These guys put the “comic” in Comic-Con. While the majority of crowds flock to panels and exhibitors during the four day convention, these top comedians will perform live stand-up at nearby theaters.
Amy Schumer at Balboa Theater – July 19
You don’t quite get what you see when it comes to Amy Schumer. There's just no way her girl-next-door looks can prepare you for the edgy jokes and brash humor she dishes out like there’s no tomorrow. Recently, Amy has swung through the comedy ropes with her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” a compilation of sketches based on “heightened versions” of herself. Aside from her stand-up success, Amy has also appeared on “Louie,” “Girls,” “30 Rock” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” (Main image)
10 p.m. $32.50 and up. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. sandiegotheatres.org
Brian Posehn at The American Comedy Co. – July 19 and July 20
Since 1994, Brian Posehn has been winning over audiences with acting, music and stand-up that embrace the awkward. These days, you can catch him on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” or by listening to one of his three comedy albums on repeat. But does he make the cut for a top act to see during Comic-Con? We think so, especially considering his debut comedy album was appropriately titled “Live In: Nerd Rage.”
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. both nights. $20. The American Comedy Co., 818 6th Ave. americancomedyco.com
Patton Oswalt at Spreckels Theatre – July 20
No topic is off limits for Patton Oswalt, the stand-up comedian and actor known for his sharp social commentary spanning everything from pop culture to religion, politics and beyond. True Patton fans have listened and obsessed over his four comedy albums, and they have one big reason to attend his San Diego show. It will be taped live for a Comedy Central original one-hour stand-up special.
8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $27.75 and up. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway #600. spreckels.net
Eric Andre Show at House of Blues – July 20
During Eric Andre’s 2012 tour, a stunned audience was pelted by Big Macs. There’s no telling what he’ll pull out this year, but guests can look forward to the complete Eric Andre Show Live! setup at the House of Blues with co-host Hannibal Buress. The show will be part of the Adult Swim official Comic-Con after party, including live musical guest YACHT. Eric Andre’s antics are manic to say the least, so expect the unexpected.
9 p.m. $10. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. houseofblues.com
Chris Hardwick at Balboa Theatre – July 20
Chris Hardwick might be the king of Comic-Con this year, and here’s why: The stand-up comedian who’s constantly finding new ways to reach audiences in a multi-media world will be recording his Nerdist podcast live on this night of many laughs. As the creative head of Nerdist Industries, Chris leads their Nerdist.com website, YouTube channel and podcast. He’s also the face of AMC’s live after show, “Talking Dead,” which discusses “The Walking Dead.”
9:30 p.m. $27.50 and up. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. sandiegotheatres.org