The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Special New Year's Eve shows are part of the stand-up fun this weekend.

  • Steve Zimmerman will help ring in the new year at Tampa Improv.


Despite another holiday, there's plenty of comedy to be seen this week. But there's a catch: New Year's Eve shows tend to be much more expensive that regular shows.

Of course, they sometimes include champagne or food or other amenities, too. And you're celebrating a new year, right? Just check the venue's site for details.

And remember, there are no shows on New Year's Day. So you have time to rest of you're, um, "tired" from the night before. Here's what's on tap this week.

Comedy Clubs

Steve Zimmerman at Tampa Improv (New Year's Eve). Zimmerman has a friendly, animated style. He's a good choice if you want to celebrate the new year with some energy along with plenty of laughter.  Showtimes are Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20-$34. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. Info: ImprovTampa.com or 813-864-4000.

Deon Cole at Tampa Improv. Cole has plenty of television and movie credits, and even a couple of Emmy nominations for his writing. His creativity is apprent in his stand-up set, which covers relationships and race in clever, unapologetic ways. Showtimes are Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. $20. 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. Info: ImprovTampa.com or 813-864-4000.

Dale Jones at Side Splitters (New Year's Eve). With Jones, the material is just half of the fun. His frenetic energy keeps the energy level high and the laughter flowing. Showtimes are Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $30-$75. 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. Info: SideSplittersComedy.com or 813-960-1197.

Dale Jones at Side Splitters. Jones will stick around past New Year's Eve, appearing all weekend at Side Splitters with his high-energy set. Showtimes are Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. $10-$16.50. 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Info: SideSplittersComedy.com or 813-960-1197.

Rich Guzzi hypnosis at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club (New Year's Eve). Guzzi's comedy hypnosis show will ring in the new year with naughty suggestions and crazy behavior from the audience volunteers who get up on stage with him.
Showtimes are Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $29-$58. 36657 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor. Info: SnappersGrill.com or 727-938-2027.

Paul Morrissey at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club. Morrissey has an understated stage demeanor, but underneath is the confidence of an accomplished stand-up veteran. His comedy is often self-deprecating while remaining clever and relatable. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $12. 36657 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor. Info: SnappersGrill.com or 727-938-2027.

Dave Heenan at Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's (New Year's Eve). Heenan has strong wordplay and clever material. Sandy Marks, Al Lubel and Teah are also on the bill. Showtimes are Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Info: CoconutsComedyClubs.com or 727-360-5653.

Sandy Marks at Coconuts Comedy Club (at MJ's). Marks shares plenty of personal stories, describing them in the way only a comedian can. Even when he's talking about himself, the audience will find themselves relating to the witty, observational material. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Info: CoconutsComedyClubs.com or 727-360-5653.

Steve Netta at 2 Palms Bar & Bistro (New Year's Eve). Netta's background and Italian heritage play a role in his setups, but it's his quick wit and funny tags that keeps audiences laughing. Showtime is Wednesday at 9 p.m. 2950 Gulf To Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Info: TampaBayComedy.com or 727-741-8014.


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