The best things to do and see this month
Back At It
Big names return to the stage
You’re at your first big post-COVID show. You start crying. Are they tears of joy, or the result of the overwhelming social anxiety you’ve developed after nearly two years of semi-solitude? You don’t know, but you don’t care; you’re just happy to be back at it.
Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $82.50,
Dua Lipa: The Future Nostalgia Tour
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $45,
Eric Church: The Gather Again Tour
Saturday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $49,
Eagles: Hotel California Tour
Monday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $129,
Fortune Feimster: 2 Sweet 2 Salty
Charlotte-born-and-raised comedian, writer, and actress Fortune Feimster got her start on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010 before going on to write for Chelsea Lately, star on The Mindy Project, and make appearances on shows like 2 Broke Girls, Glee, Drunk History, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The Simpsons. She co-hosts a comedy show called What a Joke with Papa and Fortune on Sirius XM and, in 2020, debuted Sweet & Salty, a hit one-hour Netflix special. Catch her live Feb. 5-6 at Knight Theater—just a cool half-hour or so from her home in Belmont—as she delivers new material. Feb. 5, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater. Tickets: $20-$75, carolinatix.org
Jeff Dunham: Seriously!?
You’d think people would be creeped out by a guy who says he keeps his friends in his suitcase. But folks pay good money to see ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham perform. In addition to his 13 years of touring (he’s broken world ticket-sale records for a standup comedy tour), he’s also made numerous appearances on shows like The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents, and Late Show with David Letterman. Now, after taking “the year off that nobody wanted,” Dunham is back for his tour Jeff Dunham: Seriously!? alongside his curmudgeonly collection of puppets—Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J., and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. He’s also introducing Walter’s grandson, Url, who lives in his parents’ basement and doesn’t know much more than what’s on his smartphone. Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Spectrum Center. Tickets: $52, ticketmaster.com
On her podcast Why Won’t You Date Me?, now in its fifth year, Nicole Byer calls up old flings to interrogate them about why they dumped her. She’s also hilariously saucy as the host of Netflix’s comedy-reality baking competition Nailed It!, for which she’s received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She’s made guest appearances on shows like 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Simpsons; last year, she began co-hosting Wipeout alongside John Cena. Feb. 17-19, multiple showtimes, The Comedy Zone. Tickets: $25-$40, cltcomedyzone.com