COMEDY GREATS: Something funny's going on
This is a pretty great week for comedy nerds in Tampa Bay. We've got visits by legends like Mel Brooks and Monty Python greats, as well as edgy comedians. Here's what's funny this week:
John Cleese and Eric Idle aren't bringing us a full-on Monty Python reunion, but we get a third of the most influential sketch comedy troupe to perform sit-down comedy, blending scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, footage and an audience Q&A at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $59.50-$99.50 at rutheckerdhall.com; (727) 791-7400.
Gilbert Gottfried may be the voice behind G-rated entertainment like Aladdin's Iago and the original Aflac duck, but he is hugely popular among other comedians for his filthy humor — he told the dirtiest joke in The Aristocrats, a documentary about the world's dirtiest joke. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa today through Sunday. Tickets are $23-$27 at sidesplitterscomedy.com; (813) 960-1197.
Lavell Crawford is best known for playing Saul Goodman's bodyguard in Breaking Bad but his Comedy Central special Can A Brother Get Some Love? filmed in his hometown of St. Louis only added to the big man's devout comedy fan base. He performs Saturday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $25-$50 at atthecap.com; (727) 791-7400.
LOOK UP:Zip line in downtown Tampa
Step out of your office Friday and look up. Fitlife Foods is setting up two 25-foot zip lines in downtown Tampa, whizzing people overhead on Franklin Street from Zack to Madison streets starting at 11 a.m. There will also be interactive games and contests. $10 for the zip line or rock wall, $15 for both to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
TRICK OR TREAT: ZooBoo Kids gets under way
Little kids lost one of their nighttime attractions this year when the Lowry Park Zoo decided to rework ZooBoo Kids by turning this into a scare-free daytime event for ages 11 and younger. Running from 1-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and select days through Nov. 1, it will have "fright-free" festivities like trick-or-treat stations, a corn maze and kooky-not-spooky character appearances. Unlike the old ZooBoo, which was at night and a separate ticket, this will be included with admission. $27.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552; lowryparkzoo.org.
SCARE UP SOME FUN:
We're here to help you navigate the month ahead in bloody fun fashion, with our guides to the haunted houses here and at the theme parks, as well as pumpkin patches and milder options for the littlest spooks in your life. For more Halloween events this week click hereand see tampabay.com/holiday.