Comedy shows coming to Central NY: Matt Rife, Pauly Shore, Kevin Hart, Joe Gatto, Ben Bailey, more

Need a laugh? Some popular comedians are coming to Central New York this year.

Viral TikTok comedian Matt Rife will perform two shows at the del Lago Resort & Casino’s Vine Showroom in Waterloo, N.Y., on Thursday, Aug. 3. The shows, part of his “Chipped Shoulder Tour,” will take place at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for Rife go on sale Wednesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at dellagoresort.com/entertainment.

Rife, who has 12 million followers on TikTok, is also playing six sold-out shows from June 30 through July 2 at the Syracuse Funny Bone in Destiny USA.

Other upcoming stand-up comedy shows at del Lago include Chelsea Handler (June 9) and Mike Epps (July 7).

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Pauly Shore will play three shows at the Funny Bone in Syracuse on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Shore is a longtime standup comedian known for his work as an MTV VJ, his “The Weasel” character, and movies like “Encino Man,” “Bio Dome” and “Son-in-Law.”

Tickets for the 21-and-over show are currently on sale through syracuse.funnybone.com. Prices start at $32.

Other big names coming to the Syracuse Funny Bone include former “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey (Sept. 24), Dusty Slay (Oct. 6-7) and WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts (Oct. 12).

Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey performs at The Stress Factory Comedy Club on January 19, 2018 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The former “Cash Cab” host will perform at the Funny Bone in Syracuse on Sept. 24, 2023. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)

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Kevin Hart will perform Sunday, May 14, at the Turning Stone Event Center in Verona as part of the Turning Stone Resort Casino’s 30th anniversary celebration. Hart is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian and actor with multiple standup specials and film credits, including “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Central Intelligence,” “Think Like a Man,” “Ride Along,” and “The Wedding Ringer,” directed by Liverpool-based American High founder Jeremy Garelick.

Tickets for Hart are almost sold out through Ticketmaster (just 13 floor seats left as of Tuesday morning) but a wide range of prices are available through resellers like VividSeats, StubHub, Megaseats, TicketNetwork and SeatGeek.

Other upcoming shows at the Turning Stone include ventriloquist Terry Fator (June 18) and Steve Martin & Martin Short (Nov. 12).

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And funnyman Joe Gatto will take the stage at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse on Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Gatto is a comedian, actor who co-founded The Tenderloins Comdy Troupe and starred on hit TV shows like “Impractical Jokers” and “The Misery Index.”

Tickets for Gatto go on sale Friday, May 5, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster or in person at the Solvay Bank Box Office at The Oncenter (760 S. State Street Syracuse, NY 13202). Prices range from $35.75 to $55.75; additional fees may apply.

Joe Gatto

Comedian Joe Gatto appears in a file photo.

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List of notable comedy shows coming to Central New York in 2023:

May 7: Michael Blackson at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

May 14: Kevin Hart at Turning Stone Event Center, Verona (tickets)

June 1: Mrs. Kasha Davis & Friends at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

June 9: Chelsea Handler at del Lago Resort Casino, Waterloo (tickets)

June 16-17: John Morgan at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

June 18: Terry Fator at Turning Stone Event Center, Verona (tickets)

June 23-25: Lil Duval at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

June 24: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, Syracuse (tickets)

June 30-July 2: Matt Rife at Syracuse Funny Bone (SOLD OUT)

July 7: Mike Epps at del Lago Resort Casino, Waterloo (tickets)

July 14-15: Pauly Shore at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

July 19: Jeff Allen at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

Aug. 3: Matt Rife at del Lago Resort Casino, Waterloo (tickets)

Sept. 24: Ben Bailey at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

Oct. 5: Joe Gatto at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, Syracuse (tickets)

Oct. 6-7: Dusty Slay at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

Oct. 12: Jake “The Snake” Roberts at Syracuse Funny Bone (tickets)

Nov. 11: Kennedy & Jimmy Failla “Laughs & Liberty Tour” at The Stanley Theatre, Utica (tickets)

Nov. 12: Steve Martin & Martin Short at Turning Stone Event Center, Verona (tickets)

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