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. Read on for a full rundown. – D.X. FerrisComedian: Doug Benson (see video above)
Specialty: Benson finished sixth on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, he’s a regular on Vh1’s Best Week Ever, and plays a recurring character on The Sarah Silverman Show. He also wrote and starred in The Marijuana-Logues, prompting The Marijuana-Times to dub him 2006’s Stoner of the Year.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
www.clevelandimprov.com.Dates: Thu, April 24 through Sunday, April 27
Showtimes: Thursday: 8 p.m. Fri: 8 and 10:15 p.m. Sat: 7, 9:30, and 11:30 p.m. Sunday: 7 p.m.
Comedian: Kenny Rogerson
Specialty: Rogerson studied at Chicago’s Second City and toured with improv troupe The Comedy Rangers. He’s done the late-night-TV circuit, blending absurdist comedy with observational humor. He was in There’s Something About Mary, and we can’t really remember what he did, but he’s credited as “Pants Around The Ankles Guy,” so his bits are probably pretty high-brow. Quote: “Did you ever have one of those days where you go to work, and you don’t feel like doing a fuckin’ thing the first half-hour you’re there? I feel like that now.”
Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com.Dates: Tuesday, April 22 through Sunday, April 27.
Showtimes: Tue-Thu: 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Sun: 7:30 p.m.
Comedian: The Grandma From Hell, with three other female acts
Speciality: “Grandma From Hell” Faye Woddruff has decades of not-so-sweet stories about male egos, rampaging grandchildren, aging bady parts. Going grey doesn’t mean she’s going soft. Not upstairs, anyway.
Dates: Tuesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 26
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.