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: Tom Wilson (see video above)
Specialty: Wilson played the bully Biff in the Back to the Future movies. He even sings about the songs in “Biff’s Question Song” (above)). He’s since embraced Christianity, so he works clean, but he’s totally funny.
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. Thursday, June 12. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, June 13 and Saturday,June 14. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 15.
Specialty: Earthquake played Wanda Sykes’ husband in Clerks 2 and Unle Mike on Everybody Hates Chris. On stage, he’s hilarious indelicate about race, sex, Condoleeza Rice, and anything else that comes up.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
www.clevelandimprov.com.Dates/Showtimes: 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 15.
Comedian: SandmanSpeciality: Continuing on the week's geological theme, Sandman bills himself as “the world’s #1 comedy hypnotist.” This Funny Stop regular caps his extended run with an adults-only “Do the Wild Thing” show Monday the 16th.
Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700,
www.funnystop.com.Dates: Tuesday, June 10 through Monday, June 16.
Showtimes: Tue-Thu, Sun: 8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat: Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7-$16, two-drink minimum.