Who doesn't love a good laugh? With the vast array of comedians that are currently performing for your enjoyment, there is bound to be a comedy show to suit everyone's sense of humor. Stand-up comedians like Kat Williams, Jeff Dunham, and Gabriel Iglesias will have you rolling with laughter in no time with their quick-witted banter and unique observations on daily life. Other options for lifting your spirits include comedy troupes like the Cast of Impractical Jokers, who typically challenge each other to do crazy things to random people in society. Many comedy acts are currently on tour, and will be coming to a venue near you! Get your comedy tickets from TicketNetwork today for a guaranteed great time.
Stand-up comedy can be traced all the way back to the late 19th century. Comedy acts were present in vaudeville, circus acts, variety shows, and burlesque. As the 19th century turned into the 20th century, the American lifestyle was rapidly changing and comedic material reflected this change. Stand-up comedians in the early 1900s included slapstick, raunchy innuendos, and fast-paced joke deliveries in their acts. Jokes were designed to be broad so that a wide variety of audiences could enjoy their humor. It was a type of entertainment people used to escape the stresses of newly industrialized America.
The pioneers of modern stand-up comedy came from either vaudeville or the Chitlin’ Circuit. Vaudeville was a type of variety show entertainment that was popular from 1880-1930. The Chitlin’ Circuit was basically the same thing expect geared towards African American entertainers. Some of these stand-up pioneers included Moms Mabley, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, George Burns, Frank Fay, and Charlie Case. They were the first type of comedians to stand on stage in front of the curtain and speak directly to the audience. Charlie Case is thought of to be the first performer to do a stand-up comedy act. Beginning in the 1950s, small nightclubs and resorts became the main type of venues for stand-up acts. Comedians began to add controversial topics into their acts like politics, race relations, sexual innuendos, and satire on everyday life. Comedian Lenny Bruce was known for his obscene humor and in 1964 he was actually convicted for his obscenity. The trial is seen as a turning point for freedom of speech in the US. Other popular stand-up comedians during this time were George Carlin, Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, George Kirby, and Bill Cosby. In the 1980s and 1990s other new comedians began to emerge like Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Wright, and Whoopi Goldberg. This generation of comedians would prove to influence the next generation with the likes of Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chapelle, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Kat Williams, Kevin Hart, and Amy Schumer.
A few television shows also helped with the success of stand-up comedy like The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. The Tonight Show debuted in 1954 and now is the world’s longest-running talk show. Saturday Night Live debuted in 1975 and has kick started the careers of countless comedians including the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. SNL is still airing and continues to showcase the best up and coming stand-up comedians. Current SNL cast members who are making a name for themselves in the comedy world are Michael Che, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Colin Jost, Kenan Thompson, and Kate McKinnon.
There are two basic formats that stand-up comedy shows typically follow. There is a “headline” format which usually includes a host or master of ceremonies (MC). The host/MC will warm up the crowd and introduce the other performers. There are usually one or two shorter opening acts followed by a headlining performer who is onstage for the longest. Then there is the “showcase” format which typically features multiple acts who perform for equal lengths of time. Either format for a comedy show proves to be just as hysterical as the next. If you want to laugh your head off then make sure to get your comedy tickets from TicketNetwork. You are guaranteed to have a smile on your face the entire time.