The Very Best of Stand-up and Sketch Comedy in the United States, February 6 to February 12, 2023

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The Kyle Dunnigan Experiment, Monday, February 6, 2023

Kyle Dunnigan, best known for his comic acting and writing work for Inside Amy Schumer and sketch comedy with the Groundlings Sunday Company also has a great hobby on YouTube and Instagram where he creates humorous film clips and does impressions involving “face-swapping” technology wear he becomes the faces of Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, and Bill Maher. He’s also appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, but don’t hold that against Dunnigan. Who knows what the experiment will hold, but Kyle is promising participation from stand-up comedian/television showrunner Whitney Cummings, SNL alum David Spade, avant-garde comic actor Zach Galifianakis and more. Nice.

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

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Make It with Brini Maxwell, Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Long before Amy Pohler and the straight actor playing gay from The Last of Us (Nick Offerman) ran a comic show about craft and designing on NBC (Making It), Sabrina “Brini” Maxwell was the craft maven, hostess with the most-est. Brini, the drag persona of Ben Sander, takes on the sun-dress, bouffant do having role of pre-feminist, 1960s homemaker and turns it on its head. From her eponymous television show on public access in Manhattan to her own slot on the Style Network, Maxwell rules the craft comic roost. And on stage, Brini will run a stand-up comic, make-your-own anything event.

Club Cumming, 505 East 6th Street, New York City, NY

Tig Notaro: The Getting Ready To Film My Next Stand-Up Special Show, Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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This is a pretty big deal, to tell you the truth, as this looks like the only date on Notaro’s club appearance books.  Notaro is usually a little too dry witted for my taste in stand-up comedy, slow, dark, less distant and more personal and intense – and intensely personal.

Punch Line Philadelphia, 33 E Laurel Street, Philadelphia, PA

Demitri Martin: The Joke Machine, Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Eternally teenaged, eternally hipster (nice bangs, dude), eternally deadpan and eternally riffing off non-sequitur after non-sequitur, Demetri Martin always represented the best of what freewheeling, Brooklyn 1998 had to offer – guitar playing jokes, onstage, live satirical cartoons, and all.

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA

Heather McMahan’s The Comeback Tour, Thursday, February 9, 2023

McMahan just got a huge NBC deal to turn her life with her new “Italian Stallion” husband and busy mother into a sit-com and good for her. McMahan has been pounding the pavement of the internet and the podcast world (Absolutely Not) with her outrageous humor. And yet, as far as stand-up goes, the only appearance that television/streaming fans have in their pocket is when she brought her Southern down home flavor to the Netflix is a Joke Festival’s Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live at the Hollywood Palladium. Let’s see what happens. Plus, A.D. Amorosi will feature an interview with McMahan in next week’s edition of The Best in Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy in the United States.

Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH

Preacher Lawson, Thursday, February 9, 2023

Lawson has major sketch chops what from his appearances on HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and the Facebook Watch series World’s Most Amazing Dogs. But, where most audience members know the stand-up comedian and MMA fight enthusiast is from social media – an epic following on TikTok of 3.2 Million followers, a YouTube channel of over 600,000 subscribers, and both with clips of him building stand-up routines, body building in MMA training, and vegan cooking tips. I hope he does comedy and not cook at Baltimore’s Magoby’s Joke House. Just saying.

Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD

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Roy Wood Jr., Friday, February 10, 2023

Better catch Roy now doing intimate venue shows such as Cobbs, because after this, I predict that he will blow-the-fuck-up. Not only do audiences know Wood Jr. as an always beleaguered correspondent and now host at the satire heavy The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Wood Jr. just got the gig as the roastmster general at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Make no mistake, however, when it comes to his powers of satirical observation: he’s used his pulpit to shed light on serious issues including gun violence, police reform, LGBTQ+ discrimination, ICE deportations and PTSD in the Black community. Plus, he’s got a hardcore beneficent podcast, Roy’s Job Fair, produced in partnership with Comedy Central and iHeartMedia, where he talks to real people about their most memorable jobs, employment vacancies they’re looking to fill, office scams and romances. Nice work.

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

Feinstein’s/54 Below’s Comedians Earnestly Singing Musical Theater, Friday, February 10, 2023

New York City’s home to live cabaret, showtunes and vocal jazz goes online and streaming when it welcomes unfriendly-to-each-other, one-time theater kids turned stand-up comedians Zach Sciffman and Reid Pope hosting some of the brightest names in New York comedy to sing out, and loudly, to their favorite musical theater tunes. Or their least favorite, who knows? If Schiffman and Pope don’t like each other, who’s to say what stand-up comedians think of Broadway musicals. The list of Earnestly’s performers includes Tessa Belle (C’Mon Everybody), Walker Caplan (Reductress), Sydney Duncan (Comedy Central), Jess Elgene (Asylum NYC), Emily Evans (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Esther Fallick (Vulture), Arti Gollapudi (Joe’s Pub), Rachel Horwitz (Story Pirates), Gus Laughlin, Gara Lonning (Bros), Richard Perez (Peacock), Karolena Teresa (Comedy Central), Chloe Troast (HBO), Jamie Linn Watson (Story Pirates), and Garrett Williams (Club Cumming) with musical direction by Jessie Rosso (Six, Kimberly Akimbo). The show stars at 9:45 ET PM< and you should hit up the 54 Below dot com for tix.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th Street Cellar, New York City, New York

Helium Presents: Set-Up – A Comedy Dating Show, Saturday, February 11, 2023

Promoted by the Offleash Comedy team and Helium, here is a pre-Valentine’s stand-up soiree that wil either be really funny or really stupid. Shane O’Connor, Love’s Humble Servant and apparently a noted “Bob Barker Wannabe,” comes ready to host a comic, onstage, dating game show where single non-comedians willy blindly choose a stand-up comedian to be “set-up” with based on their jokes alone. Featuring a secret lineup of comedians, Set-Up will be cute nonetheless.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA

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Super Bowl LVII, Sunday, February 12, 2023

It’s the Super Bowl, doofus. If you’re looking for comic relief, wait for the commercials or check out the Kansas City Chiefs getting their asses handed to them by Philadelphia Eagles, Boo ya.

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