Comedy fans are in for a treat this winter as some of the biggest names in the business are bringing the laughs to the Boston area. Here are 10 shows you definitely don’t want to miss this season.
At Nick’s Comedy Stop, Noonan invites all to “listen to the comedy dues getting paid in real time.” Noonan, who has a big following on Twitter and the late Vine (rest in peace), is the host of a comedy podcast, “High Pathetically with Will Noonan” and has appeared on “This American Life.”
Dec. 1-2, 8 p.m., Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston, $20, nickscomedystop.com
The comedian and former star of “Parks and Recreation” will take the stage at the Wilbur with his Ron Swanson-esque humor. He’s promised a collection of his “sawdusty” musings on survival in the wild and living with enthusiasm.
Dec. 2, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $39, thewilbur.com
Come see this fast-rising, New York-based actor and stand-up comedian at Laugh Boston. She’s an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” and used to contribute to “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” so expect plenty of topical, sharp humor.
Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, $29, laughboston.com
Jefferies is one of the most respected comedians of a generation, known for his controversial, belief-challenging and thought-provoking humor. In one of his Netflix specials, he delivered what is now an iconic routine on gun control in the United States.
Dec. 29-31, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $51, thewilbur.com
The honest, likeable host of “Last Week Tonight is brining his Emmy-winning talent to Foxwoods. His nuanced comment on political and social issues in the United States, tempered by his outsider viewpoint, make for grippingly sharp and hilarious material.
Dec. 29-30, Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn., $74, foxwoods.com
Hart is not only a comedian, but also an accomplished movie star of “Get Hard,” “Central Intelligence” and “Ride Along” fame. He’s one of the highest grossing comedians in history, and he’s bringing his “What Now?” tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn., $79, mohegansun.com
Bamford has appeared alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn on Comedy Central specials, and is the star of her own semi-autobiographical Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite,” which was created by the producers of “Arrested Development” and “South Park.” That’s a lot of comedic power in one sentence.
Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $27, thewilbur.com
This Los Angeles-based comic is nationally renowned, having appeared in Showtime’s dark comedy series “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Workaholics,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Arrested Development.” Since he quit his job to pursue comedy, he’s toured clubs and colleges across the land nearly every weekend.
Feb. 1-3, Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, $25, laughboston.com
Dunham made a name for himself with ventriloquism, appearing alongside his explosive characters like Achmed, Peanut, Walter and Bubba J. He’s bringing his edgy, innovative act to Boston University, and you won’t want to miss the chance to see something a bit different, and laugh the night away at the same time.
Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, $64, agganisarena.ticketoffices.com
Noah, most known for being John Stewart’s heir to “The Daily Show,” also has a couple wildly popular stand-up specials on Netflix and is bringing his act to Boston. The South African native has been dubbed the most successful comedian in Africa, and offers an outsider perspective on U.S. current events, much like Oliver.
Feb. 15-18, The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $59, thewilbur.com