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Comedy picks: Homecomings for Jenny Slate, Bill Burr, and Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone will perform June 21 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.
Paula Poundstone will perform June 21 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.(Carin Baer/Bravo)

GINA YASHERE A highlight of last year’s Women In Comedy Festival and the Netflix series “The Standups,” the London-to-New-York transplant is smart and blunt and a treat to see live. May 30 at 8 p.m., May 31 at 7:30 p.m., and June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

JENNY SLATE Slate, the Milton native, has been a regular on “Parks and Recreation,” voiced an animated seashell, and appeared in the film “Obvious Child,” and her new project is the podcast “Earth Break,” with an incredibly long subtitle, about being the last person left on Earth after the alien apocalypse. May 25, 7 p.m. $34-$49. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

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THE WEIRDO SHOW Brassy chanteuse Niki Luparelli hosts an eclectic lineup of stand-up and character comedy with Chris Coxen, Mark Gallagher, Ethan Marsh, Michael Atkinson, Nate Johnson, Katie McCarthy & Nick Ortolani, Lindita Taka, Sam Pelletier, and drag from The Queens of Worcester. June 2, 8 p.m. $12-$15. The Comedy Studio, Somerville. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

GUY BRANUM A brilliant comedian, host (the late lamented “Talk Show The Game Show”), and author (“My Life As a Goddess”) returns to Boston for a one-off show for Pride Week, presented by Boston Pride. June 5, 8 p.m. $27. Laugh Boston, Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

GOD HELP US! A POLITICAL COMEDY FOR OUR TIMES Ed Asner stars as a cranky God, demanding that two political pundits with a romantic past resolve the world’s differences. If they don’t, then he’ll be forced to “reboot” the planet. June 20, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$75. Regent Theatre,Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

PAULA POUNDSTONE The former Boston comic writes great material, but she’s also a master of good-natured crowd work. And on her podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone,” she offers advice on everything from pet care to “Avengers” movies. June 21, 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 781-391-7469, www.chevaliertheatre.com

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JIMMY TINGLE: 20/20 VISION For years, Tingle has talked about politics as a comedian. Now he can talk about it from an insider’s perspective, having run for the lieutenant governor’s seat in last year’s election. Did you catch his cameo on this year’s season premiere of “Veep”? June 25, 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

BOSTON COMEDY BLOWOUT Featuring headliners both new and old, this showcase happens twice with a slightly different cast at each show. Steve Sweeney, Don Gavin, Tony V, Christine Hurley, and Will Noonan are on both, with Corey Rodrigues and Dave Russo playing the Music Circus show and Jim Colliton and Chris Tabb on the bill at the Melody Tent. July 18, 7:30 p.m. $33.75-$38.75. South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset. 781-383-9850, www.themusiccircus.org. July 21, 7:30 p.m. $33.75-$38.75. Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis. 508-775-5630, www.melodytent.org

THE COMEDY CRUISE No need to limit yourself to dry land for your comedy kicks. Red Peters and Mike McDonald are producing “Comedy Cruise” shows with the Bay State Cruise company. Peters and McDonald will be on all three editions, with Juston McKinney, Christine Hurley, and Johnny Pizzi onJuly 20, Tom Cotter, Corey Rodrigues, and Kerri Louise Cotter on Aug. 10; and Tony V, Jimmy Dunn, and Ira Proctor on Aug. 31. All cruises board at 6 p.m. $35. Boston Terminal, 200 Seaport Blvd. #50. 617-748-1428, www.baystatecruisecompany.com

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BILL BURR When he comes home to Boston, Burr frequently plays a string of nights, but he’ll be here one night only for “Laughing With Your Buddies for the Travis Roy Foundation,” to benefit an organization that assists people with spinal cord injuries. Hosted by Dave Russo with Tommy O’Regan. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. $79-$250. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com


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