By Bryan Carey

Nothing beats a great comedic performance. The timing, the delivery, and the personality combine to set one comedian apart from the rest and America is renown for its many masters of the comic art, some of whom perform regularly across the United States. Houston is home to several intimate venues perfect for watching your favorite stand up comic deliver an all- out laugh fest. Here are the best comedy shows coming to Houston in the spring, 2017:

An Evening You Will Forget
Smart Financial Center
18111 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land TX 77479
(281) 207-6278

Date: April 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.

That wild and crazy guy Steve Martin joins legendary comedian Martin Short for an evening you won’t forget, in spite of what they may tell you. The two Saturday Night Live veterans have been making movies and filling concert halls for decades and they join forces at the Smart Financial Center for an evening of comedy and song. Martin is notable for both his comedic talents and musical leanings and he plans to pull out the banjo to play a few songs along with the backup band, the Steep Canyon Rangers. An Evening You Will Forget is a collaboratioin effort between two giants of comedy and it’s a performance you don’t want to miss.

The Unusual Punishment Tour
Cullen Performance Hall
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 743-2255

Date: March 31, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Get ready to laugh out loud as comedian Jim Jefferies brings his Unusual Punishment Tour to Cullen Performance Hall on the University of Houston campus. Jefferies is known for his hard- hitting social commentary and his witty style will have concert- goers rolling on the floor with laughter as Jefferies pokes fun at politics, societal norms, and other popular social issues of the day. Jim Jefferies places nothing off limits and his colorful ways to describe the people, places, and things that make the news each day will have some crying foul and others nodding and laughing in agreement. The Unusual Punishment Tour is unlike any other and it’s one of thr top comedy shows on tour, taking the nation by storm.

Festival Of Laughs
NRG Arena
1 NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: April 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Coming to NRG Arena in April, Fesitval of Laughs features the comedy of Mike Epps, a multi- talented performer. Epps has made appearances in several movies and has received praise for his acting and singing talents, both of which have helped propel him into the world of stand up comedy. Epps lighted up style is certain to thrill crowds and he is joined at this show by several other comedians, including Sommore, Earthquake, and Bruce Bruce. The diverse comedy of these different performers offers a fresh mix of comedic approaches and adds up to broad appeal for diverse audiences.

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Jerry Seinfeld
Smart Financial Center
18111 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 207-6278

Date: Jan. 14, 2017 at 10 p.m.

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Jerry Seinfeld proves that a stand up comic’s desire to make people laugh never wanes. The former television star has been working in comedy for most of his career with stints on television that helped solidify his claim to fame. Jerry Seinfeld has an uncanny knack for taking ordinary things and making them seem funny and audience members appreciate his ability to find humor in everyday situations. His current comedy tour makes a stop in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land and attendance is a must for die- hard fans of this comic legend.

Billy Crystal
Smart Financial Center
18111 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land TX 77479
(281) 207-6278

Date: Feb. 25, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Another comedian who owes much of his popularity to Saturday Night Live, Billy Crystal is a testament to Hollywood perseverance. The former star of the television show Soap and countless movies brings his unique style of comedy to the Houston area on February 25 for an evening of nostalgia and good laughs. Crystal’s comedy is often directed toward public figures and no one is spared from his often sharp and witty satire. With a career than now spans more than four decades, Billy Crystal is one of comedy’s most respected and revered performers and his live performances are among the best in the business.

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