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 “Bal-A-Palooza Comedy - April Fools Featuring John Alston, Kirk McHenry & More” on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at the Historic Bal Theatre in San Leandro. For $24, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $47 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Historic Bal Theatre continues its occasional standup series with an evening designed to raise money for local classrooms. Along with the Eddie Murphy–inspired Hannibal Thompson, performers include John Alston and Oakland-bred impressionist and storyteller Kirk McHenry, whom audiences may have previously caught opening for Paul Mooney and Damon Wayans.
Warning: Contains profanity.
[**Hannibal Thompson**](http://hannibalcomedy.com/) Warning: Contains coarse language and disrespect toward parents.
The Historic Bal Theatre
Since it opened in 1946, the 800-seat Bal Theatre has continually hosted a wide array of film screenings, comedy shows, and musical acts on its stage, remaining one of the few American theatres of its era never to have shut down. Despite the building's vintage art-deco vibe, the theater boasts a concert-series sound system, digital projection, and three-dimensional seats, immersing audiences in a heightened sensory experience.