Comedians offer loads of laughs this fall
From sketch to stand-up, comedy shows of all kinds are booked throughout Metro Detroit this fall.
Look for it in the usual places like clubs and theaters, and find some unique showcases, too, like sketch king Kevin McDonald at Ferndale's Go Comedy and cynical stand-up Doug Stanhope at Westland rock club Token Lounge.
Here's a look at some of the 10 hottest comedy tickets of the fall season:
Kevin McDonald at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre: Best known as part of the ensemble cast of the Canadian sketch series "Kids in the Hall," McDonald comes to town not only to perform, but also to lead an improv workshop during the day. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $35 show, $200 for workshop. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.
Chris D'Elia at Royal Oak Music Theatre: D'Elia has been performing stand-up since 2006, but he's known to many as a comedic actor. He played Whitney Cummings' boyfriend in her show "Whitney," and currently stars in "Undateable" on NBC, which is set in Ferndale. This is charming D'Elia's third time through town this year, so if you haven't caught him yet, don't miss him this time. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak Music Theatre. (248) 399-2980.
Hannibal Buress at Royal Oak Music Theatre: This snarky stand-up from New York City was briefly a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." Buress recently released the comedy album "Live from Chicago." 7 p.m. Oct. 11. $29 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak Music Theatre. (248) 399-2980.
Steven Wright at Royal Oak Music Theater: The current king of one-liners, Steven Wright won an Academy Award in 1989 for his short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," and he's also appeared in a smattering of films since the mid-1980s, from "Desperately Seeking Susan" to "Babe: Pig in the City." Wright is considered one of the best stand-ups working today. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. $32 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak Music Theatre. (248) 399-2980.
Dave Attell at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle: Attell is as crass, cynical and clever as his native city New York. He's hosted a variety of shows for Comedy Central, and his latest project is the comedy video "Road Work," released this year. 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov.7-8. $25-$30. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.
Broad City Live at Crofoot Ballroom: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the stars of Comedy Central's "Broad City." Produced by Amy Poehler, the show is about two women in their 20s who live in New York City and hate their jobs. Established comedians like Poehler, Amy Sedaris and Fred Armisen made cameo appearances in the first season. A 10-episode second season is expected to debut in 2015. 7 p.m. Nov. 11. $25. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.
Kathleen Madigan at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle: This wisecracking road dog comic is considered by other comedians to be one of the funniest. Madigan, a Missouri native, regularly brings her schtick about the midwest, aliens and family to Royal Oak's Comedy Castle. 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15. $25-$30. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.
Chris Tucker at Fox Theatre: Tucker is known for his films like "Rush Hour" and Friday," but he got his start performing stand-up on the HBO's "Def Comedy Jam." 8 p.m. Nov. 22. $45.50-$75.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.
Anjelah Johnson at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel: A "MADtv" regular and Internet star, Johnson's musical comedy videos have gotten millions of views on YouTube. Her stand-up themes include her Mexican heritage and everyday situations like visiting the nail salon. 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $30-$37. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (866) 752-9622.
Mike Epps at Fox Theatre: Since his "Def Comedy Jam" days in the '90s, Epps has starred in a variety of films and television series. Last month news broke that Epps is set to star as influential comedian Richard Pryor in a biopic directed by Lee Daniels and co-staring Oprah Winfrey. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $59.75-$90. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.
More big comedy shows
Nick Swardson, Michigan Theatre, Friday
Shane Mauss, Joey's Comedy Club, Wed.-Sept. 27
Craig Shoemaker, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Oct. 2-4
Jim Breuer, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Oct. 4
Jenny McCarthy, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Oct. 17
Sweetest Day Laughfest with Tony Roberts, A.J. Johnson, Lavar Walker and more, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 18
Doug Stanhope, Token Lounge, Oct. 25
Last Comic Standing, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Nov. 7 (sold out)
George Lopez, Fox Theatre, Nov. 8
Norm Macdonald, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Nov. 14
John Heffron, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Nov. 20-22
Paula Poundstone, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Dec. 13
Terry Fator, Fox Theatre, Dec. 13