Both laughter and tears can be cathartic, but only laughter is OK in front of your dog. Laugh until you cry with this GrouponLive deal to see Paul Nardizzi, presented by Stand-Up for Laughs Comedy, at Halligan's Sports Bar and More in Auburn. For $15, you get two tickets for Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. (a $30 value). This Groupon is valid for general admission, which includes rows 4–14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Author of 602 Reasons to Be Ticked Off and its sequel, 602 Reasons to Be Pissed Off, Paul Nardizzi is always pleased to lend a hand to those suffering from excessive optimism. First-timers to his act, which won 2001's Boston Comedy Festival and has been featured on Conan and NESN Comedy All-Stars, might expect a caustic, Lenny Bruce–like personality, but the consummate Bostonian instead delivers misanthropic mirth in a laid-back, conversational tone. His insight can touch on any topic, such as pulling a 180 on the freeway to prove a point, his children's failure to even steal properly, and his convenient, $200,000 solution for keeping milk fresh.
Overseeing the uproarious proceedings is emcee Kevin Barbare, co-host and master impressionist of the Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF. A longtime horror aficionado, Barbare is the creator of Rock and Shock, and at some point during the night of laughs will debut his zombie-comedian character. Rounding out the evening are up-and-comers Aaron Mastrorio, Johnny Sanderski, Kyle Maxwell, and Nick Albanese.