Sacramento is a funny place. Just take a look at K Street: There are all sorts of funny smells and goofy-looking Ed Hardy-clothes-wearing bros. Seriously, though: Sactown sports a rich comedy scene filled with a few comedians who’ve made it big on a national level, tons of up-and-comers looking for more exposure, numerous improv teams, and an ever-present rotation of touring comics visiting area clubs. Here’s a quick rundown of a few notable comedy happenings this week:
Mike E. Winfield returns
Kind of famous for his role as a warehouse worker on NBC’s The Office and as the host of Fuse’s Off Beat, Mike E. Winfield performs two free shows in Sac this week. The first one—Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacramento State University Union Ballroom (6000 J Street)—features special guest Sammy Obeid, who played the Buddhist on The Coexist? Comedy Tour along with Winfield (the Christian) and tour co-founder and local comedian Keith Lowell Jensen (the atheist). Winfield’s second show is on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at Lucky Derby Casino (7433 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights). Find out more at http://mikewinfield.com.
Milky Way Improv Festival
This inaugural three-day festival—happening at the Roseville Theatre (241 Vernon Street in Roseville) on Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7—is organized by improv troup Blacktop Comedy. It features local troupes the Colony, Shorties, Lady Business and ComedySportz—as well as a handful of touring groups and lectures on several different aspects of improv. Tickets are $12-$15 for individual events, $20-$25 for a one-day pass, and $40-$45 for a three-day pass. For more information, visit www.milkywayimprovfestival.com.
Winner of the fourth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Josh Blue will hit the stage at Punch Line Comedy Club (2100 Arden Way) on Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6. Blue’s comedy is filled with self-deprecating humor and oddball scenarios that stem from his experience living with cerebral palsy. Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $22.50. Visit www.punchlinesac.com for more information.