Summer Guide: Undead of Summer—COMEDY

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Conan O’Brien
Conan’s The Legally Prohibited From
Being Funny on Television Tour stops in New York for two nights of music
and a lot of NBC bashing. You’ll have to scalp tickets to get in, but
it’ll be worth it. Plus, the special musical guests will probably be
June 1 & 2, Radio City Musical Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (at W.
50th St.), 212-247-2777,;
8, $44-84.

Kindler & Eugene Mirman

Andy Kindler hates Dane Cook and is not
afraid to say it. That’s OK because we hate Dane Cook, too. We don’t
know what Eugene Mirman thinks of Dane Cook, but it really doesn’t
matter. Eugene is funnier.
June 4 & 5, Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw.
8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500,; 8 & 10:30,


SNL is nothing without Betty White, so check out UCB for some
sketch that doesn’t suck. You’ll see local groups including Elephant
Larry, Free Love
Forum, Pangea 3000, FUCT and Murderfist.
June 10 through 12, Upright
Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.),
212-366-9176,; $TBA.

Jim Breuer
He was Brian in Half Baked, but now
he’s got three kids. He’s probably still as crazy, though. If you’re
baked, you’ll have a good time.
June 11 through 13, Gotham Comedy Club,
208 W. 23rd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-367-9000,; $30.

Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is one of the two
Michaels from Stella and the only Ian Black to write for McSweeney’s.
His stand-up is also pretty good.
June 24 through 27, Comix, 353 W. 14th
St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500,; $28.

Reggie Watts
The hilarious,
multi-talented beat-box master Reggie Watts is an experience not to be
missed. For music lovers, comedy lovers and anyone who likes to have a
good time.
July 1, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (betw. Thompson
& Sullivan Sts.), 212-505- 3474,; 7,

Comedy Central Park:
The Daily Show and Friends

Lewis Black, our favorite angry, ranting
comic, will host the fourth free comedy show in Central Park, featuring
Daily Show regulars John Oliver and Rob Riggle.
July 21, Central Park
SummerStage, enter park at E. 63rd St. & 5th Ave., 212-360- 2756,; 8, Free.

Del Close Marathon

This will be, hands down, the greatest comedy event of the summer.
Comedians from all over the country pack into UCB’s basement for 72
hours of improv, drinking and the occasional whippet to honor Truth in
Comedy author and late improv legend Del Close. Expect to see comedians
from The Daily Show, 30 Rock and more.
July 29 through Aug. 1, Upright
Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.),
212-366-9176,; shows all weekend, $TBA.

Street Meat
The Cake Shop
isn’t only for eating cake or checking out your roommate’s band, it’s
also a place to see subway musicians, Scientologists and oddball vendors
come together for a crazy variety show. This might be the last one for a
while (the title is “Rock Out Like You Are Dying”), so check it out.
It’s a buried treasure of underground comedy.
Aug. 24, Cake Shop, 152
Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036,
; 8, Free.

Punch Up Your Life!
Joe Derosa and Pete Holmes host a
weekly stand-up show in the stacks of Housing Works. Alright, maybe it’s
not in the stacks, but I’m sure you can still grab ahold of that
totally underappreciated Beat writer’s first novel to impress the girl
standing next to you.
Tuesdays, Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St.
(betw. E. Houston & Prince Sts.), 212-334-3324,; 8:30, $3.

Big Terrific Comedy

Cheap bastards and the
unemployed can finally enjoy a free night out in Williamsburg. The
drinks at this weekly comedy show aren’t free, but if you get there
early, they are cheaper than your average bar.
Wednesdays, Loving Cup,
93 N. 6th St. (betw. Wythe Ave. & Berry St.), Brooklyn,
8, Free.

Comedy Night with
Victoria Well

Nirvana isn’t just the best band
ever, it’s also the name of a nice Indian restaurant. Above the door,
the sign reads “Indian Culinary Bliss.” So you probably don’t know on
Tuesday nights you can watch people do stand-up while you scarf down
some samosas and curry.
Wednesdays, Nirvana, 346 Lexington Ave. (betw.
E. 39th & E. 40th Sts.), 212-983-0000,; 7, Free.

No Name… & A
Bag O’

Enjoy a famous Volcano Bowl at the bar while you sit back and
enjoy comedy that’s as funny as a shrunken head or that episode of The
Brady Bunch where Bobby finds an idol in Hawaii. Alright, maybe it’s
just funnier than that first thing.
Second and Third Fridays, Otto’s
Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. (betw. Aves. A & B), 212-228-2240,;
8, Free.

The Creek Sketch

Twelve sketch
teams compete for title of “Best Sketch Group to Ever Perform at a Taco
Joint in Long Island City.” You get to vote. You get to eat burritos. If
you go down to the basement, you can even get yourself a margarita.
Only the laughing/voting part is free, though.
Fridays from June 18 to
July 30, The Creek, 10-93 Jackson Ave. (at 11th St.), Queens,
11, Free.

Williams Attacks!

One of the premier improv troupes in New York and
still cheaper than a movie. Prepare to have your head blown, your ass
kicked, your neck broken and maybe something happen with your
Saturdays, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th
St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176,;
10:30, $10.

Hannibal Buress
nostalgia! Did the old Knitting Factory have free comedy every Sunday?
It didn’t. Or at least not that we remember. End your weekend with SNL
writer Hannibal Buress’ night of stand-up and special guests.
Sundays, Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), Brooklyn, 347-
Michael Ian Black 9, Free.