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Best comedy events in NYC: Critics’ picks

Shouting at the Screen

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Wyatt Cenac and Donwill sit down with mikes and make jokes about their favorite blaxploitation films.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Wed Apr 23
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The Nights of Our Lives

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This relaxed evening of comedic storytelling features a rotating cast of stand-ups and improvisers telling true-life tales.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Cole Escola: The First Gay President

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Escola performs characters, solo sketches and songs that should grab even those who don't fawn over Bernadette Peters—though that wouldn't hurt.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Russell Howard: Wonderbox

  • Price band: 2/4

The British dynamo bounds across the stage with exceedingly good cheer, and is quite clever to boot.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri May 2
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Joke of the week

Joke of the week: Pete Lee

I feel bad for the guy who invented the ceiling fan, because you know the first time he saw a helicopter, he was like, “Oh man, I could have done that!”

Pete Lee plays the Stand Sun 27 and Mon 28. Follow him on Twitter @peteleetweets.

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Top comedy stories

Q&A: Tina Fey

It’s some rap sheet: writer, actor, comedian, producer and all-around iconic lady. Tina Fey, you’ve got a lot to answer for.

The Pajama Men

Improv, sketch, stand-up and physical theater all play a part in the strange realm of Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen

Eddie Izzard

As the comedian embarks on a massive stand-up tour, he offers ten pieces of wisdom on Python, politics and more Eddie Izzard may just be the world’s most ambitious man.

Three to watch: Dennie & Sharp and Luisa Omielan

Keep your eye on a UCBT sketch duo recreating Forrest Gump and a U.K. stand-up who looks to Beyoncé as a muse

Comedy events calendar

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    Written by Chicago musical improv troupe Baby Want...

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