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Comedy shows date back to 425 BCE, when Aristophanes, a comic playwright of Ancient Greek Theater wrote 40 comedies — 11 of which survive and are still being performed. These days, when most think of "comedy shows" they imagine a comedian providing a monologue in the form of stand-up comedy.
Stand-up comedy is a comic style where comedians perform in front of a live audience, sharing a combination of funny stories, short jokes called "bits," and one-liners. Each comedian's act is different; while some focus entirely on dry humor, others use props or magic trips to supplement their acts. One thing remains the same, however — there is usually a constant stream of jokes to make you laugh.
Stand-up comedy is usually performed in comedy clubs and, more recently, theaters. Famous modern comics include everyone from "Seinfeld" creator Jerry Seinfeld and the famous Joan Rivers to self-deprecating Jim Gaffigan and celebrity-obsessed Kathy Griffin. Find listings for comedy show tickets right here at TicketNetwork.com!