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Joel McHale

The best stand-up and literary events coming to Orlando this fall 

Wednesday, Oct. 3

T.K. Kirkland 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $20; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Wednesday Open Words Poetry and spoken word open mic. 8:30 pm; Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-975-3364; austinscoffee.com.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Darren Fleet & Just Nesh 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $20-$30; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6

The Best of the Second City Legendary Chicago-based sketch and improv comedy group. 8 pm; Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $39.50; drphillipscenter.org.

Maz Jobrani 6:30 & 9:45 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $30-$50; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Lit AF Tour
Martin Lawrence – still one of the most successful comedians of all time – hosts this blockbuster comedy tour that stops at the Amway Center this fall. Lawrence brings along Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah and his spot-on impressions, along with young comedians DeRay Davis and Michael Blackson.
7:30 p.m. | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 800-745-3000 | amwaycenter.com | $36.50-$271.50

Shit Sandwich Probably the best comedy showcase in town. 9 pm; Bull and Bush, 2408 E. Robinson St; free; 407-896-7546.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Hari Kondabolu 7 & 9:30 pm; Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $25; drphillipscenter.org.

Real Laughs 5:30 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $10-$40; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Susan Lilley and Friends Orlando's first Poet Laureate gives a reading. 7:30 pm; Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave; donations; 407-595-2713; timucua.com.

Monday, Oct. 8

Gary Gulman, Lori Palminteri 8 pm; Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $35; drphillipscenter.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Diverse Word Spoken word open mic. 8 pm; Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.

World of Lore Book Tour Aaron Mahnke, host of podcasts Lore and Cabinet of Curiosities, gives a reading and signing from his new book. 7 pm; Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-894-6024.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Closed Mic: Poetry Night Poetry showcase hosted by Mary McGinn. second Wednesday of every month, 8 pm; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St; free; facebook.com/thenookonrobinson.

Orlando Story Club: Down to the Wire Storytellers deliver true tales about times when time was of the essence. 6:30 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $5; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Donnie Baker 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $20-$35; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday, Oct. 12

Drunken Monkey Open Mic Comedy open mic. 8 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; free; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.

Happier Hour Comedy Show Stand-up comedy showcase with a spotlight set. 9 pm; Broken Cauldron Taproom & Brewery, 1012 W. Church St; free; 407-986-1012.

Jim Jefferies 7 pm; Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd; $49.50-$55; 407-351-5483; hardrock.com/orlando.

Sheryl Underwood 6:30 & 9:45 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $27; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Sheryl Underwood 5:30 & 9:15 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $27; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Throwing Shade Comedians Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson give their fresh takes on women's issues, LGBTQ issues and pop culture with hilarity and vulgarity. 7 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $25-$30; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Late Nite Laughs Comedy Showcase Hosted by Goran Joksimovic. second Sunday of every month, 9 pm; Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave., Maitland; free; 407-587-9856; letsmakeitathing.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Orlando Cringe People read from their old teenage diaries out loud in front of strangers. 7 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; contact for price; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Ron Feingold 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $10-$40; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Thursday, Oct. 18

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  • Photo by Ashley Inguanta

Perfect Conditions Book Launch Party
It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Vanessa Blakeslee, the UCF grad and local author. She’s been stretching her wings, doing stints at various writers’ residencies around the country, but now she’s back to kick off the tour for her third book, Perfect Conditions. It’s a departure from her last book, but a return to her first collection – speculative stories, some set in Orlando, with an eerie vibe. Though Blakeslee’s been working on the collection for a few years now, these stories zero in on the current zeitgeist with uncanny accuracy: “kind of an Atwood/PKDick mood,” as she put it in an email, and that sounds just about exactly right to us.
6-11 p.m. | The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave. | free

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21

Shameless Book Con A convention for fans and writers of romance fiction. DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando at Sea World, 10100 International Drive; free-$155; shamelessbookclub.com.

Friday, Oct. 19

Drunken Monkey Open Mic Comedy open mic. 8 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; free; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.

Due North Comedy Comedy showcase hosted by Larry Griffin. third Friday of every month, 9 pm; inner Compass Brewing Company, 300 E. Second St., Sanford; free; 407-407-1792; innercompassbrewing.com.

Happier Hour Comedy Show Stand-up comedy showcase with a spotlight set. 9 pm; Broken Cauldron Taproom & Brewery, 1012 W. Church St; free; 407-986-1012.

HIM Book Tour Reading and signing with Pierre Jeanty. 2 pm; Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-894-6024.

Kountry Wayne 6:30 & 9:45 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $30; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Kountry Wayne 5:30 & 9:15 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $30; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Lewis Black 8 pm; Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $39.50-$69.50; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Matt Fernandez 5:30 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $10-$40; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Parcels: MFAs in Progress Current MFA writing students read from their newest work. 6:30 pm; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave; free; 407-872-1117; orlandobrewing.com.

Monday, Oct. 22

Lady Jam Monthly improv comedy show with all-female teams. fourth Monday of every month, 7:45 pm; Coal, 619 N. Thornton Ave; $5; 321-348-5035; coalspaceorlando.com.

Other Bar Open Mic Comedy open mic with rotating hosts. 8 pm; The Other Bar, 18 Wall St; free; 407-843-8595.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Hodgetwins 7:30 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $25; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday, Oct. 26

Drunken Monkey Open Mic Comedy open mic. 8 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; free; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.

Happier Hour Comedy Show Stand-up comedy showcase with a spotlight set. 9 pm; Broken Cauldron Taproom & Brewery, 1012 W. Church St; free; 407-986-1012.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Open Mic Comedy With Craig Norberg Comedy open mic for aspiring comedians. 8 pm; Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-975-3364; austinscoffee.com.

Monday, Oct. 29

Other Bar Open Mic Comedy open mic with rotating hosts. 8 pm; The Other Bar, 18 Wall St; free; 407-843-8595.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

The Show's Upstairs Intimate biweekly comedy showcase. Every other Tuesday, 9 pm; Magnolia, 13 S. Magnolia Ave; free.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Open Mic Comedy Open mic comedy in the piano bar. 8 pm; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.

Shit Soup Weekly standup showcase. 9-11 pm; Bull and Bush, 2408 E. Robinson St; free; 407-896-7546.

Thursday, Nov. 1

The Roast of Ronnie Radke An evening of jokes, stories and songs with Radke and members of Falling in Reverse. 7 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave; $20; 407-246-1419; www.thesocial.org.

Solo Jones 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $10-$40; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4

Corey Holcomb Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $25; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday, Nov. 2

Drunken Monkey Open Mic Comedy open mic. 8 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; free; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Shit Sandwich Probably the best comedy showcase in town. Show up early to grab a good seat. first Saturday of every month, 9 pm; Bull and Bush, 2408 E. Robinson St; free; 407-896-7546.

Tom Segura 7 & 9:30 pm; Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd; $35-$70; 407-351-5483; hardrock.com/orlando.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Open Mic Comedy With Craig Norberg Comedy open mic for aspiring comedians. 8 pm; Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-975-3364; austinscoffee.com.

Tracy Morgan 6:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $45-$85; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Monday, Nov. 5

Joel McHale
It’s UCF’s homecoming comedy show, but it might be worth hanging out with the kids to see Joel McHale. The former host of The Soup returned to making fun of reality television this year with The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale, but it was unfortunately canceled because Netflix can’t quite get weekly content right yet. But even though his most recent show went the way of Community, where he played narcissistic former lawyer Jeff Winger, it just makes this show more of a must.
with Jaboukie Young-White | 7 p.m. | CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. | cfearena.com | $25

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Loose Lips Local writers read works inspired by current events. first Tuesday of every month, 8 pm; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave; free; willspub.org.

Wednesday Nov. 7

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  • Photo by Laurie Fanelli

Kyle Kinane
An alternative comedy fave, Kyle Kinane headlined the very first Orlando Indie Comedy Fest back in 2014, where he delivered a marathon set that bounced from topic to topic. Kinane’s penchant for going off on tangents that always land in hilarious territory make him a patron saint of those who enjoy the craft of stand-up.
8 p.m. | The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive | abbeyorlando.com | $18-$28

Shit Soup Weekly standup showcase. 9-11 pm; Bull and Bush, 2408 E. Robinson St; free; 407-896-7546.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11

Earthquake 5:30 & 9:15 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $25; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Friday, Nov. 9

Benji Brown 8 pm; Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St; $19.50; 407-246-4262; drphillipscenter.org.

Drunken Monkey Open Mic Comedy open mic. 8 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; free; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.

Happier Hour Comedy Show Stand-up comedy showcase with a spotlight set. 9 pm; Broken Cauldron Taproom & Brewery, 1012 W. Church St; free; 407-986-1012.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Space Hearts Book Release Party
Just a couple of poets laureate sitting around chatting about Florida! This installment of Burrow Press’ Functionally Literate reading series brings together two women with plenty in common. Buckmaster is poet laureate of Belfast, Maine, but grew up in Florida; her new memoir Space Hearts recalls her beach-town childhood within earshot of Cape Canaveral. Lilley is poet laureate of Orlando, an Orlando native (rare!) and author of Satellite Beach, a Floridian memoir in poems.
6-11 p.m. | The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave. | burrowpress.com | free

Monday, Nov. 12

Samuel J. Comroe 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $20; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Nitro Comedy Tour: Catfish Cooley & Ginger Billy 7 pm; Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive; $25; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.

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