Stand-up comedy shows spring 2013 and the Thrilling Adventure Hour

Parks & Rec’s Nick Offerman, Maria Bamford and Jim Jefferies all perform stand-up comedy shows this spring. Plus, L.A.’s Thrilling Adventure Hour comes to NYC.

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Photograph: Mitchell Haaseth / NBC

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson

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Photograph: Susan Maljan

Maria Bamford

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Marina Franklin

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Photograph: Courtesy FX

Jim Jefferies

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Natasha Leggero

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Big Terrific Fifth Anniversary

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Photograph: Frank Micelotta

Amy Schumer

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Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

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Uptown Showdown at Symphony Space

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NYC Improv Festival

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A Conversation with David Cross

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Photograph: Mark Mann/IFC

Whitest Kids U Know

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Ted Alexandro

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Photograph: Courtesy of Stillsmoove.com

JB Smoove

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Photograph: Mindy Tucker

Julie Klausner

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Photograph: John Shearer

Jerry Seinfeld

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Photograph: Seth Olenick

Paul F. Tompkins

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Photograph: Jonathan Reilly

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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Photograph: Jonathan Reilly

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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Photograph: Jonathan Reilly

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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Photograph: Jonathan Reilly

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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Anthony Jeselnik

Good news for fans of stand-up comedy: This spring sees a clusterflock (that’s the collective noun for comedians, right?) of stand-ups at comedy clubs and venues across New York. Spring’s best comedy shows include the man with the effervescent facial hair, Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec’s Ron Swanson); the melon-twisting (in the metaphorical, not the literal, sense… although you never know) Maria Bamford; and foul-mouthed Australian Jim Jefferies (so foul, that he can’t snag a lady, as he confessed to Time Out in Pickups gone bad). For a visual break from one person standing there talking, check out the Thrilling Adventure Hour for a group of people standing there talking.

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Nick Offerman: American Ham

Those hoping to see Ron Swanson curse Tammys One and Two to hell likely won’t be disappointed: Offerman’s man’s-man persona reflects his real life (he’s got a carpentry business) and his stage act. His show, American Ham, offers practical tips about living more successfully, with the sort of dry and laconic delivery that comes through on Parks and Recreation.

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The Town Hall 02 Mar 2013

Maria Bamford

Critics' pick

The Bammer is a tumult of cheery weirdness, winning hearts with a childlike whisper as she presents her idiosyncratic vision of the world. She drops comedic bits—unexpected impressions, goony faces, far-flung metaphors—like bread crumbs, keeping the audience intrigued regardless of how bizarre things may seem. In Bamford’s amazing 2012 release, Special Special Special, she performed an entire set in her living room for an audience comprising her parents; get excited for whatever oddball stroke of genius she might have in store.

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Carolines on Broadway 04 Mar 2013

Get It Out There

Critics' pick

BAM and IFC team up, working with comedy producer Caroline Creaghead to put together a free stand-up showcase of bold locals in BAM's atrium café. Tonight's all-lady lineup will satisfy audience members of both sexes. Emily Heller hosts Nikki Glaser, Marina Franklin, Kendra Cunningham, Naomi Ekperigin and the great Heather Lawless, who we've missed since she moved across the country.

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BAMcafé Until Thu Apr 24 Free

Jim Jefferies

Critics' pick

The foulmouthed, confessional Australian stand-up delights in slaying sacred cows in a devilishly unapologetic manner. Though Jefferies’s sitcom, Legit, recently premiered on FX, those who have seen his specials (I Swear to God, Alcoholocaust, Fully Functional) know that his live show can’t be beat.

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Best Buy Theater 08 Mar 2013

Natasha Leggero + Moshe Kasher

Critics' pick

The West Coast comics—both of whom have performed on many late-night shows, including Chelsea Lately—pair up for a weekend of gigs. Kasher, whose 2012 memoir, Kasher in the Rye, candidly told tales of mental institutions and drug addiction, has an onstage force as dark and bawdy as it is wily. Leggero plays with languor, dismissing the peons beneath her—that is, pretty much everybody—while batting her eyes and swiping the hair from her face with a pair of silken evening gloves.

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Carolines on Broadway Until Sun Nov 17

Big Terrific Fifth Anniversary

Critics' pick

Though Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman have moved to L.A., Big Terrific cohost Max Silvestri happily welcomes them back for this stand-up celebration. There's no lineup announced as of yet, but expect the trio to bring along some of the best up-and-comers around as they perform their own bits.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Until Fri Mar 15

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

Critics' pick

Bryan Cook's L.A. comedy show gives the crowd something it never knew it wanted: sexy literature written by comics about favorite characters—say, Theo Huxtable or Bilbo Baggins—or extant fictional universes. After reading a prepared piece, each winner goes on to create a new work on the spot, based on audience suggestions.

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Union Hall Until Sat Mar 21

Uptown Showdown

Critics' pick

Two teams of comics and comic writers face off in a debate competition meant to settle age-old arguments, including whether pirates or ninjas would win in a brawl. As the performers take shots at each other and do untested material, the room gets charged (in the silliest way possible).

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Symphony Space Until Tue Jun 30

NYC Improv Festival

Critics' pick

Improvisers from around the country take part in a weekend of performances, workshops and panels, though this festival, now in its second year, also has plenty of New Yorkers (many of whom are regular PIT performers) on the bill. This year's big tickets include a reunited Threat, a set from Centralia and a visit from Toronto’s physical, frenetic 2-Man No-Show.

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Peoples Improv Theater 23 Mar 2014

A Conversation with David Cross

Critics' pick

That low, liquidy sound you hear is comedy nerds across the city frothing at the maw. One of New York’s comedy heroes sits down to talk about everything: The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, Modern Family, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret—and that list doesn't even include stand-up or film. He'll chat with that other George Michael, Michael Cera.

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92nd Street Y Until Wed Mar 20
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