LOL: Comedy in the Q.C.

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Listed below is a roundup of CL's top picks for comedy shows in Charlotte this week. Hopefully, they keep you entertained and, more importantly, laughing out loud.

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Paul Hooper, who started doing stand-up comedy here in the Q.C. in 1998, keeps his act eccentric. He playfully picks and angrily gripes about whatever he feels like, taking full advantage of the mayhem that his OCD tendencies ignite. Tues., July 17, 7 p.m. $10. The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

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Georgia-born comedian James Gregory doesn’t sugar-coat (except maybe the food he eats) anything. He’s fond of deep-fried Southern cuisine and confused about vegetarians and the latest rage in buying organic. But health-nuts need not worry, as his backwoods attitude only adds to the hilarity. Gregory also gives impressions of his family and their noisy digestive tracts, often heard at holiday gatherings. Thurs., July 19, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 20, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Sat., July 21, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $15-$20. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Over the Counter Improv returns with its Single Life vs. The Married Life. The show, which compares the pros and cons of these relationship statues, is moving over to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte for a special performance this week. For more information, visit www.otcimprov.com. Sat., July 21, 8 p.m. $10. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte.

Members of Charlotte Comedy Theater have turned on each other during Improv Comedy Playoffs. The final showdown between the winners of each battle goes down tonight. Audience determines who has the best quick-witted humor. For more information, visit www.charlottecomedytheater.com. Sun, July 22, 7 p.m. $10. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte.

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