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This Week, Spend an Hour with Jen Kirkman, the Queen of ‘Drunk History’

Jen Kirkman is an incredibly talented comedian, writer, podcaster, and drunk historian. Stepping out from an often behind the scenes role at Chelsea Lately, she’s become a national treasure with an amazing book about loving the life you live (I Can Barely Take Care of Myself), a beloved public journal of a podcast (I Seem Fun), and a tremendous Netflix special (I’m Gonna Die Alone). But potentially eclipsing all that are her incredibly charming and passionate appearances on Drunk History. This week, she’s just one of the multi-faceted, ridiculously talented comedians gracing the stages in New York. Here’s the best comedy happening this week.

Wednesday, August 26:

Damaged and Proud

QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria) , 8:30 p.m., $5

Comedians are the quintessential “sad clowns” driven to seek attention and laughter from strangers thanks to a host or neuroses, addictions, and straight-up mental illness. So why not celebrate that? Damaged and Proud faces those demons head-on, this month tackling depression, disabilities, drug addiction, and suicide. Sounds depressing, but the old saw that comedy is tragedy plus time isn’t a cliché for nothing. Queens native Jon Fisch heads up an amazing lineup of openly damaged goods.

The Front Room (Brooklyn Comedy Festival Edition)

The Knitting Factory (362 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

The little festival that could keeps on rolling this week with a host of special edition showcases from the borough’s favorite regular shows. If you had to pick just one to attend, this would be a great option. With both Sean Patton and Amber Nelson on the lineup, it threatens to be an out of control, wild and woolly great time that will test exactly how much you can laugh over the course of two hours.

Lemonade Stand Variety Show

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 10 p.m., $10

Everyone’s heard the one about the person who says, “I’m a singer and an actress and a sketch improviser,” and gets the response, “So you’re a waiter?” But it’s no joke that most New York bars and restaurants employ enough talent to stage a Broadway revival. The Stand is grasping that resource with both hands, mixing in professional stand-ups and musicians with homegrown singer-songwriters, poets, and improvisers. Guest hosts Emily Tarver and Pete Lee lead this menagerie of entertainers.

Thursday, August 27:

Impro(VS)tandup (Brooklyn Comedy Festival Edition)

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $10

There’s a long-standing feud between the two comedy disciplines of Improv and Stand-Up. Which one’s harder? Which one’s better? Which one is more annoying and self-indulgent? This show gives you the chance to decide for yourself, with high quality stand-ups and great improv teams each doing their own thing… then doing the other thing. Sometimes the laughs are unintentional, but it’s always hilarious.

Live on Broadgay

Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., $10

If I told you there is a show where mostly gay men reenact a classic episode of Sex and The City, you’d probably picture a campy night in a black box theater in the East Village. Add in the fact that everyone involved is a comedian and it’s in Brooklyn and the silly, campy, fun factor goes up to 11. Matteo Lane, Julio Torres, and Joel Kim Booster are just part of the crew taking the piss at the Fabulous Foursome in this awesome night of retro drag comedy.

High Voltage Comedy Night

Verboten Culture (54 North 11th Street, Brooklyn), 7 p.m., $5 in advance

Here’s another chance to see the high energy, outlandishly hilarious Amber Nelson this week! She is truly an unpredictable delight to watch, with cat-rapid comedy reflexes that can shift the set’s gears at any moment. She’s joined by a group of equally amazing and fun comedians that truly live up to the show’s name, including loudmouth goofball Derek Gaines and the incredible Chloé Hilliard.

An Hour with Rachel Feinstein!

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 8 and 10 p.m., $5

Rachel Feinstein can do it all — jokes, characters, voices, charm, and snark. She is unfailingly ingratiating, whether explaining the difference between A Tool and A Douche, doing an impression of her mom, or running an off-the-cuff riff. Her Comedy Central Half Hour was a stellar showing and now she’s got a full hour of witty, charming bits on deck.

Friday, August 28:

Awkward Sex… and the City

The Pleasure Chest (1150 2nd Avenue), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $15 in advance

Everybody loves talking about sex, especially the awful, awkward parts of it. As proof, this sexy-silly storytelling show is celebrating two full years of comedians rehashing the most mortifying carnal moments they’re willing to share. With guests Emma Willmann and Phoebe Robinson, the anniversary is sure to hit some new and bluntly embarrassing highs.

Remember Your Spirit

The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), midnight, Free

Andy Sandford is exactly the type of comedian who would call shenanigans on some phony spiritual enterprise, just created for the purpose of bilking the trusting masses of their hard earned money. Deadpan observations about the things we should have all already realized were stupid and ridiculous are his stock and trade. So it’s fitting he’s one of the featured comedians on this show whose premise is that it is run by exactly that sort of lowlife scum.

Saturday, August 29:

The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 7:30 p.m., $8

Remember in fifth grade, when the boys and girls were spirited off to separate rooms to sit and watch squirm-inducing videos on Your Changing Body? Well, now you can get some laugh therapy for that trauma by watching the terrible sex-ed videos of our youth along with an actually entertaining sex educator and a host of hilarious stand-up comedians. Hey, you might even learn about Why You Have Hair There.

Creek Cave Live

The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 10 p.m., Free

Rob Haze and Kevin Iso are two very funny young comedians, who are more than worth the price of (free) admission. Throw in another dozen of NYC’s up-and-comers and a free beer just for coming, and you’re basically getting paid to enjoy yourself.

Sunday, August 30:

Ted Alexandro

Gotham Comedy Club (2018 West 23rd Street), 8 p.m., $26

There is not room enough in this column to properly sing the praises of Ted Alexandro. He is undeniably one of the absolute best comedians working in the city (or country, for that matter), with an ease and flow onstage that belies the fact that his set is built with the artistry and intricacy of a Swiss watch. A really funny Swiss watch, of course. He’s also an avid community organizer who regularly uses his notoriety to speak out about racism, sexism, and general human dignity. You don’t need to know that to enjoy his hour, but knowing you’re supporting such a Good Guy should help ease any guilt you feel at how indulgently enjoyable it is.

Monday, August 31:

The Loud Boys Show

Pianos (158 Ludlow Street), 7 p.m., $5

Let’s just declare this Amber Nelson week, because she’s everywhere! Lucky you! This show brings together four comedians, two hosts, and lots of singing, dancing, and free candy. And yes, one of those comedians is the aforementioned Amber Nelson. But the awesomeness doesn’t end there. Nick Vatterott is also on hand to add a second dose of quick, funny, unexpected hilarity to the show.

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Jen Kirkman

Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey Street), 9 p.m., $20

For someone who spends her time talking about the pros of being divorced and childless, fighting off sexist internet trolls, and hosting an audio-diary style podcast from the confines of her bedroom, Jen Kirkman is incredibly pleasant and fun. She does all these things with such humor and openness, that it’s impossible not to immediately be on her side. And if you didn’t fall in love with her during her appearances on Drunk History, you are clearly a soulless monster.

Northern Discomfort

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 8 p.m., $5 with code VOICE online

Godfrey is almost too much charisma and talent to be confined to fifteen minutes in one of our city’s wonderful, but relatively small clubs. Watching his fun, funny, physical set in this setting is absolutely enjoyable, but also feels a little like flying too close to the sun. Then again, maybe that’s that makes it all the more enjoyable. So strap on your wax wings and check him out.

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This Week, Stand-Up Comic Christian Finnegan Wants You to Judge His Babies

Unlike bands, comedians don’t have garages where they can rehearse. No, they can’t try out new jokes that only hurt their parents’ and next-door neighbors’ ears. Instead, they have to thrust their newborn jokes into the often harsh judgment of an audience who may not know or care about them. Worse, an audience who worships and adores them and absolutely does not want this peek behind the flawless curtain. It might be one of the craziest things comedians are willing to do over and over again throughout their career. But it can also be one of the most fun things for an audience, who get to experience a rawer version of the hearts and minds of the comedians they love. This week Christian Finnegan is taking that brave leap of faith, along with a number of other very funny people walking their own comedy tightropes.

Wednesday, August 5:

Fat Baby
Fat Baby (112 Rivington Street), 9:30 p.m., Free

Fat Baby is a weekly debauched comedy party tucked away in a downstairs bar on the Lower East Side. Comedians are asked to do a set followed by an improvised rap or song based on titles picked blindly out of a bucket. The crowd often gets very involved (whether the comic likes it or not) as backup dancers, love song targets, and run-of-the-mill hecklers thanks to the strong and plentiful drinks coming from the bartenders. Funny GirlsSteph Simbari joins the usual crew for the wacky hijinks this week.

Hot Crowd: Rapid Fire
Over the Eight (594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., Free

This regular Brooklyn showcase is mixing things up this week, inviting over a dozen comedians to do short sets of new material in quick succession. Megan Gailey, Joe Zimmerman, and Mike Denny are all part of the dirty dozen baring their souls and their notebooks for your pleasure, while you munch on your pick of vegetarian hot dogs made from carrots or giant platters piled with meat from Over the Eight’s resident Venezuelan street food cart.

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Thursday, August 6:

Loose
Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street), 7 p.m., $10

Joe List, Carmen Lynch, and Sean Donnelly are some of the hottest on-the-cusp comedians in NYC right now, and they’re all together on Loose, having a great time for a good cause. The show itself is exactly what the name implies: loose, unpredictable, and pleasantly chaotic. Plus, your $10 ticket earns you a free drink and good karma, as it’s all donated to Housing Works.

Serious Matters
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $7

Most people become comedians to avoid having to make PowerPoint presentations filled with budgets, projections, and synergy (that’s what they’re usually about, right?). That’s why the slide decks on Serious Matters tackle bigger issues, like gender, infinity, and…teeth. In between filling your brain with questionable knowledge, you’ll also get a good share of laughs from Michelle Wolf, Nick Vatterott, and Myq Kaplan.

****

Friday, August 7:

Week at the Creek: Jon Laster
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 7 p.m., Free

Jon Laster is a great mix of old-school and New Brooklyn, with great jokes and delivery that straddle the stereotypical categories of club, alternative, and urban. So if you don’t find something to love after spending a whole hour with him, you should probably consider getting thee to a hermitage.

The Standing Room Grand Opening
The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), 9 p.m., $15 (Free tickets available on Instagram)

Todd Barry leads a hot lineup of NYC favorites on the official Grand Opening Weekend of Queens’ newest comedy venue. Home of the former Laughing Devil, the recent renovations have transformed the space into a cozy cocktail lounge with a drink lineup that rivals the one onstage.

Chuckle Fuckers
New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 11:30 p.m., $5 with code CHUCKLE online

Chris Cotton was one of the standouts during the seemingly interminable and often awkwardly wooden Just for Laughs Festival showcase season this spring. His mix of charming nice-guy cuddliness and Philly swagger animate tight jokes and a well-built set. He’ll be bringing all of that to this late-night show that encourages everyone to get a little bit raunchy.

****

Saturday, August 8:

Good for You
Cantina Royal (58 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., Free

Jermaine Fowler is an explosion of flashy energy and style who has made his mark on TruTV’s sketch series Friends of the People. He’ll be filling this Brooklyn Mexican restaurant/arts space with laughs, along with fellow stand-up standouts Anthony Devito, Giulia Rozzi, and Tom Cowell.

Comedy Club
Max Cellar (2 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., Free

If comedy were a high school (and it kind of is), Molly Austin, Liza Treyger, Rojo Perez, Blair Socci, and Joel Kim Booster would be sitting at the cool/weird art kids’ lunch table, while Cipha Sounds and Amanda Seales would be skipping class to DJ some not-really-legal underground party — and Comedy Club would be the big graduation party where they all crossed paths and hijinks ensued. Catch this cool crew of comedians, DJs, and DJ/comedians in an awesome Bushwick performance space while it’s still free and you can find a seat.

Literally Me
Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street), 9:30 p.m., $15 in advance

John Early isn’t a terrible theater kid, he just plays one on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. In real life, he’s an engaging and intimate stand-up comedian with a wonderful one-man show whose raison d’être is supposedly to let the audience help pick his headshot, but is really a multimedia night of comedy with help from friends like Jacqueline Novak and drag sensation Hamm Samwich.

****

Sunday, August 9:

Anthony Kapfer Animated Screening
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 6 p.m., Free

Anthony Kapfer has a pretty sweet beard. He’s also got jokes, songs, and an all new animated comedy special that he created entirely with his own pen, guitar, and words. You could just watch it online after it’s released, but wouldn’t you rather settle in to watch it with some great Mexican food, cheap beers, and the auteur in the flesh?

****

Monday, August 10:

Night Train
Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $5 in advance

Erin Jackson and Hampton Yount both made a splash on the last season of Last Comic Standing. This week’s Night Train gives you the chance to go beyond the two-dimensional, heavily edited clips and experience these excellent comedians in a great live environment.

Side Ponytail
Over the Eight (594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., Free

Emma Willmann is the manic pixie dream girl who should have been in every Nineties romantic comedy if instead of playing opposite Zach Braff, she got to play opposite Natalie Portman. Which is to say that you’d totally want to hang out with her even if she weren’t a finalist in New York’s Funniest and anointed as one of the New Faces at the 2015 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. And she’s just one of the pack of funny folks featured in this showcase sure to help you forget it’s your first day back at work.

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Tuesday, August 11:

New Release Day With Christian Finnegan
Q.E.D (27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens), 8 p.m., $6

Christian Finnegan seems to appeal to just about every demographic there is, from diehard Chappelle’s Show fans to Best Week Ever–loving pop culture junkies to stand-up aficionados. Everybody enjoys watching the assured, skillful sets he performs in clubs across the country, but it’s a special treat to watch such an experienced comedian try out his newest babies, along with the hilarious Joe Zimmerman and Michelle Wolf.

Set List
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $12 in advance

This international favorite that pits comedians against a surprise topic from the demented minds of the show’s producers is back in New York! This time around, Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey, wordsmith Myq Kaplan, and all-around incredible performer Nick Vatterott are facing one of the most daunting challenges in comedy.

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Josh Gondelman Tops the Best of NYC Indie Comedy This Week

See Josh Gondelman, both delightful writer from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and one of the guys behind the bewildering, thought-provoking @seinfeldtoday account on Twitter. There’s lots more this week, so get off the humid streets and into a cool, dark comedy club.

Wednesday, July 8:

Three Friends Comedy Show
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 7 p.m., $5

Jesse Joyce has been tearing up the West Coast, lending his sharp-witted writing talents to @midnight and The Comedy Central Roast series. But his heart (or at least his lease) is still here in NYC, and he’ll be home in Queens tonight alongside Dan Soder and hotshot up-and-comers Megan Gailey, Matt Wayne, and Doug Smith.

Not Quite Midnight
Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $5

Gary Gulman defies categorization. He looks more like a Disney prince turned cool high school gym teacher than a twenty-year comedy vet whose intricate storytelling skills can elicit belly-stretching laughs around visits to Trader Joe’s or drinking pulp-free orange juice. He’s a fitting choice for a guest on the one-year anniversary of this unexpected and self-aware take on the live late-night talk show (which happens early in the evening).

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Thursday, July 9:

College Humor Live
UCB Theatre (307 West 26th Street), 9:30 p.m., $5

“That’s more of a tweet than a joke” is something comedians say to each other all the time, since what’s funny on one form of media may not necessarily translate to another. But College Humor’s monthly UCB show doesn’t just try to translate the site to the stage. Instead, they capture the vibe of the site with great live sketches and stand-up from some of their favorite performers, like Michelle Buteau and Carmen Lynch, who you can see on Letterman above.

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Friday, July 10:

Comedy at Stonewall
Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street), 8 p.m., $5

This monthly comedy and variety show at the legendary Stonewall Inn (yes, the Stonewall Inn) pays homage to the long history between the gay community and comedy. This month Chrissie Mayr, Harrison Greenbaum, and Nore Davis celebrate Caitlyn Jenner with jokes, music, and a live makeover from drag queen Dusty Boxx.

Awkward Sex, and the City
The Pleasure Chest (1150 Second Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $15

If anyone knows a thing or two about relating awkward sexual experiences, it’s Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher. As co-hosts of the Guys We Fucked podcast, they’ve built a strong and loyal following by doing just that. They’ll be taking all that hilarious awkwardness live at this month’s edition of the only storyteller show that takes place inside a sex-toy shop. The ticket price includes free beer and wine, plus goody bags for 30 lucky attendees.

Roast Battle NYC
New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 11:30 p.m., $5 w code BATTLENYC online

This L.A. sensation gets a gritty, stripped-down NYC treatment as two comedians go head to head in a battle of wits and insults that’s well beyond a schoolyard “yo’ momma” contest. The judgment by a jury of their comedic peers is often even harsher and funnier than the battle itself, leaving everyone in the room a winner.

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Saturday, July 11:

Cool Show Comedy Music Festival
Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn), 2 p.m., $5

This all-afternoon festival packs a massive bang for the buck, with more than 40 different performances by musical comedians, including Jo Firestone and Jessica Delfino, along with food and drinks for the full festival experience.

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Sunday, July 12:

Cuntagious
The Tank (151 West 46th Street), 8 p.m., $15

Kaytlin Bailey is a former sex worker turned comedian who has never shied away from discussing and embracing her personal history. She’s now grown from addressing her past in the form of jokes and podcast stories to create a one-woman show exploring the subject with as many tear-jerking moments as laughs.

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Monday, July 13:

Week at the Creek: Josh Gondelman
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 7 p.m., Free

It’s nearly impossible to describe Josh Gondelman without using the word “delightful.” His humor derives from a soft-spoken, unassuming nature, which manages to make even forays into darker and deeper material feel light and palatable. Not content to just be funny for himself, he is also co-author of the brilliant Modern Seinfeld Twitter account and writer on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. You can get an hour-long dose of his warmth and charm every night this week during his Week at the Creek residency.

Myq Kaplan & Friends
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 8 p.m., $5

Myq Kaplan is one of the most clever wordsmiths in stand-up comedy. His mind makes genius-level conceptual and verbal connections feel completely accessible and incredibly funny. Almost like a magician of words. This show promises performances from his favorite “comedians, friends, rappers, humans, robots, and/or aliens.” While we can’t speak to the caliber of the aliens, Nick Vatterott is another hilarious mental ninja who will keep you laughing with the absurd and unexpected.

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Tuesday, July 14:

SET LIST
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $12

This long-running show from creator Paul Provenza has been featured on nearly every stage, festival, and screen humanly possible. But in case you’ve somehow missed it, now is your chance to catch Ben Kronberg, Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, and Jay Oakerson pit their comedic talents against crazy topics they’ve never seen before, thrown at them live onstage.

Cake Shop Comedy
Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street), 8:30 p.m., Free

Jak Knight and Brendon Small are two very hot comics visiting from Los Angeles — here’s your chance to catch them both for free. They’re joined by a great selection of native talent, with surprise drop-ins and a dance party following the show.

$5 Funnies
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., $5

Tuesday nights are one of the best values for catching comedy at a club — it’s typically a slow “school night,” but all the biggest names in the city are home from their weekend gigs and itching to get a set in. And that’s how you get the chance to see Nick DiPaolo, Jessica Kirson, Monroe Martin, Ari Shaffir, and Sean Patton, all for about the same price as a beer at happy hour.

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HELLO LADIES

We live in a world where, at the end of a hard week, we can kick back, roll a joint, and hang out with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Where we can turn to Tina Fey for career advice, Mindy Kaling for fashion advice, and Amy Schumer for sex advice. Where, thanks to these ladies and so many others, you barely ever hear anyone say “Women aren’t funny” anymore. Honor them — all of them — by eliminating the totally bogus qualifier “comedienne” from our lexicon once and for all, and by getting to Bad Assery’s Women and Comedy Conference. The three-day event aims to obliterate the idea of comedy as an inherently male profession, changing the conversation from “us vs. them” to “me vs. me.” A killer lineup of funny women will address the issue under the topic headings “What the fuck is their problem?,” “What the fuck is your problem?,” and finally “What’s the fucking solution?” Audience members can watch the speakers hash it out through stand-up, sketches, and panels, but are also encouraged to take part in dialogue via roundtable discussions. Kick it off at tonight’s opening happy-hour mixer.

March 27-29, 5 p.m., 2015

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LONELY HEARTS CLUB

What’s funnier than getting your heart ripped out? Not much (in retrospect, of course). The Rejection Show is back for anti–Valentine’s Day enthusiasts, once again serving as your one-stop destination for commiseration. A dozen of New York’s most blissfully cynical comedians, storytellers, and writers will help soothe the burned by sharing their own tales of romantic woe. Jon Friedman, an Emmy-winning writer for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and the editor of Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped & Canceled, hosts Katina Corrao, Giulia Rozzi, Eliot Glazer, and seventeen-time Moth StorySlam champion Adam Wade, among others. Stick around for live music by the Reformed Whores and DJ Awful. It should all help you achieve the show’s mission statement and “Find someone to French.”

Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., 2015

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BEST COAST

It’s that time of year again, our favorite day to gorge on chili and cheap American beer, relish TV commercials when they’re actually making an effort, and pretend we like football. This Super Bowl season, Pats fans fresh off the Amtrak from Boston can cluster at Times Square’s Tir Na Nog pub for a $55 open bar and dinner deal, or venture down to Professor Thom’s in the East Village, a notorious Patriots drinking hole that has appeared repeatedly on “New York’s Top 10 Douchiest” bar lists (though today, you might find the unchecked bro-culture charming). Seattle expats can head up to the Carlow East on the UES. Designated the “Official Seahawks Nest,” the place really went wild with its party last year, as you can imagine. For an entirely different scene, Bushwick’s Pine Box Rock Shop, also flying with the Seahawks, will be hosting their 100 percent vegan game-day party once again, serving up all the kale and craft ale you can handle. But if you’re not feeling the Super Bowl, try a soup and bowl — The Brooklyn Soup Takedown, the proclaimed “opposite of winter,” will heat things up with a whole different kind of competition this afternoon. Littlefield will host a bevy of homemade soups and stews going spoon to spoon for the sampling. The prize? Your taste buds.

Sun., Feb. 1, 2 p.m., 2015

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HAUNTING MELODIES

You may know former UCB-er Eliot Glazer as the man behind 2012’s viral “Shit New Yorkers Say,” and you’ll see him again in a recurring role on Broad City this season. But why wait? Glazer is also a classically trained singer, and he employs his vocal stylings to their full comedic extent on his Web series Haunting Renditions, covering pop songs and stripping them down to their true meanings. Hear his soulful performance of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” (“It’s about pride in your home, but underneath there are levels about forgiveness and understanding and…faith”), his candlelit tribute to Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” (“It’s tragedy…it’s Shakespearean, it’s Greek”), or his ode to the ladies of Destiny’s Child with “Bug a Boo” (“about the intersection of love and technology”). Experience the emotional journey tonight at “Haunting Renditions Live.” Har Mar Superstar, fresh off his tour with the Pizza Underground, guest-stars.

Wed., Jan. 21, 8 p.m., 2015

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END OF THE LINE

Every Monday, New York–born-and-raised comedian Wyatt Cenac hosts his Night Train lineup at Littlefield. Cenac himself is no slouch, having put in a hilarious run on the Daily Show (his “Minority Report” segment, in which he and a gay man meet with a white supremacist, is memorably cringe-inducing), and tonight he shares the stage with two promising comics. Doogie Horner was an America’s Got Talent finalist for his stand-up, and his witty illustrations have appeared on the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as in his own quasi-spooky book 100 Ghosts. And L.A.-based Jen Kirkman, author of the New York Times bestseller I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, has been a guest on Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show, and has narrated episodes of Drunk History in-slur. Tickets are $5, making this a cheap way to blow off some steam after being cooped up with your family for the holidays.

Mon., Dec. 29, 8 p.m., 2014

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THE GAY OLE OPRY

Wondering where all the queer country artists have gone? Back down — or over — to Brooklyn, of course! Tonight the borough will host a veritable hootenanny of LGBT crooners at Littlefield’s first annual Big Gay Country Holiday party. Four foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, whiskey-shootin’ acts take the stage: Karen and the Sorrows unleash their haunting ballads of love and loss; Kings perform their political-humor-laced tunes; and Small Talk yodel us on home. Indie folk-pop songstress Julia Weldon headlines, showcasing her vulnerable honesty as much as her brash, intensely American charisma. So put on your Stetson hat, or your Santa hat, and help reclaim the country genre.

Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., 2014

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ALAN HAMPTON

When he’s not anchoring the bass alongside Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Glasper, or Herbie Hancock, Alan Hampton writes some serious folk songs. On his sophomore album, Origami for the Fire, Hampton enlists some of his frequent collaborators, including Bird and violinist Christina Courtin. Hampton has been an unlikely purveyor of pastoral Americana, having plied his trade with bass legends John Clayton and Charlie Haden, but even the late Haden bridged the canyon between folk and jazz. With diaphanous vocals in the Art Garfunkel countertenor-range, Hampton still grounds his imagistic forays into jealous lovers and blowing leaves with traces of that R&B pulse. With Becca Stevens.

Thu., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., 2014