Summer Arts Preview: Comedy

Exploring the season’s best in comedy by bike, train, boat and car

By Bike

Taking a break from his steady gig roasting the current administration as a co-anchor on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, native New Yorker Michael Che heads to the Wilbur Theatre on June 30 to deliver a taste of his trademark honest humor. When the writer and actor is not delivering hot takes about Boston’s racist reputation on SNL, he is writing and producing his own work, such as his 2016 Netflix TV special Michael Che Matters—a blunt look at hot-button topics through Che’s signature stand-up.

By Boat

Photo credit: Elizabeth Hurley

Set sail to catch local comedian Christine Hurley headlining
the Ladies Who Lunch & Laugh event at the Nantucket Comedy Festival on July 11-14 at the Nantucket Dreamland. The ladies-only luncheon on July 12 features specialty cocktails and jokes served by the Boston-based
comedian who riffs on marriage and motherhood. With performers such as headliner Steven Wright, the festival is a fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn,
a nonprofit comedy education program to help kids build self-confidence.

By Car

Donning a blonde wig and many a muumuu, Louie Anderson is nearly unrecognizable playing Zach Galifianakis’ widowed mother on FX’s Baskets—
a role that earned Anderson a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Now, on the heels of his career resurgence, the veteran actor is going back to his roots as he takes his comedy chops on the road, bringing along new jokes and a new outlook on life. The former Family Feud host hits the stage at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Aug. 26.

By Train

From 12 seasons skewering pop culture as a writer and host of E!’s The Soup to starring roles in the hit series Community and Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Ted, Joel McHale is no stranger to the screen. For his latest role in Netflix’s recent film A Futile and Stupid Gesture—on the founding of National Lampoon Magazine in 1970—McHale had plenty of experience studying up on his character: former Community co-star Chevy Chase. Next, McHale takes his sharp wit to the stage at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on June 22.


Summer Arts Preview: Comedy Q&A


Read our Summer Arts Preview Q&A with actor and comedian Brooks Wheelan on bringing his brand of self-deprecating humor on tour this summer.





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