Stand-up comedy in NYC: The best spring comedy
In need of some great comedy this spring? Laugh from March til May at stand-up shows featuring new faces, beloved personalities and more.
Mon Feb 24 2014
As Gotham begins to thaw, shake off the cobwebs and head out to one of the city's upcoming comedy shows. Among the best stand-up comedy in NYC this spring is to see multilingual international superstar Eddie Izzard, sit down with the godfather of heartwarming (but honest) family stories Bill Cosby and spend an entire weekend with rocketing young local star Michael Che. Whether the show is in Staten Island, Manhattan or Brooklyn, make plans now before tickets are gone.
This young comic has been at stand-up for a only few years but his name is on everyone's lips: He's written for SNL, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and is in demand all around the city. Clearly a natural, Che's cool demeanor only hints at the landscape of bizarre opinions just beneath the surface.
Playing Leon Black on Curb Your Enthusiasm gained this stand-up and former SNL writer the wide audience he rightly deserves. As his special That's How I Dooz It showed, Smoove's madcap, highly improvisational stage act is just as animated and off-the-wall as Leon.
Brit stand-up Russell Howard is like a puppy who's just been fed a few Pixy Stix: He bounds across the stage with exceedingly good cheer, flopping about in a naturally funny way. He's also quite clever. The combination, on view in his series Russell Howard's Good News, is irresistible.
Even just workshopping Force Majeure last year, the world-renowned comedian and "executive transvestite" dazzled with his language games, historical concerns and fanciful visions of yak dressage. No doubt when Izzard visits the city as part of this global tour, the finished product will be as energetic, witty and strangely informative as past efforts.
Get over the politics and the pudding pops, and spend the rest of your life boasting to parents and comics that you spent time with the Cos. His clean, amiable slice-of-life stand-up laid the foundation for everything from his book Fatherhood to The Cosby Show. On tour and in his recent special (Far from Finished), his stories are as sharp as ever.
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