Stand-up choices for comedy this week: Steve Harvey, Larry Miller lead the pack


[image-1]Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour Steve Harvey, one of the original kings of comedy and the ever-popular morning radio host, co-headlines an inspirational and knee-slapping performance with Gospel powerhouse Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin. Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-1000. Tickets start at $39.50.


[image-2]Robert Klein Acting and performing stand-up over the past three decades, Klein has hosted Saturday Night Live twice, and he starred in HBO's first stand-up comedy special in 1975 during the cable channel's early broadcast days and has continued to appear in several more one-man shows, ending his show with his famous "I can't stop my leg" routine. Limited number of tickets available to non-members, with a portion of the proceeds to All Children’s Hospital. Call 888-695-0888 for tickets. Sat., March 26, 9 p.m. $30. Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. theclubti.com.


[image-3]Larry Miller He's one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces even if you don't know his name. Miller has appeared in more than 50 films and numerous TV shows. He began his career with a memorable cameo as the brown-nosing store manager inPretty Woman and has since co-starred in Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Aristocrats. Recently, he was a featured character in the animated Jerry Seinfeld film Bee Movie. March 25-26. $18, $20. Side Splitter Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.


[image-4]Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad Lady Gaga playing Mahjongg? Hamantaschen getting eaten? What the heck is in Gefilte Fish? Get the answers to these and other burning questions when funny ladies Ester Steinberg (from Tampa) performs with Shawn Pelofsky (Chelsea Lately), Dana Eagle (Craig Ferguson) and hostess -- queen of the quick change -- Goddess Perlman (Last Comic Standing; pictured right). Tickets include dinner and show and are $32 in advance, $40 at the door. Free valet parking. Thurs., March 24, 7 p.m. Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. brownpapertickets.com/event/160330.


[image-5]Suzanne Westenhoefer The first openly gay comedian ever to appear on television has gotten laughs on Letterman, HBO, Bravo, Logo and GSN as well as performances across the U.S. Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. $26-$31. The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.


Think you can bring the laughs? Try out your funny stuff live on Thursdays at Jack's Junk Food Joint's Open Mic Night courtesy of Coconuts Comedy Clubs. The joingt is at  2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. 727-791-2222.

If you're looking for something to tickle the ol' funny bone this weekend, you're in luck. Famous, award-winning stand-up comics headline venues on both sides of the bay.

Greg Fitzimmons The comic, writer and producer is a regular on the talk show circuit and cable TV shows. He's won four Daytime Emmys for his writing on The Ellen Degeneres Showand he's helped pen episodes of Lucky Louie, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher and The Man Show. Fitzsimmons' mischievous sarcasm and wit get him big laughs on the stand-up circuit. March 24-27. $15, $17; Friday's show is 18 and up. The Tampa Improv, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Centro Ybor, Ybor City. 813-864-4000. improvtampa.com.

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