Looking for Laughs? Here’s a Round-Up…

Once confined to nightclubs, stand-up comedy has broken into big legitimate theater venues in recent years, and Nippertown is hosting a major Yuk-a-Palooza over the course of the next two weekends with A-listers as well as up-and-comers, so if you’re in need of a few laughs in the face of a shamefully dysfunctional Congress, the demise of the New York City Opera, the end of “Breaking Bad” or the Mets sitting out the play-off season once again, chances are there’s something out there at a theater near you that will strike your funny bone:

PAULA POUNDSTONE
8pm Saturday (October 5)
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
$26, $29 & $34
An NPR favorite with commentaries on “Morning Edition” as well as her witty repartee as a panelist on the award-winning weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” Poundstone brings a casual attitude, impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit to her stand-up routine, including her masterful improvisations with audience members.

JERRY SEINFELD
7pm Friday (October 4)
The Palace Theatre, Albany
$48, $63 & $78
Hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere, Seinfeld even makes “nothing” seem funny.

GILBERT GOTTFRIED
7:30pm & 9:30pm Friday & Saturday (October 4 & 5)
The Comedy Works, Albany
$30 in advance; $35 at the door
Yes, there’s still plenty of comedy to be found in the clubs, too, including big names like Gottfried, who just might be the anti-Seinfeld. As Penn Jillette has declared about Gottfried’s “Rubber Balls and Liquor,” “He is the comic genius of our generation. This book proves he is the Picasso of the Cubist dick joke.”

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FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS
8pm Saturday (October 5)
The Palace Theatre, Albany
$25
Ruperto Vanderpool, Peaches Rodriguez, Mark Viera, Sara Contreras and Smokey Suarez… Five comedians, no waiting.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
8pm Sunday (October 6)
The Calvin Theatre, Northampton
$28.50, $38.50 & $48.50
Novelty acts have a notoriously short shelf life, but the accordion-squeezing pop parodist has had an enduring popularity, from Dr. Demento mainstay to MTV classic video spoofs.

BOB MARLEY
8pm Friday, October 11
The Egg, Albany
$24.50
“Redemption Song.” “Three Little Birds.” “Get Up, Stand Up.” Oh, wait a minute. You mean the other Bob Marley? The funny one? OK, never mind…

RALPHIE MAY
8pm Saturday, October 12
The Egg, Albany
$35
The big guy of stand-up had to cancel his scheduled appearance at The Egg last October due to illness, but he’ll finally make his way into The Egg’s spotlight a year later, in support of his latest DVD release, “Too Big to Ignore.”

LADIES OF LAUGHTER: FUNNY & FABULOUS
8pm Saturday, October 12
Proctors, Schenectady
$20, $25, $30 & $35
Chris Rich, Leighann Lord, Patty Rosborough and Regina DeCicco… four funny ladies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee a little.

BILL COSBY
7pm Sunday, October 13
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
$80, $150 & $250
From Why Is There Air? to “I Spy,” From “Mother, Jugs & Speed” to “The Cosby Show,” from Fat Albert to Jell-O Pudding Pops, the sweater-clad Grand Old Man of Comedy steps into the spotlight for a performance to benefit the Mahaiwe.

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