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Boston Comedy Highlights April 2015



Hey! Here are some shows The Tardy Eagle ~*DEMANDS*~ you check out.

Fri. 4/3 at 7:30pm
The Gas Presents Nick Ortolani
Great Scott • 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston • $5 • 18+
Nick is what we in the biz call a beast. He’s impossible to ignore on stage: His act is energetic, brainy, and goofy, with comic timing and writing on the goddamn point. Watch a pretty standard petty complaint about a messy roommate transform into a geniusly absurd character monologue. He is also an occasional contributor to and frequent emotional supporter of The Tardy Eag, so he is our friend. He will be supported by his budz Ian Von Steffen, Rich KarskiJake McDowell, Katie McCarthy, and host Rob Crean. Do you like goofs? Cuz that’s a lineup of goofs.

Sun. 4/5 & Sun. 4/19 at 10pm
The Ranger Zone
ZuZu • 474 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge • Free Every 1st and 3rd Sunday • 21+
A lot of comedy hosts don’t actually act like hosts in the truest sense of the word. Thankfully, there is Aimee Rose Ranger! Her welcoming style + fan-fucking-tastic, imaginative storytelling + stand-up that immerses you into her world + wonderful variety of Boston’s best stand-ups + dope storytellers and poets thrown in for measure = one of the best and most engaging nights that’s popped up in some time. You’re always in for a surprise: Rob Crean pretending to be a snowplow, Aimee Rose dismembering a teddy bear, Wes Hazard telling us which vaunted leader fucked for God, whathaveyou. Also, how could the Kenny Loggins reference in the show’s name not just completely win our hearts and minds? See ya there.

Tue. 4/14 at 8pm
East Meets West  •  934 Mass. Ave., Cambridge •  Free
Kwasi Mensah is an extremely funny man with a cerebral and silly style. At this monthly show, he invites some of his comedian friends plus (that’s why the ++ part of the title get it? Cool gr8) plus a person with some other talent; the past plus-pluses have included poets, musicians, and storytellers. Go!

Fri. 4/17 through Sun. 4/19
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Look, we’re not going to judge you if you don’t go; we’ll just feel really sad for you? Aside from the stellar lineup (Bill Nye, The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams, Wyatt Cenac, and more), past EMCFs have included baby goats and eye contact booths. This year, Boston’s own Ken Reid will do a live taping of his podcast TV Guidance Counselor with Eugene. Yeah so it’s your life, we guess?

Wed. 4/22 through Sun. 4/26
Women in Comedy Festival
Usually at any given type of comedy show, there are about 5000 men performing and 1 woman whose gender is usually highlighted in some suuuuper boring way. The WICF started 7 years ago to swap those numbers around. At this year’s WICF, headliners inclue LILY TOMLIN(!!!), Jane Lynch, and Aparna Nancherla. The fest includes over 100 other comics from Boston and the rest of the world showing off their stand-up, sketch, improv, and—new this year—short films. Catch some workshops too!

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