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": The Magical World of Musical Improv ( pm, , The PIT Mainstage at 123 East 24th Street) Saturday 2/10-Sunday 2/11: The king of roasts headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jeff Ross ( pm & pm tonight, pm Sunday; plus 2-drink min.; Carolines Comedy Club at 1626 Broadway) Sunday 2/11: Brothers Hari Kondabolu (David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central Presents; fascinating Tru TV documentary The Problem with Apu) and Ashok Kondabolu (Dap in Das Racist) spontaneously interact with each other, sharing family stories, discussing current events, and more for this podcast recording: Kondabolu Brothers Podcast Live ( pm, , Brooklyn's Littlefield at 635 Sackett Street; take R subway to Union Street) Monday 2/12: Emily Flake (writer/cartoonist; The New Yorker, The New York Times), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, VHI, FX's Totally Biased, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times, comedy album Pure Uncut Joy), Jennie Sutton (former writer for David Letterman; writer for Tru TV's Paid Off), Alzo Slade, and Chloe Radcliffe perform for this weekly Brooklyn stand-up show hosted by Jo Firestone (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, co-author of #1 bestselling Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers), Aparna Nancherla (co-star of HBO's Crashing, Netflix's Master of None, and Comedy Central's Corporate), and Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America, co-host of Nat Geo's Star Talk): Butterboy with Jo, Aparna, and Maeve ( pm, , Brooklyn's Littlefield at 635 Sackett Street; take R subway to Union Street) Tuesday 2/13 (see also 2/14): Julio Torres (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Billy on the Street, HBO's High Maintenance, Louis C.
K.s Horace and Pete) performs a fresh, clever one-man show involving putting different objects on the table in front of him and sharing thoughts evoked by how they look and feel: Julio Torres: My Favorite Shapes ( pm, , Brooklyn's Union Hall at 702 Union Street; take R subway to Union Street) Tuesday 2/13: Typically sharp comics (TBA) present funny lectures on silly topics—e.g., "Octopuses: Squishy Satans of the Sea"—produced by Kara Klenk (writer for MTV's Girl Code & Guy Code and contributor to Broad City; producer of If You Build It) and hosted by Jim Tews (rising star; Louie, Last Comic Standing; co-host of Fresh Out; New York Times bestselling author of Felines of New York; comedy album I Was in Band): Homeschooled—A Comedic Lecture Series ( pm, , UCB East at 153 East 3rd Street) Tuesday 2/13: Caroline Cotter (above right; Seth Meyers, College Humor; UCB improv group Goat) & Mike Camerlengo (MTV's Joking Off) host a Valentine's Eve show "to teach you how to find love and hold onto love.
) telling tales of erotic encounters gone awry: Awkward Sex..the City ( pm; .62 if purchased in advance online (otherwise )—which includes free beer and wine; The Pleasure Chest at 1150 Second Avenue between 60th & 61st Streets) Friday 2/16: A live version of the popular podcast Tinder Tales that provides stories of Tinder dates, dating advice, and fun games, with guests Rachel Green, Hannah Harkness, and more hosted by David Piccolomini: Tinder Tales Live ( pm, , Astoria Queens' QED: A Place to Show & Tell at 27-16 23rd Avenue) Friday 2/16: Storytellers Samantha Ruddy, Andrew Casertano, Misha Han, and Nick Nicosia share cringe-worthy experiences from their pasts hosted by Brendan Busee & Ron Raganella: Shame!
: The Not-So-Honorable Comedy Show ( pm, , Astoria Queens' QED: A Place to Show & Tell at 27-16 23rd Avenue) Friday 2/16: To my eye, it's a pretty decent movie; but regardless, tonight 1997's Air Force One will be screened & mercilessly skewered by some of NYC's finest comics: Frank Conniff (TV's Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000; Cinematic Titanic), Aparna Nancherla (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; co-star of HBO's Crashing, Netflix's Master of None, and Comedy Central's Corporate; former writer for Seth Meyers; Conan O'Brien, @Midnight, Comedy Central Half Hour, comedy album Just Putting It Out There), Jess Salomon (Sirius XM), and Freddy G (NPR) hosted by Chris Gersbeck (co-host of Everythign Is Dumbn, and Bunk Bed and Murray Povich open mics): Movies R Dumb: Air Force One ( pm, , Astoria Queens' QED: A Place to Show & Tell at 27-16 23rd Avenue) Sunday 2/18 (technically, these two midnight TV specials are airing on Monday 2/19; but they're happening Sunday night, which is what counts...): Jena Friedman has made a career of being angry.
It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.
That said, my top NYC comedy recommendations for February 2018 include (with much more to come soon): Saturday 2/10: Rebecca Vigil (rising star powerhouse improv singer; Your Love Our Musical, The Vigilante), Anthony De Vito (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central Half Hour, This American Life, House of Cards), and Obehi Janice sing or tell jokes, then enthusiastically endorse some product they love...which will be handed out to lucky members of the audience!
Hosted by the wonderful Chris Duffy (staff writer for Nat Geo Explorer, host of You're the Expert), who makes this promise for one audience member per show: You Get A Spoon ( pm, , LES' Caveat at 21-A Clinton Street; take F/J/M/Z subway to Delancey Street/Essex Street) Saturday 2/10: Comics who make up Disney-themed ditties on the spot invite you to "Come be our guest for this magical, musical show where we take your favorite childhood movie scenes and reimagine them with improvised songs!
, KGB Bar at 85 East 4th Street off Second Avenue) Thursday 2/22: Brothers Hari Kondabolu (David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central Presents; fascinating Tru TV documentary The Problem with Apu) and Ashok Kondabolu (Dap in Das Racist) spontaneously interact with each other, sharing family stories, discussing current events, and more for this podcast recording: Kondabolu Brothers Podcast Live ( pm, , Brooklyn's Littlefield at 635 Sackett Street; take R subway to Union Street) Thursday 2/22: Aparna Nancherla (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; co-star of HBO's Crashing and 2 Dope Queens, Netflix's Master of None, and Comedy Central's Corporate; former writer for Seth Meyers; Conan O'Brien, @Midnight, Comedy Central Half Hour, comedy album Just Putting It Out There) is interviewed during a game of Jenga (as soon as the tower falls, the conversation ends), plus stand-up or storytelling by Chanel Ali, Melissa Diaz, and Savannah Des Ormeax hosted by Molly Mc Gaughey: Everything is Falling Apart ( pm, , Astoria Queens' QED: A Place to Show & Tell at 27-16 23rd Avenue) A glorious collection of hilarious film & TV clips and lectures by mass media experts hosted by super-fan Kevin Maher and friends, this month focusing on punk rock and related pop culture (for a sneak peek video, please click here), with guests Tenebrous Kate (host of the Bad Books For Bad People podcast), Kevin Rice (writer/producer/director of Tvs Ghoul A Go-Go), Heather Buckley (producer for Red Shirt Pictures), Marcus Pinn (creator of Pinnland Empire), Christopher Funderburg (editor/writer for The Pink Smoke.com), and Kate Wilkinson (Wig Wurq website "judging pop culture's wigs from lace fronts to split ends"): Kevin Geeks Out Goes Punk!
( pm, [buying in advance is highly recommended, as this show crammed with rich imagery and ideas usually sells out], Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema at 136 Metropolitan Avenue; take the L to Bedford) Friday 2/23: One of the very best shows at UCB is by Jay Malsky, a super-charged & hilarious character comic who also sings beautifully.