Winter Arts Guide: Comedy

Now Mary Tyler Moore died? We're gonna need some laughs.

Sarah Silverman
Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., The Warfield

We don’t often get the chance to see Sarah Silverman perform stand-up. She chooses her live dates carefully, so the fact that she’ll at the Warfield is definitely cause for celebration. From her hysterical memoir The Bedwetter to her Emmy-nominated run with The Sarah Silverman Program, she is razor-sharp and always willing to go places that leave you uncomfortable (and crying from laughter). Silverman was recently in conversation with presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders at an event in Los Angeles, so expect the political to be a heavy topic of conversation.

Judd Apatow, Peter Holmes, Artie Lange, and more
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Herbst Theatre

Beyond his work behind the camera with films like The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Trainwreck, Judd Apatow has also produced many acclaimed comedy movies and television shows. His latest project is Crashing, an HBO show starring You Made It Weird podcast host Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, and “Comedy Bang Bang” favorite Lauren Lapkus. In celebration of the show’s premiere, Apatow is hitting the road with members of the cast for an evening that promises special guests and lots of silliness.

Marc Maron
Friday, Mar. 24, 8 p.m., The Fox Oakland

“Are we good?” This is what WTF podcast host Marc Maron asks the comics with whom he’s feuded — and there are many of them — after the honest, insightful conversations that have become a hallmark of his show. As of late, Maron has also welcomed a number of high-profile musical guests to WTF, including Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. A neurotic mess of the highest order, Maron’s material often deals with his own relationships and hang-ups, but his comedy also brilliantly lends a voice to the little daily thoughts that we all try to pretend don’t consume us.

Patton Oswalt
Sunday, Mar. 26, 7 p.m., The Masonic

There is no clever way to avoid the obvious. Patton Oswalt lost his wife, noted true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, unexpectedly last April. Along with many others devoted fans, we wondered when, if ever, we’d have the privilege of seeing him perform live again. Our opportunity comes in March, when Oswalt will have his pick of topics like President Trump, the latest Star Wars film, and of course the unfunny business of what’s happened to him over the last year. How he’ll turn it into stand-up, we don’t know, but there is no other comic working today more deserving of our attention.

Bill Maher
Sunday, Apr. 23, 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall

Bill Maher is a divisive figure, mainly because if you don’t agree with his politically saturated liberal brand of comedy, he really could not care less. In a reality where fodder for material is hailing from the sky in apocalyptic-sized chunks, Maher should have no problem taking a scalpel to the many parties responsible for the circus fire that is present-day America. Whether you’re a diehard fan of his Real Time series on HBO or you just desperately need to hear someone who is immune to bullshit holding court and peppering his routine with some searing punchlines, Maher is your man.

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