Every Thursday in December (and maybe even January) we’ll be looking back on 2014’s most memorable live event moments with a series of year-end lists based on fan reviews. Thousands of ticket buyers submit reviews to Ticketmaster.com every day, and their experiences provide an inside look at the year’s hottest concerts, musicals, comedy shows, sporting events, and more.
To kick things off, we’ve compiled a list of events that consistently made ticket buyers laugh this year. From witty a cappella groups and wry political satirists to funny musicians and famous comedians, these unforgettable events are the ones that had fans rolling on the floor laughing. But don’t take it from us — check out the list below for a first-hand account of all the side-splitting action, and check back next week for a roundup of 10 Events That Moved Fans to Tears in 2014.
The legendary funnyman is well known for his hit sitcom, but his hilarious stand-up is what started it all.
“Jerry is so real and so funny. My husband and I enjoyed his routine a lot. Loved his animated movements to describe his stories. He is a real guy in real life situations, and told us the funny side about marriage and children and just the things we think about as ordinary. Jerry is a comic wizard that can make anything ordinary so hilarious! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.”
Kinky Boots (Touring)
The Tony Award-winning musical is lighting up stages across the US on its first tour, dazzling audiences with music by Cyndi Lauper, an uplifting message of tolerance, and plenty of unforgettable laughs.
“I could watch every performance they do of this show and still be laughing, cheering, hooting and clapping as hard as I did the first time on Broadway. This is a great story and the cast made it come to life. The theater being beautiful didn’t hurt either. We had a wonderful time – all 16 of us.”
The legendary singer-songwriter is as funny as he is genuine, cracking audiences up with hilarious anecdotes between heartfelt renditions of his classic hits.
“James Taylor was wonderful, not only did he play for almost three hours but he sounded just like he has for years – amazing voice. He also was very personable and kept you laughing as he poked jokes at himself and with the audience.”
The beloved late night host and stand-up veteran consistently has fans rolling on the floor with his bone-dry Scottish wit.
“I went to see Craig Ferguson in Chicago on November 16th at the Chicago Theater and he litterally tore the roof off the place. He was funnier than I’ve ever seen him perform. He was snarky, sassy, over-the-top and completely unchained. The man knows no boundaries but he knows how to handle and entertain an audience. Can’t what to see him again. In my book, he’s the current reigning King of Comedy.”
The veteran ventriloquist and comedian has been impressing audiences with his hilarious characters and skits nearly four decades.
“I’ve seen him live numerous times this show was by far the funniest. Love Peanut & Walter!! Jeff is super talented!!!”
The pop superstar delivers upbeat shows full of gut-busting anecdotes between songs.
“The music was great, he is awesome live. Jason was also hilarious, had everyone laughing between songs. Then he also has touching stories that show you just how good of a person he actually is. 10/10 would do again.”
Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes
The family-friendly fun of Disney on Ice is a sure-fire way to get the little ones laughing.
“We took my daughter to her first Disney on Ice and it didn’t disappoint! So cute, great costumes, and music! My daughter laughed and clapped all the way through it and she is only 12 months. She especially loved Mickey and Minnie!”
Minnesota Wild Hockey
Regardless of what team you support, you can always count on the kiss cam for a few laughs.
“My husband and dear friend got caught on the kiss cam. Still laughing about it!”
The beloved actor and comedian pulls no punches as he delivers his bawdy brand of grown-up humor on tour.
“This show was absolutely amazing. Mike Epps kept it “real 100″ the whole time! I literally could NOT stop laughing at last night’s show! I left the show with a huge smile on my face. (I woke up in the morning smiling too)!”
Book of Mormon (Touring)
Already a Broadway classic, this envelope-pushing show from the creators of South Park is consistently thought-provoking and never short of hilarious.
“This show was amazing. I couldn’t stop laughing from start to finish. If you’re easily offended by jokes about religion, don’t go, but if you can laugh at it, then see this show. The music was great! As soon as I got home, I downloaded the soundtrack to my iPod. The dancing was terrific, the cast was incredible. The whole show was fun.”
The fans have spoken, and these are the shows that made them chuckle, giggle, crack up, and guffaw in 2014. Stay tuned to the Ticketmaster Blog every Thursday for more of our Ticketmaster Year in Review 2014 — including the Top Events That Brought the Tears in 2014 — and head to the comments section to let us know what shows got you laughing this year.