This week brings three comedy choices from three distinct niches that don't get nearly the attention they deserve:
Josh Blue: The Last Comic Standing winner made an impression on audiences, and not just because the riotously funny Denver comic has cerebral palsy. He uses self-deprecating wit to tease the crowd's discomfort away with cracks like, "You are all going to hell for laughing at me." Or milking applause with, "Come on, this is my Make-a-Wish." Blue has been a regular guest star on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia and he maintains an active role on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team, competing in Athens at the Paralympic Games. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, through Sunday. Tickets are $16-$20 and shows are at 8:30 p.m. today, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. (813) 960-1197.
Shut Up and Laugh: Former BET Comicview host Bruce Bruce will headline this show Friday at the Mahaffey Theater that will also feature DeRay Davis from MTV's Wild 'N Out, and Hannibal Buress, one of Variety's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010," who has written for Saturday Night Live and was featured in The Awkward Comedy Show special on Comedy Central. Tickets are $29.50-$65. The show is 8 p.m. at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.
Pablo Francisco: One of the most popular touring comedians on the standup circuit, his two Comedy Central specials They Put It Out There and Ouch! continue to stay on the networks most requested list. A cast member on Fox's Mad TV and TBS' Frank TV, Francisco is best known for his impersonations of movie stars, singers and a multitude of sound effects. He'll be at the Improv in Centro Ybor at 8 p.m. today; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.