Doug Benson is a Stoner of the Year winner from High Times, the star of Super High Me and one of the writers/performers of the hit off-Broadway show the Marijuana-Logues. To prepare for his stand-up show, you should… well, you get the point.
May 28 through May 31, Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, betw. W. 49th & W. 50th Sts., 212-757-4100, www.carolines.com; times vary, $26.75
Freestyle Love Supreme
From the minds that brought you the Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights comes an improvised blend of music, comedy and freestyle rap.
June 1, July 6 & Aug. 3, Comix, 353 W. 14th St., betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 212-524-2500, www.comixny.com; 9, $20/$25
Monday Evening Stand-Up
Every other Monday, head over to Williamsburg to stuff your face with free candy while you laugh at some new comics. We can’t promise the jokes will be as good as Laffy Taffy, but it’s worth the gamble. Hosted by Jennifer Dziura of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee.
June 1, 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug. 10, 24, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St.,
betw. Richardson & Frost Sts., Brooklyn; 7:30, FREE
Forget watching reruns from when SNL was funny, get over to UCB to see three days of the country’s best sketch comedy. Some highlights include Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), Chicago’s Steve & Jordan and L.A.’s Summer of Tears.
June 11-13, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St., betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 212-366-9176, www.sketchfestnyc.com; times vary, $10 and up
Comedy Central Park
If you’re tired from chasing around girls in bikinis on the Great Lawn with a bottle of sunscreen in your hands, laugh it off over at Summer Stage at the third annual stand-up show. This year, it has two insanely energetic comics: Gabriel Iglesias and Pablo Francisco.
June 19, Central Park Summer Stage,
enter park at E. 63rd St. & 5th Ave., 212-360-2756, www.summerstage.org; 8, FREE
If you thought there was nothing new on TV in the summer, think again. At every show, Channel 101 presents five prime time shows and new pilot submissions. Show up and vote for your favorite show you want to see again or the worst show you want cancelled. If only it were that easy on real TV.
July 1 and Aug. 5, 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., at Canal St., 212-601-1000, ny.channel101.com; 8:30, $6
All Points West Comedy Tent
Before you cry when My Bloody Valentine leaves the stage because Tool’s up next, weep because Coldplay is closing out the weekend and not the Beastie Boys or moan about the pricey watered down beer, laugh it up with the new comedy tent at APW. The Liberty State Park fest expands into comedy with an impressive three-day lineup featuring Arj Barker, Eurgene Mirman, Tim & Eric, Michael Showalter, Judah Friedlander, Jim Jeffries, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo and CollegeHumor Live.
July 31 through Aug. 2, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, 201-915-3440
www.apwfestival.com; noon-11:30, $89 a day, 3-day pass for $199
One of the funniest New Yorkers you still don’t know, Kristin Schaal (Flight of the Conchords and The Daily Show) has four nights at Caroline’s for you to check her out.
Aug. 6 through Aug. 9, Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, betw. W. 49th & W. 50th Sts., 212-757-4100, www.carolines.com; time TBA, $26.75
Del Close Marathon
Cheap beer. 150 Shows. Non-stop improv for three days straight. Would could be
better? UCB’s marathon celebrating the life of improv pioneer Del Close is the best improv comedy festival in the world. Expect to see Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Horatio Sanz and other comedians from SNL, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock
Aug. 14 through Aug. 16, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St.,
betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 212-366-9176,
www.ucbtheatre.com; times and prices TBA
This is New York
Strapped for cash but still want to see comedy on a Saturday night? Get some nachos and a can of Tecate as Derrick Comedy Presents a free stand up and variety show every Saturday at Long Island City’s new comedy club.
May through June, The Creek, 10-93 Jackson Ave., at 11th St., Queens,
718-706-8783, www.creeklic.com; 8, FREE
UG! Comedy Show!
Leave your Law and Order reruns and case of Coors Light at home and spend a Tuesday Night in Murray Hill at the new UG! Comedy Show.
Every Tuesday, Underground Lounge, 613 2nd Ave., betw. E. 33rd and E. 34th Sts., 212-683-3000, www.undergroundny.com; 7, FREE
Megawatt at Magnet
Reward yourself for surviving hump day with a cheap improv show in Chelsea. Every week, you’ll get a different show of Magnet regulars from groups such as the Boss, Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, Moxie, Team X, Dynasty, Crush, Phooka, Featherweight, Harlequin and Chet Watkins.
Every Wednesday, Magnet Theater, 254 W. 29th St. betw. 7th & 8th Aves., 212-244-8824, www.magnettheater.com; 7, 8:30 & 10, $5
“When you shrink, you come closer together.” I think that works with drinking, too. Every Wednesday, erase the workday with $2 PBRs ‘til 8 and stick around for a free stand-up/variety show ‘til 9:30. Hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell.
Every Wednesday, Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St., betw. Aves. A & B, 212-228-2240, www.ottosshrunkenhead.com; 8, FREE
Remember how funny your drunken stepfather was as he hurled beer cans at you and the TV? Well, believe it or not, this is better. Every Friday, check out the best improv troupe in town, the Stepfathers.
Every Friday, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St., betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 212-366-9176, www.ucbtheatre.com; 9:30, $10
Death by Roo Roo: Your F’ed up Family
If you’ve ever bought weed from your mother or caught your dad “playing” with the dog, take an improvised journey to the heart of your dysfunctional family with UCB’s dirtiest troupe Death by Roo Roo.
Every Saturday, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St., betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 212-366-9176, www.ucbtheatre.com; 9:30, $10
Sunday Night Live
Live from New York it’s Sunday night? That’s right. Screw Saturday. Go check out some up and comers in stand-up every week. You can learn the names of the faces you see all the time on VH1 and Comedy Central. Hosted by Jamie Roberts.
Every Sunday, New York Comedy Club, 241 E. 24th St., betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves., 212-696-5233, www.newyorkcomedyclub.com; 8, $5/10
Rodeo’s New Weekly Stand-Up
Manhattan’s popular honky-tonk music joint takes a stab at comedy with a free lineup of stand-ups every week this summer. If the comedy matches the environment, expect some of the best road kill and redneck jokes the city can offer. Plus there’s barbecue!
Every Wednesday, Rodeo Bar, 375 3rd Ave., at E. 27th St., 212-683-6500, www.rodeobar.com, 7:30; FREE