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. This week, Russell Peters leads the week’s biggest comedy shows. Read on for a full rundown. – D.X. FerrisComedian: Russell Peters (see video above)
Specialty: Comedy superstar Russell Peters has sold out Madison Square Garden, scored hit comedy albums in his native Canada, and become a sensation around the world, all while skipping the traditional crossover exposure routes of TV appearances and movies. He hails from an Indian-English family, and has endless observations about the differences and similarities between cultures. Choice bits include gay Indians, multicultural society, and terrorists.
Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com.Dates: Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. daily, with 10:15 shows Friday and Saturday.
Comedian: Iann Bagg
Dates: Wednesday, May 7 through Sunday, May 11.
Specialty: Candian comic Bagg looks like the frontman for a grunge band, and he knows how to mine material like Hurricane Katrina, AIDS tests, and cyber-stalking for a grudging laugh or six.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
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: Christine Stedman, with John Burton
Dates: Tuesday, May 6 through Saturday, May 10
Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700,
www.funnystop.com.Speciality: Stedman got into the game late, but now that she has a husband, a twenty-somehthing son that still lives at h ome, a divorced daughter, and three grandkids, she has plenty to talk about. She was a semi-finalist in Nickelodeon’s Funniest Mom in America.
Showtimes: Tue-Thu: 8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat: Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum.