Boston is widely regarded as one of the best comedy towns in the country, so it’s no surprise that a slew of stand-up stars want to perform in the Hub this fall. Here are the top comedy shows you have to check out this season.
Boston Comedy Festival
Expect to see a few of your favorite comics when the annual fest returns this month. “30 Rock” star Judah Friedlander kicks things off with his set on opening night Sept. 20. The festivities will also feature performances by Ms. Pat, Tony Hinchcliffe and more.
Sept. 20-24, various locations, bostoncomedyfest.com
The Needham native makes her Boston return in September with her first solo gig at the Wilbur. In addition to bringing her “All New Material, Girl” tour to town, Kirkman is also offering special VIP upgrades where fans can meet her before the show plus score some sweet swag.
Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com
Fresh off the release of his flick "Don't Think Twice" last year, fellow Bay State native Mike Birbiglia heads back to Boston for a lengthy stay at the Wilbur. The Shrewsbury native take over the theater for five straight nights in October.
Oct. 4-8, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com
Ilana Glazer and Phoebe Robinson
"Broad City" and "2 Dope Queens" stars Ilana Galzer and Phoebe Robinson are teaming up for their "Yaaas Queen Yaaas" comedy tour. The fan-favorite comics already sold out their Sunday night show, but there's still a chance to catch them in action at their Saturday night performance.
Nov. 11-12, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com
"Too Much Tuna" star John Mulaney will be spending a lot of time in Boston this fall. In addition to his sold-out show at the Wilbur, the Emmy Award-winning comedian will perform at Symphony Hall in November.
Nov. 14 and 17, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, bso.org
Local legend Dana Gould inspired a generation of Bay State comics with his stand-up work over the years. The Hopedale native will be back in town in November for three nights at Laugh Boston.
Nov. 16-18, Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, laughboston.com
Comics Come Home
Denis Leary and his funny friends will once again take over the TD Garden for this year's Comics Come Home event, which raises funds for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. This year's lineup includes Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Ross and more.
Nov. 18, 8 p.m. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, tdgarden.com
A comedy superstar who needs no introduction, Chris Rock will finally return to the Hub this fall. Check out his "Total Blackout" world tour when it stops at the Wang Theatre for a pair of nights in November.
Nov. 25-26, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, bochcenter.org