Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee @ The ArtsCenter
Jan 21 all-day

A creative blend of stand-up comedy with science. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. who has become a sensation selling out shows from Boston to Melbourne. You can see Tim featured in Science Channel’s How Do They Do it.

Tim wasn’t supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped.

Tim has become an underground sensation with over 4 million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took the show on the road selling out shows from New York to Sydney. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show. Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly over time.

Feb 11 all-day

Join three amazing comedians, as they take the stage to make you and your loved one Laugh your hearts out! Will Marfori, Cee-Jay Jones, and Raleigh’s newest transplant, Azeem. A Portion of the proceeds will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research.

John Waters @ The Carolina Theatre
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm

Born in Baltimore to an upper-middle-class family, many of John Waters’ films satirize suburban America, social conventions and attitudes. He began making short underground films in the 1960s with an 8mm camera received as a birthday present from his grandmother. The filmmaker and comedian brings his one-man show, “This Filthy World: Dirtier and Filthier,” to Durham March 9.

2017 Beaver Queen Pageant @ Duke Park
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham’s own special mix of folly, pageantry and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion, talent and personality. The theme for the 13th annual Beaver Queen Pageant is ‘Wizard of Gnawz’. Come enjoy the fun at this family-friendly and free event which raises funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Vote for your favorite contestants – or bribe a judge – at Emcee’d by WUNC’s Frank Stasio, this is a truly weird and delightful Durham experience.

The Sunday Show @ 106 Main
Jun 4 all-day

106 Main and Comedy Durham present another wicked evening of comedy for you! 106 Main is the place to be for a laid-back night of cocktails and laughter. $10 cover gets you this night of magic. The show features Dave Waite and Grant Lyon, two comedian roommates in Los Angeles, on their epic summer tour – The Bro House Tour.

Dave Waite has appeared on Comedy Central, ‘The Tonight Show Starting Jimmy Fallon’, ‘Last Comic Standing’ and more. You might recognize Grant Lyon from a number of national commercials or heard him on Doug Loves Movies.