Clockwise, L-R: Adam Ray, Brooks Wheelan, Whitney Cummings, Michael Blaustein, Derrick Stroup, James Adomian, Akaash Singh, Matt Rife, Kyle Kinane & Brittany Carney.

Special Tapings Radar: These 10 Hilarious Comics Are Taping Comedy Specials This Month (September 2023)

Last month, 800 Pound Gorilla News introduced their newest monthly segment called the Special Tapings Radar, where we showcase & highlight all the funniest comedians who are getting ready to record their next stand-up comedy special & album this upcoming month.

We rounded out 10 ridiculously 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 too 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 September.

Derrick Stroup.
Derrick Stroup.

Derrick Stroup

Alabama native and stand-up comedian Derrick Stroup is not your average slow talking Southerner. With the cadence of an angry auctioneer, he engages his audiences with his detailed stories, over the top energy and southern charm (this checks out considering his Instagram handle is @derrick_yells).


Since leaving home for Denver in 2015 to chase his dreams of stand-up comedy, Derrick has become a regular opener for the likes of John Crist and Josh Blue. He also won one of the biggest comedy contests in the country in 2019 at the World-Famous Comedy Works in Denver. This well-respected competition has over 250 entries each year. Look for Derrick's Dry Bar Comedy special titled Derrick Stroup: Yelling My Feelings.

He's taping his new special beginning August 31st to September 2nd at Comedy Works South in Denver, CO. Tickets are available and can be purchased here.

Akaash Singh
Akaash Singh.

Akaash Singh

Akaash Singh is a nationally touring stand up comedian, podcaster, and actor. Early in his career he appeared in many shows including MTV’s Guy Code and Wild’n Out, Netflix’s Brown Nation, and HBO’s The Leftovers. After finding success in TV, he pivoted his focus more on growing the hugely successful show "Flagrant," co-created with good friend and fellow comedian, Andrew Schulz, along with touring and his stand up career.

Thus far in 2022, Akaash released two specials in two months: "Bring Back Apu" and "Back to Back: The Crowdwork Special," quickly garnering over two million views and leading to his debut appearance on The Joe Rogan Podcast.

He plans on releasing another stand up special are coming to fruition as he's set to tape his next special at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX from September 1st to 2nd (all shows are sold out).

Looking for more comedy from Akaash Singh & Andrew Schulz?

Stream & download Akaash Singh's album Bring Back Apu on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Stream & download Andrew Schulz's albums Views From The Cis, Brilliant Idiot & 5:5:1 on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Kyle Kinane
Kyle Kinane: Shocks & Struts. Courtesy of 800 Pound Gorilla.

Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane has been on a wild, wild ride as a comedian and has been heavily tearing up the scene this year alone. Just this past March, he released his newest & highly raved special Shocks & Struts (which is just so, so close to hitting a million views on YouTube if you haven't watched it yet). He currently hosts the podcast No Accounting For Taste with fellow comedian Shane Torres where they “investigate maligned topics and challenge themselves to find the good in all, yes, even Florida.”

Kyle's taping his next special September 7th-9th at ACME Comedy Club in Minneapolis, MN (all shows are sold out).

Looking for more comedy from Kyle Kinane?

Stream & download his audio albums Shocks & Struts & Trampoline In A Ditch on 800 Pound Gorilla.

James Adomian
James Adomian

James Adomian

James Adomian is a comedian from California, but his impact can truly be considered global or even cosmic. As a voiceover artist he has appeared on a hundred cartoons and a thousand podcasts. As an on-camera (i.e. "real") actor, he has enjoyed some amusing failures and tolerated a few partial successes across television, cinema, and the world wide web. James is one of those performers who plays "deep characters” so people often do not connect that he was "that guy" whom they loved so much from some particular thing.


On the stage he is a living god, an incarnation of Dionysus, meaning he is often drunk and largely available for bookings. He has been to Armenia twice but still can't seem to convince anyone that he is Armenian. James is a proud Aquarius, and he is very, very Aquarian to the point where you would think he's doing a bit when you meet him.

He'll be taping his next special on September 14th at The Elysian in Los Angeles. Tickets are available here.

Brittany Carney. Courtesy of Comedy Central.
Brittany Carney. Courtesy of Comedy Central.

Brittany Carney

Brittany Carney began standup in DC, where she appeared at the DC Improv Comedy Club, Drafthouse Theaters, Black Cat, and Underground Comedy’s The Big Hunt. She now lives in NYC and performs at venues including Upright Citizens Brigade, Caroline’s On Broadway, and the Comedy Cellar. She is a writer for Audible’s upcoming podcast Networking for Introverts with Aparna Nancherla. Her on-camera credits include Comedy Central’s This Week at the Cellar, That Damn Michael Che Show and she has performed stand-up for Comedy Central’s Up Next series. Vulture named her one of 2022’s Comedians You Should and Will Know.

Catch Brittany taping her new special on September 16th at Kings Comedy Club in Raleigh. Tickets are available here.

Adam Ray.
Adam Ray.

Adam Ray

You know the comedian & actor, Adam Ray, from Arrested Development. Curb Your Enthusiasm. MST3K. Pam & Tommy. MadTV. Hacks. The man’s also in the new BARBIE movie.

Adam also hosts the popular About Last Night podcast, which has welcomed guests such as Melissa McCarthy, Dana Carvey, Susan Sarandon, Bill Burr, & Nick Swardson just to name a few.

He'll be taping next special on September 21st to 23rd at Comedy On State in Madison, WI. Tickets are available here.

Looking for more comedy from Adam Ray?

Stream & download his albums Read The Room, I'll Take It From Here: The Crowd Work Album & Songs For The People on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Matt Rife.
Matt Rife: Matthew Steven Rife. Courtesy of Matt Rife.

Matt Rife

Matt Rife has exploded as one of the fastest growing comedians through his viral content and remarkable engagement on TikTok, where he has amassed over 16 million followers, and more than 2 billion views globally. As one of the most buzzed about comedians in the business, Rife has been selling-out comedy clubs and theaters across the country and is gearing up to embark on his biggest tour to-date, the ProbleMATTic World Tour (the 100+ date tour is now sold out).

Matt independently released his debut special, Only Fans, on YouTube (which now ammases over 20 million views). This past April, the comedian bet on himself again and self-released his highly anticipated second stand-up special, “Matthew Steven Rife” on YouTube (and has garned a whopping 15 million views sinc).

Matt will be taping next special on September 22nd & 23rd at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC (both shows are sold out).

Looking for more comedy from Matt Rife?

Stream & download his album & special Only Fans on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Whitney Cummings.
Whitney Cummings: Jokes. Courtesy of Netflix.

Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings is returning to the club to record her next hour to follow up her most recent Netflix special, Jokes. She mentioned through the announcement that she'll be performing this new material while 7 months pregnant, which will be very interesting and all the more exciting to see how this new hour plays out.

Catch Whitney taping her next special on September 23rd at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Tickets are available here.

Looking for more comedy from Whitney Cummings?

Stream & download her album I'm Your Girlfriend on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Brooks Wheelan.
Brooks Wheelan.

Brooks Wheelan

Brooks Wheelan is from Iowa and he likes to do comedy. In 2015, he released his debut album This Is Cool, Right?, which hit #1 on the iTunes charts and was included on PASTE Magazine’s 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2015 list. He’s been a cast member on Saturday Night Live, appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers, AP Bio, HBO’s GIRLS, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, @Midnight, Adam Devine’s House Party, MTV’s Ridiculousness, TBS’ CONAN, Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave and other junk he’s less proud of.

He can most recently be seen supporting John Oliver on his latest North American tour working out new material for his next hour. To build the anticipation even higher, he's going on a tour in Alaska beginning September 15th and will end the run recording the new special.

Catch Brooks taping his next special on September 29th at the Bear Tooth Theater Pub in Anchorage, AK. Tickets are available here.

Michael Blaustein.
Michael Blaustein.

Michael Blaustein

Michael Blaustein is an internationally touring headlining comedian, accomplished actor, and award winning writer.


Michael co-hosts a very popular podcast called Stiff Socks with comedian Trevor Wallace. Stiff Socks is ranked in the top 50 of all comedy podcasts on iTunes and Spotify. He has performed at over 200 colleges worldwide and has been on the Comedy Central on Campus Tour, The College Humor Tour, and The Oddball Comedy Fest. Michael has performed at prestigious festivals such as JFL 42 and The New York Comedy Festival. Michael can be seen on the Amazon Prime original series, Inside Jokes. Michael can also be seen on the last season of CBS’s Person of Interest.


He has hosted two pilots for MTV and was a cast member of the last season of MTV's Punk'd. Michael created and developed a Snapchat show for Comedy Central and was also a comedy pilot finalist in The Austin Film Festival. Michael Co-wrote, Co-directed, and Co-starred in the feature film Up There.

Catch Michael taping his next special on September 28th to 30th at Comedy Works in Denver, CO. Tickets are available here while they still last.

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