May 5: Ryan Hamilton This comic from the Midwest with the squeaky-clean persona recently opened for Jerry Seinfeld at Carnegie Hall.  Rolling Stone has named him one of the “Five Comics to Watch.” $20+. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;

May 5: Marion Grodin An improvisational comic who talks about parking tickets and her love of cake, she’s shared the stage with Lewis Black, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Robin Williams. $20. Carmine’s Comedy Club inside Umberto’s Restaurant, 2245 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, 845.464.1572;

May 18: Nick Swardson A funny man who started out writing comedy shows, he’s performed in movies such as That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory, and The Ridiculous 6 starring Adam Sandler and Will Forte. Recently he’s starred in a stand-up special on Comedy Central. $42.50. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, 270 State St, Albany, 518.473.1845;

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