The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

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Christian Finnegan is in Tampa for shows this week, including a late-night gig on July 4.
  • Christian Finnegan is in Tampa for shows this week, including a late-night gig on July 4.

The Fourth of July weekend normally means lots of food, plenty of parties and bad decisions with fireworks. But how about some good decisions with stand-up comedy? There are plenty of good options this weekend, and many venues are open on July 4 as well. Here are your best bets this week:

Christian Finnegan at Tampa Improv. Finnegan's a familiar face for those who watch comedy on television, and his stand-up features plenty of wit and clever material. It's not always politically correct, but it's intelligent all the same.
Note: Only one show (at 10 p.m.) on July 4. Showtimes are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 10:00 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. Info: improvtampa.com or 813-864-4000.

Spanky Brown at Side Splitters. Brown, a frequent visitor to the club, brings a laid-back style and approachable demeanor to his premises. It sounds like a casual conversation among friends, but it's really the stage presence of a seasoned vet.  Note: No show on July 4. Showtimes are Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. Info: sidesplitterscomedy.com or 813-960-1197.

Lou Angelwolf at Snappers. Angelwolf is a local performer with more than 25 years in the business. He's still got plenty of hair, a likable stage presence and enough jokes to entertain all comers over the holiday weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 36657 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor. Info: snappersgrill.com or 727-938-2027.

Tim Moffett at Coconuts Comedy Club (MJ's). Moffett, also known as "The Daily Farmer," brings his down-home comedy to the beach this weekend. His blue-collar appeal keeps him busy in Florida comedy clubs.
Showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Info: coconutscomedyclubs.com or 727-360-5653.

Pretty Paul Parsons at Two Palms Bar & Bistro. Parsons is a dirty old man. That's not an insult; it's an accurate description of his stand-up comedy. Expect plenty of adult language, wildly inappropriate commentary and a lot of audience laughter. Showtime is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. 2950 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Info: tampabaycomedy.com or 727-741-8014.


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