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Comedy Roundup (4/30): John Mulaney, Hasan Minhaj, Carol Burnett, and more

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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.

New York’s very own Michelle Wolf made headlines this weekend with her fantastically provocative jokes as the host of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. For the uninitiated, her jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders and KellyAnne Conway (“What’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter”) are tame compared to her bits on Late Night With Seth Meyers or her breakout HBO special. Watch the Correspondent’s Dinner monologue here.

More ICYMI: Reggie Watts released a new single with techno/house producer John Tejada ahead of their debut album Casual High Technology, out May 11. Last Friday also saw the premiere of Watt’s new Comedy Central gameshow, Taskmaster. 

On the premiere docket this week, John Mulaney‘s new special Kid Gorgeous hits Netflix on May 1. On May 2, Comedy Knockout returns to truTV for its third season, in which Damien Lemon (Guy Code) pits comedians against each other to roast their way to the top. And on May 4, comedy icon Carol Burnett premieres her new Netflix show, A Little Help with Carol Burnett and you can watch the trailer for that here:

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And in other comedy news, Mike Birbiglia is bringing his show “The New One” to Off Broadway this summer at the Cherry Lane Theatre from July 26 to August 25 which is sold out but you can also catch him at the Comedy Cellar this Wednesday, May 2 (make a reservation here). Read on to discover more of our top picks for NYC comedy shows throughout the week.

MONDAY, APRIL 30
A Moo-ving Night of Comedy @ Caroline’s on Broadway
If $100 seems a hefty price to pay for a night of outstanding stand ups (Nikki GlaserJulio TorresMyq KaplanLuke Null and host Ashley Nicole Black), consider that the show is also a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization. And if that’s not enough, a ticket also gets you free food and drinks. (tickets)

Butterboy @ Littlefield
As always, this weekly showcase hosted by Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, and Maeve Higgins boasts a strong lineup, including guest host Sasheer Zamata. Last week’s show also featured a drop-in from Chris Gethard, so keep an eye out for any surprise guests. On the lineup this week is Drennon Davis (VICELAND), Evan Williams (Comedy Central’s Roast Battle), Loyiso Madinga (The Daily Show), Maggie Crane, and Calise Hawkins (Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent). (tickets)

Dirty Laundry @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
This weekly showcase frequently brings comedians from SNL and Comedy Central, and this week is no exception. Catch Julio Torres (SNL) and Roy Wood Jr. (This Is Not Happening), Tim Dillon (Netflix), Emmy Blotnick (The President Show), Tyler Fischer (Younger), and Eric Dittleman (American’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist) at this free late night show. (details)

Razzle Dazzle @ Cape House
For $5, you can catch a ton of awesome alt comics on the rise, including Matthew Broussard (Conan, Comedy Central Half Hour), Dina Hashem (Conan, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle), Clare O’Kane (Viceland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Sam Evans (Just for Laughs Festival), and Kenice Mobley (Two Dope Queens, Laughs on Fox). (tickets)

Side Ponytail Comedy @ Friends & Lovers
Catch Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Brandon Vincent Jackson (Punch Line Philly), Mike Abrusci (IFC), Liz Barrett (Carolines), and Joel Walkowski (New York Times) at this week’s edition of Friends & Lovers’ free Monday showcase. (details)

Significant Others @ Alphaville 
This free show chooses a different historical couple each month as a jumping off point for discussing history and love. This month’s guests include Nick Naney, Clare O’Kane (VICELAND), Kevin O’Brien, and Shane Torres (Comedy Central). (details)

The Daily Show Staff Stand Up Show @ UCBeast
If you weren’t at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last weekend, don’t fret — there are still plenty of opportunities to see biting political satire live in New York this week. One of the best options is perhaps this stand up show from the writers of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The lineup is TBA, but his writers include Matt Koff (The Onion), Dan McCoy (The Flop House podcast), Hallie Haglund (The AV Club), Zhubin Parang (Late Night Republic), and more. (tickets)

TUESDAY, MAY 1

Dan + Joe + Charles Show @ The Shanty
Dan Licata, Joe Pera, and Charles Gould host this weekly stand up showcase featuring the best of New York comedy for free. This week’s show includes Jo Firestone (Fallon), Solomon Georgio (Comedy Central), Rebecca O’Neal (Two Dope Queens), Yedoye Travis (JFL), and Jeff Scheen (Bridgetown). (details)

Yourself, Your Body @ UCBeast
Hosted by Arti Gollapudi, this cathartic comedy showcase is centered on the weirdness of the human body and our coping mechanisms for learning to love our own form. This month’s installation includes sets from Aimée Lutkin (Magnet Theater), Rebecca O’Neal (Two Dope Queens), Tim Platt (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and Suraiyah Ortiz (Westchester Comedy Festival Finalist). (tickets)

Comedy at the Corner Store @ Hungry Ghost
Keenan Steiner hosts this comedy night in an upscale coffee shop in Fort Green with an eclectic mix of excellent comedians. Featuring Chanel Ali (Night Train), Lucas Connolly (Seeso’s New York Funniest), Kerry Coddett (Comedy Central), Mary Cella (The New York Times), Jordon Ferber (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Momoh Pujeh (Cinder Block Comedy Fest), and Thiago Macklin (NY Comedy Festival). (tickets)

Breakout Comedy Series: Catherine Cohen @ Caroline’s On Broadway
Catherine Cohen (Difficult People) has definitely earned her spot on Caroline’s breakout comedy series with nightly sets on some of the best showcases around the city, as well as her own hosting gig at Alan Cumming’s east village cabaret. Catherine Cohen has frequently done stand up at Caroline’s, but this is her first solo performance in the space. (tickets)

Don’t Think Once! @ Union Hall
Brandon Collins hosts this monthly comedy show which rotates its format every month (between sketch, musical comedy, stand up, and storytelling). This month’s stand up show features Abbi Crutchfield (UCB), Jordan Carlos (The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, Broad City), Chris Lamberth (Jessica Jones), Dillon Stevenson (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas), and Shalewa Sharpe. (tickets)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

You’ll Have Fun @ The Revision Lounge
Hosts Chris Calogero, Nicki Wright, Danny Stratton & John Rosenberger host this biweekly showcase featuring the best up-and-coming comedians from New York. This week’s lineup includes Sydnee Washington (Unofficial Experts Podcast), Dan Licata (Adult Swim), Mara Wiles (Hidden America with Jonah Ray), and Peter Brieck (Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival). (details)

Full Moon Comedy @ Starr Bar
Hosts Carmen Lagala, Kendall Farrell, and Sam Evans present this musically-infused stand up showcase, which will include sets from Tom Thakkar (Conan, SiriusXM Radio), Tim Barnes (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas; NBC), Rebecca Vigil (Your Love, Our Musical; Netflix), and Steph Tolev (MTV; Canadian Comedy Awards’ Best Female Stand Up). (tickets)

T.J. Miller, Janeane Garofalo, ++ @ The Stand NYC
T.J. Miller, who has been having some problems recently, will make a rare stand up appearance at The Stand this Wednesday, with support from Greg Fitzsimmons, Janeane Garofalo, Pete Lee, Mark Normand, and more. (tickets)

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Seth Meyers Writers: Crate Night w/ Set Fires @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
Watch the very funny writing staff of Late Night With Seth Meyers improvise at this monthly show. These writers were improv vets long before they had their current day gigs, so it’s probably going to be a great show. Featuring Seth Reiss (former head writer of The Onion), Sal Gentile (UCB’s Apollo), Mike Scollins (SNL), Amber Ruffin (Drunk History), and Ben Warheit. (tickets)

Two Minutes To Late Night @ Saint Vitus
This late night talk show blends comedy and heavy metal for an incredible night of fast guitars, face paint, and headbanging. Each show has a different celebrity guest from the world of metal – this Thursday, it’s Myke Terry of Volumes. Check out previous shows on YouTube, and grab tickets here.

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FRIDAY, MAY 4

Weeding Out the Stoned @ WMFU’s Monty Hall 
This Philly-based show sold out the last time it came to Jersey City, likely because of its endearingly absurd premise: host Alex Grubard tries to determine which of 16 comedians is not totally stoned through sobriety tests and audience participation. (tickets)

The George Lucas Talk Show @ UCBeast
UCB vet and Gethard regular Connor Ratliff  hosts this monthly talk show as George Lucas, including a monologue and guest interviews. This month’s show features Zach Cherry (Crashing), Jordan D. White (Marvel Comics), and Jackie Jennings (The Chris Gethard Show). (tickets)

The Big Weird Comedy Show @ Secret Loft (location TBA)
Casey James Salengo (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Ryan Beck (The Daily Show), and Will Winner (The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly podcast) host this show at a secret location in Greenwich Village (revealed to ticket-holders the day of show) which features great stand ups and free pizza. This month’s lineup includes Katie Hannigan (Carolines on Broadway), Tommy McNamara (Seeso, Onion Sports), Solomon Georgio (CONAN), Mike Abrusci (The Chris Gethard Show, IFC’s Comedy Crib), and Anthony P. DeVito (Comedy Central, Just for Laughs). (details)

The Hard Times Showcase @ Tender Trap
The Hard Times, the satirical music news site focused on the trials and tribulations of former punks and aging music fans (“Toddler Sick Of Accidentally Stepping On Dad’s Scattered Effects Pedals” reads one recent headline), hosts this night featuring writers and friends of the site at their regular showcase, including Mary Houlihan (IFC / MTV), Branson Reese (internet cartoonist), Emily Panic (Pitchfork), and Kevin O’Brien (Arguments & Grievances). (tickets)

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Waterballoons vs. Super Soakers @ The Brick
The only info available about this show is that it is “a comedy show that has nothing to do with waterballons or supersoakers.” But considering it’s a part of the wonderfully eccentric Brooklyn Comedy Collective and starring the inimitable Conner O’Malley (Late Night With Seth Meyers) and Carmen Christopher (The Chris Gethard Show), it’s bound to be a memorable night of weirdness. (tickets)

The Ranger Zone @ Branded Saloon
For the cost of two drinks, you can catch Clare O’Kane and Sonia Denis (High Maintenance), along with TBA poets and other comics. (details)

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Solid Gold @ Sid’s Gold Request Room
With no drink minimum and just $5 for tickets, this show’s lineup is a great deal with some great comedians. Featuring Anthony DeVito (Comedy Central), Jared Freid (MTV), Rebecca O’Neal (Netflix), and Liza Treyger (Comedy Central). (details)

Nikki Glaser, Mark Normand & more @ The Stand NYC
Catch a great lineup of club comics in this intimate club without the two-drink minimum. Featuring Nikki Glaser, Sarah Tollemarche (Last Comic Standing), Nick Mullen (Cum Town), Mark Normand, Sean Patton, and more. (tickets) Earlier in the night at the same venue, Derek Gaines and Tim Dillon jump on the lineup as well. (tickets)

In addition to Birbiglia at the Comedy Cellar on Wednesday, The Daily Show’s Hasan Minaj is making several appearances at the venue, including a run of solo shows throughout the week. (reservations)

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