To love comedy is to have an ear to the ground and to sleep with one eye open. While it’s easier than ever to find new comedians on the Internet, on podcasts and YouTube, true fans of comedy know the best source is going out and seeing stand-up live in person. Showcases, carefully curated, multi-person lineups in bars and black box theaters, are the best bang for your buck. Literally. These shows, frequent in places like LA or New York or San Francisco or Chicago, are usually free or super cheap. Showcases are typically self-produced by the comedians, featuring a medley of various styles doing their best 5-10 minutes or working on something pertinent. The vibe is energetic, casual. Not feeling the current comedian? Wait for the next one! The show keeps rolling, and you’ll be rolling too! Coming to the Stage, which recently released its fifth season, is the closest approximation to the showcase vibe, a perfect way to enjoy and experience your new, favorite comedians.