Best comedy shows this month
Twin brothers and vaudeville aficionados Max and Nicky Weinbach bring class back to the comedy scene at their monthly affair, at which stand-ups and musical performers dress up and serve their best sets.
Crush-worthy comedians Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague host this mashup party of stand-up and singing. Get down to high-energy sets from the city's best comedians, then hit the stage for an always-lit karaoke after party. Your Pointer Sisters lyrics better be on point—this isn't amateur hour!
Yes Gawd! At his monthly queer comedy throwdown, pop-culture maven Bobby Hankinson hosts some of his favorite queer comedians and performers for songs, sketches and stories. April's edition boasts Jessica Henderson, Kate Sisk, Walter Kelly, Rachel McCartney and David Perez.
Comedians Dave Mizzoni and Matt Rogers will be the first to tell you the definitive T on Demi Lovato's vocal range, Gwen Stefani's political affiliations and which Jennifer reigns supreme: Holliday, Hudson or Lopez. They magnanimously share their wisdom with the straight men of the world at this subversive and ridiculous competition, which forces bro comics to face off on gay trivia. Stay out of their line of fire.
At this masterful showcase, Trump Lear actor David Carl takes his impression of the president to disturbing, mesmerizing new levels. At this epic gambit, he unleashes an armada of deranged characters, from Miss Piggy to Nick Nolte. Don't miss the daring mix of character sketches, games, challenges and beyond from the singular performer.
Angel Yau and Ross Brunetti give Timehop a run for its money at this subversive nostalgia show. Join the duo for a look back on momentous occasions in pop culture that coincide with the show's date—April 23. They're joined for dark dives into the past by comedians Mark Vigeant, Anna Roisman, Sachi Ezura, Anita Flores and NYC Public School teacher Matthew Vitticore.
At this dazzling multimedia experiment, SNL's resident magician contemplates the inner life of inanimate objects—including doll furniture, crystals and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Though his unique brand of alchemy has seeped into every corner of the alt-comedy landscape (and will soon debut on HBO), Torres is just as intimate and sweet on stage as he's ever been. Not to be missed.
Fireball performer Nadia Pinder claims her throne at this twisted take on the talk show format, at which performers and characters jump between sets and hilarious, nonsensical talk on the couch. April's "Allergies R Cute" edition boasts Cody Buege, Michelle Davis, Caitlin Dullea, Isabel Hagen and Liz Glazer.
Ever-charming host, producer and comedian Jenny Gorelick throws herself the bash of the year every single month with this wild show, at which comedians, drag queens and other acts join in on the party. April's magic edition boasts Alexander Boyce, Yoni Lotan, Cassandra Nemser, Brian Flaherty, Gabe Gonzalez, Lida Darmian, Dave Mizzoni and X Mayo.
Pups are welcome at this stand-up show at a "barkeasy" in Brooklyn, which happens to features a consistently-excellent lineup. For the April edition, host Jonathan Zeller brings up an outstanding lineup of dog performers, along with comedians Aparna Nancherla, Carmen Lagala, Ana Fabrega, Chris Calogero and Alon Elian.
At this brand-new showcase, the razor-sharp Anya Volz presides over a changing lineup of the city's finest acts, with DJ Max Ogle setting the scene. For the April edition, Volz takes over Union Hall with guests Teresa Lee, Christine Medrano and Melissa Lozada-Oliva.
Drew Anderson, Sam Taggart and Marcia Belsky form their own comedy coven at this witchy stand-up night, honoring the spinning queen Stevie Nicks.
Forget Game of Thrones, forget laundry night, forget your dayjob in the morning: Sunday nights now belong to Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani. The trio of stand-up supremes give you looks, life and a top-tier comedy showcase every week—and there isn't even cover! Stay sharp and look fresh—you're about to witness the best night of comedy in New York.
Sharp and salty stand-up Carolyn Bergier brings her beloved podcast to the Stonewall. Show up for a fabulously curated night of queer women comedians, which includes Sydnee Washington, Liz Glazer, Brooke Arnold and Ana Fabrega. Sir Babygirl brings her pop power for a live performance.
Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this free weekly East Village stand-up night. Look out for some of our favorite all-star performers to hit up the low-key show.
Hit the best NYC comedy clubs
Since 2004, the four partners behind Cringe Humor (cringehumor.net)—a blog turned event production company and talent management agency—have capitalized on an expanding audience for audacious comedy. After producing popular stand-up shows for years, it’s only fitting that they cofounded a venue in which to promote their favorite comics—think bawdy, raw and dark acts like Jim Norton and Dave Attell. This bi-level Gramercy spot, which opened last month, is already going full tilt, offering cocktails and embellished comfort food upstairs while shows take place seven nights a week in its long, narrow basement. The snug 75-seat room places the audience of frat guys and young professionals in close proximity to the performers, and they get pumped when one of their idols (Dane Cook, for instance) drops by.
Al Martin, the longtime owner of both the New York Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club, follows the same basic tenets in his new room—an intimate basement space below an Indian restaurant—as in his other ventures. Though a few pillars in the 60-seat room interfere with sight lines, the pub grub, extensive cocktail selection and long list of stars who just might do a spot while passing through town are drawing crowds every night. Regulars include staples Christian Finnegan, Marina Franklin and Tom Shillue.
The atmosphere in this spot—not to be confused with the space’s previous occupant, the Tribeca Comedy Club—is a congenial one. Its brick walls and makeshift stage remind you that you’re in a basement, but the doting waitstaff, haute Italian menu from Brick NYC upstairs and roomy layout will please fans of creature comforts, or those too claustrophobic for the likes of the Comedy Cellar. Adam Strauss, the owner-booker and a burgeoning comic himself, makes sure that his programming is packed with next-wave talent (young, funny stars such as Sara Schaefer, Dan St. Germain and Kevin Barnett) while also saving stage time for himself.
Last December, working comic Steve Hofstetter and business partner Jacob Morvay opened their shoebox of a club on a charming strip of Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Since then, the pair have been able to draw big talent—smart, outspoken acts like Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro—away from Manhattan five to seven nights a week; he’s also created some ambitious projects such as the She-Devil Comedy Festival, a stand-up competition for ladies from across the country, happening Thursday 25 through Sunday 28. The club, a 15-minute ride from Times Square, features a winning Mexican-American menu, cocktails named after comedy legends and 14 beers on tap. Though the only thing that separates club from bar in this long, narrow room is a curtain, the clear views of the stage and friendly vibe make the place a cozy and relaxed alternative to some of Manhattan’s stuffier venues.