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Comedians coming to Tampa Bay: Patton Oswalt, Hasan Minhaj, Randy Rainbow and Taylor Tomlinson

Need a laugh? Top comics are heading out on tours.
Patton Oswalt, shown in his Netflix special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation," will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 30.
Patton Oswalt, shown in his Netflix special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation," will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 30. [ ELIZABETH MORRIS | Netflix ]
Published Jun. 8
Updated Jun. 8

Many of this year’s top comics are back on tour and making stops in the Tampa Bay area in the coming months. They include Patton Oswalt, Hasan Minhaj of the Daily Show, Trump parody star Randy Rainbow and Taylor Tomlinson, who was a critical darling for her hit Netflix special, Quarter Life Crisis.

Patton Oswalt

The comedian announced that his new “Who’s Ready to Laugh?” tour kicks off Sept. 10 and includes a stop at 8 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. For more information, including fan presales, see pattonoswalt.com. The Clearwater tickets are $49.50-$69.50 at RuthEckerdHall.com or by calling 727-791-7400.

Oswalt recently created M.O.D.O.K., the new Marvel stop-motion animated adult comedy series for Hulu as well playing the part of Principal Durbin on the NBC sitcom A.P. Bio. His Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Netflix special, I Love Everything, was hailed by critics, and he received a Grammy nomination for his comedy album of the same name.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj is bringing his comedy tour, The King’s Jester, to Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 18.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj is bringing his comedy tour, The King’s Jester, to Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 18. [ Eric Hobbs ]

Hasan Minhaj

Minhaj was the host and creator of the weekly comedy show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which premiered on Netflix in October 2018. The show explored the modern cultural and political landscape through his unique comedic voice. He earned rave reviews for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Homecoming King. Minhaj joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent in November 2014. He continued in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year and remained on the show through August 2018.

He is bringing his comedy tour, The King’s Jester, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 to Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $42.50-$92.50 at strazcenter.org or by calling 813-229-7827.

Randy Rainbow (yes, that’s his real name) kicks off his Pink Glasses Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 27.
Randy Rainbow (yes, that’s his real name) kicks off his Pink Glasses Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 27. [ Ruth Eckerd Hall ]

Randy Rainbow

The satirist is best known for his popular YouTube series The Randy Rainbow Show. His musical parodies and political spoofs have garnered him worldwide acclaim and two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. His first viral video of 2020 was called “the funniest Trump roast ever” by Funny or Die and his subsequent viral parodies like Social Distance and A Spoonful of Clorox were described as “perfect” by John Legend.

He recently headlined the New York Comedy Festival at the Beacon Theatre to a sold-out crowd. As the Washington Post noted, “Randy Rainbow has found his own spotlight through the internet, emerging as a viral sensation who dispenses musical-comedy salve for a divided nation.”

Rainbow (yes, that’s his real name) kicks off his Pink Glasses Tour at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $38.75-$68.75 at RuthEckerdHall.com or by calling 727-791-7400.

Comedian Taylor Tomlinson is making Tampa Theatre a stop on her Deal With It Tour on Sept. 25.
Comedian Taylor Tomlinson is making Tampa Theatre a stop on her Deal With It Tour on Sept. 25. [ Tampa Theatre ]

Taylor Tomlinson

Her first-ever, hourlong special, Quarter-Life Crisis, debuted on Netflix in March 2020 just as the world entered into a pandemic. The special was soon heaped with critical praise with the Washington Post calling her “your favorite quarantine watch” and Newsweek opining she is “undeniably hilarious” and “wise beyond her years.”

Now on tour, comedian Taylor Tomlinson is making Tampa Theatre a stop on her Deal With It Tour at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.

One of the youngest comedians to headline theaters in decades, the 27-year-old comedian joins the likes of Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle. In a news release announcing the new tour, Tomlinson said, “This hour is definitely darker and more personal — Quarter Life Crisis was about being frustrated with where you’re at in life and this new material is about taking a hard look at who you are and how you got that way.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $29.75-$49.75 at tampatheatre.org or by calling (813) 274-8286.