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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LOL: Comedy in the Q.C.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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.

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Tom Green was only 15 when he started doing stand-up in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada. We're not gonna say he was mature beyond his years, but rather that he's always been a goofball. The comedian, who has served as talk-show host, stuntman, actor, writer, director, Juggalo-inspired rapper, and cow teat-sucking weirdo, stops in at The Comedy Zone Charlotte this week. Green's been known to make jabs at society's obsession with the Internet and social media: He says he appreciates the interconnectedness it's brought us, but longs for a sense of mystery — pretty deep, coming from the same guy who scored "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)," isn't it? $20-$25. Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. & 9:30 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.

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Dressing up in Star Trek gear is fitting for The Chuckleheads, a Charlotte-based improv troupe. Though the content of their shows isn't outerspace exclusive, the group does incorporate unexpected, spontaneous and, some might say, far-out material. The Chuckleheads, formed by Scott Pacitti, will celebrate their fifth anniversary at Theatre Charlotte on Oct. 13. Shows are normally structured around a mix of improv (similar to that of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Improv-a-ganza and Second City), music, game-show formats and audience participation. But for an extra touch, the group is adding a Broadway-style production number — the "Brotherhood of Man" song from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — to its upcoming gig. $10-$15. Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-301-1564. www.planetimprov.com.

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