We need to laugh. Life requires it. And there are some pretty funny people on today’s comedy circuit. We’re here to help you never forgo an opportunity to witness and laugh with today’s best, to make sure you never miss one of your favorite comedians when they perform nearest you. This is the Top Stand-Up Near You, what we consider to be The Best Comedy Tours in 2019.
1. Dave Chappelle
On Tour: Through August 9
First, Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He will be performing through July 21st, for those of you planning to visit or live in New York, it’s a must-see show. Then, Chappelle will take his act to a few more cities across North America, where he will be sharing the stage with Joe Rogan and Jon Stewart (on select dates). Prone to unpredictability, we think it’s likely that Chappelle announces more shows in the coming year. Though he was superb from the start, Chappelle’s comedic style has only gotten better with age.
2. Ali Wong
On Tour: July 18, 2019 – December 30, 2019
Acclaimed actress, comedian, and TV writer Ali Wong is currently on her “Milk & Money” Tour. Famous for her hilarious takes on motherhood and partnership, as seen in her Netflix comedy specials Ali Wong: Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong continues to be a hit amongst millennials, mothers, and more. Fans can expect to see Ali Wong in mostly intimate spaces, as she doesn’t typically perform to above 3,500 capacity venues. “It would a be a lot easier if I did. Then I could do one show instead of 10. But for me, 3,500 just feels too big. You really lose intimacy with the audience. And that intimacy is what makes live stand-up shows so magical.”
The “Milk & Money” Tour will be cellphone-free, following in the footsteps of her peers with the assistance of Yondr pouches. But we promise, a night with Ali Wong won’t have you missing your phone. You’ll be laughing too hard to reach for it anyways.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Anjelah Johnson
On Tour: September 12, 2019 – November 17, 2019
First known for her “Nail Salon” skit and Bon Qui Qui character on MADtv, Anjelah Johnson now tours her material regularly, showing audiences there she had a whole wealth of material—much larger than her role on the show could handle. Now on the “Technically Not Stalking” Tour, Anjelah Johnson is bringing her high-energy observational humor to audiences nationwide. Lauded as one of the freshest voices in comedy—The Las Vegas Review Journal gushing about her last tour, calling her “an energized presence, an exclamation point incarnate”—Johnson’s “Technically Not Stalking” Tour will be one of the best tickets you buy all year. Period.
6. Jim Jefferies
On Tour: July 25, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Geoff James Nugent, known professionally as Australian-American stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies, is taking a break from his Comedy Central show to tour nationwide this Summer. Known for his gut-punching comedy specials (BARE, Freedumb, This Is Me Now)—not to mention his now household bit on gun control—Jim Jefferies continues to be one of the brightest and prolific observational humorists we have today. We suggest listening to The Jim Jefferies Show Podcast, which features casual discussions, interviews, and zero filters.
7. Joe Rogan
On Tour: July 24, 2019 – December 7, 2019
One of the century’s most confounding Renaissance men, Joe Rogan. TV host (Fear Factor), MMA commentator, business man, and finally, stand-up comedian—which was actually his first creative profession. In addition to touring nationwide, Rogan will be performing with Dave Chappelle on select dates. You can catch two of Rogan’s comedy specials on Netflix: Triggered and last year’s Strange Times.
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. Carol Burnett
On Tour: July 23, 2019 – October 25, 2019
Comedy icon Carol Burnett, whose show ran for 13 years, is bringing “Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection” to audiences nationwide this Summer and Fall. The events will be Q&A style performances, with Burnett going back to the days of The Carol Burnett Show in her reflections, anecdotes, and humorous tales. Intricately funny, and still vital today, Carol Burnett is a comedian for fans of all ages, but especially those who grew up on The Carol Burnett Show.
11. 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.
12. Iliza Schesinger
On Tour: March 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
There are few who think about Iliza Schlesinger as a former winner of the show Last Comic Standing. Because now, Schlesinger is better known for co-starring in the dramatic comedy Instant Family with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. Not to mention both of her incredible Netflix specials: Freezing Hot (2016), Confirmed Kills (2017), War Paint (2013),—and more recently—Elder Millennial (2018), where she explored the dramatic hilarity of being recently engaged, what lies ahead, all the undeniable truths of being 35. Iliza Schlesinger is currently touring in support of Elder Millennial.
13. Jerry Seinfeld
On Tour: March 14, 2019 – November 22, 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.