The biggest comedy show in Tampa Bay this week is an appearance by our cover boy, insult whiz Jeffrey Ross, at the Improv in Ybor City. The Roastmaster General performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20; get 'em at improvtampa.com. But Ross isn't the only big-name comic coming to town over the next three months. Here are a dozen more headliners to check out between now and December. Find more comedy listings at tampabay.com/things-to-do. — Jay Cridlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick DiPaulo The New Yorker is a total comic's comic who played a baby on the underrated animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties, and himself on Louis C.K.'s raunchy FX show Louie. He performs Oct. 14-16 at Side Splitters in Tampa; tickets are $16-$18.
Daniel Tosh: The Web-recap clip show Tosh 2.0 has become one of Comedy Central's highest-rated programs, thanks in no small part to the charm of the affable Tosh. He'll be at Tampa's Straz Center for two shows, 7 and 10:30 p.m., on Oct. 17. Tickets are $38.50. strazcenter.org.
Chelsea Handler: The most popular female comic around, Handler's blend of boozy sass and catty charm has earned a huge and devoted audience for her E! show, Chelsea Lately. She performs at 8 and 11 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets are $62.50-$92.50. strazcenter.org.
Dane Cook: The most popular male comic around, Cook's blend of frat-guy frankness and manic stage presence have turned him into his own brand. He performs at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 24; tickets are $35 and up. livenation.com.
D.L. Hughley: The actor and talk show host was in town Tuesday, performing during USF's Homecoming Week. If you missed him, he'll be at the Improv Nov. 5-7; tickets are $27. improvtampa.com.
Doug Stanhope: In keeping with tradition, this dude's dude comic will return to a rock venue, Crowbar in Ybor City, on Nov. 12. Tickets are $29. crowbarlive.com.
Kevin Nealon: Hans — or is he Franz? — is a favorite of comedy fans and Saturday Night Live nerds alike. He'll be at the Improv on Nov. 12-13; tickets are $25. improvtampa.com.
Terry Fator: The ventriloquist and America's Got Talent winner brings a trunk full of loco characters and irreverent takes on pop culture. Look for them all at the Mahaffey Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; tickets start at $49.50. mahaffeytheater.com.
George Lopez: Three weeks after Conan O'Brien's new show premieres on TBS, his late-night counterpart will appear at the Straz Center. The show is Nov. 27; tickets start at $49.50. strazcenter.com.
Margaret Cho: She may be best known these days for Dancing with the Stars, but she became an Asian-American icon for her comedy in the '90s. She's at Ruth Eckerd Hall Dec. 9; tickets are $39-$50. rutheckerdhall.com.
Louis C.K.: Dane Cook and Chelsea Handler are more famous, but Louis C.K. might be the most respected stand-up in the biz, both for his darkly self-deprecating humor and his aforementioned series Louie. He'll be at the Straz Center at 8 p.m. Dec. 9; tickets are $25 and up. strazcenter.org.
Doug Benson: The former Best Week Ever and Super High Me star is a notorious stoner, but he's carving out his own unique niche in comedy with a new Comedy Central series, The Benson Interruption, and one of the funniest podcasts around, Doug Loves Movies. Look for him Dec. 9-12 at the Improv; tickets are $18. improvtampa.com.