It’s summer in NYC, which means you can expect big names, crazy shows and rowdy crowds at your favorite comedy clubs. Check out bizarre characters from fan-favorites like Cole Escola and Dr. Alex Schiller; head to improv clubs to see rising talent at their most experimental; and witness some of the best stand-ups of all time as they hit the funniest city in the world. Pace yourself!
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Best live comedy in NYC this summer
First, it was a verbal gaff at the Golden Globes (committed again on Buzzfeed, NBC Today, the red carpet at the Oscars...). Then, it became a viral meme lampooning white Hollywood's incapability of comprehending that multiple films could exist starring black actors. Now, it's a riotous play by Jordan Temple, mashing up the plots of Hidden Figures and Fences and featuring Langston Kerman, Nore Davis, Shalewa Sharpe, Tahlia Robinson, Karolena Theresa, Mamoudou N'Diaye, Gary Richardson, James III, Holden McNeely and Julian Williams.. Get ready for some vicious satire.
Some stars are made to shine over New York, and in the case of the Cole Escola, the disturbingly talented character incubator was meant to rule downtown. Witness the Difficult People star as he unleashes new and beloved characters like "Oh, Jeremiah" and broken-down cabaret legend Maven Crawford in this demented solo show.
As Tim and Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job! reaches double-digit age, the cult comedy icons bring their off-kilter dynamic and near-hallucinogenic video clips to the Town Hall. Expect celebrity drop-ins, long silences, melted faces, bad EDM and grotesque sexual exploits.
The Bammer is a tumult of cheery weirdness, winning hearts with a childlike whisper as she presents her idiosyncratic vision of the world. She drops comedic bits—unexpected impressions, goony faces, far-flung metaphors—like bread crumbs, keeping the audience intrigued regardless of how bizarre things seem. She joins the very funny Jackie Kashian for two back-to-back sets of joyous delirium.