Comedy Roundup (4/23): ‘Brockmire,’ Mel Brooks, Ilana Glazer, Julio Torres, more
So much comedy happens in NYC it’s hard to keep up. Here’s this week’s roundup of comedy stuff going on in the city. Be sure to check out last week’s roundup for more, and you can check out our comedy tag for still more.
Ninety-one year old comedy icon Mel Brooks has previously presented screenings of his films Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and will now do for his 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs! at NJ Performing Arts Center on May 6 for an evening titled “Mel Brooks: The Schwartz Awakens.” It’ll be a treat to see the film on the big screen, though surely Mel’s stories and anecdotes will be the real highlight. Tickets are on sale now.
On a similar note, John Cleese is hosting screenings of Monty Python & The Holy Grail around the country this summer and he’ll stop by Englewood, NJ’s Bergen PAC on July 19, Asbury Park’s Convention Hall on July 20 and Brooklyn’s King’s Theatre on July 22. Tickets for those screenings are still available.
As mentioned, after performing his new material at Union Hall, Littlefield, The Bell House, and other small clubs around New York, David Cross today announced a national tour. The “Oh Come On” tour kicks off June 15 at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre and continues throughout the summer. Before that tour begins, though, he’s hopping on as co-host for Butterboy tonight (4/23) at Littlefield, before performing another “Shootin The Shit” show at the same venue May 8 (tickets). He’s also playing at the Knitting Factory on May 30 (tickets).
If you’re looking for new TV this week, Hank Azaria‘s IFC series Brockmire returns for its second season, and Archer comes back for its ninth season (“Danger Island”), both premiering Wednesday, April 25. (Watch the trailers below.) Kevin James also has a new Netflix special out on April 24, if you’re a fan of Mall Cop.
Read the full rundown of New York shows, featuring David Cross, Ilana Glazer, Julio Torres and more, below.
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MONDAY, APRIL 23
Comedy @ The Mailroom
Seth Herzog hosts this Monday showcase, which brings everyone from seasoned club comics to UCB regulars. This week features the later, including Ilana Glazer, Josh Gondelman, Greg Barris, and more. (details)
Two Beers in – A Political Roundtable @ UCBeast
Cody Linquist and Charlie Todd host this monthly show with a simple-enough premise: they invite comedians, journalists, and politicians to drink and talk about politics. This month’s guests are Adam Pally (The President Show), Liz Plank (Vox, Divided States of Women), and Michael Hartney (School of Rock, Throwing Shade). (tickets)
Butterboy @ Littlefield
In addition to announcing a national comedy tour for the spring and summer, David Cross also joins as co-host on this week’s edition of Butterboy, joining the usual hosts Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, and Maeve Higgins. Not only is the host excellent; the lineup is also stacked: Liza Treyger (who has been killing it at the Comedy Cellar lately), Chris Thayer (Adam Devine’s House Party), Drew Michael (Comedy Central Half Hour), Nicole Aimee Schreiber, Tim Dillon (upcoming Netflix special), and Kerry Coddett (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas).
Whiplash @ Union Hall
This weekly showcase features surprise comedians every week. The inaugural Union Hall show featured Ilana Glazer, Shane Torres (Comedy Central), Kate Willett (Viceland, Jim Jeffries Show), Casey Salengo (Comedy Central Presents), and Martin Urbano (Jimmy Kimmel Live). Lineups are always a surprise, but you can safely expect a great show for the price. (tickets)
Dirty Laundry @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
This week’s installation of UCB’s new Monday night comedy show features Cipha Sounds (Hot 97), Sean Donnelly (Comedy Central), Nore Davis (Comedy Central), Sydney Washington (VH1, The Unofficial Expert), and more. (tickets)
Minga! A Night of Italian-American Comedy @ Union Pool
Two very funny Italian-American comics, Sebastian DiNatale and Nick Naney, present stand up from Roy Wood Jr. (This Is Not Happening, The Daily Show), Clare O’Kane (Viceland), and Sally Burtnick (The Macaulay Culkin Show). (tickets)
#Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos @ The Bell House
Michelle Buteau (Key & Peele) and Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report) host this showcase where comedians discuss how to #adult. The lineup includes Michael Che (SNL), Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Michael Kosta (The Daily Show), and Julie Goldman (Autostraddle). (tickets)
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Sweet @ The Slipper Room
This Tuesday’s edition of Seth Herzog’s weekly showcase features Julio Torres (SNL), Jena Friedman (The Daily Show, Adult Swim), Drag King Murray Hill, and Alex Brightman (School of Rock on Broadway). (tickets)
Sporkful Live with Hari Kondabolu @ The Bell House
Hari Kondabolu (The Problem with Apu) hosts this live taping of his podcast with Dan Pashman, where he discusses food to learn more about his guests, which have previously included Weird Al, Kumail Nanjiani, and Amy Sedaris. No guests announced yet, but you can grab tickets here.
Late Night Whenever @ WNYC Greene Space
Guests Ann Dowd and Sasheer Zamata join host Michelle Buteau (the third “Dope Queen”) for Late Night Whenever, her weekly radio hour in the tradition of late night shows, including a monologue, guest interviews, and a house band (Rob Lewis). (tickets)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
My Favorite Shapes @ The Slipper Room
Julio Torres (SNL) brings his long-running multimedia performance to the Slipper Room this Wednesday. My Favorite Shapes features videos of Julio holding – you guessed it – his favorite shapes, which serves as jumping off points for comedic tangents. (tickets)
Rum & Diet @ Littlefield
Hosted by Vardaan Arora, this variety show raises funds for the Trevor Project, which advocates for LGBTQ+ youth. In addition to raising money for a great cause, you can also catch a great lineup, including sketch UCB house team Nipsey, and stand up from Emma Willmann (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend),Catherine Cohen, Mary Beth Barone (Gotham Comedy Club), Nicole Kang, musicians Henry Koperski (The Tonight Show) and Ryan Leach, and drag queen Blake Deadly. (tickets)
$5 Funnies @ The Stand
The Stand is a pretty great club – no drink minimum, and a consistently high caliber of seasoned stand ups. If you’re looking for a traditional club experience on the cheap, their Tuesday $5 funnies is a great option – this week’s installation features Dan Soder, Rich Vos, Nikki Glaser, Yamaneika Saunders, Mark Normand, Lev Fer, and more. (tickets)
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Alfredo @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
In case the oblique title doesn’t give it away, Alfredo is an improvised comedy show from the writers of Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Featuring Brian Stack, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell and more. (tickets)
Reductress Live @ Carolines On Broadway
Moving from its usual stage at UCB, Reductress brings a live stand up and variety show to Carolines for a three-day engagement. Thursday’s show features headliner Janelle James (Night Train with Wyatt Cenac), Catherine Cohen (Difficult People), Friends Who Folk (The New Yorker), and Pat Regan (The Eric Andre Show). The same lineup repeats on Friday and Saturday, with the exception that Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan headlines the Saturday shows. (tickets)
Comedy Co-op @ Littlefield
Michelle Collins hosts this monthly showcase featuring a rotating cast of seasoned comedians. This week’s lineup includes Janeane Garofalo, Gina Yashere (Crashing), Harris Stanton (opening act for Tracy Morgan), Liza Treyger, Noah Gardenswartz (CC Half Hour), and Seaton Smith (Mulaney). (tickets)
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Sam Taggart: Club Comic @ Union Hall
Sam Taggart has been around the New York alt scene for years, so the tiny basement of Union Hall is an apt spot for him to take his chance at being a “club” comedian. Julio Torres, Peter Smith, and Sisters Weekend (IFC’s Comedy Crib). (tickets)
This Is It with Chris & Chris @ Union Hall
Chris Calogero and Cjhris Donahue host this brand new showcase featuring a ton of alt comedians who you may or may not have seen on public access, Comedy Central, IFC, and more. This week’s inaugural show features Brett Davis, Mary Houlihan (The Chris Gethard Show), Yedoye Travis (Search Party), and Julia Shiplett (Moth Radio Hour). (tickets)
In The Sauce @ The Brick
Joe Rumrill and Nick Naney host this stand up showcase, part of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, which features performances from Ana Fabrega (Sasheer Zamata Party Time), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), Eudora Peterson (The Special Without Brett Davis), and Auggie Lutz. (details)
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
Picture This! @ Union Hall
A different take on the traditional stand up showcase, Picture This! features comedians performing as an cartoonist draws their likeness. If art isn’t your thing, still check it out for the great lineup: Seth Herzog, Emmy Blotnick (The President Show), Jess Salomon (Stand Up NBC Finalist), Clark Jones (Laugh Factory), Sydnee Washington (VH1, MTV), and tons more. Hosted by Ian Fidance (Above Average). (tickets)
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
Dead Meet @ Union Hall
Maggie Widdoes and Jaime Lutz host this show where they talk to “ghosts” played by a rotating cast of comedians. This month’s installation features Nicole Silverberg (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Keisha Zollar (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper), and James Dwyer (Difficult People). (tickets)
At Comedy Cellar this week, Todd Barry does a headlining show (4/23, 8PM), Joe List and Chris Gethard perform on an awesome Monday night lineup, and Wednesday’s 10 PM show features a stellar lineup, including Rachel Feinstein, Jim Tews, Todd Barry, and Joyelle Johnson. Get tickets to all of those shows here.