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Best comedy events in NYC: Critics’ picks

Chris Gethard & Friends

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This honest and lovable champion of underdogs endears himself to his audience with his tales of personal mishaps. Tonight, he celebrates a new album of stand-up.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Shouting at the Screen

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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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  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After a long hiatus, one of the institutions responsible for the earliest experiments combining stand-up and storytelling is back, as many well-respected names get loose and expansive.

  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Found Footage Festival

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Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the curators of this quirky, humorous and occasionally heartbreaking “fest,” discover joys long buried in boxes of forgotten VHS tapes.

  1. Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Ave, at 2nd St
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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Joke of the week

Joke of the week: Christian Finnegan

America is the greatest country in the world. But it’s possible we may be entering our Michael-Jordan-on-the-Wizards period.

Christian Finnegan performs The Gorgeous Mosaic at the Peoples Improv Theater Thu 17–Sat 19. Follow him on Twitter @ChristFinnegan.

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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

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