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, performing 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!
Kathy Griffin's hilarious stand-up delves into celebrity hijinx and popular culture, which the comic has the inside scoop on. No celebrity is off-limits in her stand-up, where she has famously poked fun at Barbara Walters and gushed over Anderson Cooper.
Assisted by a hyper Peanut, Melvin the Superhero Guy, and other sidekicks, Jeff Dunham specializes in politically incorrect comedy routines that make fun of everyone. The ventriloquist even starred in his own Comedy Central TV series.
Penn and Teller's act is known for incorporating humor and storytelling into the magic tricks and illusions. Often, while Teller performs or is the subject of a trick, Jillette will tell a story to accompany it and sometimes distract the audience in order to enhance the sense of illusion.