Guide to NYC Live Comedy This Week: December 14 – December 20

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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THURSDAY 12/14

 

Show: Ben Bailey

Venue: Carolines on Broadway
Location:
1626 Broadway NYC

Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Before he got behind the wheel of the Cash Cab, Ben Bailey began his career as a stand-up comedian. As a young man, Bailey left his home in a small town in New Jersey and headed to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of a career in show business. Just a few weeks later, he found himself onstage at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and knew right away he had found his calling. He soon after returned to the East Coast and quickly became a crowd favorite at the clubs in New York City. He has since performed at clubs and theaters around the world, as well as at all the major festivals, including Just For Laughs in Montreal and Chicago and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On December 4, 2017, Ben’s hit TV game show Cash Cab returned to The Discovery Channel. Bailey and his cab are back on duty, returning to the infamous streets of New York City to take unsuspecting passengers on the ride of their life. This time, the 6-time Daytime Emmy-Award® winning series sees unwitting passengers joined by a guest celebrity who will help them rack up the cash. The celebrity lineup this season includes Matthew Perry, Brooke Shields, Scott Bakula, Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Foley, and Susie Essman.

Ben has starred in two specials for Comedy Central. His most recent, Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology, is currently streaming on Netflix. He has appeared in several commercials, on Last Call w/Carson Daly, The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rachel Ray, and virtually every major TV and radio show in the country. He has gone on to host several other series including Who’s Still Standing for NBC, Best in The Business and After the Catch for Discovery. He has appeared in numerous other TV shows – 30 Rock, Parenthood, Law and Order, and One Life to Live, to name a few. He has also been featured in several films including Bad Parents, Don’t Shoot the Pharmacist, and Bad Meat. Bailey tours as a national headliner; you can see him live at a Theater or Comedy Club in your area and in his latest Stand Up Special Ben Bailey Live & Uncensored. He can also be heard on his popular podcast Tall But True.

Ticket Link: http://www.carolines.com/comedian/ben-bailey-3/

*SHOWS FRIDAY 7/15 & SATURDAY 7/16 AS WELL*

 

Show: King Hippo Holiday Show

Venue: The Mockingbird NYC

Location: 25 Avenue B NYC

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

We’re King Hippo Comedy Show and we’re having another free show followed by a Holiday Party with improved rap holiday songs. The line up is incredible including:

Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central)

Marina Franklin (Comedy Central)

Naomi Ekperigin (Comedy Central)

Casey Balsham (Gotham Comedy Live

Ticket Link: free at door

 

Show: Week at the Creek: Ariel Elias

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

Time: 7pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

One Artist.  7pm.  The Creek and The Cave is proud to present a Week at The Creek.  A hand picked, organically grown free range comedian will cook up an hour before your very eyes.

This week’s artist: Ariel Elias

Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/week-creek-ariel-alias-2017-12-14/

 

Show: Up N’ Coming with Reformed Whores: Holiday Edition

Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn NY

Time: 10pm

Description of Show and Lineup:

Join musical comedy duo Reformed Whores for their very special X-mas edition of their stand-up showcase Up N’ Coming, featuring the funniest up-n-coming comedians in the country! This month’s guests include:

Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show)

Rojo Perez ()

Rebecca Vigil (Netflix and Your Love Our Musical)

and Alex English (The Rundown).

For more information, visit www.reformedwhores.com!

Ticket Link: https://www.unionhallny.com/event/1583265-up-n-coming-reformed-whores-brooklyn

 

FRIDAY 12/15

 

Show: Silver Linings Comedy Show

Venue: Precious Metal
Location:
143 Troutman Street Brooklyn, NY

Time: 8:45pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Silver Linings is a one of the hottest comedy shows in Brooklyn! Silver Linings is presented by Precious Metal with prominent performers in the comedy industry as seen on Comedy Central, MTV, Late Night TV, national festivals and more! The show is ABSOLUTELY FREE and occurs monthly – every third Friday. Great drink specials ($4 Select Beers) and the host will be giving out FREE DRINKS all night long!

We have the hottest line up in town!

Krystyna Hutchinson (Guys We Fucked Podcast, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, Just for Laughs)

Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with , Conan)

Martin Urbano  ( Live, Just for Laughs)

Andy Sandford (Conan, Adult Swim)

Marie Faustin    (Unofficial Expert podcast, MTV and host of 99.5 FM “Tall Tales”)

Kevin Froleiks (Great Frontier: A Poorly Researched Musical About Lewis And Clark, Cinder Block Comedy Fest)

Host: Jacky Beren (South Beach Comedy Festival, Cinder Block Comedy Festival)

Reservations **highly** recommended

Ticket Link: https://silverliningscomedydec.eventbrite.com/

 

Show: Tom Papa

Venue: Gotham Comedy Club
Location:
208 23rd Street NYC

Time: 8 & 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Tom is a veteran stand up comedian whose clean but cutting comedy has earned the respect of both his peers and the public alike.  He has recorded several specials for Comedy Central the most recent of which ‘Tom Papa Live in New York City’ was directed by Rob Zombie.  As a frequent guest on television, Papa has made numerous appearances on the “Tonight Show with ,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with

Tom is also the host of the hit Sirius/XM show ‘Come to Papa’ that airs on channel 99.  Some of Tom’s guests have included Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry .

Tom starred alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in “Behind the Candelabra” which aired on HBO. He also starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, “The Informant,” and stars opposite Paul Giamatti in the animated feature, “The Haunted World of El Super Beasto,” as the voice of El Super Beasto. He additionally had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie” and also was a writer on the project. Among his other big screen credits are the films “Analyze That” opposite Robert DeNiro, and “Comedian.”

Ticket Link: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=494190&cart

*SHOWS SATURDAY 12/16 AS WELL*

 

Show: Acid Art School Dropout

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

Time: 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Grant Lindahl is a world renowned visual artist banned from MoMA PS1 for being too extreme. Every month he hosts an interactive comedy show at the Creek and the Cave in LIC Queens. Grant opens each show with an eccentric performance piece. Past stunts include getting tattooed live on stage, having a knife thrown at him and playing a giant paint by numbers with the audience!

Everyone is provided drawing materials and encouraged to make art during the show. Each member gets a limited edition show poster and button with the ticket price.

Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/art-school-acid-dropout-5-2-2017-12-15/

 

Show: Couples Therapy

Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Couples Therapy is a stand-up show where lovers, ex-lovers, spouses, siblings, friends and even parents and children perform sets together about their relationship. It’s the fun of a comedy show mixed with the intimacy of a private therapy sesh and a one-of-a-kind performance that you won’t get to see at any other comedy show. And it’s hosted by a real-life couple!

Hosted by Andy Beckerman and Naomi Ekperigin

Ian Fidance and Chloé Hilliard (buddies!)

Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson (friends and performers on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper!)

Mehran Khaghani and a chum

Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos (pals and co-hosts of Adulting!)

Ticket Link: https://www.unionhallny.com/event/1593848-couples-therapy-brooklyn

 

SATURDAY 12/16

 

Show: Tinder Live! With Lane Moore: Holiday Spectacular

Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Tinder Live is a totally improvised, anything-can-happen interactive comedy showstopper with helpful and oftentimes ridiculous Tinder tips, tricks, real-time swiping, and messaging (and sometimes even real-time phone calls with Tinder matches)! You’ll relate to Moore’s live-swiping and laugh at her reactions and find inspiration in her ridiculous, random emoji-filled messages (and sometimes even phone calls!) to would-be suitors. It’s also a great show to attend with a date, Tinder or otherwise. If you’ve ever been on an online dating site (or a bad date in general), you need to see this show.

Michelle Buteau (Broad City, Comedy Central, Best Week Ever)

Jordan Carlos (Broad City, Girl Code, Nightly Show)

Abbi Crutchfield (truTV’s You Can Do Better) and a ton of fun surprises!

Ticket Link: https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1527218-tinder-live-brooklyn/

 

Show: Creek Bros

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

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Creek Bros takes your regular Saturday night and turns it into a comedy-filled frat party. Beer bongs, free PBRs, and the best comics in NYC are all waiting for you on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8pm—only at The Creek and The Cave. Hosted by Billy Prinsell, Carmen Lagala, Luke Mones, and Samantha Ruddy.

This month’s line-up is:

Scott Chaplain

Molly Ruben-Long

George Civeris

Eman El Husseini

Michael Foulk

Shelby Taylor

John Rosenberger

Aly Dixon

Nicole Boyce

Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/creek-bros-5-2-2017-12-16/

 

Show: The Stand NYC Showcase

Venue: The Stand NYC
Location:
239 3rd Avenue NYC

Time: 8 & 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Ari Shaffir

Dan Soder

Mike Vecchione

Yamaneika Saunders

Monroe Martin

Ticket Link: https://thestandnyc.ticketfly.com/event/1606469-ron-bennington-ari-shaffir-new-york/

 

Show: Stand Up NY Showcase

Venue: Stand Up NY
Location:
236 78th Street NYC

Time: 8pm

Description of Show and Lineup:

Sherrod Small

Yamaneika Saunders

Jonathan Randall

Mike Finoia

DC Benny

Ticket Link: http://standupnyc.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=499878&cart

 

SUNDAY 12/17

 

Show: Picture This!

Venue: Union Hall
Location:
702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY

Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

#Brooklyn #Gowanus: Picture This! the ONLY live animated comedy show is BACK at the Union Hall!!

COMEDY BY:

Chris Redd ()

Greta Titelman (Lady Lovin)

Rosebud Baker (Carolines Breakout Artist)

Mike Albanese (Red Clay Comedy Festival)

Kevin O’Brien (High Plains Comedy Festival)

& Doug Smith (Conan)

ANIMATION BY:

Bryan Brinkman (Tonight Show)

Justin Runfola (Late Night with Stephen Colbert)

Dan Pinto

Katie Cropper Klein

Kori Valz

Josh Sachs

& Gabe Pinto!

HOSTED BY: Ian Fidance!

Ticket Link: https://www.unionhallny.com/event/1600105-picture-this-brooklyn

 

Show: The Best of the 2017  New York City Comedy Festival

Venue: Carolines on Broadway
Location:
1626 Broadway NYC

Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Burn off those extra holiday calories with laughter! Come experience some of the BEST talent from the 2017 New York Comedy Festival that took place from November 7th through November 12th. These hysterical comics have been featured on ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, E!, Funny or Die, HBO, Hulu, MTV, NBC, Netflix, TBS, truTV, Vice & More!

JP McDade

Jocelyn Chia

Jared Freid

Dulce Sloan

Tom Thakkar

Colin Lewis

Akaash Singh

Hosted by Usama Siddiquee

*line-ups are subject to change day-of show*

Ticket Link: http://www.carolines.com/comedian/the-best-of-the-2017-new-york-comedy-festival-3/

 

Show: If You Build It

Venue: UCBeast
Location:
153 E. 3rd Street NYC

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

APARNA NANCHERLA

Late Night w/ , Conan

http://aparnacomedy.com/

JARED LOGAN

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, The Late Late Show

http://www.jaredlogan.com/

JACQUELINE NOVAK

The Late Late Show, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour

https://www.jokesnovak.com/

EMMA WILLMANN

The Late Show w/Stephen Colbert, Montreal Comedy Festival

http://www.emmacomedy.com/

MEREDITH CASEY

Burbank Comedy Festival, Gotham Comedy Club

https://twitter.com/muradeth

JARED GOLDSTEIN

Modern Family, Rizzoli & Isles

https://twitter.com/jaredgold  

Ticket Link: https://east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/58176

 

Show: Ari Shaffir: New Hour In Progress

Venue: Comedy Cellar at The Fat Black Pussycat
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC

Time: 8:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor ARI SHAFFIR describes his comedy as a puppet show–but way filthier and without the puppets. The New York native grew up Orthodox Jewish, spent 2 years in a yeshiva in Israel, and came back to America to lose his religion and become a comic. LA Weekly has called Shaffir “a gifted unyielding comic…a real force to be reckoned with.”

This July, Shaffir released two Netflix specials called Double Negative Which is presented in two 45 minute episodes called Children and Adulthood.Self-described as his version of a “Smashing Pumpkins Double Album,” this type of double header release hasn’t been seen since George Carlin’s 1972 release of FM & AM. In Children Shaffir discusses the pressure he is getting from his family and friends to have kids, and why he is getting more and more thoughts in his head about why he doesn’t want to do that and in Adulthood, he discusses the freedoms of being child-free.  Decider.com called Shaffir’s Netflix debut“positively audacious.” Shaffir recently finished 3 seasons as the host and co-creator of Comedy Central’s weekly storytelling series This is Not Happening. He was a regular panel guest on the series @midnight, and TBS’s Conan. In 2016, Shaffir co-starred , Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm in Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses.

Shaffir also hosts the wildly popular podcast, Skeptic Tank, a weekly interview show where he chats with everyone from parents to comedians to prostitutes “to help better understand humanity and also to make fart jokes.” The podcast is consistently among the top-rated podcasts on iTunes and averages over 100,000 downloads per week.  Shaffir is also an avid sports fan and gets together with Sam Tripoli and Jayson Thibault once a week to record the Punch Drunk Podcast. Dubbed “an Asian massage for the real sports fans,” by The Podcast Tribune, these three stand-up comics share their sports thoughts, arguments, stories, fights, and beats. In the past 5 years, Shaffir has released two hour-long standup specials on Comedy Central entitled Paid Regular and Passive Aggressive. Prior to these popular specials, Shaffir’s standup album Revenge for the Holocaust went to #1 on both iTunes charts and Amazon.com the week of its premiere. He continues to perform stand up to sold-out crowds nationwide and has been featured at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco SketchFest, SXSW, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

MONDAY 12/18

 

Show: Butterboy w/ Jo, Aparna & Maeve

Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn

Time:  8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Three chuckle monsters descend on Littlefield every Monday at 8pm, clutching with them a horde of the freshest, silver-tongued comics and phone sex operators this city has to offer. Legends in their own right, these three friends, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins and Jo Firestone combine forces to host the funniest and best show in Gowanus! Accompanied by the musical stylings of DJ Donwill and the sensual silence of a rotating Idris Elba impersonator, you won’t want to miss it. Plus, find out which parts of this blurb are bold, unapologetic lies!

Naomi Ekperigin

Ashley Brooke Roberts

Joel Kim Booster

Tim Harmston

Adam Newman

Nicole Boyce

Ticket Link: https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1562392-butterboy-jo-aparna-maeve-brooklyn/

 

Show: The Stand NYC Showcase

Venue: The Stand NYC
Location:
239 3rd Avenue NYC

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Roy Wood Jr.

Mark Normand

Joe List

Yamaneika Saunders

Tim Dillon

Jessica Kirson

Ticket Link: https://thestandnyc.ticketfly.com/event/1608226-roy-wood-jr-mark-normand-new-york/

 

Show: TruTV’s Laff Tracks

Venue: New York Comedy Club
Location:
241 E. 24th Street NYC

Time: 9:15pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Be a part of TruTV’s hottest new show Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks! Cipha Sounds hosts eight amazing comedians as part of this groundbreaking new series, and you can see it live!

Ticket Link: https://newyorkcomedyclub.com/events/trutv-s-laff-tracks-2017-11-291352437615

 

Show: Stand Up NY Showcase

Venue: Stand Up NY
Location:
236 78th Street NYC

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Shane Torres

Damien Lemon

Sara Tollemache

Geno Bisconte

Ticket Link: http://standupnyc.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=499882&cart

 

TUESDAY 12/19

 

Show: Sherrod Small Presents: Festivus

Venue: The Village Underground
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC

Time: 8 & 10pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Holiday Festivus show hosted by Sherrod Small featuring:

Big

Pete Davidson

Michael Che

Michelle Wolf

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

Show: An Hour With Chris DiStefano ft Mike Cannon + Casey Balsham

Venue: New York Comedy Club
Location:
241 E. 24th Street NYC

Time: 7pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

He’s a favorite of the NYC comedy scene and of television viewers for hits like Guy Code and IFC’s Benders. Now catch Chris DiStefano as he works on his upcoming hour special!

Ticket Link: https://newyorkcomedyclub.com/events/weeknight-headliners-2017-12-18211500

 

Show: Risk!

Venue: Littlefield
Location:
635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

The Award Winning storytelling show RISK! Live closes out 2017 with a special holiday show Tuesday, December 19th at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Hosted by Kevin Allison (The State) and never the same show twice, RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell stories they never thought they’d dare to share”. For fans of The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, RISK! takes a walk on the wilder side with its 100% true and uncensored personal tales which can range from hilarious to provocative to highly emotional. The popular RISK! podcast gets over 2.5 MILLION downloads a month. Don’t miss the last RISK! Live show of the year!
RISK! was created by comedian, actor and master storyteller Kevin Allison, member of MTV cult comedy troupe The State whose show remains a cult classic. Storytellers have included , , , Margaret Cho and more, as well as everyday folks. He was awarded the Excellence in Podcasting Award at NYC Podfest for being “a groundbreaking storytelling podcast and giving a voice to everyday people.”

Ticket Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1558166

 

Show: Comedy Central Corporate Retreat Presents: The Most Beautiful Boy in

the World Chongo-Bongos through the Bible—A One Act Variety Play!

Venue: UCBeast
Location:
153 E. 3rd Street NYC

Time: 7:30pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Comedy Central Corporate Retreat Presents: The Most Beautiful Boy in

the World Chongo-Bongos through the Bible—A One Act Variety Play!

Follow The Most Beautiful Boy in the World on a madcap romp through the Old Testament as God tries to save his soul and prove once and for all that Heaven IS real. A Comedy Central Corporate Retreat!

Starring Alyssa Stonoha as The Most Beautiful Boy In The World with Sandy Honig & Peter Smith rounding out the cast of colorful characters. Featuring Buddy the Dog and Elisabeth Weiss at DogRelations, and Ike Ufomadu as God.

“They may make a believer out of you yet!”

Ticket Link: https://east.ucbtheatre.com/performance/58195

 

WEDNESDAY 12/20

 

Show: Uptown Downtown

Venue: Starr Bar
Location:
214 Starr St. Brooklyn

Time: 8pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Roy Wood Jr.

Josh Gondelman

Michelle Buteau

Matt Broussard

Christina Galston

Alzo Slade

Hosted by Nore Davis

Ticket Link: free at door

 

Show: : Law Abiding Criminals

Venue: Comedy Cellar at The Fat Black Pussycat
Location:
130 W. 3rd Street NYC

Time: 7pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Colin Quinn FROM THE MOVIE “TRAINWRECK”, STAR OF ONE MAN SHOWS: “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”, “LONG STORY SHORT” ON BROADWAY AND HBO, STAR OF COMEDY CENTRAL’S “TOUGH CROWD”, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, NBC’S “THE COLIN QUINN SHOW’.

Ticket Link: www.comedycellar.com

 

Show: Stand-Up On The Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show

Venue: New York Comedy Club
Location:
241 E. 24th Street NYC

Time: 9:15pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Stand-Up On The Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show with Jeremiah Watkins has been entertaining audiences around LA since 2010. Comedians go up with no prepared material, ask the audience for suggestions, and create Stand-Up on the Spot based off the suggestions. This is the only stand-up show where you, the audience, get to suggest what the comedians talk about.
This is the only comedy show where YOU get to choose what the comedians talk about and every set is brand-new. The show has appeared at Comedy Central’s New York Comedy Festival, Moontower in Austin, Riot LA, and many other festivals around the country. Now Stand-Up On The Spot comes to NY hosted by Robby Slowik!

Ticket Link: https://newyorkcomedyclub.com/events/stand-up-on-the-spot-2017-12-20

 

Show: Legion of Skanks

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

Time: 9pm
Description of Show and Lineup:

Legion of Skanks has been called “the most offensive podcast on Earth” and the hosts and creators wouldn’t want it any other way! Stand up comedians and real-life best friends Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez, and Dave Smith host their weekly “podcast party” from the Creek and Cave in Long Island City where they invite their loyal fans in studio to hang out and listen in as they discuss anything and everything in a hilarious and extremely uncensored way. The “skanks” consistently raise the bar on filth and depravity. The goal of the show isn’t to educate, but rather to make you piss your pants laughing and possibly question your own moral code.

Ticket Link: http://creeklic.com/events/legion-of-skanks-3-2017-12-20/

 

 

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