Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here, especially on weekends, thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby. Big names from Louis CK to Aziz Ansari will just drop by for a set and on any given night, you can expect to see other local greats whose acts are more X-rated than at other clubs (and who will distract you from your bachelorette-partying neighbors).
The improv troupes and sketch groups anchored at UCBT are some of the best in the city. Stars of Saturday Night Live, VH1 and writers for late-night talk shows gather on Sunday nights to wow crowds in the long-running ASSSSCAT 3000. Other noteworthy teams include Death by Roo Roo (Saturdays) and the Stepfathers (Fridays).
Jo Firestone and her Rodney Dangerfield impersonator father, Fred, host this beloved competition, in which the first 18 individuals or duos to sign up at the door attempt to pun-up each other's spontaneously produced word-play. Winners are determined by the "Human Clap-O-Meter" and go home with a "Mystery Box" prize.
Written by Anderson Cook and Ben Lapidus, whom you may know from The Disembodied Hand That Fisted Everyone to Death, this tale takes place in 2006 and follows Derek, a high schooler who is painfully uncool, until he discovers a magical lamp containing the ghost of Avril Lavigne (the death of whom was covered up by her record company). Pull on those skinny jeans, smudge that eyeliner and go along for the ride.
Hosted by World Beatbox Champion Kaila Mullady, this stellar improv crew delivers a new "hip-hopera" at every show, rapping and beat-boxing an unscripted original play based off a suggestion from the audience. At this eighth anniversary show, the troupe invites Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000) and Liza Treyger (Late Night with Seth Meyers) to share in the quick-tongued comedy.
Actress Jamie Aderski brings her solo show about the absurdity, mysteries and miseries of motherhood to the PIT. She faces the grim truths about maternity that nobody wants to talk about with joyous aplomb and plenty of laughs along the way.
Hosts Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney have recruited some of the city’s most mediocre dance crews to face off for eternal glory (and retribution for being picked on at middle school dances). Big-name guest judges preside over the Cabbage Patches, Whips, Nae Naes and Stanky Legs. Beware of sprains.
After appearances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel and pretty much every podcast you’ve ever listened to, the Queens native hits Carolines for four nights of brutally genius political comedy. You can expect attacks on the NRA, the Academy Awards and just about every member of the new presidential cabinet at Kondabolu’s razor-sharp night of roasts.
A varied lineup of comic heavy hitters holds down this stand-up show benefitting the Garden of Dreams Foundation, an organization that partners with hospitals, wish foundations and community-based organizations to help children in need. Performers for the evening include Leslie Jones, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tracy Morgan, John Oliver, Chris Rock and Bob Saget.
First, it was a verbal gaff at the Golden Globes. Then, it became a viral meme lampooning white Hollywood's incapability of comprehending that multiple films could exist starring black actors. Now, it's a riotous play by Jordan Temple, mashing up the plots of Hidden Figures and Fences and taking on all the hypocrisy of Black History Month in 2017. Get ready for some vicious satire.
Hostess with the most-est Lani Harms is taking on the late-night scene with a "talk show" chock-full of sketch, improv, insane characters and pretty much whatever else she wants. The show winds up with an improv set based on an interview with a special guest comedian. Mike Kelton, Casey Jost, Keisha Zollar and other improv darlings have showed up in the past.
Mitra Jouhari (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Catherine Cohen (UCB) and Patti Harrison (Annoyance Theater) try to better understand "guy stuff" with the help of big local talents at this monthly show. The March edition features Sarah Pappalardo, Jes Tom, Micah Sterenberg, Leapling and Shalewa Sharpe. Proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
Mining perhaps the richest arena of situational comedy, host Chris Calogero and his buddies share hilarious stories of nature's calling. Enjoy tales of horror from Doug Smith, Selena Coppock, Courtney Maginnis, Ahri Findling and Julia Shiplett, and songs from Tommy McNamara and Olivia Vessel. Giveaway winners have the chance to get their own Squatty Potty. Who said that comedy can't change your life?