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. -- D.X. FerrisComedian: Earthquake (video above)
Specialty: Earthquake played Wanda Sykes’ husband in Clerk II and appears as Chris Rock’s uncle in Everybody Hates Chris. This Def Comedy Jam alumnus works blue when he riffs on relationships, race, and topical comedy like the Clintons.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
www.clevelandimprov.com.Dates/Showtimes: Two shows Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21: 8 and 10:15 p.m. One show Sunday, June 22.
Comedian: Johnny Sanchez
Specialty: This third-generation American-Mexican refers to himself as part of “Generation Mex,” but he doesn’t rely on cultural material; check him out for knee-slapper stories and elaborate physical comedy.
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 19. 7:30 and 10:15 Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21. 7:30 p.m Sunday, June 22.
Comedian: Todd McCune, with Dave Graham
Speciality: Graham’s a small-town Ohio guy. Says the Funny Stop, “Todd's observational comments on men, women, and everyday life are easy going with just enough sexual innuendo to keep things interesting. Combine that with his rural background and you get one unique outlook on the world.”
Dates: Tuesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 21.
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.