Houston Comedy Shows
Two years of restrictions and downtime forced comedians to find other ways to introduce their art to fans. The results are a slew of new podcasts, skits, anime series, books, Youtube channels and more. Many have been working on their own stage shows while waiting to get back on the road, and now that restrictions are lifted, the comedy world is ready to show what it has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for big arena tours, intimate comedy clubs, improv, open mic nights or anything in between, Houston has the events to tickle your funny bone.
Here are 10 must-see comedians and their upcoming events happening in Houston through mid-June.
Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, April 22
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian and writer Tig Notaro will return to Houston after her second HBO special and feature film do i agree. Notaro has many hats, directing films, hosting two podcasts, acting and more. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, April 28
David Sedaris is a satirist and the author of barrel fever and Holidays on ice. His 2013 book Let’s explore diabetes with the owls became a bestseller, and the audio version earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. It will offer its brand of storytelling at the Cullen Theater at the end of this month. For tickets and more information, visit here.
NRG Arena, April 28-29
The No Cap Comedy Tour is a collective made up of Deray Davis, DC Youngfly, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Lil Duval, Michael Blackson, B Simone and Blaq Ron. There are different lineups for the cities on the tour, but expect the majority to be at the Houston show, especially rising stars DC Youngfly, Chico Bean and Karlous Miller from the 85 show South. The trio have built a strong fan base with their podcast and improvisational comic book style. You can also see most of the tour lineup as cast members on Nick Cannon’s comedy improv game show Wild ‘n Out. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Improvisation, May 3
Most people know Yvonne Orji for her performance as Issa Rae’s best friend on the hit HBO series. Precarious. As Molly, she quickly became a standout cast member, eventually leading to her own stand-up special, Mom, I did itwhich premiered on HBO in June 2020. Orji is currently working on a book, producing a comedy for Disney+, and working on a sequel to holiday friends with John Cena and Lil Rel Howery. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Improvisation, May 11
Zahid Dewji is actively working on the comedy circuit here in Houston. He is widely featured on the secret band, producing the weekly $2 show, while hosting the weekly Trash show Flavored Trash along with the monthly showcase Bad Idea. He’s coming off the Whitney Cummings Touch Me Tour, so if you didn’t get to see him at The Secret Group, catch him at Improv in May. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Improvisation, May 12-15
Affion Crockett got her start in dancing by winning popping contests when she was 10 years old. After graduating from college, he moved into other aspects of the entertainment industry. His humble beginnings on open mics eventually led him to HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Crockett has carved a niche for himself in the comedy world with his impressions as well as physical comedy. He has appeared in movies and TV shows such as The wedding bell, The Boondocks, Wild ‘n Out and A Black Lady sketch show, and he will be at Improv next month. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Bayou Music Center, May 21
Daniel Tosh, best known for his long-running Comedy Central Tosh.0, brings his show from the small screen to the live stage with his latest tour. Tosh is known for his irreverent, boundary-pushing comedy as well as his views on pop culture. If you’re a fan who enjoyed his Comedy Central show, take the time and go see him live. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Improvisation, May 26
Thornton built his TikTok following to 1.4 million subscribers, singing different relatable moments with a self-tuned voice. Starting out as a photographer and filmmaker, Thornton turned more to comedy on TikTok as work dwindled due to the pandemic. He’s currently touring multiple cities, so if you catch him on TikTok, be sure to catch his improv show in May. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Improvisation, May 27-29
Jess Hilarious has built her brand through social media, launching her on shows like Wild ‘n Out, All Def Comedy and a spot on Lil Rel Howry’s Fox show OER. She did her own comedy tour in 2017 and is back on the road now, hitting improv in late May. For tickets and more information, visit here.
House of Blues, June 11
Nick Kroll has worked his way through comedy circles for years, appearing on shows like The league, The Oh, Hello Show and the Kroll show, while making appearances in blockbuster films like Sing 2, sausage partyand The secret life of pets 2. He is also the co-creator and star of Netflix’s animated hit. Big mouth and its consequences, Human ressources. His last tour was supposed to land in Houston in January but was postponed to June, so if you’re a fan of Kroll’s comedy, there’s still time to buy tickets. For tickets and more information, visit here.