It’s mid-February and we’re stuck somewhere between the winter blues and spring flings.
Yep, we need a good down-from-the-pit-of-our-stomach belly laugh to shake us out of the funk.
We found three ha-ha shows this weekend to put a smile on your face.
Mexican actor/comedian Omar Chaparro wants to do more than make us laugh when he comes to the Rialto Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 14. He wants to inspire us to change our outlook. His show, “RetOMAR — I challenge you to be happy,” invites audiences to think outside the box, leave our troubles behind and commit to making changes in our lives.
“This is a revitalizing conversation that will make you laugh, reflect and motivate you to reach your full potential,” the comedian, who has appeared on Mexican TV and radio as well as a number of American movies, said in a quote posted on the Rialto Theatre’s website.
Chaparro goes on stage at 8:30 p.m. at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $40 to $80 through ticketfly.com.
If you didn’t get in on this early, you have missed your chance to see Netflix sensation Ali Wong (“Hard Knock Wife”) open her 2019 “The Milk and Money Tour” at Tucson Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 16. When we checked with ticketmaster.com last Friday, there were maybe four seats left.
Not to rub salt in your wounds, but here’s what you will be missing:
- “My dream, my goal for the longest time was to be a trophy wife, but then I found out that in order to be a trophy wife, you have to be a trophy. I am more of a commemorative plaque.”
- “Breastfeeding is this savage ritual that just reminds you that your body is a cafeteria now.”
- “I wanna be able to take a stroll on a sidewalk, see a quarter, and just keep on walking.”
Wong, the mother of two whose comedy specials are big hits on Netflix, goes on stage at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.
A couple blocks from Wong’s show on Saturday, veteran standup Brian Regan will bring his brand of wholesome, family-oriented comedy to Fox Tucson Theatre. But lest you think you’re in for an awe-shucks-dad kind of experience, think again:
- “Racquetball is the only sport where simultaneously you can be looking at the ball and it’ll hit you in the back of the head at 90 miles per hour.”
- “Do people who believe in reincarnation ever say, ‘Darn, I’m still writing the year 1612 on my checks!’”
- “I was at the breakfast table this morning and I read in the newspaper that more and more adults are living at home with their parents. That surprised me, I was like, mom, did you read this?”
OK, so maybe he is that awe-shucks funnyman. But he is pretty funny. He goes on stage at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $37.50 to $74.50 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com.
And coming next weekend to the Fox, comedian/actor Joey Diaz is set to perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $30.50 to $39.50 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com.
Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch.