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: Bobby Collins
Specialty: The veteran is a quick one, from zingers to fart jokes. Quote: “I’ve been travelling around the country – the gene pool could use some chlorine.”
Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.comDates: Thursday, March 6-Saturday, March 9.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Comedian: Jeff Gerbino, with Jeff Blanchard.Specialty: Shirt-tie-and-jacket comedian Gerbino still does a mean George (H.W.) Bush impersonation, but has some biting commentary on the latest Gulf War.
Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700, www.funnystop.comDates: Tuesday, February 12-Saturday, February 16.
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.
Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum.
Comedian: The Jameson Comedy Tour, featuring Billy Cardell, Nick Griffin, and Michael Loftus.Specialty: Billy Cardell, who will appear in two upcoming episodes of NBC’s My Name is Earl, riffs with observations on family life. Loftus hails from Columbus, where he founded comedy troupe Midwest Comedy Tool & Die, and honed his thoughts on the whole red-blue divide; he also serves as executive story editor for ABC’s George Lopez show. Quote from Nick Griffin (click the pick for a clip): “Alcohol is important: When a woman says no, alcohol says, ‘Are you sure?’ Alcohol says ‘Kiss that girl’ and ‘Punch that guy’… Oops, you got them mixed up.”
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677, www.clevelandimprov.com.
Dates: Wed, March 5-Sunday, March 9.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 7 p.m. Sunday.