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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

D.L. Hughley is at Tampa Improv this weekend.
  • D.L. Hughley is at Tampa Improv this weekend.

If you like your comedians to have television credits, you're in luck this week. A couple of heavy-hitters are in town, as well as other experienced, nationally-touring performers. Here are your best bets:

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Do This: Mary Lynn Rajskub at Side Splitters

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Say Her Name: Mary Lynn Rajskub steps away from her hit show 24 and onto a comedy club stage for a slate of shows this weekend.
  • Say Her Name: Mary Lynn Rajskub steps away from her hit show 24 and onto a comedy club stage for a slate of shows this weekend.

Mary Lynn Rajskub doesn't have a name that flows off the tongue, but how about the show that helped make her famous? 24 is enjoying good reviews for its comeback season, and computer genius Chloe O'Brien is still an important character.

But is she funny?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Steve Hytner is at Side Splitters this weekend.
  • Steve Hytner is at Side Splitters this weekend.
Remember how we mentioned that last week was a good one for clean comedy in the area? Consider this week the bigger summer sequel. Not only are there clean acts on comedy club stages, but there's a full-blown national clean comedy competition taking place on St. Pete Beach. Those looking for the expected adult material will find it as well, but there are a lot of squeaky clean setups on tap for this weekend.

Here's this week's lineup:

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Announced for September: Nick Swardson at The Straz

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Terry Funny: Nick Swardsons stand-up comedy tour hits The Straz Sept. 30
  • Terry Funny: Nick Swardson's stand-up comedy tour hits The Straz Sept. 30

Popular comedians often fall into one of two camps: The ones who hit big with a well-known role, and the ones who grind it out by writing, acting and performing on a number of successful projects.

Nick Swardson qualifies for both groups.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

HEY LADIES!  Bill Bellamy's "Ladies Night Out" is at Tampa Improv this weekend
  • HEY LADIES! Bill Bellamy's "Ladies Night Out" is at Tampa Improv this weekend

Clean comedy is usually hard to find on club stages, but you have a couple of options this weekend. There's also comedy hypnotism, sketch comedy and the expected adult material, of course. So with variety in mind, here are your choices this week:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Do This: Thee VaudeVillains Bastille Day Burlesque

Hum "La Marseillaise" and head to the Mermaid for a très fab time.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

MAIS, OUI! Vita DeVoid  as Monsieur Pâté. - ERIKA MOON
  • ERIKA MOON
  • MAIS, OUI! Vita DeVoid as Monsieur Pâté.

Happy Bastille Day, everybody! Celebrate the end of French monarchies with magnifique bustiers, jokes and strip teases.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Steve Harvey gets motivational at The Mahaffey. No joke.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

JUST THE SUIT IS BLUE: Steve Harvey focuses on inspirational messages for his visit to The Mahaffey Oct. 18.
  • JUST THE SUIT IS BLUE: Steve Harvey focuses on inspirational messages for his visit to The Mahaffey Oct. 18.

Steve Harvey is a popular comedian, radio personality and television game show host.

Some people know him from his decades doing stand-up, and others just know him from Family Feud. Others recognize him as one of the Original "Kangs" of Comedy.

Somewhere along the way, Harvey went from up-and-comer to established vet to respected elder statesman in the entertainment world.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Available Cupholders spilleth over

The Austin-based group celebrates a decade with performances at American Stage and the Sarasota Improv Festival.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Available Cupholders troupe.
  • The Available Cupholders troupe.

Witness improvisational comedy come to 'life' with The Available Cupholders this upcoming Sunday at the American Stage Theatre Company in downtown St. Petersburg. 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

HOT WARM-UP GIG: Mark Curry opens for Morris Day & The Time this Friday night.
  • HOT WARM-UP GIG: Mark Curry opens for Morris Day & The Time this Friday night.


From theaters to comedy clubs to free shows at local bars and tap houses, there are plenty of comedy options for anyone who wants a laugh this week. Just pick your style and head on out for some stand-up. Here are your options this week:

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Christian Finnegan is in Tampa for shows this week, including a late-night gig on July 4.
  • Christian Finnegan is in Tampa for shows this week, including a late-night gig on July 4.

The Fourth of July weekend normally means lots of food, plenty of parties and bad decisions with fireworks. But how about some good decisions with stand-up comedy? There are plenty of good options this weekend, and many venues are open on July 4 as well. Here are your best bets this week:

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