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Craig Ferguson

by The Staff September 25, 2015


  We’re still feeling the loss of Scotsman-turned-all-American-comic Craig Ferguson from the late-night TV lineup. We’re not saying the new guys aren’t cutting it, but we’re missing Ferguson’s mercurial combination of absurdity and angst, joy and ...

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Brian Regan

by The Staff May 7, 2015


  What did Jerry Seinfeld have to say about Brian Regan? “He is one of my favorite, favorite comedians.” Seinfeld recently welcomed Regan on his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s hard to top that, ...

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Jared Logan

by The Staff January 22, 2015


  The latest edition of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show will feature West Virginia native Jared Logan. The grandson of pentacostal preachers and coal miners, Logan has been a frequent guest on various Comedy Central ...

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Jim Breuer

by The Staff January 22, 2015


  Jim Breuer can’t help the fact that he looks high when, in fact, he is not. But it remains a weird comic trademark for the Half Baked and ex-SNL star turned family-man stand-up comedian. “I think ...

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Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour

by The Staff December 24, 2014


  Did you wake up Christmas morning and Santa didn’t bring what you wanted—or you’re annoyed because you don’t celebrate and/or care about Christmas at all, don’t despair. Laugh the holiday blues away Saturday night at ...

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Aparna Nancherla

by The Staff November 21, 2014


  This month’s edition of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors will feature Aparna Nancherla alongside the usual lineup of guest comedians in a program that promises a full two hours of comic entertainment. Nancherla, ...

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Amy Schumer

by The Staff October 23, 2014


  After postponing an earlier show because, frankly, her big- and small-screen careers have taken off, Amy Schumer will take the stage Saturday night at the Palace as one of the most successful comedians working today. Her ...

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Steven Wright

by The Staff October 17, 2014


  Steven Wright, the “king of deadpan,” brings his unforgettable voice, expert timing and laconic wit to the Egg Friday. Like any working comic worth his salt, he has a recent Grammy-nominated album (I Still Have ...

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Bobcat Goldthwait

by The Staff October 9, 2014

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  It’s been quite a journey for Bobcat Goldthwait, from stand-up comic to movie actor to TV director to filmmaker. He was one of the iconic comedians of the 1980s and ’90s, appearing regularly on all ...

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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show

by The Staff August 21, 2014


  You can’t accuse the folks behind the new comedy series at Proctors of being shy. This Wednesday night will see the debut of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show, a monthly series of comedy evenings ...

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It’s My Life

by John Rodat July 3, 2014


  Chances are, Obvious Child will not be a particularly controversial movie. Few indie romantic comedies are; they just don’t have the visibility. (And, the armchair sociologist in me thinks, they tend to be screened at ...

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell

by The Staff June 19, 2014


  The banjo is a pretty funny instrument. But the guy playing it Friday night is even more so. Steve Martin is, of course, known best for his decades of standup comedy, SNL appearances, film roles, writing ...

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Joe List

by The Staff June 19, 2014


  In his act, Joe List often refers to his own bouts of anxiety and insecurity; while these episodes aren’t useful to bricklayers or lawyers, List is, happily, a comedian, and these are excellent sources of ...

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The Maestro

by David King May 14, 2014


  Eddie Izzard brought his show screeching to a halt only a few minutes after its start at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. There was a beetle on stage, and Izzard was not about to ...

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Eddie Izzard

by David King May 8, 2014


  Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure is being billed as “the most extensive comedy tour ever.” Izzard will play in 25 countries on 5 continents. Thankfully, Izzard says the show translates “exactly” between cultures. “Human sacrifice is ...

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Mike Birbiglia

by John Rodat March 27, 2014


  I associate Mike Birbiglia with a number of other popular stand ups I know best from the Internet but of whom I first became aware in the alt-comedy boom of the ’90s: comedians like Louis ...

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Rodney Carrington

by The Staff February 20, 2014


    “Rude, crude and in the mood.” That’s how an Iowa newspaper admiringly headlined a short review of a recent show by comedian and country crooner Rodney Carrington. Carrington, who has starred in his own ABC sitcom, ...

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by The Staff January 16, 2014


  The great storytelling comedian Sinbad comes to the Troy Music Hall tonight to deliver his “hit ’em in the face,” observational stand-up. Since his emergence in the 1990s—remember A Different World?—Sinbad has consistently stayed in the ...

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Bill Maher

by The Staff November 6, 2013


  The longtime host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher will bring his razor-sharp political wit to the Palace on Sunday; given the recent series of events in Washington, D.C., we’re confident that Maher won’t ...

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The Ladies of Laughter

by The Staff October 10, 2013


  The Ladies of Laughter is one of those clever package shows that will offer a variety of successful comics working hard to make you laugh. The first Lady of Laughter is Comedy Central regular Chris Rich, ...


Russell Peters

by The Staff September 26, 2013


  Russell Peters is a very funny man. It’s not just because he’s Canadian, but it probably helps. A critic for the Telegraph (UK) dubbed him the “globe-trotting future of stand-up.” The same critic described Peters’ act ...

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Keith Anthony

by The Staff August 7, 2013


  Keith Anthony is a very funny—and very experienced—stand-up comedian, and he’s coming to the Comedy Works this weekend. He started with the Groundlings in Los Angeles, and has been around long enough to have shared ...

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Kevin James

by The Staff May 30, 2013


  Comedian Kevin James, who easily made the transition from stand-up to TV with the long-running hit King of Queens, spends most of his time these days making movies. Whether he’s voicing the Frankenstein monster in ...

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Aziz Ansari

by The Staff May 8, 2013


  If you’re confused why hip, young-ish comic and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari is calling this comedy tour Buried Alice, he explained it to Esquire. “It came from an idea to make the poster look ...

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Demetri Martin

by The Staff March 13, 2013


  Demetri Martin is back on stage doing stand-up comedy. The Comedy Central alumnus and sometime movie actor for the likes of Steven Soderbergh and Ang Lee is bringing his popular ha-ha act to the Egg. And, ...