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, video included, is just a click away. Read on for a full rundown. -- D.X. FerrisComedian: Dave Attell (video above)
Specialty: Attell’s a bitter, acerbic comedian whom you may have seen boozing his way through cities across the country till dawn in Comedy Central’s Insomniac. His last HBO special was somewhat deceptively entitled Captain Miserable, and had great bits like “The Racist Dinosaur.”
Playing: House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., downtown, 216-521-2583, www.hob.com
Dates/Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
Tickets: $27.50 (Ticketmaster).
Comedian: Anita Renfroe
Specialty: The PG-rated, eminently palatable Renfroe sings, cracks wise, and tells it like it is. She’s an internet sensation with her “Momsense” clip, which wraps a lifetime of parental-guidance cliches into three minutes of song. The show benefits the Oak Clinic.
Playing: The Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, Akroncivic.com
Dates/Showtimes: Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $26 (Ticketmaster)
Comedian: Danny Bevins
Specialty: Says Bevins’ bio, “Danny Bevins is an all American - born in a red state, raised in a blue state. His two favorite movies are Ghandi and Fight Club. He knows that peace is the answer and if you don't he'll punch you until you agree or tap out. His qualifications include a life long obsession with twenty four hour news and half-truths, raised flags and mixed messages, selling freedom and limited choices, unemployment and cubicles, founding fathers and what Jesus would do, hope and ignorance - indifference and love.”
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. Thu. June 5. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Sun. June 8. 8 p.m.
Comedian: Randy Chestnut and Dave Ing.
Speciality: “My family moved around a lot, which sucked. I mean, the only consolation prize was we always knew when we were going to move. My father would come bursting through the door, breathless...with a. ski mask,, shotgun, big duffel bag full of money and say, ‘Come on, kids! We're moving! Don't bother packing, just get in the car!’ Very hardworking, my father. Worked a lot of long shifts to put food on the table. In fact, I remember one time he went out and didn't come back for three to five years.”
Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700,
Dates: Tue. June 3-Sat. June 7.
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.
Comedian: Jeff Blanchard
Specialty: A Cleveland staple for over 20 years, Blanchard is a co-founder of Cleveland comedy group Cabaret/Somnething Dada. Blanchard’s highlights include the Ninja Comedy Death Match clip.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
www.clevelandimprov.com.Dates/Showtimes: 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7.