This Week, Have a Pizza Party With Sasheer Zamata!

This week in indie comedy kicks off with a pizza party hosted by SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata. But the freebies don’t end there: Free beer, free shots, and a whole Free Comedy Festival are on the schedule this week, all to help ease your end-of-summer wallet woes.

Wednesday, September 2:

Sasheer Zamata Pizza Party Time!
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., $10

What do you do when you’re rolling in all that Saturday Night Live fame and money? Throw a great show with free pizza for everyone, of course. Saheer Zamata is doing just that, with a great group of comedians and free slices from Williamsburg Pizza. The highlight of the show is Marina Franklin, who just hit an out-of-the-park home run on Conan. (The Voice also spent a night running between different comedy clubs recently; watch that below.)

Akaash Singh
Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway), 7:30 p.m., $10 with code AKAASH online

Carolines continues to offer great weeknight shows featuring long sets from the plethora of headliners we’ve got crammed into this city. This week’s special hour comes from Akaash Singh, whose sharp tongue and sharp pop culture knowledge have had him all over MTV the past few years.


Thursday, September 3:

Everything but Country
Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway), 9:30 p.m., $10 with code COUNTRY

Ever since Chris Rock pointed out that women don’t care how misogynistic rap lyrics are (“if the beat’s all right, she’ll dance all night”), every young comedian has taken a stab at dissecting the message behind what’s killing the charts. This show takes that a step beyond, breaking down famous rap beefs and the music they spawned, culminating in an actual rap battle.

Laugh It Up Astoria
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 9 p.m., $5

QED is a major part of the ever-growing Queens comedy boom, with a well-rounded schedule that has a little bit of everything, and so does this show: trivia, prizes, drinks, and, most importantly, stand-up from some of New York’s best. Alingon Mitra, who has been on just about every showcase for stand-up on TV, including Last Comic Standing and Conan, is joined by two feisty comedic spitfires, Leah Bonnema and Justy Dodge, for a night that’s sure to be delightful fun.

The Garage
The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), 9 p.m., $5

Phil Hanley and Amber Nelson have a couple of new jokes they’d like to run by you, as do the rest of this lineup. The Garage offers a chance to get a peek into the creative process, as some of NYC’s favorites test out jokes they’ve been working on in the past month, and a few they come up with on the subway on the way over. You’ll help decide if they sink or swim on to the next show.


Friday, September 4:

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

Do you like British wit and surprisingly outrageous jokes from a nice chap in glasses? Then you’ll love Tom Cowell. If you prefer smart, frank observations from a hot no-nonsense broad, may I suggest Sydnee Washington. You get both of them, plus a free beer, and even a free shot for those brave enough to sit in the front row (no one will be mean to you…unless you get a little rowdy after the beer and shot), all at this free show.


Saturday, September 5:

The Bitch Seat: Therapy for Your Misspent Youth
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $8 in advance

Did you burn that box of embarrassing love notes and pitiful attempts at becoming the next Jackson Pollock from high school? Or does your mom still trot out VHS tapes of your sixth-grade dance recital every time you bring a new guy home? Either way, this show is for you. Liza Treyger, Giulia Rozzi, and a handful of other comedians will be revealing (and making fun of) the awkward people they once were before they became the awesome people they are today.

Free Stand Up Festival Kick Off Party
New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 5 p.m., Free

The Free Stand Up Festival is now an annual tradition highlighting the top-notch comedy available for free throughout the city all year long. The week-long collection of great comedy, absolutely free, gets a strong start with this show featuring Christian Finnegan, Mike Recine, and Doug Smith.

See You in Hell (Free Stand Up Comedy Festival Edition)
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 8 p.m., Free

Normally, a host’s job is to get the crowd ready, keep the crowd happy, and bring the crowd back after a bomb or an awkward set. In other words, the host is supposed to make the show go smoothly. Not with this show, where hosts Matt Wayne and Doug Smith do everything they can, from dance challenges to encouragement of hecklers, to put the other comedians through hell.

Sunday, September 6:

The 4th Annual Creek Awards
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 6 p.m., Free

The Creek takes a break from presenting every kind of comedy under the sun to celebrate it! With awards for everything from Best Podcast and Best Open Mic to Best Hang and Worst Day Job, this is more community celebration than cutthroat competition. Hosts Nick Turner and Joe List will lead a fun, funny, booze-fueled night that’s sure to inspire a few new categories for next year. Head to the Creek website for details.


Monday, September 7:

Broken Comedy (Free Comedy Festival Edition)
Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., Free

One of Brooklyn’s original waves of hot free comedy shows, Broken gave Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che a weekly home when he was just The Next Big Thing and continues to feature comedians you’ll be thrilled you saw in such an intimate setting when everyone in America knows their name. This week is no different, with Mike Cannon, Vladimir Caamano, and Zainab Johnson all gracing the stage.

Frantic (Free Comedy Festival Edition)
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., Free

This weekly “free bar show at a club” ups the ante in honor of the Free Comedy Festival this week with a lineup fit for a Saturday night. Last Comic Standing’s Joe List, America’s Got Talent’s Gary Vider, This is Not Happening’s Ari Shaffir, Mark Normand, Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, and Derek Gaines round out this stacked show.


Hot Soup (Free Comedy Festival Edition)
Irish Exit (978 Second Avenue), 8 p.m., Free

Consistently one of the best free weeklies in town, Hot Soup boats a strong lineup, a packed house, and regular drop-ins from the likes of Colin Quinn, Louis CK, and Sarah Silverman. Hosts Mark Normand, Gary Vider, and Matt Ruby are pretty swell, too. If you haven’t gotten yourself over to the unlimited laughs and unlimited bar special at Irish Exit yet, the Free Comedy Festival is a great excuse.


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.

Tuesday, September 1:

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.


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.


Thursday, August 6:

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.


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.


Stand Up for Charleston With Hasan Minhaj This Week

From Lenny Bruce to George Carlin to Hannibal Buress, comedy has always spurred social change. This week, you can have a tangible and immediate impact on the community affected by the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, thanks to a fundraiser at the Bell House featuring Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Buteau. Plus, there are plenty of other great shows for you to check out in support of free speech — and high-quality dick jokes.

Wednesday, July 29:

Stand Up for Charleston
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $20 in advance

Remember that shooting about three shootings ago? Well, comedy producer Sam Varela does and is holding a fundraiser for the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, tonight at the Bell House. While thinking about these kinds of violent events is pretty depressing, you can do your part while actually enjoying a night of fun and not-too-soon laughter. VH1’s Michelle Buteau and The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj head a stellar lineup that also features Seaton Smith, Guy Branum, and Naomi Ekperigin.

The Mash-Up Show Hosted by Luis J. Gomez & Adrienne Iapalucci
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m., $5 online with code MASHUP

When you see two comedians onstage at the same time, it’s usually a well-practiced professional duo or one of those times when a show has gone way off the rails. The Mash-Up Show splits the difference, giving pairs of comedians who normally don’t share the stage the opportunity to play off each other in creative, silly, unexpected ways. Among the comedy odd couples this month are tall stoner Dan Soder and short, cerebral Louis Katz.

Thursday, July 30:

Your Showcase of Showcases
Q.E.D. Astoria (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 7:30 p.m., $10

Anthony DeVito is an underrated delight. He’s a tiny, hairy Italian full of great energy and even greater jokes. He can light up a dead room and make a good crowd roar so hard that nobody hears the thud when you fall out of your seat from laughing. So it’s an exciting night of comedy when he’s the host and you get to spend the whole evening with him.


Friday, July 31:

Picture This!
DSK (710 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), 9:30 p.m., Free

Animation Block Party is a four-day celebration of all things animated, from blockbusters to indie shorts. This year, they’re including Picture This!, a hybrid animation/stand-up show that tasks professional animators and graphic designers with illustrating a comic’s set in real time. Inevitably, that leads the comics down a whole new path, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Nick Vatterott and Michelle Wolf head up a stellar lineup of comedians and animators from MTV, Nickelodeon, and Guy Code.

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

Take the weird and wacky “news” stories you see on BuzzFeed, Reddit, and your local news channel’s human-interest segment, then add comedians, jokes, and characters and you get Infauxmation! This Denver favorite makes its NYC debut at the Creek and the Cave this week. The show features Sam Morril, who has plenty of experience commenting on ridiculous “news” thanks to his many appearances on Fox News’s Red Eye; the unique and always hilarious perspective of Ben Kronberg; and Leah Bonnema’s smartmouthed common sense.

Late Night Basement
Livestream NYC (195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., Free

Gary Vider is one of a small handful of comedians featured on this year’s America’s Got Talent. And while America is just getting to know him, New York has been loving his dry, sharp wit for a while. He’s the featured comedian on this late-night style talk show, hosted by multitalented comedy phenom Jo Firestone. Bonus: The first twenty people to RSVP on Eventbrite (and show up) receive a ticket for a free beer.

Josh Gondelman and Vladimir Caamaño
The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), 9 p.m., Free

Vladimir Caamaño is that rare combination of very funny and very nice. He’s the kind of comedian who makes a crowd feel safe, warm, and fuzzy the minute he walks onstage. We can probably thank his parents for that, whose cross-cultural quirks he gently and lovingly skewers throughout his act. So it’s fitting he joins New York’s Comedy Sweetheart, Josh Gondelman, in this preview show at LIC’s newest venue.


Saturday, August 1:

First Saturday (See You in Hell and Dark Spots)
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 8 p.m., Free

A longtime Creek favorite joins forces with a fresh new gem for a one-two punch of free shows. See You in Hell has been putting comedians through, well, hell for some time now, with onstage challenges like arm-wrestling and freestyle rapping. Nick Vatterott and Joe Zimmerman will be part of the crew facing their demons this month. And speaking of demons, new kid Dark Spots asks comedians to face their actual demons (and believe me, comedians have plenty). For August, now-sober Pat Dixon, Ian Fidance, and Taylor Ketchum will all mine their addicted pasts for comedic gold.

Stop Making Sense
Freddy’s Bar and Backroom (627 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn), 7 p.m., Free

Alana Eisner hosts this showcase of stellar up-and-comers. Remember how awesome we said Anthony DeVito was a few paragraphs up? Well, he’s still that awesome, and this time you can catch all that charming goodness for free!


Sunday, August 2:

Gotham Comedy Club (208 West 23rd Street), 8 p.m., $20

Godfrey is not just a comedian, he’s an experience. His charisma and personality fill the room even before he finishes his first joke, impression, story, or act out. He can annihilate a room in a short fifteen-minute set, so imagine what a full hour will be like!

If You Build It
UCB East (153 East 3rd Street), 8 p.m., $5

This excellent weekly lets you squeeze the last drop out of the weekend with some of the best comedians the city has to offer. It’s hosted by the incredibly funny, super-ballsy Kara Klenk, who keeps the show rocking from start to finish.


Monday, August 3:

Open Door Comedy
The Open Door (110 John Street), 8 p.m., Free

Guy Code heartthrob (and new dad!) Chris Distefano headlines this weekly free showcase, but don’t sleep on under-the-radar gems Paul Hooper and James L. Mattern. Hooper is a surprisingly pleasant and low-key mix of the Southern charm of his upbringing, the crabby old man–ness of a longtime New Yorker, and the chemical imbalance of his serious OCD. Mattern, who used to be known to club crowds throughout the city as “Maddog,” is just about the exact opposite end of the spectrum. His high-energy, highly interactive sets bounce around from sports to sex to TV shows like a teen off his Adderall.

The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., Free

You could sum up Adrienne Iapalucci as “the Daria of comedy,” but that would be seriously shortchanging both the comedic and personal depths of her hilariously dark sets. Her dry, sarcastic takes on suicide, weight gain, and bad relationships will have you laughing at the absurd bleakness of life, or at least feeling good about the current state of your own. It Boy Joe List and Broke A$$ Game Show’s Derek Gaines will also be on hand to lighten the mood.


Tuesday, August 4:

Comedy Juice
Gotham Comedy Club (208 West 23rd Street), 9:30 p.m., $15 (email for limited free guest list)

Todd Barry is the consummate “comedian’s comedian.” His mastery of jokes, crowd interaction, and meta-humor draw admiration from the lowliest open mic-er to Louis CK, who produced his most recent special, Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, and released it for $5 a pop on his own site. Sometimes the comic’s-comic term is thrown around to describe acts that are maybe a little too high-concept or artsy for general consumption, but Barry has so many levels, you’re bound to connect to at least one of them.

The United Ladies of Comedy: New York City
Treehouse154 (154 West 29th Street, 2nd floor), 9:30 p.m., $7 in advance

Maria Shehata is a dynamo of jokes and personality, so it’s no wonder she’s the center of an international documentary. After filming in London, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, the crew touches down in NYC for a show including the funny, dry-witted, and bilingual Carmen Lynch.


Catch the MTV ‘Guy Code’ Guys for Free This Week

If you’ve known, or have been yourself, a fourteen-year-old girl in the last five years, then you know Guy Code. Even if you’re a fully grown adult who is “too cool for that kind of thing,” you might find it difficult to escape the show’s massive popularity, or the dozens of (OK, maybe only three) spin-offs it spawned. Even if you think the quips and tips about hair gel usage and bathroom etiquette are silly, the comedians they booked to dish them out are seriously funny. You can catch two of these teenage dreams/talented comedians — Andrew Schulz and Dan Soder — for free this week, along with all manner of other hilarious goodness.

Wednesday, July 22:

I Don’t Get It
HiFi (169 Avenue A), 8 p.m., Free

Nick Mullen is an incredibly enjoyable ball of cynicism, whether it’s onstage, adding his two cents on the Race Wars podcast, or parodying Mommy Bloggers as Nicole Mullen. Nick joins Jason Sáenz and Nat Towsen for this show that includes improv groups Nighttime Boss and Three Piece Bikini.

Hardcore Comedy
HeadQuarters NY Gentlemen’s Club (552 West 38th Street), 8:30 p.m., $10 in advance/$20 at the door

They say the same insecurities and need for attention that lead girls to the pole are what turn men into comedians, so it’s no surprise there is a lot of overlap between the two fields. While the line is starting to blur with the numerous naked/lingerie comedy shows throughout the city, Hardcore Comedy leaves the nudity to the professionals. It also features a stacked lineup of fully clothed and smut-friendly comedians, including Jay Oakerson, Dante Nero, Aaron Berg, and Jaqi Furback, all hosted by porn star–turned-comedian Alia Janine.


Thursday, July 23:

Date Night?
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 9:30 p.m., Free

If you follow Mark Normand’s podcast, Tuesdays With Stories, then you know he is thoroughly unqualified to run his own love life, much less give advice to anyone else. But isn’t terrible advice and commiserating tales of misadventure better than Dear Abby columns? And Mark’s just one of six comedians available to offer absolutely no useful guidance for the dating quandaries anonymously submitted by the audience.

The PIT (123 East 24th Street), 9:30 p.m, $10

The State’s Kevin Allison leads this storytelling show/live podcast that draws big names from both coasts to cop to the kinds of stories they don’t even share with their closest friends, but will admit in front of dozens of strangers.


Friday, July 24:

Current Events
The Magnet Theater (254 West 29th Street), 7 p.m., $7

This live Daily Show–style rundown is celebrating two years of poking fun at our dumb news. For the big anniversary, host Jarret Berenstein is joined by everyone’s favorite handsome, edgy caveman Sam Morril and rising comedy hotshot Will Miles.

Wolf Spirit Live
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 8 p.m., Free

This show embraces just about every skill and tool they say comedians need to “make it” in the current media and technology landscape, with a sketch screening, followed by a podcast panel, and, oh yeah, stand-up. Hopefully, they’ll Periscope themselves Snapchatting it, too. But stand-up is the focus of the night, with a long set from Sean Patton topping the bill. There’s even a free beer in it for the punctual types who are seated and ready when the show begins.

Creek Cave Live
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 8 p.m., Free

Continuing the free-beer and mixed-media theme of the night, Creek Cave Live offers a free PBR tallboy to all attendees and a dance party immediately following. Hot young New Yorkers Molly Austin, Tom Cowell, Jason Sáenz, and Kenny DeForest are joined by Los Angeles’s KT Tatara.

Center City Comedy
The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), 9 p.m., Free
The Laughing Devil stood a few blocks away from the Creek and the Cave, but was permanently under its shadow as the lesser of the two Long Island City comedy venues. A renovation and rebranding, courtesy of the team behind the Stand in Manhattan, is looking to change all that. They’ve quietly reopened their doors, and the first show on the new stage will feature this great crew of comedians from Philly.

Nacho Bitches
New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 11:30 p.m., $5 online with code NACHO

Blair Socci and Corinne Fisher are celebrating a year of great, cheap comedy and OK but free nachos with a knockout show. You’re probably familiar with Yamaneika Saunders and Monroe Martin from their appearances on last season’s Last Comic Standing (and numerous other TV appearances since). Nick Turner may be a less familiar face to the TV viewing public, but is practically a legend in the NYC indie comedy scene. They’re joined by young gun Casey James Salengo, who brings an affable and non-threatening charm to his act that complements his surprisingly fresh take on very universal subjects.


Saturday, July 25:

UCB Theatre NY (307 West 26th Street), 10:30 p.m., $10

If comedy equals tragedy plus time, then adding anonymity and an improv team to your dirty little secrets must make them hilarious. Grandma’s Ashes will draw written secrets from audience members and turn them into a hilarious, fully improvised show.


Sunday, July 26:

Michelle Buteau
Michelle Buteau

Michelle Buteau Comedy Central Album Recording

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $8

Michelle Buteau’s sassy, spunky, opinionated charm made a memorable mark on a lot of the VH1 talking-heads shows like Best Week Ever. She brings that same engaging and forceful personality to her stand-up, which is being recorded for the ages tonight.


Monday, July 27:

Open Door Comedy
The Open Door (110 John Street), 8 p.m., Free

Tucked in the bowels of the financial district, in the back of a gastropub, the guys behind the Temple Horses sketch group host a free weekly comedy show that boasts a surprisingly stacked lineup and a surprisingly packed house. Mixing in comedians of various experience levels, it always includes at least one heavy hitter, and this week it features two(!): Andrew Schulz, the tall, dark-haired guy from basically every single show on MTV and MTV2, and Dan Soder, the even taller, not-as-dark-haired guy from all the other shows on MTV and MTV2.


Tuesday, July 28:

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

Joe Zimmerman often jokes about things like killer stop signs and spirit animals, but he likes to think about the deeper things in life, too. So he created a show to feature comedians who like to do the same, both in their acts and in a post-set chat with Joe. This month, he’s plumbing the depths of the very funny Yassir Lester, Kara Klenk, and Tom Cowell.


Join the Cult of Tom Segura This Week

Even though Tom Segura has two albums, a Netflix special, and a top comedy podcast, he still feels like everyone’s little hidden gem of a comic. Segura’s just one of the many cult-favorite comedians on tap this week for you to discover.

Wednesday, July 15:

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

Powerhouse Phoebe Robinson and The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams are the duo behind the snarky, smartass mini-empire known as Blaria (Black Daria). Every month they bring a stacked lineup to Union Hall, and this time around they’ve supersized it to include Los Angeles visitor, Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small, and Aussie comic Scott Dooley. Two of New York’s most hilarious comics — Yamaneika Saunders and Sarah Tollemache — round out the bill.

The Front Room
The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

This free companion to the better-known Sunday show packs in the same great punch for none of the cost, plus it’s a great spot to discover hot new comics who haven’t burst onto the collective conscious just yet. Of course, it’s still got a stiff shot of high-caliber talent. This week it’s Gary Vider and Mike Cannon.


The Lemonade Stand Variety Show
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., $5 with code LEMONS online

A lot of variety shows aren’t much more than, “Here’s a regular stand-up and then here’s a stand-up who strums a guitar while he tells jokes!” The newly revamped Lemonade Stand is aiming for a true multimedia experience: music, musical comedy, live sketches, and (of course) stand-up, all with a summer-camp talent show feel. Folk comedy group Summer and Eve, Guy Code’s Chris DiStefano and comedy’s greatest opera singer, Matteo Lane, lead the pack of talent on tap for the evening.

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Thursday, July 16:

Howard Kremer
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., $15

Howard Kremer is an incredibly prolific comedian, podcaster, and rapper. Yes, rapper. In addition to his many odes to “Summah,” he has released three comedy rap albums as Dragon Boy Suede. His podcast, Who Charted?, and annual Summahfest at Meltdown Comics in L.A. are feverishly beloved institutions of alt comedy, and his live appearances are always memorable and truly unique experiences.

Stand-Up on the Spot
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m., $15

This bicoastal show celebrates its East Coast anniversary this month with a stellar lineup of comedians forced to riff and joke on topics thrown out by audience members on the spot. Strong writers Dan Soder and Mike Vecchione complement the pleasantly unpredictable Sean Patton and the night’s emcee, Judah Friedlander.

Stuck Between Stations
Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn), 7:45 p.m., Free

The delightful Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, Modern Seinfeld) heads up an all-around strong lineup of great local talent, including Jason Saenz, Maria Heinegg, and Christi Chiello. No gimmicks, just great comedy.

QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 7:30 p.m., $5

This multidisciplinary show asks stand-ups and improvisers to create scenes and songs based on visual art, while that artist works to create a new piece based on the performances in front of him. Guest artist Matt Larsen’s graffiti-inspired work is the center of this artistic circle of life.

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Friday, July 17:

Tom Segura
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., $20

Tom Segura is the kind of comedian thousands and thousands of people consider their own. He’s developed a cult following thanks to his popular podcast, Your Mom’s House, and frequent appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience and other Deathsquad network shows. And he has even stronger comedy chops, with two albums and a Netflix special under his belt. Now’s your chance to “discover” this comedy beast for yourself.

Kaytlin Bailey
Kaytlin Bailey

The Naked Show
The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 11:59 p.m., $20

While many comedians bare their souls in their acts, it’s become increasingly popular for them to bare their bodies as well. Maybe it’s because we get cooped up and covered in sweaters all winter, or maybe we’re all just a bunch of pervs, but there is a boom of naked and nearly naked comedy shows in the city. Catch the original, where you can even disrobe in your seat if you like, hosted by Kaytlin Bailey.

Zebra Cake
The Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street), 8:30 p.m., Free

You’d think offering gorgeous manicures and sexy drinks would be plenty to handle for one small venue, but the Beauty Bar also plays host to a regular rotation of music and comedy shows, including Zebra Cake on Fridays. It’s a fun, free way to get a little taste of the Brooklyn comedy spirit in kitschy retro Manhattan style. This week’s lineup features indie hotshots Ryan Beck and Evan Williams.

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Saturday, July 18:

Warp Drive Presents Dave Hill & Friends
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $8

Los Angeles–based Stu Jenkins and Alex Dezen are Warp Drive, a band that’s part music, part sci-fi, and part comedy, with a dash of the indescribable. So they are a natural fit with the comedy/musical/weird brilliance that is Dave Hill. Throw in Aparna Nancherla, Noah Gardenswartz, and Amber Nelson and you have one heckuva fantastic show that’s sure to pack in everything you’ve ever dreamed of and a few things that would never even cross your mind.

The Blue Show
The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 11:59 p.m., Free

Aaron Berg’s fledgling comedy experiment takes comedians who normally work on the cleaner side of the ledger and forces them to bring out the darker and dirtier stuff they usually keep hidden. You never know if you’re going to be surprised to find out what lurks in the hearts of the normally cute and comforting, or if you’ll just get to watch someone awkwardly stammer through their first dirty jokes since the junior high playground. Casey Balsham, Chrissie Mayr, and Monroe Martin are the ones looking to get their mouth washed out with soap this month.

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Sunday, July 19:

Mike Lawrence
Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway), 7:30 p.m., $20

Fresh off his first pilgrimage to Comic-Con in San Diego, Mike Lawrence will be doing a rare in-city headlining set. Though you can catch him around town doing shorter showcase sets most weeks, it’s worth the splurge to get a full hour of Mike’s often darkly personal pop-culture observations.

Colin Quinn: The New York Story
The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street), 3 p.m., $76

While it’s definitely expensive compared to a free bar show, Colin Quinn’s sharp and hilarious observations on society and culture are priceless, so $76 is a relative steal. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Quinn’s latest one-man show is all about what makes our city wonderful and terrible at the same time. It runs through August 16, with many of the dates already sold out (this Sunday’s matinee still has seats available as of this writing), so grab your tickets quickly!

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Monday, July 20:

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., $8

Chris Gethard is best known as the host of long-running cable access/Web show (now airing on Fusion) The Chris Gethard Show, which is a wild and engaging mix of high-concept and lowbrow humor that feels like it’s perpetually wobbling on a tightrope in the most enjoyable way possible. Fans of Gethard’s uncompromising ethics when it comes to the show will love how he brings the same vibe to his hour, which covers suicide, alcoholism, and “all the other funniest parts of life.”

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

Guest host Jean Grae takes the helm of Wyatt Cenac’s long-running comedy showcase this week, with an incredible crew on board for the ride. The show features New York’s favorite wandering crazyman, Sean Patton, late-night scribe extraordinaire Matt Goldich, and Broad City’s Naomi Ekperigin.

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Tuesday, July 21:

Adam Wade
Adam Wade

Adam Wade Album Recording
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., $12

Storyteller Adam Wade has won The Moth’s GrandSLAM a staggering twenty times, so you know he can spin a good yarn. He’ll be spitting his best of the best as he records his debut album tonight, so why not grab a beer and settle into a chair and enjoy it?

Northern Discomfort
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m., $5 with code VILLAGEVOICE online

Look, I’m going to feature a show with Jessica Kirson on it every single week until each and every New Yorker has gone and fallen in love with her for themselves. Because she’s incredible, but just hasn’t received the kind of wide exposure that allows whole demographics to fall in love with her all at once. But I promise if you check her out, you’ll walk away a fan for life.


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:

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:

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.


See the Guy Who Brings ‘Archer’ to Life

H. Jon Benjamin might be the most recognizable voice in animated comedy. Unlike comic chameleons Harry Shearer and Seth MacFarlane, Benjamin’s voice is instantly recognizable in everything he’s done — from Dr Katz to Archer. But New York’s got more than just funny voices on tap this week in indie comedy:

Wednesday, July 1:

The NYC Comic Book Science Fiction Fantasy Horror and Roleplaying Game Club
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 9:30 p.m., $5

Nerds unite! There’s a lot of overlap between people who love comics (the folks who say funny things into microphones) and people who love comics (the graphic novels). Jared Logan has condensed all the fun of Comic Con into a comedy show, featuring stand-up’s übernerd, Mike Lawrence.

Your Showcase of Showcases
Eastville Comedy Club (85 East 4th Street), 9 p.m., $8

This regular showcase features a mix of newbies and comedy killers, and this edition showcases two comedians who are as equally amazing as they are stylistically different. Myq Kaplan is a master of clever wordplay and quiet understatement, while Jessica Kirson is a high energy whirlwind of absurdity and laughter. Both are guaranteed to have you practically falling out of your seat.

Grift Comedy
The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 10 p.m., $5 with code GRIFT online

Nick DiPaolo is one of the most talented and revered comedians working in New York today. Forged in the Boston comedy boom, he’s still got the quick wit and sharp edge that made him a stand-out on Tough Crowd and keeps his podcast a favorite on the RiotCast network. But he’s not the only comedy beast on this stacked show, which also features Gary Gulman, Dan Soder and Mike Vecchione.

Thursday, July 2:

Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street), 7:30 p.m., $10

This live late-night talk show features everything you loved about classic Letterman: a witty house band, wacky recurring characters (Scott’s dad, for one), great guests, and high quality stand-up. To wrap up its seventh season, Rogowsky is pulling out all the stops with guests Jon Benjamin (Archer, Dr Katz) and comedian Tom Papa.

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

What happens when a Ph.D. in neuroscience turns all that brainpower to telling jokes? You get a guy like Jono Zalay, whose material about racist babies and the wage gap mingles with jokes about dick pics and having sex in front of his dog, all complimented by a sweet mustache. Check him out as he preps an hour for an upcoming album all week at the Creek and The Cave.

Pure Joy
The Flat (308 Hooper Street, Williamsburg), 8 p.m., Free.

Cheap Laughs Editor Emeritus Tom Cowell presents the very first edition of his new free comedy show at this sexy, swanky coffee shop/cocktail lounge/DJ party space (oh, Williamsburg). Cowell and co-producers Kyle Ayers and Will Winner are kicking it off in style, with NYC favorites Aparna Nancherla and Tim Dillon leading the charge.

Friday, July 3:

Love Your Accent
Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th Street), 8:30 pm, Free

British transplant Chris Williams has been delighting New York audiences with his accent as much as his humour for the past three years. He’s heading back across the pond in August, but before he goes, he’s commemorating his stay among the yanks with an appropriately titled album. Be a part of the recording and feel free to walk around saying things like, “Pip pip, cheerio” all night long.

Saturday July 4:

The Dirty Show
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria), 9:30 p.m., $5

If you follow the media, you might think that there’s not much left that’s safe for comedians to say in public without being called out as racist, misogynistic, white privileged jerks. But everybody still loves a good dirty joke. Enjoy some finely crafted filth from Andy Sandford, Tim Dillon and Blair Socci.

Ari Shaffir & Monroe Martin
The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), midnight, $5 with code FIREWORKS online

After you’ve “oohed” and “ahhed” at the dazzling pyrotechnics display, have a seat, a drink and a laugh on the cheap. Ari Shaffir has amassed an enormous following over the past few years, thanks to his wildly popular podcast Skeptic Tank and Comedy Central Series This Is Not Happening. Even if you don’t love stories about international pooping, come get a load of the fauxhawk he’s currently rocking. Monroe Martin is a newcomer by comparison, whose good-natured sweetness while delivering darker jokes about growing up in the foster system shot him to the top of the Last Comic Standing pack last season.

Sunday July 5:

Rule of Threes Comedy
Halyard’s (406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn), 7 p.m., $3
This show offers a rare city treat: a show featuring only three comedians, each doing longer sets. This week Julia Johns and Raj Sivaraman present MTV cuties Mike Cannon and Matteo Lane, along with Totally Biased’s Aparna Nancherla.

Monday July 6:

Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour
UCB East (153 East 3rd Street), 8 p.m., $5

This truly varied variety show features comedy, music, sketch, readings, a history lesson, and trivia, all while trying to grasp the ever-fading artistic ethos of the Village in its pre-gentrification glory. Everyone’s teenaged crush, Janeane Garofalo, headlines the show and if you know your neighborhood history, you could even win free pizza and comic books.

Tuesday July 7:

Legion of Skanks Live Podcast
The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 10 p.m., Free

This self-proclaimed “most offensive podcast on the internet” features comedians Jay Oakerson, Luis J Gomez, and Dave Smith shooting the shit with guests about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, cheating, exes, groupies, fist fights, knife fights, vine stars and hack comedians. It’s also the show most likely to give you a free contact high just from attending.


Improv Invades NYC This Week for the Del Close Marathon

This weekend is packed with fun thanks to both the Del Close Marathon and the city’s annual Pride march and related parties. There’s also plenty of other weird, wonderful, and downright amazing comedy happening all week. Here goes:

Wednesday, June 24:

Date Night?: The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 8 p.m., free

Comedians are uniquely qualified to give dating advice that you absolutely ignore. That’s why Date Night? — a show that uses anonymous dating questions from the audience to guide jokes, riffs, and awkward reminiscences — won’t be terribly helpful, but will be hilarious. Married comedians Teresa & Doug Wyckoff host.

Stand-Up on the Spot: The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m., $15

Longtime Chelsea Lately contributor Guy Branum brings his quick wit to this show where the performers are at the mercy of audience suggestions and must create all-new, never-before-seen material on the spot.

Thursday, June 25:

Giulia Rozzi Album Taping: New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 9:30 p.m., $5 with code ROZZI online

Giulia Rozzi is a bicoastal powerhouse who has appeared on everything from Girl Code to This Is Not Happening, won a Moth GrandSLAM, spoken at a TEDx conference, written articles that have appeared on just about every website you read regularly, and mounted two different international touring one-woman shows. If you aren’t tired out from just reading all that, check her out as she slings a hot hour for her upcoming album.

Friday, June 26:

Week at the Creek: Pete Lee: The Creek and the Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 7 p.m., free

Pete Lee is one of the most adorable and charming comedians in New York. He’s appeared on Letterman and is fresh off a cross-country college tour. You can get a full hour of Pete’s Midwestern, aw-shucks humor this week as he works out new material and updated favorites.

Tinder Live: Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $10

We’ve all been there. Frantic swiping leads to horrifying message exchanges, awkward dates, and a few princes among frogs. Host
Lane Moore leads great comedians Guy Branum and Sara Benincasa through a celebration of the ups and downs of online dating, with some fun, interactive segments that may just help you find true love mid-laugh.

The Secret Loft Show: Secret Loft (255 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., free

Sean Donnelly and Phil Hanley are the kind of guys you usually have to pay a cover and buy two drinks to see, but the Secret Loft show gives you the chance to catch them for free, with free pizza, cheap drinks, and a DJ’d dance party afterward thrown in for good measure. You’re basically throwing away money if you don’t go.

Saturday, June 27:

Del Close Marathon: UCB (and various locations), all weekend, $35

The Del Close Marathon is an annual tradition honoring improv legend Del Close. And what better way to honor a pioneer of “Yes, and…” than with an insane all-day/all-night, weekend-long marathon of improv performances. The shows range from relative nobodies to award-winning teams from around the country to groups of writers for shows like Comedy Bang! Bang! and The Daily Show going off-script.

Sunday, June 28:

The Underground Cabaret: The Peoples Improv Theater (123 East 24th Street), 9:30 p.m., $10

QueerCom is a weekend-long celebration of Pride in the form of gay-themed and gay-cast improv shows at the PIT. Closing out the weekend is the Underground Cabaret, featuring a parade of comedians showing solidarity by singing their hearts out to gay anthems.

Comedy at the Knitting Factory: Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), doors 8, show at 9 p.m., $5

Knitting Factory’s Sunday show has been a powerhouse of independent comedy since what feels like forever. And it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. It still attracts a big crowd and big names, and is one of the few places you’d get to see Big Jay Oakerson and Monroe Martin for this cheap.

Monday, June 29:

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction: Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., $10

This Los Angeles favorite, which asks comedians to write and present their own erotic fan fiction, then perform on-the-spot pieces based on audience feedback and suggestions, has been touring the country to give everyone a taste of the lusty, hilarious nerdery. This swing through NYC puts Jared Logan and Jim Tews in the hot seat, along with half a dozen other local favorites.

Tuesday, June 30:

Stand Up and Sing
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., $8 in advance

Liza Treyger is an amazing comedian with incredible stage presence…but can she sing? This is your chance to find out. The king of being clever, Myq Kaplan, and SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata will also take a turn at using the mic for both singing and joking. Given how great they all are, you’re sure to still be laughing harder at the comedy than the attempts to remember all the words to “Love Shack.”


Road Stories: Andrew W.K.+Masta Killa

Village Voice columnist Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan’s Masta Killa share their sordid tales of touring the world with comedian Tom Cowell and our own music editor Brian McManus. And it’s free!

Fri., March 14, 10 p.m., 2014