Best bets in Charlotte comedy this week, July 26-Aug. 1

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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.

Monday, July 26

Charlotte Comedy Theater's Student Improv Show at 8 p.m.

This will feature CCT improv students performing an hour show of short form games similar to Whose Line is it Anyway? Seating is limited. For reservations, call 803-548-6824.

Courtyard Hooligans ~ 140 Brevard Court, Charlotte ~ $5

Tuesday, July 27

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

Nationally touring headliner Valerie Storm featuring Johnny Beehner.

Galway Hooker Pub ~ 7044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius ~ $10

Wednesday, July 28

Stand-up Open Mic at 9 p.m. (sign-up at 8:30 p.m.)

Show us your funny side and feel free to get up to tell your own jokes. Or just hang out with friends and take in the laughs.

Jackalope Jacks ~ 1936 E. 7th St., Charlotte ~ Free

Thursday, July 29

All-Stars Showcase at 8 p.m.

Charlotte's stand-up talent storms the stage. Co-hosted by D. Moore and Todd Joy, this fast-paced format brings the brightest stars to the stage with their best material. Featuring Nicci Hoo, Chesney Goodson, John McNairy, Jon Dunn, Olie Cuevas, Kevin Alderman, Cooper Robertson, Greg Martinez, Aaron Bruggeman, Chris Cornado, Spencer Yoo, Bill "The Thrill" Cleveland, Derek Blackmon and Steve Forrest.

Fort Mill Comedy Zone at Madison's on the Corner ~ 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill, SC ~ $10

Friday, July 30

Improv Comedy Playoffs by Charlotte Comedy Theater at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

A fully improvised comedy show that pits the hottest comedic players in Charlotte against each other for audience approval. Original games and ridiculous behavior. Make reservations by 5 p.m. on the day of or in advance at 803-548-6824.

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

Saturday, July 31

Robot Johnson Sketch Comedy at 10:30 p.m.

Voted as Charlotte Magazine's 2010 Best of the Best for Sketch Comedy, Robot Johnson is Charlotte's premiere sketch comedy troupe. Good humor by bad people. Funny at the digital level.

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre ~ 1118 Clement Ave., Charlotte ~ $15

Sunday, Aug. 1

Funny First Sunday Laughing & Jamming a7 7 p.m.

Comedians Nick Lewis and D. S. Sanders, along with headliner Arnesto.

House of Jazz ~ 8630 University Exec Park Drive, Charlotte ~ $10 in advance

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