Mic’d Up: Matt Rife, Jim Gaffigan, South Shore Boys, Joe Machi

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Editor’s NoteMarch may officially be over, but madness remains in a whole lot of different ways. So, while we keep searching for where the time and our sanity have gone, we’ll take the chance to remind you that comedy is continuing to do the Lord’s work by giving us something to smile (or groan, wince, or gasp) at. With homegrown talent, national headliners, and open mics galore highlighting the calendar, the plethora of powerful comedy throughout the commonwealth continues to show up, night after night. Enter Mic’d Up, our ongoing weekly series that details the best live comedy shows to consider as you head out and about. Below, find our rundown for this week, through Sunday (April 21).

Jim Gaffigan at The Wilbur

Every time Jim Gaffigan comes back to town, it feels like it should be some kind of a holiday. With another lengthy stay composed of 10 sold out shows (!!!) on Tremont Street, the longtime comedy favorite returns with a whole new hour to accent his long line of specials and, contrary to the name of his tour, prove that he’s very much alive.

JIM GAFFIGAN :: Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21 at The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. in Boston, MA :: Times vary, $59.75 to $99.75 :: Advance tickets

South Shore Boys at White Bull Tavern

Imagine all the untethered chaos that unfolds at the hands of the area’s (unconfirmed) favorite comedy quartet, but just set up on a stage in front of other people. Well, now you don’t have to imagine it as Dan Hall, Logan O’Brien, Tyler Swain and Scott Sweeney bring their brand of madness to White Bull for a night of laughs, stories, and most likely a few things we can’t mention in print.

SOUTH SHORE BOYS :: Thursday, April 18 at White Bull Tavern, 1 Union St. in Boston, MA :: 7:30 p.m., $15 :: Advance Tickets

Joe Machi at Roar! Comedy Club

He’ll never not be one of the industry’s quintessential nice guys, with his laidback demeanor, chipper delivery, and often times letting himself be the butt of the joke. But don’t let all of that fool you, as Joe Machi’s dark sense of humor powers an ever evolving set of perspectives that make you do a double take more than you might be used to as he delivers the goods night after night.

JOE MACHI :: Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at Roar! Comedy Club, 1 MGM Way in Springfield, MA :: 8 p.m. both nights, $25 :: Advance tickets

Matt Rife at MGM Music Hall at Fenway

Whether he’s problematic or you just have a problem with him, the effect Matt Rife has had on the stand-up scene just over the course or the last two years is undeniable. With six shows in Boston, the young comedy superstar is only part way through his largely sold-out and highly successful world tour, and there’s no sign of him slowing down any time soon.

MATT RIFE :: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St. in Boston, MA :: 7 and 10 p.m. each night, $49.50 to $115 :: Advance Tickets