If you venture out on New Years Eve in search of a laugh and a good time, here are six shows to chase away some of those 2021 blues.
IMPROV ASYLUM MAIN STAGE NEW YEAR SHOW It is difficult to describe this show in advance, as most of it will not be written until it is performed. The improvisation house offers its first-rate cast for three improvised comedy and sketch shows. 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $ 35. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887, www.improvasylum.com
NEW YEAR’S EARLY BIRD SHOW A good mix of comedy styles on this first show, with Dave Russo, an endearing and awkward Boston, Laura Severse, often brutally sarcastic, and Jay Whittaker, laid back but somewhat narrow. 5 p.m. $ 20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com
NYE WITH DAN BOULGER Ironically, Boulger once remarked that he was studying history in college because subjects like mathematics were too conceptual. âThe story is great,â he said. âThe story is like, a guy tells you a story, and then you’re like, ‘Oh yeah. I know it now. I am a historian. “With Andrew Della Volpe. 8 p.m. $ 20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 200 Warrenton St., Boston. www.nickscomedystop.com
HOPPIN ‘NEW YEAR’S EVE Two Boston headliners, Christine Hurley and Jim Colliton, provide the comedy for this early-starting and late-ending event, with live music from the dance group Buckley Brothers, food, and a champagne toast at midnight. 6 p.m. $ 149. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. www.eventbrite.com
STEVE SWEENEY’S NEW YEAR’S NEW YEAR’S COMEDY SPECIAL One of the founding veterans of the Boston comedy scene gives two shows at Quincy’s cozy Fox & Hound. With Erin Lynch and Shea Spillane. 7 p.m. (9 p.m. the show is sold out). $ 30. The Fox & Hound Wood Grille and Tavern, 123 Sea St., Quincy. 617-471-4030, www.eventbrite.com
NEW YEAR IN THE COMEDY STUDIO The Studio is still producing their shows at Vera’s in Union Square until their new Harvard Square venue opens later in 2022. It will end this year with a show starring Kathe Farris, Ellen Sugarman, Al Park and comics that will be announced. 8:30 p.m. $. Vera’s, 70 Union Square, Somerville. www.thecomedystudio.com