With this year’s heated presidential race coming down to the wire, millions of Americans are dealing with increased stress caused by the election, according to the American Psychological Association. They say that laughter is the best medicine, so laugh yourself silly and forget your election anxiety with these touring comedians throughout November.
The country’s top ventriloquist is back on the road with his colorful cast of character puppets, including Walter, Peanut, and Achmed, who he utilizes to push the limits of political correctness. His humor is smart, versatile and not overtly crude like so many stand-up comics are today. Dunham’s characters steal the spotlight of every show, and he capitalizes on their unique backstories to deliver the jokes.
Louis C.K. has delved into acting on the small and big screens, appearing in films such as Role Models, American Hustle, and The Secret Life of Pets, as well as guest starring on Parks and Recreation. Since 2010, C.K. has achieved success with the FX series Louie, serving as the creator, writer, director and star, playing a fictionalized version of himself. Known for his dark humor and satire, Louis C.K. is not the comedian for everyone, but his clever material will definitely please those who appreciate his style of comedy. Catch his stand-up show in various cities until January.
Gabriel Iglesias, better known as “Fluffy” to his fans, often makes himself the brunt of his jokes. He uses his weight and Mexican heritage as fodder for his stand-up routines, which he has turned into seven TV and film specials. You can catch him on select dates throughout November, so don’t miss out!
A perennial favorite, the New Yorker has consistently been the highest-earning comedian for the better part of a decade, being dethroned only by Kevin Hart this year. Fueled by the timeless success of his sitcom, Seinfeld continuously brings crowds in to his stand-up shows, so be sure to get your ticket to see one of the most popular comedians of all time.
Between starring in and writing her own Comedy Central series, film and TV appearances, and a best-selling book, Amy Schumer has become one of the most popular comedians today. She particularly resonates with the millennial generation with her quips about pop culture and understanding of various superficial struggles. She is the one name on this list that is best suited for a younger crowd but can generate laughs regardless.
Perhaps the most zany of comics on this list, Lewis Black brings an impressive energy to the stage with his public persona of being crazed and angered about various subjects. His style leads his stand-up routines to often be the platform for political and cultural rantings, a hit or miss with certain audiences. We recommend catching his act if various current events have sparked your desire to go off as well.
One of the premier Latino comics of all time, George Lopez is bringing the laughs to several cities this month. Like Gabriel Iglesias, Lopez also uses his heritage as material for his jokes, along with family life and race and diversity issues. On select dates, he will be joined on stage by fellow comedians Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Charlie Murphy and Eddie Griffin as part of the Comedy Get Down tour.
Who says women aren’t funny? The second lady to make this list, Iliza Schlesinger, knows how to laugh at herself and encourages audiences to do the same. Her comedy focuses on the topics of gender stereotypes, relationships and dating, and everyday life and is sure to get a crowd laughing with her ability to relate to them. Don’t believe us? Check out her various stand-up specials currently streaming on Netflix.