Arts | Culture

Laughing stock: November comedy shows

Comedians performing in San Diego this month include Whitney Cummings, Jeremy Piven, Nick Cannon and Felipe Esparza. 

11.1: Anthony Jeselnik

“Got to walk around a little bit today. Saw a baby. Saw a baby locked inside the back of a hot car. So it’s been a great day. Love that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a monster. I tried to help the baby. Tried to throw a rock through the window. Window was down. Ruined that baby’s whole weekend. It was worth it.” — Anthony Jeselnik in Thoughts and Prayers

@ Balboa Theatre,

Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik.

(Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

11.1: Carlos Mencia

“Did you know that in Cabo San Lucas, there is actually a Home Depot. I swear to god. I was like, ‘There’s a Home Depot here?’ And then I went inside the Home Depot, but there was nothing inside. Completely empty! It was just the facade. And then I looked outside, and there were Mexicans standing out front, but there was nothing inside. But they were outside, and then I realized — it’s a training facility! That’s how they know where to go.” — Carlos Mencia on No Strings Attached

@ Sycuan Casino,

Carlos Mencia

Carlos Mencia.

(Jerod Harris / )

11.1-3: Matt Rife

“Just BALLED TF OUT at Bed Bath & Beyond. All you goofballs out here poppin’ bottles and getting tables...but what’s your pillowcase thread count like fam? Do you even f**ks with matching soap dispensaries????” — Matt Rife on Twitter


@ The American Comedy Co.,

Matt Rife

Matt Rife.

(Rich Fury / Getty Images)

11.3: Felipe Esparza

“I used to be a horrible person before, man. I used to borrow money from my son’s mom’s new husband. Then I would give her that money as child support.” — Felipe Esparza on Stand Up for Family 

@ Balboa Theatre,

Felipe Esparza

Felipe Esparza.

(Frankie Leal)

11.3: Nick Cannon

“I tried to follow in my family’s footsteps and make my grandfather proud — I tried to join a gang. For real. …  I tried to join the Bloods. That didn’t work. My mama kept messin’ up the damn laundry. She was mixin’ my red bandanas in with the whites. I was showin’ up to school in pink khakis. They thought I was gangbangin’ for breast cancer awareness.” — Nick Cannon on Mr. Showbiz

@ Viejas Arena,

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon.

(Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for McDonald’s)

11.9-11: Heather McDonald

“If your husband is like mine and insists that you share a fountain drink at a Panda Express, ladies, there is an excellent chance that he will never spend a grand on a hooker. I’m just saying, let’s look on the bright side.” — Heather McDonald on I Don’t Mean to Brag

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Heather McDonald

Heather McDonald.

(Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images for “Flipping the S)

11.15-17: Todd Glass

“Some people say, ‘I hate cats.’ First of all, relax. ‘I hate cats.’ Really? Really? Is that true? Isn’t the truth you saw a cat you loved, you saw a big, fat tabby cat come out of somebody’s bedroom, and you went, ‘Pst,’ and it walked away? You’re like, ‘F**k, I hate cats.’ No, cats hate you. Come on. No, come on. I got you good.” — Todd Glass in Act Happy

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Todd Glass

Todd Glass.

(Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Comedy Central)

11.15-18: Whitney Cummings

“Maybe I’m jaded but I’m really starting to worry that inspirational quotes on Instagram aren’t going to fix our country.” — Whitney Cummings on Twitter

@ The Comedy Store,


Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings.

(Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

11.17: Platinum Comedy Tour

(Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Earthquake)

“Black people can be anything they want to be. We have been everything in this earth and will be everything — except for one thing. I can tell you who wasn’t black: Noah. ’Cause there’s no way no black family was on no boat for 40 days and 40 nights and didn’t eat those two chickens.” — Earthquake on Just for Laughs 

@ Valley View Casino,


Comedian Earthquake.

(Rick Diamond / Getty Images)

11.18: Jen Kirkman

“It’s not that I don’t want kids; I just don’t want to be a mom. Like, I could be a dad. I could easily be a dad. Easily! I could lay on the couch and have my kid come up to me for the first time when they’re 5 years old and go, ‘Dad, can I go outside?’ and go, ‘I don’t know. Ask your mother.’ That I can do. I’d be amazing at that.” — Jen Kirkman on Comedians of Chelsea Lately

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman.

(Randy Shropshire / Getty Images)

11.23-25: Taylor Williamson

“I’m pretty sure Apple started using USB-C ports so they could make every person on earth have to say, ‘I can’t find my dongle!’ ” — Taylor Williamson on Twitter.

@ The Comedy Store,

Taylor Williamson
Comedian Taylor Williamson. (Getty Images)
(Fernando Leon / )

11.23-25: Jeremy Piven

“Listen, Lloyd, I want you to put all my files, folders, binders, *everything* into a box! If you find a used condom, an executioner’s mask and a f**king spike paddle, don’t think, just pack that bitch! Chop suey!” — Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold on Entourage

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven.

(Greg Doherty / Getty Images)

11.29-12.1: Chris Distefano

“Look, I’m born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The neighborhood I’m from is Bushwick, Brooklyn. And now it’s all gentrified. But in 1984, f***ing warzone. The whole neighborhood was on fire. But now everyone’s got cupcakes and quinoa, and it’s hard for me to see the neighborhood, you know what I mean? It’s like, the hipsters, they come in with the yoga classes, fruit shakes, racial harmony, ‘We’re gonna make a difference,’ I’m like, ‘You’re gonna get shot, OK? You’re riding a unicycle down the street, so I will kick you in the pu**y.’” — Chris Distefano at The Laugh Factory.

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Chris Distefano

Chris Distefano.

(Rich Fury / Getty Images)

11.29-12.1: Bert Kreisher

“Don’t ever try to do something you saw on a porn in your bedroom. I did this move, I’ve seen it a hundred times, where you like, hit it from the side, you know? And I’m doing it, and all of a sudden, my wife looks at me, and she goes, ‘Are you trying to show this to someone?’ I’m like, ‘Oh, they only do this for the camera angle.’” — Bert Kreisher on Secret Time

@ The Comedy Store,

Bert Kreisher

Bert Kreisher.

(Jeff Katz Photography / )

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