Best bets in Charlotte comedy this week

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As the headline suggests, here are a few of the best places to find comedy events in Charlotte — from stand-up to improv to sketch comedy and more. For a complete listing of all comedy visit www.CharlotteComedyLIVE.com.

Tuesday, April 6

* Stand-Up Comedy at Lake Norman Comedy Zone at 8 p.m. (seating at 7 p.m.)

Nationally touring headliner Tony Boswell.

Galway Hooker ~ 7044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius ~ $10

Thursday, April 8

* NoDa Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at 8 p.m.

Join host Mike Buczek as he brings you this weekly stand-up showcase featuring Charlotte's up-and-coming stand-up talent.

Prevue Music Hall ~ 2909 N. Davidson St., Charlotte ~ No Cover

Friday, April 9

* Bruce Bruce at 8 p.m.

Comedian, Bruce Bruce, host for two seasons of BET's "Comic View" brings his live show to Charlotte.

Knight Theater ~ 430 South Tryon St., Charlotte ~ $25

* Lewis Black's "In God We Rust" at 8 p.m.

Lewis' live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don't have to. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon.

Ovens Auditorium ~ 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte ~ $40

Saturday, April 10

* Epic Sketch from Sketch Theatre Acting Company at 8 p.m.

From the group that brought you the hit show Summer Sketch, a sketch comedy show tackling topics of epic proportions!  Join us as we pay irreverent homage to the biggest newsmakers of the past two millennia.

Duke Energy Theatre ~  345 N. College St., Charlotte ~  $12.50 in advance

* Rickey Smiley & Friends at 8 p.m.

Celebrity Comic Rickey Smiley along with his friends Lavar, Ced Delaney, and Special K Douglas.

Ovens Auditorium ~ 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte  ~ $36

* Improv Comedy at Charlotte Comedy Theater at 8 p.m.

Competitive short form improv where Charlotte's top improvisers compete against one another for your affection.  Lots of audience participation.

Prevue Music Hall~ 2909 N. Davidson St., Charlotte ~ $10

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