Best bets in Charlotte comedy, Dec. 28-Jan. 2

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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, Dec. 28

Derek Richards at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Richards' act is fast, fresh and, at times, fanatical - often described as a politically incorrect discussion amongst friends at a bar.  He has appeared on The Weather Channel's Top 10 series.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Pub ~ 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius ~ $10

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Open Mic at 9 p.m.

Do you have some new material to work out? Sign up at 8:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, Dec. 30

Open Mic Night at 9:30 p.m.

The mic opens up for everybody, so invite your friends out to watch you take the stage for your 5 minutes of fame. Hosted by Chris Corrado.

The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at Madisons on the Corner ~ 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill ~ Free

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Blowout with Derek Richards at 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.

Picture the serious side of life as a plate glass window. Now, imagine a cement truck barreling toward it at 100 mph. The maniac behind the wheel? Derek Richards.  Champagne toast & more.

The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at Madisons on the Corner~ 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill ~ $15 or $30

The New Year's Eve Extravaganza by Robot Johnson Sketch Comedy at 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Charlotte's premier sketch comedy troupe returns to the perform their favorite sketches.  Don't miss the special year-end countdown by Talking Baby, the poster boy for 2011!

Duke Energy Theatre ~ 345 N. College St., Charlotte ~ $20.10

Saturday, Jan. 1

Improv Comedy by 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~ 2909 N. Davidson St., Charlotte ~ $10

Sunday, Jan. 2

Funny First Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Funny First Sunday Laughing and Jamming comedians Nick Lewis & DS Sanders.

House of Jazz ~ 8630 University Exec Park Drive, Charlotte ~ $15

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