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: C-Notes did the legwork, and the skinny on this week’s big comedy shows is just a click away. -- D.X. FerrisComedian: John Witherspoon (see video above)
Specialty: John Witherspoon played Ice Cube’s dad in the Friday movies, and that’s all we need to know. Caution: After he’s done, don’t go into the club’s bathroom for about 35, 45 minutes.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
www.clevelandimprov.com.Dates/Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 1.
Comedian: John Joseph & Johnny BSpecialty: Entitled "A One Man Show, Wit’ Two Guys," this special matchup features John Joseph and Johnny B, “the King of the Piano Bars” The show is a 90-minute whirlwind of comedy, music, and theatre.
Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com.Dates/Showtimes: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.
Comedian: GeminiSpeciality: Magician Gemini honed his craft on New York City streets, then graduated to the casio circuit, wowing crowds from Atlantic City to Vegas. As a Brooklyn guy, he still uses his streetwise persona as the heart of his comedy, and it also colors his ventriloquist routines.
Dates: Tuesday, May 27 through Saturday, May 31.
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. Special children’s show Saturday, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum.