Best comedy in NYC this week
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.