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Top Upcoming Comedy Shows In South Florida

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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South Florida has its share of comedic venues. There’s always a rising star or a familiar favorite looking to claim the mic and take the stage to a chorus of applause. The recent lineup includes up-and-comers, comedic duos and three living legends. The comedy itself is just as diverse with some comedians preferring raunch while others opt for family-friendly humor and neurotic diatribes. Attend all five events or just see one show. Either way, you won’t want to miss it when comedic greatness graces South Florida.

Inside Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour

Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
www.arshtcenter.org

Date: Feb. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Amy Schumer has quickly risen from unknown to the big leagues thanks to a national debut on the fifth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and a series of Comedy Central Roasts that prove that she can jab with the best of them. Last year, her one-hour Comedy Central standup show, “Mostly Sex Stuff,” generated the second highest ratings for Comedy Central and now she follows it up with Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour. Like most of Schumer’s shows, her delivery of sexual innuendoes is the equivalent of listening to a good girl with a dirty secret. Show up and be prepared to laugh at this disarming brand of comedy.

Shawn and Marlon Wayans

Fort Lauderdale Improv
5700 Seminole Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 981-5653
www.improvftl.com

Date: Feb. 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Shawn and Marlon Wayans are part of the first generation of a comedy dynasty that has entertained audiences for years with a satirical take on urban and pop culture and comedic spoofs of the horror genre. They began their career with small parts in films produced and staring their older siblings Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, and eventually struck out on their own starring in the WB show, “The Wayans Bros.” However, most will recognize them as the writers and stars of the successful “Scary Movie” franchise, “A Haunted House” and “White Chicks.” Now you can see them in person at the Fort Lauderdale Improv as Marlon plays the funny man to Shawn’s straight man. Tickets are just $35, so get them fast before they sell out.

Richard Lewis

Fort Lauderdale Improv
5700 Seminole Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 981-5653
www.improvftl.com

Date: Feb. 28 – March 2, 2014

Richard Lewis is a comedic veteran that has been performing since the 80s. His neurotic musings have made him such a staple in the comedic world that he had a recurring character playing himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Come out to the Fort Lauderdale Improv in February to watch him admit worries that most would blush at, let alone share. The show runs until March 2, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to laugh at his neurosis.

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Whoopi Goldberg

Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
www.arshtcenter.org

Date: Mar. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

If you’re a fan of “The View,” you’re used to welcoming Whoopi Goldberg and her inventive segues into your living room as the talk show’s moderator. Now you can see “The Color Purple” actress at her comedic best at the Adrienne Arsht Center. See a living legend whose EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) spawned a new catchphrase on NBC’s “30 Rock” and prepare to laugh just like you did in her “Comic Relief” days. There is no slowing down for this actress and comedian.

Jay Leno

Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
www.arshtcenter.org

Date: Mar. 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Jay Leno officially signed off the air as “The Tonight Show” host on February 6, passing the reigns to protege Jimmy Fallon. Luckily for Miami residents, this will not be the last you’ll see of the silver-maned wise cracker. Leno will return to his stand-up career, reminding audiences of why they fell in love with him in the first place. Buy your tickets early so you will be attendance as Miami welcomes the return of an old friend and a comedic giant.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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