Top 16 Live Comedy Events This Month: April 2023

Comedian Felipe Esparza makes a bunched-up face while performing
Felipe Esparza heads to Jones Hall on The Bigfoo Tour | Courtesy of HBO

Get your laughs at these must-see live comedy shows and events in Houston for April 2023.

Find more comedy happening all month long in the 365Houston Calendar.

Here are our picks for the month’s top nights in comedy:

Top 16 Live Comedy Events This Month: April 2023

  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Murahd Shawki & Dauood Mohammad Naimyar at Rudyard’s Pub | Thursday, April 6 – The pair of friends and San Francisco-area comics team up for a co-headlining set at the Riot, riffing on experiences as an immigrant, mental health, and the world as they see it. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Maz Jobrani at Houston Improv | Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8 – The Iranian comic and host of the Back to School podcast, Maz Jobrani can most recently be seen in his new stand-up special on Peacock, Pandemic Warrior. Now, he’ll take to the Spring Branch stage for five shows in three nights. $70 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Phil Hanley at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8 – From late night experiences to comedy festival stages and beyond, the Canadian comedian finds his way back to the Montrose stage for back-to-back-nights of gut-busting routines. $20 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
  • Sarah Millican at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, April 8 – The award-winning English comedian comes to Houston, performing her latest material in a set entitled Bobby Dazzler. $39 and up. 8pm.
  • Billy Wayne Davis at the Secret Group | Thursday, April 13 to Saturday, April 15 – A finalist on Last Comic Standing, and seen on specials like Comedy Central’s Tales From the Trip, the Tennessee comedian swings through EaDo for a weekend of side-splitting sets. $20 and up. 8pm.
  • Pete Holmes at Houston Improv | Friday, April 14 & Saturday, April 15 – Actor, writer, comedian and podcast host of You Made It Weird, Pete Holmes heads to the Spring Branch laugh house for back-to-back nights of his latest material in a show entitled Where Were We. $60 for 2, and up. Times vary.
Pete Holmes delivering a monologue on a television show
Pete Holmes takes over the Improv for back-to-back nights in April | Courtesy of Pete Holmes
  • Sahib Singh at the Secret Group | Tuesday, April 18 – Following a series of several sold-out shows in places like Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the stand-up comic and writer has added a second set for his one-night appearance at the EaDo comedy club. $25 and up. 8pm and 10pm.
  • Kate Willett at the Secret Group | Wednesday, April 19 – A comedy festival veteran who’s appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Netflix’s Comedy Lineup, Kate Willett brings her raunchy feminist take to the Secret Group stage in East Downtown. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Sam Tallent at the Secret Group | Thursday, April 20 – Winner of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and author of Running the Light, the comic comes to EaDo, building on his comedy special, Waiting For Death to Claim Us. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Chelcie Lynn at Bayou Music Center | Friday, April 21 – Rising to fame through viral platforms like Vine and TikTok, the comedian known for characters like Trailer Trash Tammy takes over the Downtown venue for night of hearty laughs. $39 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Tanveer Arora at the Secret Group | Friday, April 21 – The Desi comedian takes the mic to relay his hilarious tales and insights about family, culture, religion and his homeland of Mumbai. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Ben Bailey at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22 – The comic known for his role on the game show, Cash Cab, Ben Bailey brings a seasoned comedy set to the upstairs stage for back-to-back nights in Montrose. $25 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
Comedian Sam Jay in a promotional photo
Comedian Sam Jay heads to Rudyard’s for three nights of comedy | Courtesy of HBO
  • Rosebud Baker at Houston Improv | Thursday, April 27 – After releasing her first hour-long special, Whiskey Fists, the stand-up comedian, actor and writer brings her insights on everything from relationships to her love of dogs over humans, for a one-night performance at the Improv. $40 for 2, and up. 7:30pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Sam Jay at Rudyard’s Pub | Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29 – The Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live writer and comedian known for her recent Peacock series, Bust Down, Sam Jay churns out the laughs across five sets at Rudz. $17 and up. Times vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Felipe Esparza at Jones Hall | Friday April 28 – The Mexican stand-up comic—and winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing—can be seen most recently in his 2020 Netflix special, Bad Decisions, and the network’s series, Gentefied. Now, he’ll be brought to the Downtown venue as part of The Bigfoo Tour. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Ralph Barbosa at Houston Improv | Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 – Fresh off debuts on HBO and Comedy Central, the Dallas-native comedian is on a roll and headed to the Spring Branch comedy club for a series of nearly-sold out shows. Very limited seats remaining; $128 for 4, and up. Times vary.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.