In this March 22, 2018 photo, comedian Kathy Griffin poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote her upcoming “The Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 20SummerComedyPicks
Kathy Griffin performs at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre in June.
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Critic’s picks: Chappelle and Stewart team up, Kathy Griffin speaks up

BOSTON CALLING The bigger focus is on music, but the comedy stage packs some power this year too. Over three days, the festival hosts comedians David Cross, Cameron Esposito, Max Silvestri, the incomparable Bridget Everett, Martin Urbano, Tony Hinchcliffe, and Jo Firestone. May 25-27. $105-$599. Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston.

THE COMEDY STUDIO PRESENTS AT REMNANT BREWING The Studio is building its new space at Bow Market, so it will present this show at Remnant Brewing, one of its future neighbors. Comedy Studio owner Rick Jenkins hosts Zachary Brazao, Wes Hazard, Peter Martin, Katie McCarthy, Janet McNamara, and Nick Ortolani. May 30, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Remnant Brewing Co., 2 Bow Market, Somerville.

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DAVE CHAPPELLE AND JON STEWART Boston is one of only three cities initially announced for this blockbuster pairing of comic heavyweights. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” platform, and be prepared to lock up your cellphone for the duration of the show. June 11-13, 7:30 p.m. $79.95 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-982-2787,


20SummerComedy Aunty Donna Photo credit: Anneliese Nappa. Permission granted to use 5/7/2018.
Aunty Donna
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AUNTY DONNA The six-person Australian sketch group — three work onstage and three work behind the scenes — put on an energetic, off-the-wall evening of comedy at the Wilbur last year. Some fans sang along with a musical number or two from the troupe’s YouTube videos. They come back to town with a new batch of tunes from “Aunty Donna: The Album.” June 13, 8 p.m. $32. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

KATHY GRIFFIN The outspoken critic of celebrity behavior tells the story behind the uproar over a photo of her holding a likeness of President Trump’s severed head, as part of her “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour.” June 21, 8 p.m. $45-$125. Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738,

JOEL MCHALE The star of “Community” and “The Soup” just landed a six-episode extension of his Netflix sketch and video show, “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale,” and he played a convincing Chevy Chase in the comedy biopic “A Futile and Stupid Gesture.” June 22, 8 p.m. $29-$69. Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 781-391-7469,

PATTY ROSS The gruff-voiced and always relatable Ross performs her one-woman show, “How Did This Happen to Me?,” drawing from the good and not-so-good moments in her life as a “woman of a certain age.” June 23, 8 p.m. $28.50. The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. 866-811-4111,

STEVEN WRIGHT One of the funniest human beings the Boston comedy scene has produced, Wright combines a subdued delivery with brilliantly odd ideas. He never disappoints. June 29, 8 p.m. $41.50-$65.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850, June 30, 8 p.m. $41.50-$65.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,


ALEX EDELMAN The Brookline native returns home having established his talent both at home and abroad, winning “best newcomer” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 for his show “Millennial,” appearing on “Conan,” and opening for some of the smartest comics around in Patton Oswalt and Eddie Izzard. July 19-21, 8 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

BOSTON COMEDY BLOWOUT Two shows, two lineups of comics with Boston roots. The Music Circus show features Steve Sweeney, Tony V., Don Gavin, Jimmy Dunn, and relative newcomer Jared Freid. Later in the month, the Melody Tent features Sweeney, Dunn, Tony V., Lenny Clarke, and Christine Hurley. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. $31.50-$36.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,