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Tom Cotter, Matisyahu top weekend events in the Hudson Valley

Stony Point's Tom Cotter was the runner-up on

Stony Point's Tom Cotter was the runner-up on the seventh season of NBC's "America's Got Talent." Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood/NBC

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, two A-list comics descend on Poughkeepsie, including one who calls Rockland County home. Plus, a singer who grew up in Westchester County performs on a Hudson Valley stage.

Saturday: Tom Cotter at Bananas Comedy Club

For his first major Hudson Valley performances since finishing second on the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent,” Stony Point’s Tom Cotter will headline two Saturday night shows at Bananas in Poughkeepsie. Almost a year after the journeyman comic auditioned for “AGT” because he heard Howard Stern would be replacing Piers Morgan on the judges’ panel, Cotter’s primary judges these days are the audiences he entertains on the stand-up circuit. Expect sharp, refined jokes about unrefined subjects and a few half-joking digs at Olate Dogs, the crafty canine act that wound up edging him out for “AGT’s” $1 million prize.

When: 8 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16

Info: Bananas Comedy Club at the Clarion Hotel, 2170 South Rd., Route 9, Poughkeepsie; 845-462-3333;; $30; must be at least 16 years old to attend

Saturday: Eddie Izzard at The Bardavon Theater

Not that long ago, Hudson Valley fans didn’t have much choice but to travel to New York City to see comedian Eddie Izzard. But the star of the recent TV series “Bullet in the Face,” “United States of Tara” and “The Riches” is now giving local comedy aficionados a choice that’s easier than his famous bit, “Cake or death?” The comic will take the stage to perform routines and comic narratives, as well as do his share of trademark riffing, when he headlines two Saturday night shows at the Bardavon.

When: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

Info: The Bardavon Theater, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-473-2072;; $55

Saturday: Matisyahu at Bearsville

Born Matthew Miller and raised in White Plains, Matisyahu turned heads with the 2005 release of his first bona fide hit, “King Without a Crown,” in part because there weren’t many Hasidic roots-reggae stars on the airwaves at the time. Although that’s arguably his biggest hit, Matisyahu is far from a one-hit wonder, reinforcing his music cred with follow-up albums that include “Youth,” “Live at Stubb’s II,” and his latest effort, “Spark Seeker,” a studio release rich with rap, dance and pop elements. Although he lives with his family in Los Angeles these days, he’ll return to the Hudson Valley this Saturday for an acoustic performance at the Bearsville.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

Info: Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; 845-679-4406;; $35-$45

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