The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted by Michael Murillo on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

TWEET HEAT: Brendon Walsh, whos known for his Twitter absurdities, headlines the Improv this weekend.
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  • TWEET HEAT: Brendon Walsh, who's known for his Twitter absurdities, headlines the Improv this weekend.
Another week, another fresh group of funny people at comedy clubs across the bay area. Each venue has a different style of performer, but they're all serving up jokes throughout weekend. Here's the lineup:

Comedy Clubs

Brendon Walsh at Tampa Improv. Walsh has a relaxed stage presence, but he's very aware of absurdities in the world and his place in it. Expect a lot of wit and sarcasm from a guy who enjoys being an adult without some of the pesky responsibilities that normally go with it. Walsh was named “Funniest Person in Austin” in 2004 and occasionally appears on the series The World’s Dumbest on Tru TV (What?). But in the alt-comedy infosphere of podcasts and social media, he is renowned as a sometimes insidiously cruel prankster and artful Twitter shit-stirrer. The ongoing three-way Twitter feud between Brendon, his Mike’s Hard Lemonade-swilling ex-wife, Trish, and his 9-year old estranged hellspawn Trevor (the last two fictional) is a crazed display of scatological, vitriolic family hatred in 140 character doses. (Text contributed by David Z. Morris) Showtimes are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. Info: improvtampa.com or 813-864-4000.

Corey Alexander at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club. Alexander looks like a guy who could have an everyday job — maybe at a bank or as an accountant — instead of a touring stand-up comedian. But with witty premises about relatable topics like family and relationships, you soon realize he made the right career choice. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 36657 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Info: snappersgrill.com or 727-938-2027.

Dale Jones
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Dale Jones at Side Splitters. You ever meet someone who was just funny — where they could say something and it would be much funnier than if someone else said it? Jones is one of those guys. The Nashville comedian is a Last Comic Standing alum with a southern drawl and a likable stage presence. His material is funny, but it's the way he presents it that really keeps audiences laughing Showtimes are Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:15 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.

Mike McCarthy at Coconuts Comedy Club (St. Pete Beach). McCarthy has 25 years of stage experience under his belt (sometimes it's under his kilt), and he uses it in an animated set filled with energy, voices and sometimes-silly premises. But the comedy vet knows how to get an audience going and keep them there throughout the evening. Showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 6200 Gulf Blvd. at the Beachcomber Resort, St. Pete Beach. Info: coconutscomedyclubs.com or 727-360-5653.

Mike Rivera at Jack's Joint. Dubbed "America's Funniest Teacher" by the popular television show The View, Rivera tears through a fast-paced set with plenty of punch lines, energy and a teacher's sense of crowd control. You'll even learn a thing or two, but nothing you'll find on a standardized test. This is mostly adult education. 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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