Comedy

Tig Notaro At Columbus Theatre

(1.20) At the time of this writing, tickets are still available for the Tig Notaro show this Thursday at the Columbus Theatre. The only seats left are in the ‘front floor section’ for $45. I was lucky enough to catch her last show at the Columbus the night before the 2016 election, and everyone in …

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Maria Bamford At Columbus Theatre

(11.21) Tickets still available for the Maria Bamford Show Sunday night at the Columbus Theatre. You may know her from her show of “Lady Dynamite” or her specials now on Netflix. Bamford also does voice work on “Bojack Horseman” and “Big Mouth.” Stephen Colbert calls her his “favorite comedian on earth” while Judd Apatow thinks …

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Randy Rainbow At The Vets

(11.6) A lot of great comedy resulted from the past administration, but the work of Randy Rainbow was a cut above the rest. What a lift it was when this guy released a new video, helping us all cope with the latest outrage. Here’s your chance to experience Mr. Rainbow in real life. The “Randy …

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Empire Revue At Prospect Park

(6.27) Prospect Terrace will host the Empire Revue this Sunday as they present The Directions Show. [First direction: Don’t look for Prospect Terrace on Prospect Street.] With beautiful Prospect Park as our backdrop, live and in-person, the Empire Revue is back! We are pleased to present Providence’s premier sketch showcase – socially distanced and safe! …

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Pizza Marvin Gets The Birbiglia Bump

Mike Birbiglia has been making the rounds promoting his Worldwide Comedy Pizza Party Encore which he describes as being like “a live standup comedy show combined with the worst Zoom meeting except nobody gets fired.” And what he makes clear is that he is producing and broadcasting this show from the office he shares with …

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Marc Maron At Empire Guitars

“I fell in love with a guitar and married it!” This remarkable statement comes from comedian Marc Maron on the intro to one of his recent podcasts*! Friends of Empire Guitars already knew about the marriage when this photograph showed up in their Facebook feed. Seen here from left to right are: Empire manager and …

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Marc Maron At Columbus

(2.21) Get ready to hear about how his car got stolen back in the day here in Providence. Fans of Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, may remember his interviews with John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees and Mike Watt* of the Minutemen. Maron brings up the stolen car both times. Let’s see if he …

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John Cleese Live At The Vets

(2.16) “A shrubbery!” Yes, in the wrong hands, a public screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” could become something of a Rocky Horror. So . . . all hands on deck! Tickets are still available for “John Cleese Live on Stage” this Sunday at the Vets. And with a nod to his aging …

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Hey John Oliver — Pay Your Fines!

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that you had appeared on one of your favorite comedy shows. Meet Alan Gunther, library manager of the Smith Hill Library and star of the most recent installment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. [Watch the 17-minute segment now or the hamster thing won’t make any …

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Hannibal Buress — The Strand

(9.26) Actor, writer, and standup comedian Hannibal Buress takes the stage Thursday night at the Strand. I first noticed Mr. Buress on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show where his weirdly flat affect acted as a foil to the human maelstrom that is Eric Andre, and kept the faux talk show anchored. You may also …

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Comedy Bang! Bang! Live At Columbus

(8.22) “Comedy Bang! Bang!” is one of the funniest television shows ever. While its creator and star Scott Aukerman may not be a household name, you probably love him. He was a writer and performer on the sketch series “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and the co-creator and director of the Funny or Die …

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Summer Of Fun Coming To The Columbus

Kroll, Bamford, Aukerman! Give your brain a much-needed break and laugh till your face hurts. (Forget about Birbiglia, his shows have already sold out.) June 29, Saturday — First up is Maria Bamford. Unlike her vulnerable and confused (but not really) “Lady Dynamite” persona, her stand-up presentation is commanding and confident. She’s got some things …

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Michelle Wolf At Comedy Connection

(6.1) Michelle Wolf first came to my attention as a performer on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” where she was also writing supervisor. Wolf has extensive late night and stand-up credentials, but made a big stir last year following her “controversial” set at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (Meyers surrounds himself with female talent which …

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David Sedaris At The Vets

(4.9) Tickets are still available for David Sedaris at the Vets. Join best-selling author and NPR contributor, David Sedaris for an evening featuring all-new stories, an audience Q&A, and a book signing at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The …

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Mulaney And Davidson — PPAC April 14

[Second show added at 10pm.] Comedians and friends in real life John Mulaney and Pete Davidson are coming to Providence with their show of . . .  material? I can find no information as to what the format and content of this show might be. I don’t care. Mulaney, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer, …

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Loads Of Fun This Weekend

(3.2) Both Patton Oswalt and Roy Wood Jr. are in town this weekend. Oswalt will perform at the Vets this Saturday while Roy Wood plays three gigs at the Comedy Connection, one on Friday, March 1, and two Saturday, March 2. You know Roy Wood Jr. from The Daily Show, Comedy Def Jam, and he’s …

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