L to R clockwise: Hannah Einbinder, Ari Shaffir, Nate Bargatze, Fortune Feimster, Demetri Martin, Strider Wilson, Mae Planert, Kelsey Cook, Mike Cannon, Laura Merli.

Special Tapings Radar: The Funniest Comics Taping Comedy Specials This Month (April 2024)

So far in 2024, we've seen a solid lineup of comedians who've officially shot their next stand-up special (check out the February & March recaps here for who to be on the lookout for). And now, April is just days away and we've been given the great pleasure of putting together this month's Special Tapings Radar. This is where we showcase & highlight all the funniest comedians who are getting ready to record their next stand-up comedy special & album this upcoming month.

Here are 10 hilarious comics who you need to see and be in the room for their next comedy special taping if you can (and are still able to if the show hasn't sold out yet). Your chance to be in the room for a live comedy special is closer than you think. Here's everyone you need to pay attention to that's recording their next hour during the month of April.

Strider Wilson

Comedian Strider Wilson, who you may know from his work on Chad & JT Go Deep or his hilarious & viral impression of Joel Osteen, is getting ready to tape his very first special & is one not to miss.

Catch Strider on April 1st at Paperback Brewing Company in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets can be purchased here!

Kelsey Cook

Kelsey Cook, daughter of an International Yo-Yo Champion and a Professional Foosball player, has been on quite a roll this past year. Her latest special released from 800 Pound Gorilla, The Hustler, has amassed an impressive 2.8 million views since its debut over a year ago. And the comedian has not slowed down.

Kelsey performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past year in support of her latest special, headlined the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and also launched her latest comedy podcast, Pretend Problems, with Chad Daniels.

Catch Cook taping her follow up special April 4th-6th at Comedy On State in Madison, WI. Tickets can be purchased here!

RELATED: Stream & download Kelsey Cook's comedy albums The Hustler & Savor It on 800 Pound Gorilla!

RELATED: Stream & download Chad Daniels' specials & albums Twelfth Night, Dad Chaniels, & Fingerprints on the Moon on 800 Pound Gorilla!

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon is a New York City-based comedian, podcaster, writer, and actor. 2023 has already been a big year for Mike: he's headlined at some of the world’s most iconic venues – including a sold-out performance at Gramercy Theatre in his hometown of NYC – and worked as a contributing producer, writer and panelist for ViceTV's "Super Maximum Retro Show" hosted by Chris Distefano. He recently came on as co-host of the Chrissy Chaos podcast, also with Chris Distefano.

Distefano is executive producing Cannon's next special, which you can catch on April 6th at New York Comedy Club in Stamford, CT Tickets can be purchased here!

Looking for more comedy from Cannon? Stream & download his comedy albums Life Begins & I Think It Just Kicked In on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Fortune Feimster

Affable, charismatic and one of a kind, Fortune Feimster is a standup comedian, writer and actor who uses her confessional comedy to bring people together. Through laughter and storytelling, Fortune shows audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and sexual orientations that common ground is only a joke or two away.

In Fall 2022, she expanded on that commonality with her new one-hour special Good Fortune. Now streaming on Netflix, the comedy special has earned praise from both fans and critics with the LA Times naming it to their Best of List for 2022 and it scored a nomination at this year’s Critics Choice Awards!

Feimster returned to Netflix last year with the release of action-comedy series FUBAR alongside actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as he returns to screens for his first TV series. Renewed for a second season, the series was number 1 on Netflix around the world for its first 10 days of release and topped 100 million views in less than a week.

She can currently be heard every morning on Sirius XM with Tom Papa on Netflix’s What A Joke with Papa and Fortune radio show as well as her Handsome Podcast with co-hosts Mae Martin & Tig Notaro.

Catch Feimster taping her next special on April 12th & 13th at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA. Tickets can be purchased here!

Nate Bargatze

Hailed as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up,” by The Atlantic Magazine and a “Rising Star,” by CBS Morning, 2021 Grammy nominated comedian, podcaster, director and producer Nate Bargatze is selling out shows around the world.

On April 15th 2023, Bargatze broke the attendance record at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with 19,365 tickets sold. Within the same month, he also broke the record for tickets sold at The Delta Center in Salt Lake City with 32,638 fans attending – the highest amount ever sold by a comedian at the venue.

Adding on to the massive success he's had this past year, Bargatze launched his Nateland Company last Fall and made his incredible hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Currently on his Be Funny tour, Bargatze is getting ready to tape his next hour of all new material following 2023's Hello World.

Catch Bargatze taping his next special on April 13th & 14th at The Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets can be purchased here!

Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin's a standup comedian, writer, and director.

He's released three standup comedy albums and four hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, The Overthinker. It was also recently announced that Martin signed a two special deal with Netflix, his first of that deal will be his upcoming special, Demetri Deconstructed, premiering on April 2nd.

Catch Martin taping his next special on April 13th at the Paramount Theater in Denver, CO. Tickets can be purchased here!

Mae Planert

Mae Planert is a New York comic & co-host of the We Were Had Podcast that covers unsolved mysteries through history through an unfiltered lens. She also co-hosts the Risque Business News podcast that covers workplace scandals.

Mark Normand is producing her new special, which is being taped on April 17th at Grove 34 in Astoria, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Laura Merli

After cutting her teeth for 8 years in the indie comedy scene, Laura Merli is ready to record her first comedy special! Laura specializes in set-up/punch-line jokes, and one-liners rather than storytelling. Merli admires and is influenced by Mitch Hedberg and Maria Bamford. This style lets her cover A LOT of ground: drugs, sex, family/childhood, her ADHD/autism, and her dog. While the jokes emanate from a wide array of departure points, the humor centers around the awkwardness and absurdity of being alive. People describe Merli’s voice as deadpan but she promises she is being very expressive!

Catch Merli taping her first special on April at Flop House Comedy Club in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder is an LA-based comedian, writer, and actress. Her performance alongside Jean Smart in Max’s Hacks earned her Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Though Hacks marks Einbinder’s first major television role, she is no stranger to the comedy world; she has owned the stage as a stand-up comedian at venues and festivals around the country and made her network television debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in early 2020. Hannah was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch for 2021,” a 2019 New Face of Comedy at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival, and was highlighted as one of Vulture’s “Comics to Watch of 2019,” cementing herself as one of the wittiest emerging talents in the industry.

Catch Hannah taping her new special on April 20th at The El Rey in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets can be purchased here!

Ari Shaffir

Ari Shaffir is an American standup comedian. In addition to his numerous appearances on the Joe Rogan podcast, he is best known for his last special, Jew, which has garnered almost 6 million views and was written up in The NY Times in its list of best specials of the year. You might also know Ari from the storytelling show he created and hosted on Comedy Central called "This Is Not Happening." Ari also has a Netflix special called “Double Negative” and a Comedy Central special called “Paid Regular.”

Shaffir has also appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla show, Your Mom's House, 2 Bears 1 Cave, Theo Von’s podcast, Andrew Schulz’s podcast, TigerBelly, and many many more. These appearances have made him a favorite in the comedy podcast world. His own podcast, Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank is a chart topper that comes out every week wherever you watch or listen to podcasts. Ari is the reigning president of the LOS podcast to which he has no affiliation. And he placed first in the non-steroid category of the legendary Sober October challenge, which he also destroyed shortly thereafter so he could found Protect Our Parks with Shane Gillis and Mark Normand which he fooled Joe Rogan into hosting. Ari also just launched his newest podcast, a travel podcast called You Be Trippin' in partnership with Tom Segura's YMH Studios.

Catch Ari taping his next special on April 26th & 27th & at Capital Turnaround in Washington, DC. Tickets can be purchased here!

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