Stern regular Robert Schimmel leads the week in Cleveland comedy

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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: Robert Schimmel (video above) Specialty: Best known for his appearances on the Howard Stern Show, Schimmel spins tales of overlap between family life and the kind of ribald exploits you’d expect on Stern – like buying a computer for his kid, then using it to check out lesbian chat rooms, but winding up with a stack of gay porn. Dates: Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677, www.clevelandimprov.com. Tickets: $21. Showtimes: Fri: 8 and 10:15 p.m. Sat: 7, 9:30, and 11:30 p.m. Comedian: Chris Bliss Specialty: Comic juggler Chris Bliss’s routines include a bit called “Fugly” and a number set to the Beatles’ “Carry That Weight.” Technically, it’s prop comedy – but hey, at least he’s not Carrot Top. Dates: Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30. Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com. Tickets: $15-18. (Rocky Laporte, previously scheduled for the weekend, canceled.) Showtimes: Tue-Thu: 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Sun: 7:30 p.m. Comedian: Lionel Hamilton (with Rob Durham) Speciality: Not to be confused with the renowned jazz musician, this Northeast Ohio native has appeared on BET’s Live at the Apollo. Dates: Tuesday, March 25 through Saturday, March 29 Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700, www.funnystop.com. Showtimes: Tue-Thu: 8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat: Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum.

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