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 Stand Up for Main Street featuring Ray Romano in Beverly Hills. For $50, you get one general-admission ticket on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. (a $100 value).
Comedy is often used as one way of speaking truth to power; the work of Public Citizen is another. The nonprofit lobbies Washington on behalf of everyday citizens on economic, healthcare, and environmental issues. Stand Up for Main Street adds a panoply of familiar and funny voices to the chorus behind their good works in a comedy benefit show. Ray Romano headlines with the charisma and humor that made Everybody Loves Raymond as popular as I Love Lucy, Love Boat, and all but one of history's top puppy-cam feeds. In an ingratiatingly mopey, Queens-accented voice, Romano goes beyond sitcom surfaces in his live act to draw up takes on family life and longtime marriage that remain self-deprecating and slightly offbeat even after decades of fame.
A writer for The Simpsons for more than six years, Dana Gould deconstructs the everyday with quirky observations on life outside Springfield city limits. With her signature sharp, percussive delivery, Wendy Liebman dishes jokes about her youthful misadventures, such as taking the traditional post-college backpacking trip to Epcot Center. Marc Maron also performs with the pithy, potent humor he regularly unwraps in his popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.