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Your best comedy picks in the Boston area for New Year’s Eve

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Sam Morril will perform two shows at Laugh Boston on New Year’s Eve.

By Nick A. Zaino III Globe Correspondent 

Whether your taste in comedy leans toward improv or stand-up, there are plenty of ways on New Year’s Eve to leave 2017 behind with a smile on your face.

Kyle Ploof, Nick’s Comedy Stop, Boston. The former Boston comic returns home from Los Angeles for two shows, one-night only. 6 and 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop. 617-438-1068, www.nickscomedystop.com

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ImprovBoston, Cambridge. The improv staple is hosting six different shows, starting with two early family-friendly shows and ending with a 21+ show featuring the house’s national touring company. 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. $19-$35. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com

Jim Jefferies, Wilbur Theatre, Boston. The outspoken Australian comic and star of Comedy Central’s “Jim Jefferies Show” rings in the New Year with his raw and punchy stories and riffs on current events. 7 and 10 p.m. $51.95-$71.95. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

Improv Asylum, Boston. The funniest spot in the North End is hosting three shows — an early family-friendly show and two later shows featuring improv, sketch, and adult beverages. 5, 7:30, and 10 p.m. $10-$35. 617-263-6887, www.improvasylum.com

Laughing Liberally Presents ‘2017: Good Riddance,’ Footlight Club, Jamaica Plain. Mike Dorval, who premiered his one-man show “Left-Leaning Dad” this year, hosts Kwasi Mensah, Srilatha Rajamani, Xazmin Garza, and Tooky Kavanagh. 8 p.m. $25. 617-524-3200, www.facebook.com/laughingliberallyboston

Sam Morril, Laugh Boston, Boston. This comic delights in addressing divisive topics with one- or two-line joke bombs. Watch for his debut one-hour special next year on Comedy Central. 6 and 8 p.m. $35. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

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New Year’s Eve Spectacular, the Rockwell, Somerville. Boston Comedy Festival head honcho Jim McCue returns to the Rockwell to headline with guests Tom Dustin and Emily Ruskowski. 8 p.m. $25-$50. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org

Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus. Lenny Clarke headlines his home-base club with a slate of local veterans, including Tony V, Frank Santorelli, and Johnny Pizzi. Two shows in two rooms will keep the laughs coming. Admission includes appetizers and a meal. 8:15 and 9:15 p.m. $70. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com


Nick A Zaino III can be reached at nick@nickzaino.com.