This summer brings plenty of opportunities to catch some great comedians. Beloved comic Dave Chappelle steps back into the spotlight with NYC gigs at Radio City, and hilarious alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett plays a show at Joe's Pub. Be sure to snap up your tickets before they're gone!
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Having presided over roasts of celebrities ranging from Flavor Flav to Joan Rivers, the Roastmaster General has also hacked his way into other media with a book (I Only Roast the Ones I Love) and a DVD (No Offense: Live from New Jersey). Onstage, his commitment to evisceration remains, even as he launches his arrows at a larger number of targets.
In the years since the demise of Chappelle's Show, this comic's mystique has grown almost as much as his fans' reverence. He laid low until last year, when his Oddball Festival gigs proved that his incisive mind and delivery had not suffered. Some things are different—he's ripped and smokes like a fiend now—but anyone going to this show not just to hear him say "I'm rich, bitch" will be satisfied.
This annual celebration in honor of long-form improvisation's mad guru, Del Close, is many things: 56 continuous hours of staged silliness, a chance to spot visiting comedy names in signature shows or weird one-off happenings, a bacchanalian summer camp for performers and an endurance contest for stalwart audience members. A weekend pass gets you into anything on smaller stages, space pending; individual tickets for shows on bigger stages cost a bit more. As always, star-studded ASSSSCAT 3000 shows close out the weekend. More details will be revealed at ucbtheatre.com and, eventually, delclosemarathon.com.