If you're looking to get your funny bone tickled, then 2015 is going to be a good year. This year the Magic City plays host to some marquee comics from mainstream, observational comics like Jerry Seinfeld and Seth Meyers to improv groups like The Groundlings and Second City and funny ladies Whitney Cummings and Kathy Griffin. Here are our picks for the year:
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Russell Peters at the Hard Rock Live, January 17: The Canadian comedian comes south with on his Almost Famous tour. Know for his observational humor, Peters is unafraid to take on heady subjects like race and ethnicity, His debut album, Outsourced, was an international hit. "I don't make stereotypes," Peters said of his comedy, "I just see them."
Miami Improv Festival at Just The Funny, January 21-25: Just The Funny's annual improv festival returns for yet another year. This year they welcome a handful of nationally known improv groups including Funny or Die contributors The Groundlings, the legendary group that launched the careers of Lisa Kudrow and Phil Hartman.
The Second City at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, January 22: The legendary Chicago improv group has been the starting point for some of the most famous comedians of the last 30 year. Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Steve Carrell all cut their comedy chops with the group. They stop by SMDCAC for one night only.
Whitney Cummings at the Magic City Casino, February 13: The creator and star of the now cancelled NBC sitcom Whitney and the co-creator of CBS's Two Broke Girls performs a set from her "I Love You" tour. Cummings' comedy is smart and unabashed look at gender roles.
Bo Burnham at the Parker Playhouse, March 21:
This music-focused stand up prides himself on "politically incorrect humor." If you're under 25 you likely already know who Burnham is. If you're over 25 you might recognize him from Yo' Teach, the viral marketing videos for the Judd Apatow movie Funny People.
Vanessa Hollingshead at the Aventura Arts and Culture Center, March 28: If weird childhoods make for good comedic material, then Hollinsghead must have a ton. The stand up is the daughter of an LSD researcher who was part of Timothy Leary's inner circle.
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Kathy Griffin at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, April 25: The gossipy stand up has never met a celebrity she wasn't afraid to burn. Her routines are the guilty pleasure of comedy.