The Very Best of Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy in the United States March 27, 2023 to April 2, 2023

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Brett Goldstein – Work in Progress, Monday, March 27, 2023

Now that his Ted Lasso’s third – and maybe final? – season at Apple TV+ has started, beardo British stand-up comedian, performance artist, comic actor and Lasso player-turned-commentator Brett Goldstein will have something to talk about.  See, I shouldn’t say that. Goldstein can talk about playing Hercules in the MCU’s Thor movies and co-creating and writing Shrinking for Harrison Ford. That’s funny, too.

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

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Lauren Weedman – Blows, Tuesday, March 28, 2023

I love a great back-to-back at Largo, especially when it is something as rare as an event from stand-up comedian-turned-actor-turned playwright Lauren Weedman. In collaboration with her special multi- instrumentalist guest Tim Young (from the Late, Late Show Band with James Corden) Weedman’s new music comedy show focuses on “single mothers, bankruptcy, isolation, survival, dishwashers, blowing the same fuse over and over again in your shit apartment.” Weedman’s exploration of what happens in the “invisible second half of a woman’s life, the part after all the traditional stories end or break down,” also happens to be billed as a one-woman show for people who hate one-women shows. I don’t, but I get it. I’ll bite.

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

The Holy Shit Improv with Paul F. Tompkins, Carl Tart, Niccole Thurman, Payam Banifaz, Yazmin Monet Watkins & Casey Feigh, Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Don’t mistake this for an evening solely with magically mirthful, insightful and instantly recognizable  (Best Week Ever, Curb Your Enthusiasm) stand-up comedian Paul F. Tompkins. Instead, Tompkins’ crack team of comic improvisationalists will, this week, host and battle royale against two other improv teams – Pay The Sitter featuring Rachel Bloom, Dan Gregor, Greg Tuculescu, Jess Haymond, Ptolemy Slocum & Shelly Slocum AND the Astronomy Club’s Caroline Martin, Keisha Zollar, Monique Moses, Jerah Milligan & Jonathan Braylock for some sort of mythical prize. What’s weird is that there will easily be 20 people on the small stage of the Silverlake Lounge, but the whole affair costs a little over $11 to attend. I normally wouldn’t say this, but I’m truly hoping that the H Shit crew can make some additional cash from the exorbitant ticketing fees.

The Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA

Dean Edwards, Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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New York City-born and based stand-up comedian, impersonator (check his Eddie Murphy – flawless) and voice over actor (as Scottie Pippen and Spike Lee in Celebrity Deathmatch) Dean Edwards has the snarky, mean (but not too mean) spirited home advantage over the night’s comics (Negin Farsad, Esther Povitsky, Courtney Fearrington) at the New York Comedy Club’s Midtown outpost tonight.

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

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Love Inks with Natalie Cuomo & Dan Lamorte, Thursday, March 30, 2023

Is this a comedy show about tattoos? Do you have to have tats to get the jokes? Dan LaMorte has been on this page before for his sporting victories and defeats, his weight gains and losses, and stand-ups and comedy albums (Not Enough Pieces, Infect Me Once), but is he also tatted-up?  Natalie Cuomo is a writer at Metal Injection, and has certainly forever been a tattooed love goddess, as well as a rough-and-tumble comic.  I won’t get inked, but I’d see their show.

The Comix Comedy Club at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382

Steel Panther – On the Prowl, Friday, March 31, 2023

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Before anyone starts bitching that I’m including music on my stand-up and sketch comedy lists, please take a deep breath: Steel Panther is Los Angeles’ fave comedic glam metal band, beloved for its heavy rocking lifestyle tropes and metal profane humorous. And they do rock, OK.

The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Noel Miller – Everything Is F#&ked, Friday, March 31, 2023

The rude crude young toast of Tik Tok, short videos and the Tiny Meat Gang combo with fellow social media-ite Cody Ko, rapper and comedian Noel Miller goes it alone.

Agora Theatre, 5000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103

Henry Cho, Saturday, April 1, 2023

You can’t go wrong with a folksy, Korean-American stand-up comedian who has performed on the stages of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry over 100 times since making his Opry debut April 2, 2011 AND was inducted as the 229th member of The Grand Ole Opry – an honor not extended to a another stand-up comedian since 1973.

Friends Of Calhoun’s Gem Theatre, 114 N Wall St, Calhoun, GA 30701

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Randy Feltface – Feltopia, Saturday, April 1, 202

No this is not an April Fool’s joke. The internationally renowned (like Edinburgh Fringe Festival beloved) very real but felt, Muppet-y puppet-y stand-up comedian Randy Feltface drops in on Helium Philadelphia for some pre-apocalyptic laughs. After having just dropped his latest special, “Smug Druggles,” for free in July 2022 with Helium Comedy Studios, it’s about time someone pays the Feltface.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

Bob Place – Live Comedy Special Taping, Sunday, April 2, 2023

Every city has a stand-up comedy star that stands out ever-so-slightly above the rest, and Bob Place seems to be one of the leading laugh lights of the Atlanta comics scene. Great at crowd work, in-your-face, not crazy political and raucously and raunchily high energy, I’m not sure how you could contain Place’s mad skills onto tape or digital or however it is they’re filming this new special, but check out the happy hour Sunday showcase for what promises to be something messy.

The Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

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