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Tom Brink

Tom Brink

Tom Brink is Time Out's former New York Associate Comedy Editor.

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The 10 best New York sitcoms

The 10 best New York sitcoms

As a city full of crazy, New York lends itself to the sitcom format better than maybe any other city. But which ones really captured the experience of living here? Our list is ranked not just by how funny these shows are, but by how relatable they are to New Yorkers—the people who’ve actually endured the wacky roommates or the subway ride from hell without the benefit of a laugh track…

The 10 best comedy shows to see this fall

The 10 best comedy shows to see this fall

Looking to see some fantastic comedy this fall? Bond with your pals over some laughs by going to see some of the funniest New Yorkers at these comedy shows. It’s still warm enough to go outside, so you can save the best stand up on Netflix and hilarious web series episodes for the winter. Here is our list of the top 10 shows, ranked chronologically. RECOMMENDED: See all things to do in New York this fall

The best shows to see at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival

The best shows to see at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival takes place from Monday, August 24, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015 and showcases some of the funniest New Yorkers. At the festival you'll have a chance to see both established comedians and new faces. Some of the showcases even happen to be free comedy shows! So check out our handpicked selection of the best shows and who knows? You could even end up seeing one of the best comedy shows of the year!

50 funniest New Yorkers

50 funniest New Yorkers

Ambitious, loud, irrepressible, honest, anxious and rude; New Yorkers get called a lot of things, and certainly we all embody these qualities at one time or another. But we'd like to posit one more adjective just as ubiquitous (but much less recognized) in the makeup of those who make their home in our fair metropolis: funny. The writers, comics and storytellers on this list have met the grit and grime of this place head-on and have found ways to laugh in spite of it. Moreover, they've excelled (and, for the purposes of this list, continue to excel) at helping the rest of us find the comedy in it as well.

The 50 funniest Web series

The 50 funniest Web series

It’s been a long time since the funniest, most innovative comedy was to be found on your TV set. The rise of sites like Netflix may have dragged online comedy viewing into the mainstream, but the net has long been a home to comics looking to develop their style without being at the mercy of television execs. We’ve devoured hours of shows to choose our top 50, which runs the gamut from scrappy, silly animated work to corporate-sponsored episodes and everything in between. (The best part? It’s all free!) For the purposes of this list, we defined a Web series as a show that follows a story, or at least a conceit that carries across multiple episodes, so if your favorite vlog didn’t make it in, don’t get mad!

Broad City interview: ‘When people use comedienne, I’m so surprised, sometimes I’ll laugh.’

Broad City interview: ‘When people use comedienne, I’m so surprised, sometimes I’ll laugh.’

Ask a friend about the Comedy Central series Broad City, and you’ll likely be hit with something along the lines of “so fucking good, right?” Right. The brainchild of stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the web series turned television show follows the mishaps of two broke twentysomethings in Brooklyn—and has seriously caught on here. During a break from editing the second season, the duo stopped by our offices to get (sort of) serious about ladies in comedy. On word choice: Ilana Glazer: We just hosted this thing in Toronto, and one comic said, “Women are so annoying.” Really, dude? What fucking year is it? Abbi Jacobson: Oh my God, I also fucking hate the word comedienne. I don’t even like actress. Glazer: It halves the meaning. Jacobson: A writer-ess? Why does writer have no gender, but actor has a gender? What is that? Glazer: I can’t even with actress. But when people use comedienne, I’m so surprised, sometimes I’ll laugh. On boys and girls: Jacobson: I definitely relate so much to a lot of women in comedy, but I don’t love segregating the genders. I’m just as influenced by male comedians as I am female comedians. Glazer: I think it’s an important point to be made. There’s almost a perversion around it. Jacobson: The biggest struggle we have with [being women in comedy] is talking about it. If we saw this magazine with all male comedians, it would be like, What? Jacobson: I feel like comedy had a boys’-club label when we were starting. Glazer: Mmm hmm. Jacobson:

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Stand Up For Heroes announces its 2015 New York Comedy Festival Lineup

Stand Up For Heroes announces its 2015 New York Comedy Festival Lineup

The Bob Woodruff Foundation and The New York Comedy Festival have teamed up for the ninth year to bring together some of the biggest names in comedy and music, all for a good cause. Over the past decade, the foundation has raised more than $27 million for injured service members and their families. RECOMMENDED: See all New York Comedy Festival coverage. This year Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart have agreed to help the cause make their impact even larger. There are also secret “surprise guests” that have yet to be announced, a list that has included Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams in previous years. So we’re willing to bet that whatever names get added to be bill will be worth your while. The Stand Up for Heroes show will taking over the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10th. Tickets will be available starting at noon tomorrow, Sept 16th, and can be purchased on through Bob Woodruff’s or The New York Comedy Festival’s websites. Figure out a way to camp out online for those tickets and support a good cause with some laughter.

Five things to watch out for in Colbert’s Late Show premiere

Five things to watch out for in Colbert’s Late Show premiere

It’s been almost a year since Stephen Colbert has been on our TVs, making room for Larry Willmore’s Nightly Show, but tonight he’s back and taking over David Letterman’s spot on the Late Show. While we’ve come to know Colbert’s news skewering alter-ego Stephen Colbert (with a silent t) we still have much to learn about the man behind the legend and we’re curious to see what he brings to late night. Here’s a list of things we’ll be looking out for while we watch his premiere episode. (Psst. If you don’t have a tv, you can live stream the premiere for free.)Colbert or Colbert?We’re hoping he addresses how we’re now supposed to pronounce his name. Will he keep the silent T in the name of branding? Or will he have us call him by his birth name to separate this show further from the Report?Possible unannounced drop-insThe show has already announced an impressive list of guests, but if his farewell Report episode taught us anything, is that he knows how to celebrate with A-listers.An homage to LettermanWe can’t imagine he’ll go without talking about the show’s former host, but we’re expecting some deeper references over the next couple weeks for the die hard fans. New segmentsWe’re willing to bet he retired many (if not all) of the Report’s segments. However, Colbert and his writing staff are some of the smartest minds in the game. They’ll surely bring some new flavors to the late-night format and who knows? Maybe they’ll adopt the Top 10. Which leads us to...His focusKimmel has pr

Dave Chappelle announces new tour and NYC tickets go on sale at noon

Dave Chappelle announces new tour and NYC tickets go on sale at noon

Dave is back. After disappearing for a few years, random drop ins at the Comedy Cellar and a series of surprise weekend shows, the stand-up and Chappelle’s Show star is back on tour. Even more exciting: he'll be performing six times over three nights at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre. We’ve put the full schedule below, you know, in case you’re traveling. However, you should act fast! Tickets go on sale today at noon. Head over to Live Nation now and refresh the page until tickets are available. We expect this to sell out pretty quickly. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.   Dave's Full Schedule: September 14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre September 16 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center September 17 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre September 19 - Boise, ID @ Morrison Center (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) September 22 - Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium September 24 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts September 25 - Worcester, MA @ Hanover Theatre September 26 - Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center September 27 - Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre September 28 - New York City @ Gramercy Theatre (9 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.) September 29 - New York City @ Gramercy Theatre (9 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.) September 30 - New York City @ Gramercy Theatre (9 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.) October 2 - Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater at the Oncenter (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) October 3 - Rochester, NY @ Rochester Auditorium Theatre (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) October 5 - Albany, NY @ The Palace Th

Where to watch the final Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Where to watch the final Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The time has come. It’s actually, finally here. Tonight, Comedy Central will air the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It’s an exciting bummer, Jon Stewart will be missed. Even though we’ll have a whole month to re-watch clips from tonight’s episode (before Trevor Noah takes over), you shouldn’t let “not having a TV” get in the way of experiencing history and celebrating with other fans. So, here's a list of places that are not only showing the final episode, but also have some pretty great food and drink specials too.  Bareburger Columbus Circle (313 West 57th Street)Specials: $4 select beer, $5 select wines and $7 select cocktails all night. Bill Baker's (364 Grand Street, Williamsburg)Specials: $2 Oysters, $5 BBrews from 11pm to closing, $8 Flights of BBrews, $10 Chili Dog and BBrews and free BB's signature popcorn. Salon Hecho (356 Bowery)Specials: "Pistolas" drink special (a shot of mezcal and a beer for $10) and the $5 Bacon-wrapped Mexican Hot Dog topped with pickled jalapenos, diced tomato and onion. FYI: The hot dog is (no longer) a secret off-menu item. Slate (54 W 21st Street)Specials:$10 burger and a beer if you tweet to @SlateNY with #TheDailySlate. Q.E.D. Astoria (27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria)A great way for Queens residents to see the show without finding a train that works into Manhattan. If you show up early, you'll get to see comedians roast the GOP debates live.

James Corden’s Late Late Show officially has legs

James Corden’s Late Late Show officially has legs

Probably the most-asked question when James Corden was announced as the new host of The Late Late Show was: Who? It’s a fair question—the writer and star of the popular British sitcom Gavin & Stacey is beloved in his home country, but was never exactly a household name over here. After last night’s performance, though? We’re thinking that might change. A solid, jovial middle finger to the doubters, it hit all the right notes for a late night show (couch, desk, band and live audience were all present and correct) but with enough refreshing new takes to make it feel like Corden’s doing his own thing. Here are three reasons we’re sure this guy’s got a future. 1: He is not exactly struggling to find great guests  Er, Tom Hanks, anyone? Recreating all his greatest roles? Not too shabby. And then there was his “golden ticket” skit, which featured everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lena Dunham. If it’s all about who you know, Corden’s got it in the bag. 2: He’s refreshingly earnest and self-aware You wouldn’t normally list “earnest” in the required qualities of a late night host, but his attitude really works in his favor. He seems to really want the whole audience in on every joke and secret of the production, a display of big-heartedness that can only help endear him to an unfamiliar audience. As for self-awareness? Take another look at his opening sketch. Dude knew we were all wondering who the hell he was and ran with it. 3: He’s got Reggie Watts in his corner   When you n

Dave Chappelle to perform five NYC shows this weekend

Dave Chappelle to perform five NYC shows this weekend

This weekend, we are graced by the totally stress-free ritual we call Valentine's Day. But know what’s even better than a celebration of affection? Starting Thursday, Dave Chappelle will be visiting NYC to share new material with us lovebirds. How romantic! “Wait! How can I do both?” you may ask. Don’t fear, here are five ways to see Dave and still go on that over-the-top dinner date you’ve been planning for weeks.  1. Best of both worlds technique: He’s performing at the Gramercy Theatre five times between February 12 and 16. You can go any day that is not date night. This is not a random drop-in at the Knitting Factory.2. Two birds method: On Saturday, Dave is starting the show at midnight, so you can go to dinner and then laugh together all night with strangers instead of going home.3. Be romantic: Suggest you change your V-day plans to include not just Saturday night, but every night he’s in town. Your S.O. will love that you want to spend so much time together and you get to laugh. Win-win.4. Say 'I love you' a lot and at the right times: Standard Valentine's Day practice, but if you say it enough times, you’ll totally be allowed to go. This only works if you've already purchased two tickets.5. Buy tickets: Get your tickets now and figure the rest out later! This is probably better than what you had planned, and they’re already on sale! Use these tips or create your own method. Just don't miss this.

10 things we hope to see at Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition

10 things we hope to see at Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition

Saturday Night Live has announced that not only will it kick off its 40th anniversary with a 3-hour long episode, but it has partnered with state-of-the-art special event center Premier on 5th to present a museum-like exhibition in tribute to its four decades on the air. Even though an official opening date has yet to be confirmed (you can sign up for e-mail updates here), the official press release tells us to expect scripts, set pieces, props, costumes and some yet-to-be-announced special interactive elements some time this spring. Due to the disconcertingly vague nature of that list, I’ve put together 10 things I’d like to see when the exhibition opens. 1. A video presentation of SNL's biggest bloopers (or at least a full-length movie of every time Jimmy Fallon broke).2. Stefon’s scripts and cue cards side by side. As some SNL fans know, John Mullaney and Bill Hader would write for their Stefon character together. Later, when it was time to shoot, John would change jokes on the actor’s cue cards in an attempt to make Bill break live on TV.3. The opportunity to sit at each of the Weekend Update desks, from Chevy Chase’s set to Colin Jost and Michael Che’s.4. To enter the exhibition, you can either pay admission or you need to use Dana Carvey’s ChapStick.5. A chance to seek dating advice from Drunk Uncle.6. To finally taste the delicious sounding “Schweddy Balls.”7. An SNL writer-curated list of their favorite, never made sketches, complete with scripts.8. The Wayne’s World

Get an advanced look at the show that’s replacing the Colbert Report

Get an advanced look at the show that’s replacing the Colbert Report

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a.k.a "the show that’s replacing The Colbert Report," just released a new promo video, “Looking for Something Different.” It announces that Nightly will premiere on January 19 on Comedy Central, and you can definitely call us excited. We will, of course, be missing Colbert’s antics on the Report–the show and its host are now a part of comedy legend. In its nearly ten hears on the air, we saw Colbert try to get his name on everything from bridges to NASA treadmills; invent the word "truthiness;" create former President Bill Clinton's twitter account @PrezBillyJeff (now @BillClinton); insult the President during his correspondents dinner speech; make a super-PAC that actually changed the course of an election; and get his portrait in the Smithsonian. In other words, it’s a hell of a tough act to follow, but we’re pretty confident that Wilmore’s show will serve as a just replacement, continuing to push the limits of what we’ve come to expect from late-night TV. Even though he may be best recognized as The Daily Show’s “Senior Black Correspondent,” Wilmore has had an impressive career in groundbreaking television. He served as a writer on In Living Color and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a consulting producer of The Office and created the critically-acclaimed and award-winning The Bernie Mac Show. If his resume doesn’t excite you, we don’t know what will, but Comedy Central has been knocking it out of the park lately (see the new trailer for t

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