Comedy Corner: Juston McKinney, Jason Russell, and Tammy Pescatelli play Cleveland this week

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Tammy Pescatelli, of Last Comic Standing fame, plays the Improv this weekend.
Unless you recognize a comedian’s name as That Girl From that Movie or the Dude from That One HBO Special, it can be hard to tell whether a stand-up is worth seeing. Lucky you: Scene did the legwork, and the skinny on this week’s big comedy shows, video included, is just a click away. – D.X. Ferris Comedian: Juston McKinney Specialty: Dramatically exaggerating the indignities of urban life. Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com Dates: Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 17. Tickets: $15-23 (Valentine’s Day packages available). Showtimes: Wed-Thu: 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Sun: 7:30 p.m. Comedian: Jason Russell Speciality: Social commentary drawn from his biracial background, and improvisation that brings audience members into the act. Dates: Tuesday, February 12 through Saturday, February 16. Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700, www.funnystop.com Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum. Showtimes: Tuesday: 8:30 p.m. Wed: 8:30 p.m. Thu: 8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat: Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Comedian: Tammy Pescatelli Specialty: Riding her success on Last Comic Standing. Also, hailing from Brooklyn, the tough-talking Pescatelli makes her way through the world tempted to ask people “What the hell is wrong with you?” Dates: Thursday, February 14 through Saturday, February 16. Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677, www.clevelandimprov.com. Tickets: $16-$39 (Valentine’s dinner packages available) Showtimes: Thu: 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 8 and 10:15 p.m.

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