[image-4] While there’s always a lot of comedy going on around town — be sure to check out the uber helpful Facebook page, Charleston Comedy Scene for all the good stuff — there are a few shows in particular that have us pretty excited. Starting this weekend, here’s the lowdown on the big laughs:
Creekside Comedy Night w/ Cliff Cash, Sat. March 23 at 9 p.m.
We’ve sung the praises of Creekside’s Comedy Night plenty of times, so just trust us when we say it’s a good time. This Saturday’s show features headliner Cliff Cash who considers his comedy to be part of the “new south” — one in which he can tackle tough topics like racism, homophobia, greed, war, you know, the usual. Joining Cash are local funny woman Shawna Jarrett along with Bridgette Martin, who self-describes as an “emotionally unkempt broad.” As always, crowd favorite Keith “Big Daddy” Dee hosts the evening. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online.
Holy City Hilarity, Sun. March 24 at 7 p.m.
What better way to get an ear-full of Charleston’s great comedy than with a big ol’ showcase of local funny guys and gals? Head to the Tin Roof this Sunday for a lineup that includes Rossi Brown, Bill Davis, Dan Sweeney, Heather Corbo, Vince Fabra, and Joseph Coker. The evening is hosted by Michael Clayton and $7 tickets can be purchased online.
Hari Kondabolu, Wed. April 3 at 8 p.m.
Comedian, writer, podcaster, and prolific tweeter (that’s how we know him), Hari Kondabolu has been described by the NYT as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He’s got a Netflix special, Warn Your Relatives, and has been named one of Variety’s top 10 Comics to Watch. In 2017 he released the critically acclaimed documentary, The Problem with Apu, which looks specifically at the Simpsons character and more broadly at how Western culture depicts Southeast-Asian communities. Snag tickets ($18) for his Theatre 99 show online.
Queen Street Comedy Series VII: Gettin’ Emo, Sun. April 28 at 8 p.m.
Emo Philips has been described by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” by British comedian Gary Delaney as the “best joke writer in the world,” and by Weird Al Yankovic as “one of the funniest people on the planet.” So he’s gotta be good, right? See for yourself at Queen Street Playhouse on Sun. April 28 when he performs as part of the Queen Street Comedy Series, presented by Bill Davis and the Footlight Players. Philips is joined by local comedian Keith Dee, North Carolina-based comic, Mike Elis, and host Davis. Buy $20 tickets online.