Feb. 7: Jeff Dunham America’s favorite ventriloquist brings his famous sidekicks to the Hudson Valley with his “Passively Aggressive” tour performing bits from his enormously popular stand-up shows. This comedic show features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented cohorts: Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut skewering family, friends, and politics for an entertaining night of laughter. 7 p.m., $48+. Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St, Albany, 518.487.2000;

Feb. 24: Lewis Black His comedic trademark style of ranting and finger-pointing at anything that annoys him includes topics such as current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness in the world. 8 p.m., $58+. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088;

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George Lopez, one of the most prolific comics in showbiz famous for his late-night appearances and sitcom TV shows, brings his humorous talents to the Hudson Valley. Named as one of “The Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine in 2005, Lopez examines his Mexican-American culture in his stand-up routine, pointing out humorous observations regarding race and ethnic relations. Feb. 17, 7 p.m., $46+. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088;

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