Go ahead and laugh

Top com­edy shows com­ing to South Flor­ida

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - ON STAGE - By Ben Cran­dell

You look like you could use a good laugh. Well, help is on the way. While South Flor­ida still may be ge­o­graph­i­cally un­de­sir­able for some tour­ing mu­si­cians, it re­mains a must-stop for top standup co­me­di­ans.

The next few months will see vis­its from a pa­rade of pop­u­lar comics, in­clud­ing vet­eran fa­vorites such as Paul Reiser, Howie Man­del and Jay Leno; this year’s com­edy “it” girls Tif­fany Had­dish and Michelle Wolf; former sit­com stars Aziz An­sari and Craig Robin­son; and top sellers in­clud­ing Trevor Noah, Se­bas­tian Manis­calco and Ron White.

Here are some peo­ple to laugh at in South Flor­ida:

Craig Robin­son: The ac­tor on screens big and small may al­ways be best known as Dar­ryl Philbin on NBC’s long-run­ning hit “The Of­fice.” Dec. 13-15, Palm Beach Im­prov. $30+ Palm­BeachIm­prov.com

He­len Hong: The comic and ac­tor’s di­verse re­sume in­cludes Nick­elodeon's “The Thun­der­mans” and the Coen Broth­ers' “In­side Llewyn Davis.” Dec. 20-22, Boca Black Box Cen­ter for the Arts, Boca Ra­ton. $25+ Bo­ca­Black­Box.com

Se­bas­tian Manis­calco: Re­cently named Bill­board’s Co­me­dian of the Year, Manis­calco’s Stay Hun­gry Tour has sold out five nights at New York’s Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall and four nights at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Dec. 27, BB&T Cen­ter, Sun­rise. $39.75+ Tick­et­mas­ter.com

Tif­fany Had­dish: Her break­out year ends with her #She Ready Tour stop­ping in Mi­ami for a New Year’s Eve per­for­mance. Dec. 31, James L. Knight Cen­ter, Mi­ami. $47.50+ Tick­et­mas­ter.com

Jay Leno: Fans may find Se­bas­tian Manis­calco will per­form at the BB&T Cen­ter in Sun­rise on Dec. 27. that slip­ping back into the com­fort­able ob­ser­va­tions of the former “Tonight Show” host is like eas­ing into the for­giv­ing seats of 1966 Olds Toron­ado, which he owns. Jan. 2, Kravis Cen­ter, West Palm Beach. $29+ Kravis.org

Mar­lon Wayans: The ac­tor, screen­writer and film pro­ducer is work­ing on a re­turn to Net­flix (home of “Naked”) with the com­edy “Sex­tu­plets” — play­ing all six roles. Jan. 3-5, Palm Beach Im­prov, West Palm Beach. $35+ Palm­BeachIm­prov.com

Gary Valen­tine: The comic and ac­tor is prob­a­bly best known for his years next to Kevin James on “The King of Queens.” Jan. 11, Boca Black Box Cen­ter for the Arts, Boca Ra­ton. $35+ Bo­ca­Black­Box.com

AMi­ami Fes­ti­val of Laughs: Two nights of com­edy will in­clude Koun­try Wayne, DC Young Fly, Kar­lous Miller, Chico Bean, Tony Rock, Ryan Davis and Jas­mine Brown the first night, and Mike Epps, Som­more, Earth­quake, Mark Curry, Ge­orge Wal­lace on the sec­ond night. Jan. 18-19, James L. Knight Cen­ter, Mi­ami. $45+ Tick­et­mas­ter.com

Rus­sell Pe­ters: On his De­ported World Tour, the Cana­dian comic may point out that he has been to see troops in Afghanistan and Iraq more times than a cer­tain pres­i­dent. Jan. 24, Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, Hol­ly­wood. $40+ MyHRL.com

Kath­leen Madi­gan: woman of the peo­ple, Madi­gan told the Or­lando Sen­tinel’s Hal Boedeker that she named her tour after things she en­joys talk­ing about. Cur­rently called “Boxed Wine and Big­foot,” in 2019 it will be called “Hot Dogs and An­gels.” Jan. 26, Parker Play­house, Fort Laud­erdale. $25.50+ Park­erPlay­house.com

Howie Man­del: Best known lately as a judge on the NBC hit “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent,” Man­del re­turns to host new episodes of the game show “Deal or No Deal” Dec. 5 on CNBC. Jan. 26, Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, Hol­ly­wood. $35+. MyHRL.com

Franco Es­camilla: The young Mex­i­can mu­si­cian and comic, with spe­cials on Com­edy Cen­tral and Net­flix, fi­nally brings his RPM USA Tour to Span­ish­s­peak­ing fans in South Flor­ida. Feb. 1, Fill­more Mi­ami Beach. $39+ Fill­moreMB.com

Paul Reiser: The ac­tor and au­thor is beloved for ev­ery­thing he touches, from “Diner” to “Stranger Things,” so it’s no sur­prise that a re­vival of his hit sit­com “Mad About You” is on the draw­ing board. Feb.2, Co­ral Springs Cen­ter for the Arts. $25.44+ TheCen­terCS.com

Michelle Wolf: Her fa­mous take­down of the Trump gang at the 2018 White House Cor­re­spon­dents' Din­ner was only one piece of what GQ mag­a­zine’s pro­file of the co­me­dian called “the world’s best worst year.” Feb. 7-9, Palm Beach Im­prov, West Palm Beach. $35+ Palm­BeachIm­prov.com

Bert Kreis­cher: The Travel Chan­nel per­son­al­ity, Flor­ida State ex and pal of famed Ga­tor fan Paul Cas­tronovo (ah, the power of com­edy) is call­ing his new dates the Body Shots Tour. Of course he is. Feb. 16, Parker Play­house, Fort Laud­erdale. $35.50+ Park­erPlay­house.com

Ron White: The small­town Texas-raised, Blue Col­lar Com­edy Tour orig­i­nal — who knows his way around some pretty good scotch and cigars — has a big fol­low­ing in South Flor­ida. Feb. 28, Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, Hol­ly­wood. $35+ MyHRL.com

Trevor Noah: He drew packed houses when he broad­cast “The Daily Show” live from the Fill­more Mi­ami Beach for a week just be­fore the midterm elec­tion. March15, Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, Hol­ly­wood. $35+ MyHRL.com

Shawn Wayans: Mar­lon’s brother will en­sure his place as the big­gest celebrity Wayans with an Art Basel DJ set at Wyn­wood’s Syn­di­cate Kava Bar on Dec. 9. March 22-23, Palm Beach Im­prov, West Palm Beach. $30 Palm­BeachIm­prov.com

Preacher Law­son: The pride of Or­lando, named the Fun­ni­est Co­me­dian in Flor­ida in 2015, made a splash while mak­ing the fi­nals of “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” last year. March 28, Lauder­hill Per­form­ing Arts. $15+ LPACFL.org

Aziz An­sari: Those who missed his three-night Oc­to­ber work­out at the Palm Beach Im­prov get an­other chance to catch the “Mas­ter of None” star’s Road to Nowhere Tour. April 20, Hard Rock Event Cen­ter, Hol­ly­wood. $52.50+ MyHRL.com

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