Late night parties, midnight smooches, and paper horns blowing in your ear not really your thing?
We get it.
Lucky for you, there's plenty to do on the final night of the year. From theatrical performances and stand-up comedy acts to burlesque shows and art exhibitions, it looks like metro Phoenix is pulling out all the stops to say goodbye to 2014, and hello to 2015.
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For those looking to ring in the new year with big laughs, it might be worth buying a ticket to see comedian Chris D'Elia. The Undateable star will spending New Year's Eve at the Tempe Improv with shows at 7 and 10 p.m. General admission is $30, or $55.98 with a dinner package. Visit tempeimprov.com or call 480-921-9877 for tickets and details.
Romantasy Cabaret Presents: The New Year's Eve Masquerade Gala
Romantasy Cabaret invites you to shimmy into the new year with its New Year's Eve Masquerade Gala at Phoenix Theatre. The evening will offer everything from sexy dances to comical vaudeville act as well as live music and a dance floor for guests to get down during intermission and after the show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. General admission is $35 and includes a champagne toast. Visit the tickets.phoenixtheatre.com for more information.
New Year's Eve Flannel Ball and Art Show
Put on your finest plaid and head to the Flannel Ball where more than 50 Phoenix artists will be showcasing their talents for a celebration of community and creativity. The evening will feature live performances, a "New on Old" exhibition, outdoor games, a photo booth, food trucks, a beer garden, a countdown hosted by Phoenix Storyteller's Dan Hull, and a lawn gnome piñata.The Flannel Ball begins runs from 9 p.m.to 2 a.m. at Roosevelt Growhouse. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit Lawn Gnome Publishing or go online at www.eventbrite.com.
Resolutions! A New Show for an Old Year
Join Space 55 as it looks back on this last year with tales of love, loss, learning, and laughter as well musical accompaniment. Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m., giving guests the chance to still make it to it any New Year's Eve parties they may have planned. For details, visit www.space55.org.
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company is bringing The Producers to Tempe Center for the Arts. The comical Mel Brooks production will be followed by party featuring food, champagne, a cash bar, party favors, and a DJ. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and the after-party runs till 2 a.m. Tickets are $65 for the show or $145.00 per person ($260 per couple) for both the show and the party. For more information, visit www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com.
Comedian Brain Regan continues the second leg of his North American tour with a special New Year's Eve show in Phoenix. The longtime comedian best recognized for his record-breaking 26 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman will perform at Comerica Theatre at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $65. For details and to save your seats, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call the box office at 602-379-2800.
Murder for Two
This New Year's Eve, the question of "Where does the time go?" turns into a question of "Who done it?" as Arizona Theatre Company presents the off-Broadway musical hit, Murder for Two at the Herberger Theater Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $70 to $90. Visit www.herbergertheater.org for details and tickets.
Midnight Madness Run
Start your new year's resolution off early by participating in the Midnight Madness Run at Rose Mofford Park. The final 5K of 2014 will start at 10:45 p.m. and the first 5K of 2015 will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tickets are $35 now through Wednesday, December 24; $40 through Monday, December 29; and $45 at the starting line. Runners can participate in both races for an additional $5. For details, visit www.itsyourrace.com.
It's been busy year for Jay Pharoah. But between his weekly performances on Saturday Night Live impersonating Barack Obama and Kanye West and his appearance in Chris Rock's new film, Top Five, the comedian has found time to take his stand-up on the road. Pharoah will perform at 7 and 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve at Stand Up Live. General admission is $27, or $52.96 with a dinner package. For information, visit standuplive.com or call 480-719-6100.
Dueling Pianos New Year's Eve Show
The pianos are getting heated this holiday season. This New Year's Eve, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., stop by The Wigwam for Dueling Pianos New Year's Eve Show. The event will feature live music and entertainment as well as party favors and a champagne toast. Tickets are $40 per person. Visit the show on eventbrite to reserve your spot.
Lend Me a Tenor
Hale Theatre is inviting audiences to head into the new year on a high note with a production of the Tony Award-winning play, Lend Me a Tenor. The music-based comedy will take to the stage at 6 p.m. Tickets are $24. For details, visit the show on eventbrite.
New Year's Eve at TopGolf TopGolf Scottsdale
Get your golf swing on this New Year's Eve with TopGolf Scottsdale. Guests will be hitting the green from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. while enjoying speciality cocktails and mixed beats from the DJ. General bay reservations are $75 for up to six people and VIP bay reservations, including one bottle of champagne, a chef's buffet, and party favors, are priced at $450 for up to six people. For details, visit topgolf.com.etails and to purchase seats, visit www.haletheatrearizona.com.
An Evening with Paula Poundstone
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Mesa Arts Center is inviting show-goers to spend an evening with author, actor, and comedian Paul Poundstone this New Year's Eve. The humorist who serves as a regular on NPR'S Wait, Wait... Don't Tell! will be performing on the Ikeda Theater stage at 8 p.m. Tickets range between $35 and $40, or cost $90 for a VIP dinner package. For details, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500.
Comedy veteran Wille Barcena is coming to Stand Up, Scottsdale Comedy Club for three, count em', three shows on New Year's Eve. The Latin comic who's appeared on shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will be performing at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the first show and $20 for the later shows. For more information, visit standupscottsdale.com or call 480-882-0730.