Give the internet cats a rest. A slew of professional comedians are headed to San Diego in the summer months for a dose of real cathartic laughter.
Even if your spirits are already up now that beach weather is back, don’t miss an exclusive opportunity to catch some of the biggest names is the biz stop by our local comedy clubs. We’re ready to crack up to Patton Oswalt at Spreckels Theatre, Lisa Lampanelli at Humphreys by the Bay, Jay Leno at Pechanga Casino and even good ol’ Joan Rivers quipping at Humphreys.
Laugh out loud with top comedians coming to San Diego.
Patton Oswalt at Spreckels Theatre – July 12
Kicking off another epic Comic-Con International 2012, funny guy Patton Oswalt brings outrageous talents to Spreckels Theatre. Patton’s acting and comedy can be seen just about everywhere, and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Update: newly added to the Patton Oswalt show is Special Guests Doug Benson and Brian Posehn.
How you know him: As an in-demand comedian who has shot four TV specials and four critically acclaimed albums, Patton Oswalt’s sharp commentary and don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously disposition have set him apart for many years. On TV, he’s a series regular on Showtime’s United States of Tara, as well as guest star on Bored to Death and The Sarah Silverman Program. You may recognize him from his role on The King of Queens for nine seasons, heard his jokes in his latest album Finest Hour recently nominated for “Best Comedy Album,” or read his humor in his New York Times bestselling book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Don’t miss your chance to see Patton Oswalt perform on Thursday, July 12th. Get details here. Event update: newly added to the Patton Oswalt show are special guests Doug Benson and Brian Posehn.
Lisa Lampanelli at Humphreys by the Bay - July 13
Notorious as the “Lovable Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli brings some female spunk to the Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay line-up.
How you know her: She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Lopez Tonight, Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has been widely applauded for her brilliant comedy mind. Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lisa Lampanelli's raunchy, gut-busting performances are popular at theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Fall under her spell at Humphrey’s on July 13th. Get details at humphreysconcerts.com.
Bo Burnham at Balboa Theatre - July 14
American comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor and internet celebrity Bo Burnham has been busy for a young guy making a name for himself. His signature move is his comedic and satirical songs, which were also his key to finding fame from YouTube videos.
How you know him: His first Comedy Central EP was released in 2008 when he was only 18 years old, followed by two full-length albums. In 2011, he won #1 in overall votes in Comedy Central's Stand-Up Showdown. Don’t miss the chance to see him perform live at the Balboa Theatre on Saturday, July 14th. Get details at sandiegotheatres.org.
Jay Leno at Pechanga Casino – July 28
He may be a regular on your TV each weeknight, but Jay Leno’s live comedy set at Pechanga Casino is an exclusive sight to see. For one night, Leno brings his wit, charm and cultural commentary into a full-length performance not to be missed.
How you know him: If you’ve owned a television anytime between now and the early ‘90s, you’ve heard of Jay Leno. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has been a household staple for years, and Leno’s seamless celebrity interviews and chuckle-worthy monologues have kept him positioned as one of the top dogs in the business. While he’s known to be one busy man, he’ll be gracing the Temecula area on Saturday, July 28th. Get details at pechanga.com. (Main image)
Joan Rivers at Humphreys by the Bay - August 16
Known as much for her shrewd humor as her endless plastic surgeries, Joan Rivers is bringing her celebrity to Humphrey’s for a roaring show.
How you know her: As an internationally renowned comedienne, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur, red carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman, and proud mother and grandmother, Joan has done it all. Now you can catch a bit of Joan’s bite. Get details at humphreysconcerts.com.