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Thursday, June 5



Cage Match

The WWE is pretty hilarious on its own, but the UCB Theatre’s wrestling federation, the UCBW, pays such good attention to the details of the genre, it feels less like a satirical mockery and more of a hyper-hilarious homage to the dramatic sport. Just like real wrestling, there are shocking heel turns, referees who are distracted by shiny objects and promos that get you pumped. The announcers, Ben Rodgers (The Captain) and Eric Scott (TT Billingsworth) are so easily excited by all the action, it’s impossible not to get caught up in their hysteria too. Leave the Papa Roach Special Edition iPod at home, the UCBW is the only distraction you need. (Nate Sloan)

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; Thursdays 11, $5.



Hot Comix

Hosted by Dean Obeidallah this night’s performance features Ryan Hamilton, Julian McCullough, Dan Ahdoot, Rachael Fienstein, and even more hot comix.  

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$20.



Friday, June 6



Kurt & Kristen

Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler present a preview of their 2008 Edinburgh show said to be a seedy tale of gambling, death, hair-lips and a splattering of phone sex.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-563-7488; 11, $8.



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.



Saturday, June 7



Mother: The Soundtrack

Your mother told you to turn down that music. Mother tells you to hand over your iPod and CDs for some improv inspired by your taste in music. You better do what Mother says.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 9, $8.



25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

Award-winning comedian Judy Gold brings her solo show to Comix. Gold’s show is based on interviews with 50 Jewish women of varying ages, occupations and backgrounds, in which she asks them questions about a whole array of self-help book subjects.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.) 212-524-2500; 8:30, $25/$30.



Sunday, June 8



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8), 9:30 (free).



Monday, June 9



Maude Night

A medley of sketch comedy by UCBT’s writers and preformers. First performance of the night is 27 Kidneys and mixtape ’98, and the second is The Skuntz and Stone Cold Fox.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 8 ($5), 9:30 ($5). 



Tell Your Friends!

Chris Mata hosts this week’s Tell Your Friends! with guests John Oliver, Tome Shillue, Liam McEneaney, Peggy O’Brien and Bryan Tucker. 

Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. (betw. Allen and Orchard Sts.), 212-966-7223; 8, free.



Tuesday, June 10



The Comic Book Club

One of the more successful themed shows in town because it found its niche and took off running both offline and on. Comic book superfans, Pete LePage, Alex Zalben and Justin Tyler moderate a discussion on the week in funnybooks and host a panel of the top talents in the Marvel and DC Universes. I quit comics when the New Warriors ended its run in the ’90s—it just seemed futile to go on, you know? The few times I’ve checked out the CBC, I’ve felt welcome amid both the sizable crowds and the icons who drop by like Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; Tuesdays at 8, $5.



Bring It!

Think you’ve got what it takes? Are you up for three minutes of laughter—or awkward silence? Randy Pearlstein hosts an open mic comedy show every Tuesday.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, free.



Wednesday, June 11



Julie Goldman’s Offensive Women

In celebration of gay pride month, co-stars of LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show,  Julie Goldman and Kate McKinnon, present an all-lady comedy show.  Comics include Jessica Kirson, Liz Feldman, Claudia Cogan and more.

The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.) 212-253-7246; 8, $10.



The Rejection Show

Jon Friedman, host and creator, takes the turned-down material of popular or up-and-coming comics and has them preform the acts on stage.  Lineup includes: College Humor, Jenny Slate, Pete Holmes, Larry Murphy, Mindy Raf, Greg Johnson, and Katina Corrao, with live music from The Defibulators.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.) 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$17.

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Ongoing



Tim Minchin

A performer of crushing talent, Minchin has racked up major comedy awards on three of seven continents. His hair is big and famousy, his humor is intelligent and accessible and he can put the rock in Sergei Rachmaninoff in a way the cultural zeitgeist hasn’t seen since Ben Folds. (Nate Sloan)

Through April 12. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-239-6200; Mon.-Thurs. 8; Fri. & Sat. 9, $35-$50.





Thursday, April 3




Cage Match

The WWE is pretty hilarious on its own, but the UCB Theatre’s wrestling federation, the UCBW, pays such good attention to the details of the genre, it feels less like a satirical mockery and more of a hyper hilarious homage to the dramatic sport. Just like real wrestling, there are shocking heel turns, referees who are distracted by shiny objects, and promos that get you pumped. The announcers, Ben Rodgers (The Captain) and Eric Scott (TT Billingsworth) are so easily excited by all the action, it’s impossible not to get caught up in their hysteria too. Leave the Papa Roach Special Edition iPod at home, the UCBW is the only distraction you need. (Nate Sloan)

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; Thursdays 11pm, $5.



Hot Comix

Seth Herzog, Jamie Kilstein, Rachel Feinstein, Brian Kiley, Kyle Grooms and other naughty comics give the best of their dirty standup.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$20.





Friday, April 4



Naked Boys Improvising & The Girly Girl Burleskapades

The PIT has put its pole in the hole and staked its claim as the premier comedy venue for clothing optional performers and crowds. The boys are really a striptease with improv games but by the end the balls are flying. Both shows are exactly what they sound like, but the silly burlesque comedy may take more getting used to. Naked Boys Improvising & The Girly Girl Burleskapades March 21 at The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, $10.



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.

 

 

Saturday, April 5



Janeane Garofalo


The ultimate Gen-X comedian (we still think of her in Reality Bites, not that horrible The Truth About Cats and Dogs) still stings with her acerbic wit.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8:30 & 10:45, $30/$35.



Mother: The Soundtrack

Your mother told you to turn down that music. Mother tells you to hand over your iPod and CDs for some improv inspired by your taste in music. You better do what Mother says.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 9, $8.





Sunday, April 6

 

ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8), 9:30 (free).



 

Monday, April 7



Ritalin Readings

Sometimes when you’re anonymously sinking into a dark space, listening to the soothing readings of some new media phenom or screenwriter, everything feels more dignified and arty. No pressure; just sit there and soak in funny bits of brain candy from emerging talents.

The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St. (at Stanton St.), 212-253-7246; first Mondays 8, $5.



Shoot the Messenger

Lizz Winstead creates parody with the skill and precision of an ice sculptor, skewering the myriad ways morning talk shows demonstrate their uselessness and overuse of teeth whiteners, via live sketches and video, along with a wide and varied cast, including Lucas Held and his incandescent Tucker Carlson. Tonight’s guest is Luc Sante author of Kill All Your Pieces. (Maggie Serota)

Green Room Theater, 45 Bleecker St (at Lafayette), 212-239-6200; 8, $12.50.



It Is It


Fun times hosted by Adam Lowitt of The Daily Show. And great burgers. Yum.

Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 8, $8.



 

Tuesday, April 8



The Comic Book Club

One of the more successful themed shows in town because it found its niche and took off running both offline and on. Comic book superfans, Pete LePage, Alex Zalben and Justin Tyler moderate a discussion on the week in funnybooks and host a panel of the top talents in the Marvel and DC Universes. I quit comics when the New

Warriors ended its run in the ’90s—it just seemed futile to go on, you know? The few times I’ve checked out the

CBC, I’ve felt welcome amidst both the sizable crowds and the icons who drop by like Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; Tuesdays at 8, $5.

 

 

Wednesday, April 9



I Eat Pandas & Shockwave

Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray of I Eat Pandas take musical improv to all new levels, creating three completely different musicals (25-, 15- and 5-minutes) before your very eyes, complete with dramatic glances, dancing, passion and suspense.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$20.

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Ongoing



Tim Minchin

A performer of crushing talent, Minchin has racked up major comedy awards on three of seven continents. His hair is big and famousy, his humor is intelligent and accessible and he can put the rock in Sergei Rachmaninoff in a way the cultural zeitgeist hasn’t seen since Ben Folds. (Nate Sloan)

Through April 12. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-239-6200; Mon.-Thurs. 8; Fri. & Sat. 9, $35-$50.



Thursday, March 27



Cage Match

The WWE is pretty hilarious on its own, but the UCB Theatre’s wrestling federation, the UCBW, pays such good attention to the details of the genre, it feels less like a satirical mockery and more of a hyper hilarious homage to the dramatic sport. Just like real wrestling, there are shocking heel turns, referees who are distracted by shiny objects, and promos that get you pumped. The announcers, Ben Rodgers (The Captain) and Eric Scott (TT Billingsworth) are so easily excited by all the action, it’s impossible not to get caught up in their hysteria too. Leave the Papa Roach Special Edition iPod at home, the UCBW is the only distraction you need. (Nate Sloan)

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; Thursdays 11pm, $5.



Hot Comix

Joe DeRosa, Mike DeStefano, Julian McCullough, Big Jay Oakerson and other naughty comics give the best of their dirty standup.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$20.



Friday, March 28



Ben Karlin

The creative force behind The Daily Show with John Stewart continues to stump for Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me, an anthology of stories from jilted guys that he edited. Expect plenty of other funny guys to show up to help him sell some copies.

Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St. (at Greenwich St.), 212-587-5389; 7, free.



Naked Boys Improvising & The Girly Girl Burleskapades

The PIT has put its pole in the hole and staked its claim as the premier comedy venue for clothing optional performers and crowds. The boys are really a striptease with improv games but by the end the balls are flying. Both shows are exactly what they sound like, but the silly burlesque comedy may take more getting used to.

Naked Boys Improvising & The Girly Girl Burleskapades March 21 at The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, $10.



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.

 

Saturday, March 29



Mother: The Soundtrack

Your mother told you to turn down that music. Mother tells you to hand over your iPod and CDs for some improv inspired by your taste in music. You better do what Mother says.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 9, $8.



Sunday, March 30



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8), 9:30 (free).

 

Monday, March 31



Gravid Water

When refreshing their favorite sites like Theatermania.com and Broadwayworld.com, theater people may happen upon blurbs for Gravid Water, a show featuring professional stage actors spouting memorized lines from real plays while a superstar improviser makes up the other half of the dialogue. It sounds like a train wreck on paper, but the results don’t seem to stray too far from the script. The secret? To put it in context, if someone in real life says, “How are you?” You probably wouldn’t respond with, “Chicken Pot Pies are delicious!” There are only a couple ways for an improviser to logically take his or her side of the conversation, so the scenes unfold naturally with a touch of quirky charm. (Nate Sloan)

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 8, $5.



It Is It

Fun times hosted by Adam Lowitt of The Daily Show. And great burgers. Yum.

Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 8, $8.



Tuesday, April 1



The Comic Book Club

One of the more successful themed shows in town because it found its niche and took off running both offline and on. Comic book superfans, Pete LePage, Alex Zalben and Justin Tyler moderate a discussion on the week in funnybooks and host a panel of the top talents in the Marvel and DC Universes. I quit comics when the New Warriors ended its run in the ’90s—it just seemed futile to go on, you know? The few times I’ve checked out the CBC, I’ve felt welcome amidst both the sizable crowds and the icons who drop by like Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; Tuesdays at 8, $5.



3-Minute Drill


Think you’ve got what it takes? Are you up for three minutes of laughter—or awkward silence? Charlie Kasov hosts open mic night at the PIT.


The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, free.


 


Wednesday, April 2




Starved for Attention


23/6 presents Eugene Mirman, Laurie Kilmartin, Jon Glaser and Lee Camp, along with the best original video from 236.com. A night to remember, if you want to remember your funny nights.


UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 8, $5.





The Liar Show


Like that game where you have to make up things and get people to believe you. Here three people are telling the truth, one is lying, and you have to figure out which is the big fat fibber. Featuring stories from Mark Katz, Ophira Eisenberg, Sara Barron and Peter Lubell.


Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $15/$20.

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Ongoing



Tim Minchin

A performer of crushing talent, Minchin has racked up major comedy awards on three of seven continents. His hair is big and famousy, his humor is intelligent and accessible and he can put the rock in Sergei Rachmaninoff in a way the cultural zeitgeist hasn’t seen since Ben Folds. (Nate Sloan)

Through April 12. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-239-6200; Mon.-Thurs. 8; Fri. & Sat. 9, $35-$50.



Thursday, March 13



Tweed Presents: Posteriors


Woody Allen made the film Interiors, about a suicidal interior decorator and her three grown daughters, in homage to Ingmar Bergman. Julie Halston, David Rakoff, Peter Frechette, Lennon Parham and others interpret this film in homage to comedy. Now that’s what we call appropriation.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $18-$30.

 

Friday, March 14



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.

 

Saturday, March 15



Mother: The Soundtrack

Your mother told you to turn down that music. Mother tells you to hand over your iPod and CDs for some improv inspired by your taste in music. You better do what Mother says.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 9, $8.



Rue Brutalia & Friends Fart on Mel Brooks.

Jon Pack and Jason Kalter were “literally on fire” during their February shows at the PIT. That run has been extended so they can bring friends on stage and, apparently, fart on Mel Brooks. Good thing fire’s no longer involved.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, $8.



Sunday, March 16



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8), 9:30 (free).

 

Monday, March 17



It Is It

Fun times hosted by Adam Lowitt of the Daily Show. And great burgers. Yum.

Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 8, $8.



 

Tuesday, March 18



3-Minute Drill

Think you’ve got what it takes? Are you up for three minutes of laughter—or awkward silence? Charlie Kasov hosts open mic night at the PIT.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, free.

 

Wednesday, March 19



The S.M.U.T. Show

S.M.U.T is Scandalous Mayhem Under Theatre—like Us Weekly or TMZ but live. It’s a new way to get your celebrity gossip fix. Comix

353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $20-$25.

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Thursday, March 6



The S.M.U.T. Show

S.M.U.T is Scandalous Mayhem Under Theatre—like Us Weekly or TMZ but live. It’s a new way to get your celebrity gossip fix.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $20-$25.



Variety Shac

Shonali Bhowmik, Heather Lawless, Andrea Rosen and Chelsea Peretti’s act includes two special guests, music and a new comedic short film.

The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. Church St. and Broadway), 212-219-3132, 8, $10-$12.



Friday, March 7



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.



Saturday, March 8



Dina Martina: Off the Charts

An in-your-face drag act that will be full of surprises—and prizes!

The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-352-3101; Fri.-Sun. 7:30, $20.



Sunday, March 9



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 $8, 9:30, free.



Monday, March 10



Scraping the Bottom

It’s her night off from Xanadu, so of course the always-funny Jackie Hoffman wants a little more attention. She presents the “Most Offensive Songs of Jackie Hoffman,” so it’s funny and mean.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 7:30, $30.





Tuesday, March 11



3-Minute Drill

Think you’ve got what it takes? Are you up for three minutes of laughter—or awkward silence? Charlie Kasov hosts open mic night at the PIT.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, free.



Hot Comix

A night showcasing professional comics, including Catie Lazarus, Russ Meneve, Steven Scott and more.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; $12-$15.



Wednesday, March 12



Stripped Stories with Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman

There will be a game of “Never Have I Ever,” an audience interview and lots of stories about sex. Sounds like a good time, right?

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $10-$15.

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Wednesday, February 27



Invite Them Up

Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale present their final performance at Rififi (for now). Make sure you’re there for special guests and what is sure to be a tear-filled farewell.

Rififi, 322 E. 11th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 212-677-1027; 9, $5.



Thursday, February 28



Black Comedy Experiment

Elon James White presents 33 black comedians, including Saturday Night Live alum Dean Edwards and NBC 30 Rock writer Donald Glover in three nights of comedy. Tonight features The Deal with Neil Charles (7:30), Souled Out Comedy (8), The Kid (9), 52 Man Pickup (10).

Feb. 28-March 1, The Tank @ Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. (betw. Franklin & White Sts.), 212-563-6269; single show passes $5-$8; single night pass $15; weekend pass $25 (includes open bar Sat. night).



Friday, February 29



Family Hour w/Auntie Sara

You get more than just family stories from Livia Scott, Carolyn Castiglia, Tracie Higgins, Margot Leitman, Matt Taylor, Adrienne Iapalucci and others. There will also be free Hillary Clinton cookies by star baker-comedian H. Alan Scott.

Ochi’s Lounge at COMIX, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 7, no cover.



TJ Miller

He’s the one holding the camera in Cloverfield. And he tells jokes.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; Fri. & Sat. 8:30 & 10:45, $20/$25.



Chocolate Cake City Leap Year Spectacular

We’re told the recipe for Chocolate Cake City involves absurdity, chaos, misfortune and conundrum.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 9:30, $8.



Death by Roo Roo: Your Fucked-Up Family

You might recognize Brett Gelman—he’s the man whose face is plastered all over subways and televisions as part of an ad campaign for Take Five lotto tickets. You can watch him and his improv group in action every week at UCB Theatre, where they riff on dysfunctional families from a single audience interview.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 11, $8.



Black Comedy Experiment

Elon James White presents 33 black comedians, including Saturday Night Live alum Dean Edwards and NBC 30 Rock writer Donald Glover in three nights of comedy. Tonight features 30 Years in Africa (7), Black Jesus and His Amazing Black Friends (8), Bag O’ Bitches (8:15), Ebony Chunky Love: 2 (9:30), Dur Air Ache On Dre Shoe (11). 

The Tank @ Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. (betw. Franklin & White Sts.), 212-563-6269; single show passes $5-$8; single night pass $15; weekend pass $25 (includes open bar Sat. night).




Saturday March 1

Lady Rizzo & the Assettes

The singing comedienne hosts an evening of “caburlesque.” So yes, strip tease and clogging. What could be funnier?

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; Sat. 11:30pm; Sun. 9:30, $17/$22.




Dina Martina: Off the Charts

An in-your-face drag act that will be full of surprises—and prizes!

The Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-352-3101; Fri.-Sun. 7:30, $20.



Naked Comedy Showcase

For just $10, you can see comedian Andy Ofiesh perform—you guessed it—in the buff. Will you be laughing with him or at him?

The PIT, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 8, $10.



Black Comedy Experiment

Elon James White presents 33 black comedians, including Saturday Night Live alum Dean Edwards and NBC 30 Rock writer Donald Glover in three nights of comedy. Tonight features Chicks & Giggles (7), Mystery Up at Negro Creek (7), 2 Faced (8), Laughing Liberally (8:30), Shades of Black (10).

The Tank @ Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. (betw. Franklin & White Sts.), 212-563-6269; single show passes $5-$8; single night pass $15; weekend pass $25 (includes open bar Sat. night).



Sunday March 2



Tearing the Veil of Maya


Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter are funny. Then when you combine them with their funny pals, it’s a perfect night for uncomfortable humor.

Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 7:30, $7.



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8), 9:30 (free).



Monday March 3



Karaoke Dokey w/ Shandi Sullivan & Timmy (Whitest Kids You Know)

That means you can sing karaoke with the hot chick from America’s Next Top Model since she’s hosting with Timmy from Whitest Kids You Know. What’s next? A Project Runway Tim Gunn with Human Giant?

Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 10, no cover.



Friends, Acquaintances & Colleagues

Daily Show producer Rory Albanese presents funny guys from the show.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $12/$15.



Tuesday March 4



3-Minute Drill

Think you’ve got what it takes? Are you up for three minutes of laughter—or awkward silence? Charlie Kasov hosts open mic night at the PIT.

The Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 11, free.



Hot Comix

A night showcasing professional comics, including Michelle Buteau, Baron Vaughn, Ted Alexandro and more. Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; $12-$15.



Wednesday March 5



The 7:00 Workout

It’s time for you to get a drink and see the newest shows getting in shape with the evening’s host, Katie Schorr. UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7, $5.

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Thursday, February 14

The PIT Dating Game

The People’s Improv Theater believes in true love, and they believe you should, too. Three New York singles ask crazy questions to determine which “PITizen” should be their Valentine.

The PIT, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-563-7488; 9:30, $10.



Friday, February 15


Richard Lewis

The “Prince of Pain” and Curb Your Enthusiasm star turns his misery into hilarity.

Fri. & Sat. Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8:30 & 10:45, $30-$35.



Saturday, February 16

Varla Jean Merman Loves a Foreign Tongue

Jeffrey Roberson is in New York for one night only performing as his alter ego, drag queen Varla Jean Merman—the love (or hate) child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 7:30 & 9:30, $25.



Chocolate Cake City

The recipe for Chocolate Cake City involves absurdity, chaos, misfortune and conundrum. Watch this sketch group, originally from Emerson College in Boston, present a new show: Technology Time Love.

The PIT, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 7, $8.



Sunday, February 17

Sexercise Live!

Bridget Everett & Kenny Mellman continue with their “Tribute to the Potty Mouthed and Profound Millie Jackson,” inspired by the R&B singer famous for her explicit mid-song rants.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 9:30, $30.



Monday, February 18

Karaoke Dokey with Timmy (Whitest Kids U’Know)

Trevor Moore and his colleagues in the raunchy sketch comedy group Whitest Kids U’Know were early viral sensations, posting videos of their offbeat bits online during the baby days of YouTube. Now they’re minor television stars, with a movie project that just wrapped and the televised version of their performance beginning its second season on IFC—but you can still catch them at Pianos, where they got started. (Eric Kohn)

Every Mon. Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; free.



Women Aren’t Funny

Four women banded together in 2005, tired of playing the “straight” roles. They wanted to prove that women can write, perform and star funny.

The PIT, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 7, $8.



Tuesday, February 19

Cartoon Dump

Like Barney … only not. Compost Brite, Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl and Buff Badger will educate you on love, friendship and self-mutilation. With vintage children’s cartoons screened between sketches.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $12-$15.



Wednesday, February 20

Invite Them Up

Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale host five performers from the likes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show and Comedy Central.

Every Weds. Rififi, 332 E. 11th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 212-677-1027; 8, $5.

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Thursday, February 7



Brian Dykstra:

The Jesus Factor

Hear the man Rush Limbaugh and the NRA both consider an enemy as he rages on about religious hypocrisy and power.

Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street (betw. Bleecker & W. 4th St.), 212-369-6200; $25.



Friday, February 8



Centralia: Uncle!

Former members of renowned 1990s improv group Burn Manhattan wear jumpsuits and leap from one sketch to another.

The People’s Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.) 212-563-7488; 8, $8.



Arj Barker & Kristen Schaal

Barker, of the Flash series “Arj & Poopy” (starring Barker and his cat)—plus the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows—and Kristen Schaal, of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, do stand-up together.

Feb. 8 & 9. Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; $20-$25.



Saturday, February 9



Slightly Known People

Slightly Known People are now “Seeing Other People,” at least that’s the title of the show. Sketch and musical comedy. What more can you ask for? Oh, and guest stars.

Rififi, 332 E. 11th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 212-677-1027 ; 8, $5.



Sunday, February 10



Sexercise Live!

Bridget Everett & Kenny Mellman continue with their “Tribute to the Potty Mouthed and Profound Millie Jackson,” inspired by the R&B singer famous for her explicit mid-song rants.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 212-967-7555; 11:30, $30.



ASSSSCAT 3000

The most popular show in town continues on with Amy Poehler and pals combining their comedic talents for a kooky evening of improv.

UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 7:30 ($8); 9:30 (free).



Tearing the Veil of Maya

Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter are funny. Then when you combine them with their funny pals, it’s a night made for uncomfortable humor.

Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, B’klyn, 718-638-4400; 7:30, $7.



Monday, February 11



Scraping the Bottom

It’s her night of from Xanadu, so of course the always-funny Jackie Hoffman wants a little more attention. She presents the “Most Offensive Songs of Jackie Hoffman,” so it’s funny and mean.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (at Astor Pl. ), 212-967-7555; 7:30, $15.



Inside Joke

Carl Arnheiter hosts this live show that’s a mashup of Charlie Rose and This Old House—minus the power tools. Alan Zweibel is tonight’s guest.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 8, $5.



Mortified

Rereading a journal from when you were 13: painful. Listening to other people reread their own teenage diary entries: hilarious.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 9, $15-$20.



It Is It

Fun times hosted by Adam Lowitt of the Daily Show. And great burgers. Yum.

Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. (at Stanton St.), 212-505-3733; 8, $8.



Tuesday, February 12



Adult Education:

Animals & Sin

Daniel Radosh on “The Quest to Develop Kosher Bacon,” Carrie McLaren on “Animal Hoarding as Social Ill: Beware the Cat Lady” and more.

Every Tues. Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn (betw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 718-638-4400; 7:30, $5.



Wednesday, February 13



Obsessed: w/ Julie & Jackie

Fan fiction, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and novelty food are among the obsessions divulged at this show, hosted by comics Jackie Clarke and Julie Klausner. Guests include writers, comedians and ordinary (or perhaps extraordinary) super-fans. 

Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176; 9:30, $5.



Stripped Stories

Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman tell hilarious sex stories. Cuz sex is hilarious, especially when you get two ladies and their guests up there exposing all their unmentionables.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500; 8, $10/$15.

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