Here are the best bets for this week:
Greg Behrendt at Tampa Improv. Behrendt is a story-teller (and best-selling author) who successfully mixes a confident demeanor with a touch of self-deprecating material. Expect unsolicited — but funny— advice on topics such as parenting, relationships and getting older.
Showtimes are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Info: improvtampa.com or 813-864-4000.
Darryl Lenox at Coconuts St. Pete Beach. Visual impairment isn't normally considered a source of comedy-rich material, but Lenox has made it a staple of his live performances and acclaimed CD, Blind Ambition. Not one for self-pity, Lenox's personal experiences quickly become funny premises and a launching pad for witty observations.
Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 6200 Gulf Blvd. at the Beachcomber Resort. Info: coconutscomedyclubs.com or 727-360-5653.
Kevin Deady at Jack's Joint. Local comedian Deady (he's actually a New York native) brings his act to Jack's for one night only. Hosting the event is longtime stage veteran Larry Greenbaum.
Showtime is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. 2950 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Info: tampabaycomedy.com or 727-741-8014.
One-nighters and Independent Shows
Johnny B at Niagara Tap (free show). Winner of the 2013 "Tampa Bay's Got Talent" contest, Johnny B earned himself a radio show on 102.5 The Bone by being unapologetically incorrect — both politically and socially. The poker dealer/youth football coach/stand-up comedian isn't afraid to make fun of himself while delivering personal observations with a fair amount of adult language.
Showtime is Friday at 7 p.m. 11950 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Info: theniagaratap.com or 727-581-5331.
Toys For Tats at Billy Jack's Burger Shack (free show). Local comedians Kyle Rule, John J, Bill Zapf, Jonas Presendieu and others perform adult-oriented comedy. Donate an unwrapped toy worth at least $5 and get a $20 gift card for Atomic Tattoos at Tyrone Square Mall.
Showtime is Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 1479 Belcher Road S., Largo. Info: 727-530-1011.
Post Dinner Conversation at Tampa Pitcher Show. The USF-based improvisation troupe runs through sketches and improv games with the help of audience suggestions and participation.
Showtime is Saturday at 7 p.m. 14416 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Info: tampapitchershow.net or 813-963-0578.