Boston’s Best Upcoming Comedy Shows

February 17, 2014 6:00 AM

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Photo credit: womenincomedyfestival.com

Photo credit: womenincomedyfestival.com

There is never a dearth of comedy in Boston, especially given the wealth of comedy clubs in the city. Nevertheless, there are always some that stand out among the rest. These include shows with big lineups, big names and great local comics. No matter if comedy fans are looking for a night out to see a particular brand of comedy or looking to see an up-and-coming comic, every season has the right show. Get ready for big laughs in the city coming up soon.

(Photo from Laugh Boston/Facebook)

(Photo from Laugh Boston/Facebook)


Michael Che
Laugh Boston at Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston MA 02210
(617) 725-2844
www.laughboston.com/michael-che-on-sale-soon
Date: Feb. 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Comedy club goers are in for a treat with this stand-up set from Michael Che. This talented man is funny enough to have written for “Saturday Night Live” and has been named one of the funniest comics of 2013 in Rolling Stone magazine. Visitors may recognize him from a number of comedy television shows and perhaps from other stand-up gigs. He is keeping very busy both in the U.S. and abroad so catch him while he is hot.

Photo credit: The Wilbur

Photo credit: The Wilbur

Jim Jefferies
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 248-9700
www.thewilbur.com

Date: May 16, 2014 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Jim Jefferies is a comedian straight out of Australia who gives even the crudest American comics a run for their money. He does not hold back for the sake of feelings, religion or political correctness. He makes horrible things funny and is not coy about it for a second. This is not a show for those who are easily offended, though it may help to note that this comic does not exempt himself from his harsh, realist criticisms.

Related: Best Comedy Clubs In Boston

Photo credit: womenincomedyfestival.com

Photo credit: womenincomedyfestival.com

Women In Comedy Festival
The Comedy Studio
1238 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-6507
www.womenincomedyfestival.comDate: May 8-11, 2014

The Comedy Studio is one of the many Boston-area venues hosting the 6th annual Women in Comedy Festival in 2014. Historically, this festival has mixed talented newcomers and well-known acts like Marie Bamford and Rachel Dratch. The 6th year of the festival will prove to be no exception. Do not expect a series of stand-up acts to fill out the entire festival. There will be physical, sketch, musical and many other forms of comedy. The one thing guests can know for certain is that there will be funny women and they will make the audiences laugh.

Photo credit: Facebook/Dinner Detective

Photo credit: Facebook/Dinner Detective

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
Hotel 140
140 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-5600
www.hotel140.comDate: March 1, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.

Those who are looking for a twist to their comedy can check out the premier murder mystery comedy dinner in Boston at Hotel 140. When they say dinner, they mean it, so this has the potential to be a nice date. It has all of the elements of a typical murder mystery show, but with added laughs. Remember, this is meant to suspend the visitors’ disbelief so wear business casual or dressy casual attire. Guests who do not dress for the occasion will not get in the door.

Stage On Oscar Night (Photo by Brattle Theatre/ Facebook)

Stage On Oscar Night (Photo by Brattle Theatre/ Facebook)

Trash Night: “The Dirt Bike Kid”
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837
www.brattlefilm.orgDate: Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

For a different sort of comedy event, try Brattle’s Trash Night. This monthly event is all about delivering up horrible, “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ style films. In fact, audience members are invited to participate, much like the classic show. The awfully hilarious “The Dirt Bike Kid” has Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” riding around on a flying dirt bike trying to save the local hot dog stand from an evil banker. The audience is sure to have a lot to say.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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