Listed below is a roundup of CL's top picks for comedy shows in Charlotte this week. Hopefully, they keep you entertained and, more importantly, laughing out loud.
You may not have heard of the six comics taking to the stage at the Almost Famous Comedy Show, but that doesn't mean they won't make you laugh. These rising talents have been tweaking their stand-up acts for the past few months, leading up to tonight's final competition. The showcase - created by comedian Blayr Nias - is for a good cause, too. Folks are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. $10. June 26, 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Drag star, Miss Coco Peru brings her "There Comes A Time" show to Duke Energy Theater, as a part of this weeks continuing Queen's Fab Fest. Peru talks about pretty much whatever she feels like and puts silly twists onto everyday life experiences. $32-$75. June 27, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org
We aren't going to sugar-coat obesity, so let's get straight to the point: Lavell Crawford is fat. The comedian, who ranked second place (next to winner Jon Reep of Hickory, N.C.) on season five of NBC's Last Comic Standing
, doesn't bother denying his frequent feeding frenzies. His act addresses being a "big guy in a skinny man's world" - though with other giants like Ralphie May and Gabriel Iglesias shaking the comic front, we beg to differ. Crawford shares stories about getting fired from a fast food restaurant when burgers went missing and the ridicule of ordering family-sized meals alone at fried chicken restaurants, where he's asked "For here or to go?" He also picks fun at his fam and other randomness not related to food. But in the end, it's the fat jokes that prevail. $25-$30. June 28, 8 p.m.; June 29-30, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com