2017 has been a tumultuous, roller-coaster year and we’re not even at the finish line.

But come late December, we’re going to need a few laughs to get us through the finale.

Thank goodness funny man Jay Leno likes us. He’s giving Tucson a belated Christmas gift on Dec. 28 when he headlines a show at the Casino del Sol Event Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, through tickets.casinodelsol.com. No prices were set.

Leno is one of several big-name comedians and big-deal comedy shows heading our way in the coming months.

  • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is heading to the AVA at Casino del Sol on Oct. 28; tickets are $40 — all the reserved seats are gone — through tickets.casinodelsol.com.
  • Arizona Daily Star’s own Dave Fitzsimmons is hosting “Fitz and Friends at the Whistle Stop,” a benefit comedy showcase at downtown’s Whistle Stop, 125 W. Fifth St., on Oct. 29, Proceeds benefit Exodus Community Services and the event also features Tucson comedians Nancy Stanley, Josiah Osego, Dave Membrila and Unscrewed Comedy Improv. Cost is $35 which includes music with Kinda Kinks, a silent auction and food provided by several Tucson restaurants. Call 331-3044 for reservations and details.
  • Paula Poundstone returns to the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., on Nov. 18; tickets are $29 to $61 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com.
  • Comic duo Penn & Teller are at Centennial Hall on Nov. 17 with UA Presents. Tickets are $30 through ticketmaster.com

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

Cathalena has covered music for the Star for the past 20 years. She's a graduate of Arizona State University has worked at Sedona Red Rock News, Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, New York; and USA Today.