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Fall Guide: Upcoming festivals, comedy shows, visual arts events and more




Arts Council of York County The Second City. Chicago's legendary comedy troupe. Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory Tim Wilson. Tim Wilson puts the life of an ordinary man to music. Some of his most popular songs include "Church League Softball Fistfight," "Trailer Park Woman," "Hillbilly Homeboy," "Chucky Cheese Hell," and "The Booty Song". Thurs., Sept. 8, 8 p.m.; Sept. 9-10, 8 and 10:15 p.m. $15-$20. Rich Guzzi: Psycho Hypnosis Show. Comedian, master hypnotist, motivational speaker and corporate trainer, Guzzi brings his show to Charlotte. Wed., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.; Sept. 16-17, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 18, 9 p.m. $10-$15. Anjelah Johnson. Anjelah became an internet sensation with her viral videos "Nail Salon" and "Bon Qui Qui". She's appeared on MADtv and was nominated for an ALMA Award for her work on the show. Thurs., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 23, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 24, 8 and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Breast Cancer Fundraiser. An afternoon of laughter and awareness with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer research. Food will be served at 3 p.m. and there will be a silent auction. Comedy show at 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, 3 p.m. The Wayans Brothers. From sitcoms to stand-up, Shawn and Marlon Wayans take to the stage with their latest gags. Thurs., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 11, 8 and 10:15 p.m. $35-$40. 900 Seaboard St., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702.

Crown Station Pub Taboo Tuesday Open Mic. The way open mic was meant to be, with no language or content restrictions. Comics sign-up at 9 p.m. for five minutes on stage. Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. $2 cash at the door. 1425 Elizabeth St., Charlotte. 980-224-8020.

The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at Madison's On The Corner 12x12 Super Challenge Stand-up Showcase. 12 local comics write a brand new five minute set every month of 2011. Featuring Derek Blackmon, Chris Brown, Eddie Conz, Olie Cuevas, Debbie Millwater, D Moore, DeVan Penegar, Steve Price, Pat Sabre, Eric Shun, Patrick Steward and Jessica Winkelman. Third Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 31. $10. Open Mic Night. Stand-up comedy open mic where comics get five minutes each. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill. 803-802-3990.

Jackalope Jacks Open Mic. All comedians wishing to participate must sign-up by 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 p.m. 1936 East 7th St., Charlotte. 704-347-1918.

Ovens Auditorium Weird Al Yankovic: The Alpocalypse Tour. Weird Al Yankovic has returned to demolish the pop landscape with Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years. Sat., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. $35-$45. Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam. The tour brings together comedians featured on Shaq's All-Star Comedy Jams. The lineup also includes comedians such as Aries Spears, Corey Holcomb, Tommy Davidson, Capone, Gary Owen and Tony Roberts. Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. $37-$47. 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-372-3600.

Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret Gorilla Preschool Improv Comedy. The entire direction of the show is dictated by the audience and their suggestions. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Open Mic. Featuring comedians and musicians. No language or content restrictions. Each performer will be given fives minutes on stage. Must sign-up by 9:55 p.m. Thursdays, 10 p.m. 19191 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 704-607-3062.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker The Saints and Sinners Comedy Show. Comedians Matthew Lumpkin and Patrick Jolle join forces to create a down right funny show. Tues., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. $10. Craig Shoemaker. Shoemaker, also known as "The Lovemaster," is a celebrity in a number of fields (radio, film, comedy). He's been featured on Comedy Central and named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards. Tues., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. $20. Phil Hogan. Hogan's show is a Southern flavored blend of stand-up, original comedy songs, guitar goofiness, and musical impressions. Tues., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. $10. Shane McConnaghy. McConnaghy was the original voice of the Lucky Charms characters and he creates a blend of comedy that's magically delicious. Tues., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. $10. Kier. Kier presents a mix of original music and life stories with comedy and impressions. Tues., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-995-2658.

The Mill Joe Zimmerman. Zimmerman headlines and the show also features comedy by Mike Kaiser and Chris Layton. Wed., Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $5-$8. A Night of Indie Music and Comedy. Featuring comedy by DeVan Penegar and Michael Robinette, followed music from Alexa Woodward and headliner Alina Simone. Fri., Sept. 30, 9 p.m. $10-$14. Robot Johnson. Sketch comedy troupe performs hilarious shows weekly. For more information, visit Saturdays, 9 p.m. $10. 3306A N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-331-9898.