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Keep your sweetheart laughing this Valentine's Day with the gift of stand-up

It’s no secret that women prefer a man who can make them laugh when it comes to romance – but there’s nothing that states you can’t use a middle man to accomplish that, either. This Valentine’s Day, skip the flower shop (they’re just going to die in a few days), trash the chocolates (a tired gift idea that only results in complaints of feeling fat) and instead give your lovely lady the gift of laughter! Between highly-entertaining and affordable digital comedy specials and tickets to the hottest comedy clubs in town, you’re guaranteed to make an impression this year.

Let’s face it – chick flicks are hard to stomach for anyone, let alone boyfriends or husbands. Instead, show your creative side by indulging your fair lady in some of the comedic delights that CC: Stand Up Direct has to offer, all without breaking the bank. For a mere $5 (we won’t tell if you don’t), treat your heart’s desire to night of laughter and merriment with the latest specials from Pete Holmes, Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry and more. Woo your lady love with the mesmerizing theremin-playing skills of Eugene Mirman or prove your alpha-maleness by enjoying Kumail Nanjiani’s “Beta Male” together.

Can’t afford a night out for Valentine’s Day? Netflix has you covered with an ever-expanding cache of wonderful new comedy specials such as Kathleen Madigan’s “Madigan Again”, Marc Maron’s “Thinky Pain”, or Aziz Ansari’s “Buried Alive”.

If staying in simply isn’t in the cards for you this Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a night filled with laughter and fun with live comedy. Laugh Boston, Boston’s newest home for stand-up, features comedian Colin Jost on February 14. Jost, a Harvard alum who was born and raised in Staten Island, has performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, “John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show”, “Funny As Hell” for HBO Canada and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Chicago. After graduating from Harvard University where he served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, Colin was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live”. Jost was recently announced as Seth Meyers’ successor on SNL’s Weekend Update and recently filmed an upcoming role in the Lorne Michaels produced film, Staten Island Summer, which he also wrote. Performing with Jost will be PJ Thiboudeau and Kofi Thomas. Tickets will go fast for this show so grab them while you can!

Nick’s Comedy Stop will feature the hilarious comedic stylings of Ray Harrington. Harrington is an infectiously likable New England-based comedian who has performed across the country and internationally. Turning his awkward stumble into manhood into hilariously irreverent material and marvelous improvisational riffing that embraces the awkward and absurd, Harrington recently release his debut comedy album through the national record label, Stand Up! Records. The Worst Is Over, was named 'New and Noteworthy' on iTunes and debuted at number one on Amazon.com and number two on iTunes. Named Best Comic by the Providence Phoenix, Ray has been heard on nationally syndicated radio along with Sirius/XM and seen on ABC, FOX, and CurrentTV. Tickets are on sale now.

Forgo the usual candy hearts and expensive gifts this Valentine’s Day and give your sweetheart something to laugh about with the gift of comedy - after all, it won't make anyone fat and no one is allergic to it.