up comedian as witnessed on her stand-up special Girl Daddy on HBOMax .Or Max, come May.

Punch Line Sacramento, 2100 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

Tape Face, Friday, April 21, 2023 and Saturday, April 22, 2023

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The taped face mime and silent stand-up comedian who set “America’s Got Talent” a flame, New Zealand performer Sam Wills, is taking his modern day Charlie Chaplin act of singing shoes and dancing objects, first, through the paces of his usual Vegas act at Harrah’s and then, quick flight to New York City for a night at the Palladium for a rare trek outside of NV.

Harrah’s Las Vegas, 3475 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV

Palladium Times Square, 1515 Broadway at 44th Street, New York, NY

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Fahim Anwar, Saturday, April 22, 2023

Podcaster and newly minted Texan Joe Rogan loves Fahim Anwar, the Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, actor and writer, so let that good housekeeping seal of approval be your guide. Plus, Rogan lives in Austin so this trip to the comedy club is no shake. Anwar has a new-ish, gently sarcastic standup special “Hat Trick,” out, alongside having worked as head writer for Comedy Central’s Goatface with his comedy group of the same name featuring Hasan Minhaj, Aristotle Athiras and Asif Ali.

Big Laugh Comedy, 418 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Jiaoying Summers, Sunday, April 23, 2023

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Unapologetically speaking out and yukking it up for the Asian experience in America, stand-up comedian, actor and “social media queen” (with one billion-virtual views) Jiaoying Summers is not mucking about when joking about empowering the Asian American communities. Along with crafting comic monologues that speak to the plight (and light, not everything in her act is doom and gloom) of Asians in America, Summers owns Los Angeles’ The Hollywood Comedy which centers its work on producing shows promote representation in comedy. That’s not funny – that’s just plain smart.

Cobbs Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

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