Best bets in Charlotte comedy, March 22-26

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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, March 22

Pauly Shore at 10:15 p.m.

As seen in Encino Man, Son-in-Law, In the Army Now & Jury Duty.

Moxie's Comedy Zone ~ 240 W. Broad St. Statesville ~ $25

Mike Merryfield at The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at 8 p.m. (seating at 7 p.m.)

In a business where too many performers rely on shtick or the latest political joke du jour to get laughs, Mike Merryfield is refreshingly original. His act never feels fake or forced. By simply being himself, he's become a comic on the verge of stardom.

Galway Hooker Pub ~ 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius ~ $10

Wednesday, March 23

Open Mic at 10 p.m.

Do you have some new material to work out? Sign up at 9:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 24

Underground Comedy, Art & Music at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Bigg John Colwell.  With Greg Martinez, Chesney Goodson & Joel Reyes. Local artists.  Music by State of Art, Rosco and the Benchmarks, and L.R.S.

Tremont Music Hall ~ 400 W. Tremont Ave., Charlotte ~ $6 in advance; $9 cash at the door

Friday, March 26

Celebrity Doug Benson at 8 p.m.

Stand-up comedian Doug Benson has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Best Week Ever and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing, where he finished sixth in the show's fifth season. He also starred in Super High Me, a documentary about marijuana usage.

McGlohon Theatre ~345 North College St., Charlotte ~ $25

Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26

Mike Merryfield at The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.

Watching Mike Merryfield perform is like listening to a music aficionado's iPod set to shuffle play. The songs bounce from style to style, yet they somehow seem to fit together.

Madison's On The Corner ~ 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill ~ $10

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