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Arj Barker, Martial Arts Improvisors, and More Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

Arj Barker (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

This summer of comedy kicks off with Michael Jackson tributes, improv martial artists, and a ton of comedy allstars. I think we're off to a good start.

Scream: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

There isn't a better way to honor the King of Pop's untimely passing than with singing, dancing, and, yes, a bunch of comedians. Hosted by Marcella Arguello, this tribune to Jackson includes sets by Sammy Obeid, Chris Burns, David Gborie, Klee Wiggins, and OJ Patterson.
When: 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 25
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Arj Barker

If you loved him on Flight of the Concords, then you'll love him even more when he's doing stand-up comedy.
When: Various times, June 26-29
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus

Brian Scolaro

The Brooklyn native has done his fair share of late night shows and is working his butt off to make you laugh as Doug on Sullivan and Sons and recurring roles on Kroll Show and Wizards of Waverly Place. Go see him live and join in on the laughter.
When: 8 p.m., Thursday, June 26
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery 

Society Cabaret Presents Shann Carr "Spicy Gay Comedy"

She's the producer of the web series Out for Laughs, as well as the author of "You're Going to Be Gay." She's spicy and, most importantly, "strong enough for a lesbian and great for a gay man!" Of course, we're talking about comedian Shann Carr.
When: 8 p.m., Friday, June 27
Where: Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter

Brad Wollack

As a writer for shows like the Wayne Brady Show and regular roundtable guest on Chelsea Lately, he has to be funny right? Right.
When: Various times, June 27-28
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

The Five Deadly Improvisers: An Improvised Martial Arts Double Feature

What do you get when you mix martial arts and improv theater? You get this awesome, nationally-acclaimed show that brings a fully improvised film to life.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 27
Where: Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia

Kevin O'Shea and Friends

San Francisco comedy scene favorite is doing a show…and he's bringing a few friends along including Megan Koester, Allen Strickland Williams, Land Smith-Abbinante, Peter O'Connell, and Alison Stevenson.
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 1
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Comedy Allstars

There are comedy stars and then there are comedy ALLSTARS. This week's Comedy Allstars show at Punch Line includes Comedy Central's Joe Klocek, Kris Tinkle, Marcella Arguello, Zack Ciappellone, and more!
When: Various times, July 2-5
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery

Cobb's Comedy Allstars

Just when you thought you couldn't handle anymore allstars, high-ranking stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes swoops in to host yet another show of fine comedy at Cobb's.
When: 9:45 p.m., Saturday, July 5
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus 

Life According to Jimmy Tatro!

Comedic YouTube personality Jimmy Tatro brings his observational, college-stereotype skewering to the stage with a live version of his show Life According to Jimmy.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5
Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus