His name is synonymous with comedy, and for the last three decades Jerry Seinfeld has dominated the worlds of standup and sitcom television with sharp observational humor. Recently, the comedian has also moved into the world of the web with his popular online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” where the classic auto enthusiast takes his funny friends out to jabber over java. Seinfeld is also still active onstage, and this week he brings his acclaimed standup back to the North Bay with two shows on Friday, May 16, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm and 10pm. $78—$128. 707.546.3600.
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik might be a sociopath. That’s the only way to explain how the razor-sharp humorist could dare say the things he says on his Comedy Central show, The Jeselnik Offensive, or on his recent comedy album Caligula, or on his many appearances on shows like Comedy Central Roast. Finding the funny in tragic times comes easy to Jeselnik, and the comic brings a red-hot iron poker of mockery to the Green Music Center for a night of skewering satirical insanity. Jeselnik appears on April 10 at the Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20—$35.
There’s no topic that humorist and author Dave Barry won’t take on, no matter how little he knows about it. The Pulitzer Prize—winning writer of a nationally syndicated column that ran for 22 years tackles everyday subjects like travel and money in humorous, insightful ways. Barry’s latest book, You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, includes stories of parenthood and family in a fast-paced modern world. Looking back on chaperoning a Justin Bieber concert and bat mitzvahs alike, Barry offers up his signature witticism twice on March 14, first at noon at Book Passage as part of the store’s Literary Luncheon series (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera; $55 with lunch and book; 415.927.0960), then at an evening appearance at the Mystic Theatre (23 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma; $15—$35; 707.765.2121) at 8pm.
In the annals of television comedy, improvisation has proven to be a fickle mistress. Either you get it—like the late Sid Caesar—or you don’t. Even the idea of putting on a program sans scripted laughs seems unlikely given the big bucks behind it. So how is it that a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway? could be so dominating, and so funny, on both U.K. and U.S. TV sets for decades? Look no further than stars of both incarnations Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two of the original stars now performing as a two-man group delivering “Live and Dangerous Comedy.” Just like the format of Whose Line, the funnymen will take audience suggestions and run wild. This never-to-be-repeated night of comedy happens Friday, Feb. 21, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $30—$60. 415.499.6800.
Consummate storyteller and comedian extraordinaire Bill Cosby simply will not stop. Nearing 80 years old (he’s 76) and blind in one eye, Cosby’s presence in the spotlight saw a significant decline at the beginning of this century. After 40 years of game-changing comedy albums and ground-breaking television shows, the legendary performer has recently returned to the stage more regularly and even recorded his first television concert special in 30 years, Bill Cosby: Far from Finished, late last year via Comedy Central. The Coz brings his stories and his humor to the stage once again on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenue of the Flags. San Rafael. 8pm. $40—$75. 415.499.6800.