TUESDAY, MAY 4
LAUGHS UNLIMITED, Old Sacramento, 8:00 PM - It's time for Shane Murphy's Funky Mad Fresh Comedy Show, the once-per-month open mic host by the Irish car bomb himself, Shane Murphy. And it is ALWAYS full. Lots of comics, new and vet, all hitting the mic and blowing the roof off the place. Oh, and a special 21st birthday celebration will be happening for local comic Anthony Zimmer. If you want to hit THIS open mic? Show up and sign up early (signups start at 7:00), and bring people with you - "bringers" get priority on the list. You want to try doing comedy in this town, Tuesday night's your night! Double open mic ACTION, baby!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
LUNA'S CAFE, Sacramento, 8:00 PM - This is where I'll be (to witness, not to perform). The Comedy Night at Luna's weekly show, brought to you by Keith Lowell Jensen, will be headlined by Brendan Lynch this time around, and will feature a selection of awesome comics including Caitlin Gill, Miles K. Stenhjem, Nick Brunner and Zack Parrott...and the usual tasty Luna's chow (I'm partial to the turkey melt). Six bucks gets you in the door. Hilarity then ensues. If you drink too much, Keith will be happy to drive you home. He's just that kind of host.
T2'S, Sacramento, 9:00 PM - Speaking of open mics, here's your Wednesday option. At the lounge formerly known as Trino's, host Delfino Reyna brings you the special Cinco de Mayo Comedy Competition. Lots of comics (maybe you!), including Willie Mac and Joey G. Winner gets a bottle of tequila, AND gets to host next month's comedy night at Delfino's comedy room (Club Evolution) in Los Banos.
THURSDAY, MAY 6
PUNCHLINE, Sacramento, 8:00 PM - Big hitter playing at Punchline Thursday night...none other than Ahmed Ahmed, world-touring comic seen in film (Iron Man, Swingers, You Don't Mess With the Zohan), on TV (Roseanne, JAG, Tracy Takes On, Jay Leno) and on stage (The Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Comedy Cellar in New York). He's bringing it to Sac this week, and it should be a hell of a ride.
FRIDAY, MAY 7
THE STATE THEATER, Modesto, 7:00 PM - Heads up, Modesto...there's some MAJOR comedy going down at the State! The 1st Annual Modesto Comedy Festival lights it up and brings the megafunny. Headlining will be the amazing Mike E. Winfield (as seen on Showtime, BET, Last Comic Standing and Comic Unleashed), one of the fastest-rising and hysterical comics in the biz (I know...I've both seen him and shared the stage with him). Is if that wasn't enough, the night's going to get warmed up with some amazing local comedy faves - Kabeezy, Cheryl the Soccer Mom, Anthony K and Chris Teicheira. You're a lucky, lucky town, Modesto.
SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT, Sacramento, 8:00 PM - Okay, IMMA be in the crowd to watch THIS one. The Stand-Up Shoot-Out goes down Friday night, where local awesome comics are going to be facing off in competition. Ben Shields, Nick Pettigrew and Noel DeWitt are going tear the Comedy Spot a new one! Assuming it has an old one to begin with... Doors open at 7:30, tickets eight bucks.
SATURDAY, MAY 8
THE CREST THEATER, Sacramento, 8:00 PM - The New York Times has called Will Durst "The best political satirist working in the country today". This legendary performer is hitting the Crest for what's sure to be a night to remember...and not only this, but opening for him is our own Keith Lowell Jensen! Wotta deal! Go, and you will thank me!
So that's the scoop. So get out there and enjoy some local comedy, folks! If you don't think NorCal's got the goods in the funny department, you need to check out more of these shows. Enjoy!