12th Annual Schtick or Treat Promises to Make Halloween Fun Again

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Everyone loves Halloween and every year you try to bring back the fun of playing dress up and sugar-loading by looking for a party somewhere that will make the night as fun as you remember. It’s always a disappointment unless you’ve caught on to the fact that the best Halloween Party in town is at the Knitting Factory, and has been for the last 12 years.

Monday October 28, 2019, doors 7:30, show 8pm, and you will need to get there early because this annual tradition is the only one worth getting excited about.

Stop getting excited about dressing up like a sexy cop, or a sexy cat. Leave the bunny tail home and start thinking about making Halloween funny. Every year at the Knitting Factory, comedy is king on Halloween night as young comics get in character as other (more famous) comedians and take the stage, acting, looking and sounding like the most recognizable voices in the history of comedy. It’s a goddamn riot. And it’s so much more fun than being at a party where everyone takes themselves too seriously trying to look the hottest or the cleverest.

Dozens of young comics line up take the stage to celebrate Halloween by putting on costumes, accents, personas, and wigs as they perform as the legends of stand up comedy.

At Schtick or Treat comedy roasts comedy through imitation and the imitations range the gamut from spot on to over the top hilarious and even a few that are downright terrible, and those are just as funny. This show has no boundaries so its not a place for the sensitive types to congregate. Sacred cows will be tipped as New York’s finest try to outdo each other and make the audience, and each other, laugh.

This brilliantly ridiculous game plan is all helmed by comedy super producer Luisa Diaz and your hosts for the evening- Mark Normand and Matt Ruby. It’s been called irreverent, indecent, and yes unstable. Mark Normand called it “unstable and insecure people mocking and paying homage to more famous unstable and insecure people,” and if that doesn’t sound like fun to you, I don’t know why you even read this site.

Gallagher, Super Dave, Andrew Dice Clay, Ali Wong, Andy Kaufman, Kramer, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Woody Allen, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, Anthony Jeselnik, Richard Lewis, Dane Cook, Amy Schumer, Rachel Feinstein, Charlie Chaplin, Iliza, Hannah Gadsby, Emo Philips, Katt Williams, Tony Clifton, Whoopi Goldberg, Rodney Dangerfield, Steve Martin, Lenny Bruce, Weird Al and even The Simpsons have all been recent targets, and all been brilliantly skewered. And you’ll find as many comedians in the audience watching as performing because everyone knows what a blast Shtick or Treat is.

Past shows have included lots of cross dressing, characters (Ian Fidance unforgettable as Willy Wonka), singing and dancing (Brendan Sagalow and Mike Feeney as the Blues Brothers) and at least one cross-species performances (Michelle Wolf as Triumph the Insult Comic) and more.

Yes, Shtick or Treat is back and will feature over 30 of your favorite NYC comedians performing as their favorite comedy legends: living, dead, real, and fictional! Don’t miss this night of schticks, tricks, ghouls, and giggles!

Schtick or Treat is happening Monday night, October 28th at the Knitting Factory. Buy your tickets ahead of time to save a few bucks.

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