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. FerrisComedian: 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,
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.