Unless you recognize a comedian’s name as That Girl From that Movie or the Dude from That One HBO Special, it can be hard to tell whether a stand-up is worth seeing. Lucky you: C-Notes did the legwork, and the skinny on this week’s big comedy shows, video included, is just a click away. Read on for a full rundown. – D.X. FerrisComedian: Tommy Davidson (see video above)
Dates: Thursday, April 6 through Sunday, April 5
Specialty: Davidson is a regular host of Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and the In Living Color alumnus also appeared in Half Baked and CB4. Live, he’ll riff on anything from horror movies to the can’t-miss standard: the differences between black people and white people.
Playing: The Improv, 2000 Sycamore St., East Bank of the Flats, 216-696-4677,
Showtimes: Thursday: 8 p.m. Fri: 8 and 10:15 p.m. Sat: 7, 9:30, and 11:30 p.m. Sunday: 7 p.m.
Comedian: Maria Bamford
Dates: Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5.
Specialty: Bamford’s most recent high-profile appearance is on Comedy Central’s Comedians of Comedy special, where her slightly off-kilter persona helped her outweird the boys’ club. Her bits include living in L.A., suffering allergies, and the everyday torture of office life.
Playing: Pick & Frolic’s Hilarities E. 4th St. Theater, 2035 E. 4th St., Downtown, 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com.Tickets: $15-23.
Showtimes: Thu: 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Sun: 7:30 p.m.
Comedian: Tag-Team Comedy with Susan Smith and Scott White.
Dates: Tuesday, April 1 through Saturday, April 5
Specialty: Comedy-scene regulars will recognize Smith, a former female wrestler who describes herself as “a Southern belle gone bad,” as half of the Untamed Shrews. White has a background in sketch and improv, and his CD Dirty White Boy" is in regular rotation on the comedy channels of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Radio.
Playing: The Funny Stop, 1757 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700,
www.funnystop.com.Showtimes: Tue-Thu: 8:30 p.m. Fri, Sat: Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$16, two-drink minimum.