comedy

Robert Cray

With Harvey dominating our lives and canceling most events, even delaying the start to school and high school football, there are plenty of coming concerts to help ease your mind, if only for a few hours, in downtown Beaumont.

Only a handful of tickets remain for a unique concert titled “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

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Comedian and television host Bert Kreischer will perform five shows this weekend at The Improv in Houston beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Kreischer has co-hosted television programs such as The X-Show on FX and is currently hosting his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. One of Kreischer’s most famous stories states that he once went on a college field trip to Russian and accidentally joined a Russian mob and participated in a robbery while intoxicated. Showtimes are Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and two shows on Saturday, Aug.

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Talk about a hard sell: A comedy about a young woman in a medically induced coma near death is risky business. But what is it comedians always say? Comedy is nothing but mining your personal tragedies for laughs, and that’s what comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon have done in their touching, hilarious story.

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International comedy/ventriloquist sensation Jeff Dunham will perform at Ford Arena on Sunday, April 23, with an afternoon showtime of 3 p.m. The Perfectly Unbalanced Tour will feature his cast of characters, which includes the puppets Walter, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick and others.

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Greater Tuna returns to Orange for one performance only at the Lutcher Theater on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Tuna is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children and animals alike – is portrayed by only three performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful.

Tickets are $35-$45 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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Comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo will perform at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m. Caliendo was best known for his work on the FOX weekly comedy show MADtv then for two seasons on his own weekly comedy sketch show Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He also headlined in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo. Some of Caliendo’s most famous impersonations are of Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Morgan Freeman, William Shatner, Charles Barkley and Bill Clinton. Tickets are $45-$55 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

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This movie has already had the misfortune of serious bout of trailer fatigue. I can’t recall sitting through movie previews in the last three months and not seeing this one. And, no surprise, the two-hour version isn’t any better than the two-minute version. I leave my opinion about trailers on the cutting room floor for now, so let’s get back to the Joneses, which begs another question: Why do the couple in question always have to be named Jones?

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Unlike a nice wine that can only grow more lush over time, a movie that sits on the shelf for a few years cannot boast the same. This dud from SNL producer Lorne Michaels has inexplicably lingered in distribution limbo for years after missing several release dates. Time has not been kind to this comedy, based on a real armored car company theft in 1997 that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Actor and comedian Aries Spears will perform this weekend at the Improv in Houston, beginning with two shows on Friday, July 1 (8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), followed by two shows on Saturday, July 2 (7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.) and one Sunday, July 3 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25 for ages 18 and older and can be purchased online at www.improvhouston.com.

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Thursday, April 28, for the first time since 2004, comedic legend Gallagher is set to perform in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont with the Joke’s on You Comedy Tour featuring fellow comedians Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson.

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