We need to laugh. Life requires it. And don’t you hate when you miss out on watching your favorite comedians live? We’re here to help you never forgo an opportunity to laugh with today’s best. This is the Top Stand-Up Near You, what we consider to be The Best Comedy Tours in 2019.
1. Wanda Sykes
On Tour: February 26, 2019 – April 6, 2019
The “Oh Well” Tour is meant to break the tension between Wanda Sykes and her fanbase. Because if they are in attendance, they are getting the Emmy award-winning comedian’s take on what’s happening in Trump’s America. Though politically charged, Sykes asserted to USA Today that entertainment comes first.”They can expect a good time… My comedy is pretty much a snapshot of what’s happening now, so I’ll be talking about the current situation, with a lot of laughs, and also my interpersonal things and my family and all.”
2. Chelsea Handler
On Tour: April 11, 2019 – June 1, 2019
One of Hollywood’s most honest and upfront personalities is getting ready to release her first book in five years. Life Will Be The Death of Me follows Chelsea Handler as she embarks on a year of enlightenment and self-sufficiency. “I started seeing a psychiatrist after Russia got Trump elected, and I started writing things down after our sessions,” Handler shares with Variety. “I recognized that it was an opportunity to take a good look at myself, and share that experience with the world in the way I want to share everything.” The Life Will Be The Death of Me will be supported by a 16-city tour, which kicks off in April.
3. John Mulaney & Pete Davidson
On Tour: March 3, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Though 11 years apart, it isn’t difficult to find commonalities between these two comedians. Both have been validated by the comedy mill Saturday Night Live. Both are keen on theatrics, whether it means dressing as a crotchety old man or dying ones hair blue. Both can endure court side Knicks as they participate in the tankathon. What else do they have in common? Both are touring—together!—in 2019. Could this just be an excuse for the two friends to make some money while relaxing in their adorable bromance? Doesn’t matter to us, as Mulaney and Davidson continue to compliment and support each other through the act of creating hilarious art.
4. Aziz Ansari
On Tour: February 20, 2019 – April 28, 2019
He’s back. The man behind the epic Parks and Recreation character Tom Haverford. The man who brought us Master of None, a show that often induces discomfort due to how closely it approximates the experience of millennial dating. Aziz Ansari, the guy who just endured a controversial year, has returned to the stage. And according to recent reviews, Ansari is as funny as ever. He talks his family—always a big subject for Ansari—in addition to relatonships, pop culture, and yes, the divisiveness of today’s political climate. Aziz Ansari fans out there definitely don’t want to miss this return.
5. Gabriel Iglesias
On Tour: February 21, 2019 – September 21, 2019
From his latest Netflix special One Show Fits All to his new comedy on the same streaming service, a show which reflects parts of the comedian’s past, Iglesias certainly deserves all of the acclaim and room to create that he’s won. An endearing quality of Iglesias is how he set out to familiarize himself with every place he goes. By spending some time in the city before his shows, he achieves a camaraderie with the audience that not every comedian attempts to do. Don’t miss Iglesias as he celebrates himself and his fans on the “Beyond the Fluffy” Tour.
6. Trevor Noah
On Tour: March 2, 2019 – November 16, 2019
Daily Show host Trevor Noah has somehow found time between developing his sharp political commentary to go on tour. The “Loud and Clear” Tour will bring Trevor Noah and his increasingly funny—and painfully accurate—witticism to several venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, marking his first appearance to the venue. The multi-city tour runs through November 2019, an unbelievable stint for someone who is simultaneously flourishing as Jon Stewart’s successor.
7. Haters Roast
On Tour: February 21, 2019 – March 27, 2019
Looking for a ridiculous evening of unapologetic comedy? Look no further than “The Shady Tour” 2019, where former contestants of Rupaul’s Drag Race shine and cast shade. In addition to the off-screen drama, we think there will be even more material that occurs on tour as the stage sisters are traveling together. Trixie Mattel, Jinkx Monsoon, Latrice Royale and many more incredibly talented queens are slated to appear on “The Shady Tour”.
8. Chris D’Elia
On Tour: February 21, 2019 – August 24, 2019
Now that his Eminem impression has been praised by the man himself, what else does Chris D’Elia need to know that he’s got it? D’Elia will bring his “Follow The Leader” Tour to several venues through the Summer. To familiarize yourself with the eccentrically deadpan humor of D’Elia—if you somehow missed his NBC show Undateable—check out his latest special on Netflix, Man On Fire.
9. Bianca Del Rio
On Tour: July 19, 2019 – November 30, 2019
The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” will be touring throughout North America, bringing her tell-it-like-it-is attitude towards comedy that embraces the irreverent, the meaningless, the silly. Her aim? For you to let loose and have fun. Not to mention, Bianca Del Rio’s tour will include the first ever performance from a drag queen at Carnegie Hall. Fans, you don’t want to miss out on Bianca Del Rio’s career-making “It’s Jester Joke” Tour.
10. Fred Armisen
On Tour: February 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen continues to remind fans of his other love: music. The “It’s Comedy for Musicians but Everyone Is Welcome” tour will find Armisen revisiting the satirical compositions of bands like the Blue Jean Committee—from the aforementioned Documentary Now!—and The Fingerlings. Not to mention hardcore punk act Crisis of Conformity, and pianist/songwriter Joshua Rainhorn, among others. Even if you aren’t familiar with the references, Fred Armisen’s comedic genius is never one to pass up seeing live.
11. Iliza Schlesinger
On Tour: March 1, 2019 – July 6, 2019
There are few who think about Iliza Schlesinger as a former winner of the show Last Comic Standing. Now, she is better known for her incredible Netflix specials such as War Paint and her most recent, Elder Millennial. Or for co-starring in the dramatic comedy Instant Family with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. Iliza Schlesinger is touring in support of Elder Millennial. She is also on the bill for “Garden of Laughs“, a benefit comedy show for the Garden of Dreams Foundation set to take place in MSG’s Hulu Theater. The show will also include Jerry Seinfeld, along with Bill Burr, Michael Che, John Mulaney, Brian Regan, and Jon Stewart.
12. Jim Gaffigan
On Tour: February 22, 2019 – July 31, 2019
Jim Gaffigan is the best comedian—by far—at extracting the hilarity out of boring, day-to-day life. His dry humor, when applied to the doldrums of raising a family, makes Gaffigan one of the most relatable comics on the scene. Not to mention he is one of very few within his profession to sell out NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Though he tours often—sometimes behind his books—we think fans should seize as many opportunities as possible to see this comedian live, as he’s constantly refreshing his Dad jokes.
13. Jerry Seinfeld
On Tour: March 14, 2019 – July 13, 2019
If there’s an American comic who needs no introduction, it’s Jerry Seinfeld. The Seinfeld creator and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee host is splitting his time everywhere these days, but mostly between New York City and Las Vegas. Jerry Seinfeld continues to tour minimally outside of his Beacon Theatre and Caesars Palace residencies, so there’s a good chance the famed comic is performing in a city near you.