A good belly laugh exercises the abdomen, improves a cloudy mood, and comforts homesick reindeer with familiar, Santaesque sounds. Ease a four-legged friend's melancholy with this GrouponLive deal to see any comedy show at The Comedy Showcase. For $20, you get four general-admission tickets (a $60 value, including all fees). Shows run on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 9:45 p.m.). A two-beverage minimum, not included with this Groupon, is required.
Touring and local gut-busters elicit laughs while performing standup routines at The Comedy Showcase, a casual, intimate club founded in 1983 by comedian Danny Martinez. Headliner and proud Muslim American Mo Amer (June 15–16), a part of Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour, integrates Arabic sayings into his set as he discusses his reluctance to go to the doctor and America’s extremely limited coverage of soccer. Seasoned funnyman JR Brow (June 22–23) digs into a bag of jokes he accumulated over a 19-year standup career and renders stomach muscles sore with bits that take on politics, religion, and pop culture, and the edgy Kristin Lindner (June 29–30) unleashes a flurry of no-holds-barred punch lines that fearlessly muse on issues of marriage and the increasing dependency on technology.