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Monday, January 7, 2013

LOL: Comedy in the Q.C.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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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Those who haven't heard Hannibal Buress' new song, "Gibberish Rap" might want to keep it that way. There's a reason why Buress should stick to comedy. Luckily, Buress - who has written for Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and The Eric André Show - has more than music in the works for 2013. There's been chatter on the web that Buress might have a new TV sitcom, but currently he's on a stand-up tour - stopping in Charlotte for four gigs at The Comedy Zone. $18-$22. Jan. 10, 8 p.m.; Jan. 11, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Jan. 12, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

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Joel Chasnoff is a Jew with attitude. On stage, the stand-up comedian embraces his heritage while picking fun at related customs and traditions central to his life as a member of the "chosen people." He speaks of bar mitzvahs and the empowering feeling of being a manly 13-year-old ... uh ... boy. The Chicago native, well connected to his Hebrew roots, enlisted in the Israeli Army at 24, and afterward penned The 188th Crybaby Brigade, a memoir about his experiences as a soldier in Israel. Aside from jokes, Chasnoff makes some pretty insightful suggestions for the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. He considers the war to be very personal in the hearts of both sides and supports programs that bring Palestinians and Israelis together (including Seeds of Peace, a summer camp that unites students from both backgrounds). Check out Chasnoff when he visits Davidson College for a stand-up performance. $10. Jan. 13, 6 p.m. Davidson College (Knobloch Campus Center, Alvarez-Smith 900 Room) 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2135. www3.davidson.edu.

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