Guide to NYC Live Comedy This Week: January 11 – 16, 2018


Live Comedy in New York City This Week:

New York features some of the best live comedy in the world every single night, from Manhattan to Queens, Brooklyn and beyond. But with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find them all and nearly impossible to decide which shows to see. Every week, Christine Marie Evans and Emily Cohen curate this list, carefully reviewing dozens of shows every night, to select the live stand up comedy shows you need check out. Comedy producers can submit their show for consideration for our listings each week.

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LIVE COMEDY THURSDAY 1/11

 

Show: Donnell Rawlings
Venue: Carolines on Broadway
Location:
1626 Broadway NYC
Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

2017 was a big year for Donnell, he was a hit at both The NY Comedy Festival and The Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Project Dad starring Donnell and his son aired on TLC.  It was a family-friendly series that follows 3 men that stay alone to take care of their kids.   He was a hit on The Shaq Comedy All-Stars which aired on Showtime and he was cast in ’s pilot Hollyweed. In 2017  he killed during a record number of shows working with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC as well as DC. His rise to stardom may not have been “overnight”, but the journey itself has kept him edgy and relevant.

Ticket Link: http://www.carolines.com/comedian/donnell-rawlings/

*SHOWS FRIDAY 1/12, SAT 1/13 & SUN 1/14 AS WELL*

 

Show: Death Comedy Jam
Venue: The Creek and The Cave
Location:
10-93 Jackson Avenue LIC
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Justin Williams and Akash Bhasin drink, banter and host this monthly showcase featuring the best young comics from NYC and beyond.  The free Tecate for the audience flows like the laughter that earned Death Comedy Jam the 2013 Creek Award for Best Stand-Up Show! Past performers include, Joe Machi, Pat Dixon, Jena Friedman, Jeffrey Joseph, Aparna Nancherla and Josh Rabinowitz
Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/death-comedy-jam-2018-01-11/

Show: Mortified
Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers. Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.  Hailed a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, The Today Show, The Onion AV Club, Entertainment Weekly and beyond, Mortified celebrates the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.
Ticket Link: https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1605991-mortified-brooklyn/

 

Show: Roast Battle NYC ft Shuli Egar, Mike Cannon, & DOUBLE MAIN EVENT
Venue: New York Comedy Club
Location:
241 E. 24th Street NYC
Time: 10:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

The bi-coastal phenomenon just keeps rolling. Like Thunderdome of insult comedy, two comedians enter, one leaves hilariously humiliated.
The Battles: Undercard
Jessica Fleischer vs Sean Finnerty
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT:
Ali Kolbert vs James Pontillo
Ian Fidance vs Julie Kottakis
Your Host: Neko White
Judges: Shuli Egar, Mike Cannon

Ticket Link: https://newyorkcomedyclub.com/events/roast-battle-nyc-2018-01-11223000

 

LIVE COMEDY FRIDAY 1/12

 

Show: Dean Edwards
Venue: Gotham Comedy Club
Location:
208 W. 23rd Street NYC
Time: 8 & 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Featuring Ophira Eisenberg and Harris Stanton!  For more than 20 years, Bronx native Dean Edwards has honed his comedic talent on stages from New York to Dubai. A talented Actor/Comedian, Dean Edwards showcased his talent on two successful seasons as a cast member on “,” with such memorable impressions as , Jay-Z, Don Cheadle, Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington. Following his run on SNL, Dean made countless appearances on Comedy Central’s stand up showcases, “Comics Unleashed,” and “MTV 2’s” top rated show, “Guy Code”.” He’s also been the host for shows on Nickelodeon and TV One. Dean also made an appearance in the Hulu Original Series, “Deadbeat.”

Ticket Link: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=498881&cart

 

Show: Creek Cave Live
Venue: The Creek and The Cave
Location:
10-93 Jackson Avenue LIC
Time: 8pm and 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Creek Cave Live (CCL) is the touring arm of The Creek & The Cave, when we are not on the road we bring you the an amazing showcase full of Creek favorites, comics just passing through and some of the best stand up comics living in NYC.
Because we love comedy and our audiences so much we give you a free PBR for supporting our space! And if you’re a dear and sit in the front row we give you a free shot!
Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/creek-cave-live-5-3-2018-01-26/

Show: The Stand NYC Showcase
Venue: The Stand NYC
Location:
239 3rd Avenue NYC
Time: 8 & 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

, Dan Soder, Yamaneika Saunders, Keith Robinson, Derek Gaines, Mike Vecchione

Ticket Link: www. thestandnyc.com

Show: Aparna & Joe Present: Live & Order
Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Serial. Making a Murderer. People vs. OJ. There’s nothing hotter right now than true crime. And there’s nothing the industry*** loves more than cashing in on what’s popular. While Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla have neither committed nor solved any homicides as of now, they are totally open to it in the future if their schedules allow. In the meantime, they are both loyal devotees of the fake-but-based-on-true crime industry: Dick Wolf’s Law & Order: SVU**. So, for one fine evening, allow them, with the help of some special comedy guests, to pay tribute to the episodic criminal procedural with their own reimagining of the form. At the very least, prepare to walk away with more questions than answers, and blood on your hands. Whose blood? That’s for you to decide.
***The entertainment industry, not the murder industry, but good guess.
**Nothing but the worst, most heinous crimes for these two voyeur monsters.
Ticket Link: https://www.unionhallny.com/event/1603971-aparna-n-jo-present-live-brooklyn

 

LIVE COMEDY SATURDAY 1/13

Show: The Killing Joke
Venue: Pine Box Rock Shop
Location:
12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

The Killing Joke is a FREE, monthly comedy show the second Saturday of every month at Pine Box Rock Shop! Hosted by two of NYC’s favorite comedians, Casey James Salengo and Scotland Green, this show features a unique mix of the top tier of NYC comedians and promising new talent.
Emmy Blotnick (Comedy Central), Alingon Mitra (), Jordan Temple (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Damian Holmes (Gotham Comedy Club), Nina Tarr (Party Legends on Vice)
Ticket Link:  free at door

Show: Bowery Comedy
Venue: Bowery Electric
Location:
327 Bowery NYC
Time: 6pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Emily Winter (What A Joke Fest, Feminist Bro), Kate Willett (Comedy Central), Khalid Rahmaan (Conan), Raj Sivaraman (Jeopardy), Ben Wasserman (VICE).  Hosted by Chelsea Taylor and Carolyn Busa
Ticket Link: free at door

 

Show: Comedy Outliers
Venue: Sean’s Bar and Kitchen
Location:
42 W. 48th Street NYC
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

During this show we will have raffle prizes, great comic performances and some more classic “Outliers” moments!
Eagle Witt (Carolines on Broadway), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), Jo Firestone (Late Night), Molly Austin (TruTv) and some surprise guests.  Brandon Collins and Mike Brown
Ticket Link: www.ComedyOutliers.com

 

Show: Freaknik
Venue: The Creek and The Cave
Location:
10-93 Jackson Avenue LIC
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Starting in 1982, the city of Atlanta threw an annual party called “Freaknik” which essentially became the largest black spring break party in the country. The party became so big and wild that the city shut it down for good in 1996, but we’re all in luck, because comedians Andy Sandford, Noah Gardenswartz and Steve Forrest are bringing Freaknik back, and they’re bringing it to Long Island City! “Comedy Freaknik” will be a lot like the original Freaknik, except it’s going to happen once a month, and it will be a comedy show hosted by three white guys. That’s basically the ONLY difference.
Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/freaknik-2018-01-13/

 

LIVE COMEDY SUNDAY 1/14

 

Show: Thug Passion Presents: BELLY (1998)
Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Comedians Shalewa Sharpe (Hidden Fences, 2 Dope Queens) and Courtney Fearrington (Bentzen Ball, SiriusXM) present another installment of their comedic table reading series focusing on classic black cult film, Thug Passion Presents, at Union Hall. This month, Thug Passion Presents takes on Belly, the 1998 crime/drama film directed by Hype Williams and starring DMX and Nas.

Readers include Nore Davis (2 Dope Queens), Sam Jay (SNL writer), Chris Daniels (Book of Ye podcast), Noah Gardenswartz (Conan), Chanel Ali (New York Comedy Club) and Mike Brown (Decepticomics).
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1603886

 

Show: Bacon Bits
Venue: The Stand NYC
Location:
239 3rd Avenue NYC
Time: 3:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Come experience the best brunch show in all of Manhattan! Remy Kassimir hosts club regulars, up & coming talent, and surprise drop-ins while you enjoy FREE bacon, a full brunch menu, and bottomless mimosas for $20
Ticket Link: https://thestandnyc.ticketfly.com/event/1623599-bacon-bits-comedy-brunch-s20-new-york/

 

Show: Luke Thayer Album Recording
Venue: New York Comedy Club
Location:
241 E. 24th Street NYC
Time: 6pm & 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Sure he’s funny with his unorthodox view of social norms and insight into the choices people make, but look at those eyes! Originally from the Midwest, Luke Thayer now lives in New York City and part time in Los Angeles. He performs globally, being seen at comedy clubs, colleges, and festivals. You might have seen him on FOX’s Laughs, Brain Games on Nat Geo, Tyra, Food Network, and Comcast’s Trial By Laughter. Luke’s also been a guest in Funny Or Die Originals and College Humor videos and listed in the NY Post’s Comics’ Favorite Jokes. This year, Luke has appeared on “You Can Do Better” on TruTV and “Punchline” on FOX, as well as in the international Laphroaig “Opinions Welcome” ad campaign.

Featuring: Troy Alan, Abbi Crutchfield, J-L Cauvin
Ticket Link: https://newyorkcomedyclub.com/events/luke-thayer-album-recording

 

Show: If You Build It
Venue: UCB east
Location:
153 E. 3rd Street NYC
Time: 9pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Hosted by ROBERT DEAN, WITH MICHELLE BUTEAU (The Half Hour , Key and Peele), SCOTT ROGOWSKY (HQ, The Running Late Show), JENA FRIEDMAN (, The Late Show), DAN LAMORTE (Red Eye, Young Guns of Comedy), ANDREW TAVIN, (Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest) NINA TARR (Buzzfeed, MTV), DREW ANDERSON (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival)

Ticket Link: https://east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/58582

 

LIVE COMEDY MONDAY 1/15

Show: Side Ponytail
Venue: Friends and Lovers
Location:
641 Classon Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Kerry Coddett (MTV’s Joking Off, The Rundown with Robin Thede, TruTV’s Comedy Knockout), Karolena Theresa (New York Comedy Festival), Nina Tarr (Party Legends on Vice), Ali Simpson (What A Joke Comedy Festival), Adam Mamawala (Funny or Die), and Danny Felts (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
Ticket Link: free at door

Show: Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky
Venue: Under St. Marks Theater
Location:
94 St Marks Street NYC
Time: 9pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

From New York-based twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach comes a monthly neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music. Max & Nicky will have you falling in love with their quirky, absurd antics and dovelike musical stylings as they welcome the additional talents of four hilarious stand-up comics. The upcoming lineup includes headliners
MATTEO LANE (Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert, Late Night w/ ), MICHAEL KOSTA (The Daily Show, Conan), SHANE TORRES (Conan, Comedy Central Half Hour), LOUIS KATZ (Comedy Central Presents, Late Night w/ ) and a VERY SPECIAL GUEST!
Ticket Link: maxandnicky.com/vintage-basement

 

Show: Living For It: A Monthly Comedy Benefit Show
Venue: The Living Gallery
Location:
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

A monthly comedy benefit show hosted by comedians Kendall Farrell, George Civeris and Anya Volz! Each month we raise money for a different great cause with a lineup of the best comedians in New York City. This month the proceeds will benefit Girls Education Mentoring Services (GEMS) – the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

Liza Treyger (Comedy Central), Dina Hashem (Conan), Marcia Belsky (Reductress), Sydnee Washington (MTV), Chanel Ali (Limestone Comedy Festival), Sam Evans (JFL New Face)
Ticket Link: https://goo.gl/uaJxJy

 

Show: Chris Distefano
Venue: Comedy Cellar at The Fat Black Pussycat
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC
Time: 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Described as a high energy comic, Chris Distefano acts out a variety of characters derived from his life, typically leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering “Who the hell is that he’s talking about?” Chris has worked at all of the top comedy clubs across New York City including but not limited to Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the Laugh Lounge. Chris still lives in Brooklyn, NY with his Mom (punch line). Chris has a Bachelors degree in Psychology to impress his mom’s friends, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy to impress his Moms friend’s Moms. That kind of thinking got him on the SNY network as the host of the 2010 Fencing Masters at Hammerstein Ballroom. It also got him all the way to the Final 4 of the 2011 March Madness Comedy Competition at the world famous Caroline’s on Broadway. Chris also headlined at Caroline’s this month and recently opened for Gilbert Gottfried & Dustin Diamond. When he’s not making witty remarks (like the ones you’ve just read) or transforming into various personas on stage, you can find him stretching people’s hamstrings and getting yelled at to clean his room.

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

LIVE COMEDY TUESDAY 1/16

 

Show: Comedy Juice
Venue: Gotham Comedy Club
Location:
208 W. 23rd Street NYC
Time: 9:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Sal Vulcano, Dan Soder, Chris Millhouse, Ariel Elias, Eagle Witt, Eric Neumann, Gibran Saleem

Ticket Link: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=497496&cart

 

Show: Im Not From Here

Venue: The Creek and The Cave
Location:
10-93 Jackson Avenue LIC

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Most comics in this city came here from somewhere else to chase a dream or run from something. Either way, we’re all New Yorkers now. But where we’re from definitely shapes our style, our attitude and our life. We’re all a little bit different, but the same because we just wanna make people laugh. This monthly showcase picks comics from one particular town and lets them stretch their legs doing a longer set so we can soak up more of their hometown flavor. Hosted by Trey Galyon, who isn’t really from anywhere. He’s lived in Boston, Lexington, Orlando, Philly and Austin. He’s running from a lot of somethings but bringing some of the best talent in NYC to The Creek and Cave the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10pm! Oh, and it’s always free!

Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/im-not-from-here-2018-01-16/

 

Show: Judah Friedlander: New Material
Venue: The Village Underground
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC
Time: 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Judah is known to comics & audiences as one of the funniest and most original stand-up comedians. Seeing Judah perform live is always a unique experience. He always has new jokes & he plays off the audience making up jokes on the spot. You will never see Judah do the same show twice. Because Judah is so awesome, he’s also one of the most copied comedians. But a copy is never as good as the original. And no one can top The World Champion.  You can watch Judah as “Frank Rossitano” on the Emmy-winning “30 Rock” every night in syndication & on Comedy Central, as well as in new episodes every Thursday night on NBC.  Judah’s hilarious instructional karate book “How To Beat Up Anybody” is based on his stand-up act, but with all brand new material. He sells & signs it after shows. Judah does meet & greets after every show. Judah does not charge for photos. So, you don’t have to ask Judah if it’s ok to take a photo – you can take one with him, and it’ll be the sexiest photo you’ve ever seen.

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

Show: Feelings: A Talk Show With Giulia Rozzi
Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Mixing elements of daytime talk with late night comedy, host Giulia Rozzi (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately) invites guests ranging from authors, experts, comedians and musical guests to explore a new feeling theme each show. By her side will be DJ Therap- E (aka her sister Elena Pellegrino) a real-life therapist there to provide mental health tips and sick beats. Think of this as if a self-help book came to life as a super fun variety show that will make you laugh, heal and of course FEEL!

Griffith Newman, Janelle James, Katina Corrao, Chrissi Poland, Phi Phi O’Hara, Elena Pellegrino (aka DJ Therap-E), Alex English, Leah Bonnema, Josh Rabinowitz

Ticket Link: https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1604285-feelings-talk-show-giulia-brooklyn/

 

LIVE COMEDY WEDNESDAY 1/17

Show: Sisters of Comedy
Venue: Carolines on Broadway
Location:
1626 Broadway NYC
Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Agunda Okeyo ongoing production at Caroline’s on Broadway, Sisters of Comedy, showcases a who’s who of black women in stand-up plus a few special guests like Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gloria Steinem and Image Activist/CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis.  Okeyo has been featured as a rising producer and activist in Time Out New York, New Yorker, PBS MetroFocus, Essence, The Root, Black Enterprise, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, The New York Times and NBC. She has also produced shows at Ginny’s Supper Club and Gotham Comedy Club. In November 2016 Sisters of Comedy was part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Hosted by Michelle Buteau  Featuring: Chanel Ali, Janelle James, Joyelle Johnson, and more!
Ticket Link: http://www.carolines.com/comedian/sisters-of-comedy/

 

Show: : Dirty Clean
Venue: Comedy Cellar at The Fat Black Pussycat
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC
Time: 8:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Robert Kelly’s comedy is deeply rooted his own life and relationships which makes it honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable. He has been winning over audiences for years touring clubs, colleges and theaters, including repeat performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.  His one-hour special Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground debuted on Comedy Central and is now available on Netflix. Besides being a fixture on Comedy Central, Robert recently starred as Bam Bam in Dennis Leary FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and can also be seen as Louie CK’s brother Robbie on the hit series Louie. His other acting credits include roles in Trainwreck, Maron, Benders, Nurse Jackie and Inside . Robert currently hosts the top rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” that can be found on iTunes. Robert is also the co-founder of the RiotCast podcasting Network.

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

Show: Rent Party
Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Rent Party is a improvised music and stand up show that’s about as much fun as you can fit into one place. Yedoye Travis, Farah Brook and the backing band, The Original Lineup, invite New York’s best comedians to tell jokes and stories set to some of the best music in the city.
Yedoye Travis, Farah Brook, Courtney Fearrington, Katie Hannigan, Karolena Theresa, Ahri Findling
Ticket Link: https://www.unionhallny.com/event/1620162-rent-party-brooklyn

 

Show: Benefit for Brooklyn New School 3rd Grade Africa Curriculum
Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY
Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Please come and help raise the necessary funds so that the 3rd Graders at BNS are able to engage in their year long study of Africa. Performers will include David Cross, , Joe Pera, Jo Firestone and Dan Licata and perhaps some special guests!!!

Ticket Link: https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1606028-benefit-for-brooklyn-new-brooklyn/

 

 

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