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Black Comedy Explosion at the Paramount 

When: Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $50-$80
ParamountTheatre.com
For 25 years, the New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion has been bringing humor to the holidays with lineups of national talent. This year’s show, which will take place at the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway St., Oakland), will be an old-school comedy romp headlined by the prolific comic icon George Wallace. Joining Wallace will be comedian and actor Tommy Davidson (In Living Color); Conan writer, Black-ish actor, and Chicago comic Deon Cole; and Foxxhole radio host Speedy. The World Famous Rick & Russ Show will be spinning records and the celebrations will be punctuated by a balloon drop at midnight. Although the lineup would be even better with some female talent, spleens will still split — and there’s no place more beautiful to spend New Year’s Eve than under the vaulted ceiling of the historic Paramount. — Sarah Burke

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