Iliza Shlesinger performs her stand-up routine on stage.

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Fall means hot apple cider and pumpkin spice everything, but it also means that shorter days, greyer skies, and chilly commutes are on their way. Luckily, some hilarious names will also be coming to town this fall to keep you distracted from that harsh reality for just a bit longer.

Iliza Shlesinger
Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St., Boston
$25, 800-745-3000

Iliza Shlesinger is a rare comedian who manages to make fun of men and women in equal measure, without truly bashing either gender. If you’re a guy wondering what the deal is with Pinterest and clutch purses, or a girl who’s got a Pinterest board dedicated to clutch purses, you’ll find plenty to laugh about in her act.

David Sedaris
Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Mass. Ave, Boston
$40-60, 877-613-0134

The king of self-deprecating humor-writing and the author of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” hits the road to share his take on life’s everyday absurdities and his own quirks. He crafts witty tales from any aspect of his life, whether that’s a heartbreaking event from childhood, his experience working as an Christmas elf in Macy’s SantaLand, or his experiences as a New Yorker living in France.

Jay Pharoah
Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St., Boston
$22.50, 800-745-3000

You probably know him as the resident impression wiz on "SNL," but you can expect a whole lot more than dead-on sketches from Denzel, Obama, and Kanye at his stand-up shows. Jay Pharoah is a humble, high energy guy who’s got plenty of pop culture jokes and some personal anecdotes to share too.


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Joel McHale
Oct. 25 at 6 and 8:45 p.m.
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St., Boston
$39–$54, 800-745-3000

The host of E!’s “The Soup” is the definition of snark, so be ready for the same razor-edged mocking of celebrity culture that you see on TV at his standup show. To balance out his own wry humor, he’ll have plenty of hilarious anecdotes about his young kids’ twistedness too.

Jim Gaffigan
Oct. 27-29
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St., Boston
$59, 800-745-3000

Jim Gaffigan, star, writer, and producer of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TV Land, is a food-obsessed dad of five (onscreen and in real life) so the punchlines are never too tough to guess. But he excels at witty observations on the everyday in his stand-up, and finds humor in life's deeper questions like what's really up with Hot Pockets and discussing his own incredible laziness.

Nov. 5-7
Laugh Boston
425 Summer St., Boston
$20-25, 617-725-2844

You might recognize him from his small role in “Zoolander” and an appearance “30 Rock.” Godfrey is able to pull off a joke about almost anything, from race issues to politics, to celebrities, to his own Nigerian immigrant parents. Though he could sail along smoothly on his jokes alone, he also does solid impressions of famous names like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Cosby.

Carly Aquilino
Nov. 19-21
Laugh Boston
425 Summer St., Boston
$20-25, 617-725-2844

If you’re not a 20-something woman, you probably have never heard of Carly Aquilino, but her star is rising rapidly thanks to her role on MTV’s “Girl Code.” The 24-year-old former hairdresser has no filter, which helps when it comes to her comedy. She shares insight on all the weird things girls go through on daily basis, but that no one ever talks about—until now.

Mike Epps
Nov. 27, 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St., Boston
$45, 800-745-3000

Mike Epps draws inspiration for his stand-up act from legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who he’s also been cast to play in an upcoming biopic directed by Lee Daniels. For now, though, he’s back to his standup roots with an act full of sharp observations about society, about pop culture and current events.

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