Prepare for gut-busting laughter as some of the biggest names in comedy perform across Connecticut in the coming weeks.

The state will get a double dose of hilarity beginning on Saturday, March 25, when standup comic/actor/producer Billy Crystal takes the stage at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre with special guest Bonnie Hunt. For those who prefer a more bold approach to comedy, head to Torrington’s Warner Theatre that same night to catch a show with the outrageously raunchy comedienne and Trumbell native Lisa Lampanelli. She dares to go where few comedians go in her routines, which are rooted in heavy insults thrown at Hollywood notables, herself, and her audiences.

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The laughs continue when acclaimed ventriloquist Jeff Dunham rolls into Hartford with Walter, Peanut and the rest of his colorful collection of characters in tow. The funnyman performs at the XL Center for one show only on April 9.

Wrapping up an impressive lineup of comedians to whirl through the state is the hilarious Chris Rock. The Saturday Night Live alum headlines Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22 for one show only. Rock is sure to have audiences rolling over in hysterics with his signature brand of cultural and political comedy as well as his charismatic and energetic stage presence. The show begins promptly at 8 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk to dazzle the XL Center

The mystifying world of Pandora from James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar comes to life on stage with Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk—The First Flight, which is set before the events in the movie. Audiences will be amazed at the captivating storytelling of central character Toruk, a powerful creature who rules over the Pandorian sky and is connected to prophecies and destiny as it relates to the Na’vi clan. The show features stunning costumes, choreography, and acrobatic displays in true Cirque du Soleil fashion. Toruk—The First Flight will enchant the XL Center from March 15-19 for seven performances only and is the show’s penultimate stop on its North American tour.

Bon Jovi Rocks Mohegan Sun Arena

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Bon Jovi returns to Mohegan Sun Arena April 1 as part of their This House is Not for Sale Tour in support of their latest No. 1 album of the same name — the first without original guitarist Richie Sambora.

Expect the rock veterans to belt out some of their biggest hits including “It’s My Life,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Livin’ On a Prayer,” along with new material in a high-energy show that is sure to get the crowd on their feet. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Big Sean Makes “Moves” to Wallingford’s Oakdale Theatre

Rapper Big Sean will take over The Dome at Oakdale Theatre on Friday April 7. He is currently enjoying the success of his latest album I Decided, which debuted at the top of the U.S. chart in February and spawned the hit singles “Moves” and “Bounce Back.” The general admission concert begins at 8 p.m.

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