After a rough winter, we’re guessing you could use a laugh this spring. Fortunately, some of the best comedians are hitting NYC for insane stand-up and improve sets, and we’ve got the rundown. Check out new material from some of the funniest New Yorkers ever and from rising comedians you’re sure to love.
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Never heard of them? Well, they’re pretty much royalty on the improv scene. (You may also recognize TJ from those Sonic commercials.) Hailing from Chicago, longtime stage partners TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi come to town once a year to put on an hour-long drama with multiple characters, emotional climaxes and even B-plots—and it’s all made up on the spot. Sure, it’s not Shakespeare, but it’s brilliant, highbrow art that might finally shut up improv naysayers.
The master of droll rolls into this live recording of his podcast How to Be Amazing. Watching the Wet Hot American Summer star put writers, actors and other comedians—past guests include Andy Cohen and Neil DeGrasse Tyson—through a bizarre litany of questions and challenges will make you: a) happy you’re not in their shoes; and b) crack up at their expense.
With the verbal fury of Nicki Minaj and the fearless attitude of Joan Rivers, Wong made her name with her 2016 Netflix special Baby Cobra, which she performed seven months pregnant, taking on menstruation, Sheryl Sandberg and sex with Asian men. Now, the Fresh Off the Boat scribe and American Housewife co-star attacks the Town Hall for two sets of merciless stand-up. Catch her now before she’s selling out arenas.
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.
For this special Mother’s Day weekend gig, the Oscar winner returns to the legendary Apollo Theater, where she made history as the first female host of Showtime at the Apollo back in the ’90s. It’s a rarity to see her onstage these days, and for this show, she delivers nasty, uproarious stand-up as only she can, along with her touring buddy and Atlanta vet Tone-X.