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COMEDY | Joel McHale, Dave Foley, More


Countless scientific studies have been performed by highly respected researchers the world over, proving the various health benefits of laughter. At least, that sounds like something that might actually be true. If nothing else, busting a gut is sure to raise your body heat and help keep you warm during the freezing cold temperature we're experiencing. With that in mind, there's a ton of great live comedy shows happening around Rochester this week. Here are some of the highlights.

Comedian Joel McHale (pictured), of TV's "Community" and "The Soup" will be performing as part of RIT's annual Freezefest celebration, with a show on Friday, February 1, at the RIT Gordon Field House. Doors at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43 for the general public, $17 for students, and can be purchased at the Field House box office or online at For further details, go to

"The Kids in the Hall" and "Newsradio" star Dave Foley will be performing stand-up shows for three nights at The Comedy Club in Webster on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 1, at 7:30 & 10 p.m., and Saturday, February 2, at 7:30 & 10 p.m. Tickets cost $25. The Comedy Club is located at 2235 Empire Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at

On Saturday, February 2, Polite Company Improv is celebrating its one-year anniversary with "Please Die, Thank You," a masquerade ball and murder-mystery-themed show at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave). It's sure to be a drop dead funny evening of killer improv and sketch comedy. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are for sale online at for $10 in advance, or $12 at the door.

Unleashed! Improv, Rochester's premier Chicago-style improv troupe, will be performing its monthly comedy show, "Unleash Your Shadow," on Saturday, February 2, at the Jewish Community Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $5-$8 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 461-2000 ext 235. The JCC is located at 1200 Edgewood Ave.

Comedian James Judd brings his utterly unique perspective on life and family back to the Downstairs Cabaret with his brand-new show, "James Judd's Funny Stories." Performances will be at the 20 Windsor Street theater on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m. The show continues through February 17. Tickets cost $25 general admission and are available at the door or in advance by calling 325-4370. Visit for details.