The best comedy shows in NYC this week

Hit the best stand-up, improv and sketch comedy shows going down in NYC every day this week
Girls with Brown Hair
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Schaefer Becky Chicoine and Sam Reece
By David Goldberg
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Want to be in the cult of comedy? These get-downs at comedy clubs in NYC feature some of the city’s best and most diverse comedians taking the stage and doing what they do best. So whether you’re into regular open-mic nights or insane sketch comedy, we’ve got you covered. Some of the best NYC comedy podcast stars are known to make surprise appearances at these shows, so keep your eyes open…

Best comedy in NYC this week

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Sophie Santos and Jess Salomon
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

The Lesbian Agenda

icon-location-pin Union Hall, Park Slope
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They're taking over; get used to it. Defiantly dope comedians Jess Salomon and Sophie Santos invite their flyest queer friends to shut down Union Hall with unapologetically woman-oriented sets. They're joined by Emma Willmann, Lauren Ashley Smith and Eman El-Husseini. 

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Girls with Brown Hair
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Schaefer
Comedy, Musical

Girls with Brown Hair: The 1947 Thanksgiving Special

icon-location-pin Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Hell's Kitchen
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Join fur-clad class acts Betty Blanche and Crystal Rogers Sr. (known in modern times as dynamite sketch duo Sam Reece and Becky Chicoine) at this warped musical variety show straight out of black-and-white TV fever dream. They'll sing gibberish Thanksgiving "classics" that will make you long for a brand of Americana that never existed. 

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Joel Kim Booster
Photograph: Courtesy Alex Schaefer
Comedy

Black Wednesday with Joel Kim Booster and Sonia Dennis

icon-location-pin Union Hall, Park Slope
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The first holiday in a season of forced family bonding can bring out some raw feelings, especially for New Yorkers not visiting their families. Stand-up powerhouses Joel Kim Booster and Sonia Dennis welcome you to scorch away your seasonal depression at this boozy hour of no-bullshit sets. The relentless duo welcomes fellow former Chicagoan Rebecca O’Neal to go off with them onstage and light up your long holiday weekend. 

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Mark Vigeant
Comedy

Internet Explorers

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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Wickedly funny web goon Mark Vigeant invites you into a world of gut-busting HTML nonsense as he builds a bizarre website for his favorite funny guests. At the October Hackers edition, he's joined by Marcia Belsky, Larry Owens and Michael Cruz Kayne.    

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Michael Nguyen and Fumi Abe
Photograph: Courtesy Phil Provencio
Comedy, Stand-up

Hack City

icon-location-pin Black Cat LES, Lower East Side
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It’s a free comedy night...with dessert. Need we say more? Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen bring together some of the city’s most diverse and reliably solid lineups every month at this sweet show.

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Lauren Maul
Photograph: Courtesy Phil Provencio
Comedy

Gathering the Coven: A Talk Show for Witches

icon-location-pin Peoples Improv Theater, Flatiron
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The witchiest women of NYC's comedy scene gather to cast spells, talk hexes and share magical secrets at this monthly show. Host Lauren Maul welcomes her favorite funny sorceresses to unleash all hell on the PIT. For November's "Love Magic" edition, she invites Debbie Allen to exhibit new tools of the craft from Cult Party; David Goldberg to run down his astrological dating history; Ivan Lett to share poems and stories; and music from Michael Harren. Count on potions and crystals to send you laughing off into the demimonde. 

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North Coast
Photograph: Courtesy James Robilotta
Comedy, Musical

Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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If you think about it, history is a bit like a word in a Rick Ross rhyme: It tends to repeat itself. That’s not the only thing history and rap have in common at this hilarious show, inspired by that other hip-hop musical. Hip-hop improv group North Coast invites audience members to suggest a favorite historical figure—be it Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bea Arthur or beyond—then performs a fully improvised and factually accurate musical based on that person’s life.

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Comedy, Character

Nic Cage Teaches Sex to Adults

icon-location-pin Peoples Improv Theater, Flatiron
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The star of Con Air, National Treasure and Moonstruck (as played by the very funny Gary DeNoia) presents the most manic, menacing and hilariously twisted sex ed class you'd ever care to see.

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Addie Weyrich
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Addie Weyrich: Only Child Syndrome

icon-location-pin Union Hall, Park Slope
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Loveable loony toon Addie Weyrich looks back on the bizarro-world behaviors of a single child home at her new comedy roundup. She invites some of her favorite stand-ups and performers, including Alex Song, Michael Cruz Kayne, Karolena Theresa, Zach Zimmerman and Tori Piskin, to go into their own familial mishegas at the November edition. 

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Joe Castle Baker and Max Wittert
Art by Max Wittert
Comedy

Get Reel: Criminal Intent

icon-location-pin Spectacle Theater, Williamsburg
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At their monthly show Get Reel, scream queens Max Wittert and Joe Castle Baker invite comedians to provide live, totally bananas voice overs for movie clips. For November's "Criminal Intent" bash, they serve spaghetti, meatballs and cocaine with a high-trash tour of mob cinema. Join their mob wife alter-egos Chicky Visconti and Trattoria "Tori" Gabinetto as they welcome Josh “Sharkie” Sharp, Rachel “The Bonebruiser” Kaly, Mitra “Turkey” Jouhari, Nick “Toontown”Naney and Sarah “Sarah” Squirm to the family. 

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Lorelei Ramirez
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Not Dead Yet

icon-location-pin C'mon Everybody, Bedford-Stuyvesant
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Anything goes at this variety show, at which demented characters, strange songs and nonsensical stand-up sets abound. Artist, video maker, surreal stand-up and indefatigably chill host Lorelei Ramirez reigns over the dark tidings, with comedy, video and music performances that you won't soon forget. For the November edition, the A Woman's Smile podcast co-host is joined by Devon Walker, Cole Escola and Alexandra Tartasky. 

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