Comedy roundup (5/21): Tig Notaro, Michelle Wolf, Darrell Hammond, Barry Ferns, 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.
Tig Notaro‘s series One Mississipi maybe have been canceled by Amazon but she’s got a few other streaming irons in the fire. She and Jennifer Aniston are co-staring in an upcoming Netflix film First Ladies as the first female president and her wife. The film, written by Tig and fellow One Mississippi writer Stephanie Allynne and co-produced by Aniston and Will Ferrell, does not yet have a release date but Tig fans can watch her newest Netflix comedy special, Happy To Be Here, which debuts Tuesday, May 22.
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And in other female-fronted Netflix comedy news, Michelle Wolf‘s new series The Break with Michelle Wolf premieres on Netflix this Sunday, May 27.
Speaking of Comedy Cellar regulars, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari stopped by the famed West Village venue last week for a drop-in set. In other news Jon Mulaney, who also has a new Netflix special, is on this week’s Comedy Bang Bang.
Catch up on all of the upcoming live comedy coming up this week with our New York comedy picks below.
MONDAY MAY 21
The Whole Story @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia produces this semi-regular showcase that highlights long-form storytelling from some of the best in the form. Monday’s show features Jacqueline Novak (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Chris Laker (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Sam Jay (SNL), Gary Richardson (SNL), Josh Rabinowitz (Broad City), Kevin Barnett (2 Broke Queens). (tickets)
Dirty Laundry @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
This free weekly UCB stand up showcase has quietly served as a replacement for new and established talent ever since Whiplash left for Union Hall. But unlike Whiplash, they announce the lineups ahead of time, and this week’s is great. Featuring Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show), Emmy Blotnick (The President Show) Jordan Temple (The Rundown with Robin Thede, Smilf), and Alison Leiby (Comedy Central, McSweeney’s). (tickets)
Butterboy @ Littlefield
This week’s installment of Maeve Higgins, Aparna Nancherla, and Jo Firestone‘s showcase is especially stacked, with stand up from Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, as well as Rojo Perez (Conan), Sam Evans, Sharon Spell (Moth StorySlam Winner), Roy Wood Jr. (This Is Not Happening), and Srilatha Rajamani.
TUESDAY MAY 22
Barry Ferns Loves You! @ Union Hall
British stand up Barry Ferns, who made a name for himself as a sketch writer for BBC Radio 1, is joined by New York comics Sean Patton (Comedy Central Half Hour) and musical comedian Caitlin Cook. (tickets)
Dan Joe and Charles Show @ The Shanty
After a week off and the launch of Joe Pera’s charmingly weird new show Joe Pera Talks to You, Dan Licata, Joe Pera, and Charles Gould‘s free comedy show is back with a stellar lineup, including Jena Friedman (Adult Swim), Shalewa Sharpe (The Tonight Show), Clark Jones (HBO), Steven Castillo (SNL), and Conor Delehanty (SF Sketchfest). (details)
Rofl13: We’re Opening a Frozen Yogurt Franchise! @ Our Wicked Lady
This free monthly showcase consistently features stand ups from Comedy Central and SNL, and this month’s lineup is no exception. Including performances from Liza Treyger (Comedy Central), John Reynolds (Search Party), Brian Fiddyment (Brooklyn Comedy Collective), Anna Drezen (SNL), and Tom Thakkar (Conan). (RSVP)
Sweet @ The Mailroom
Seth Herzog is hosting a special edition of his comedy showcase “Sweet” at The Mailroom this week, featuring a lineup worthy of a temporary venue change: Dan Soder (Billions), Pete Lee (Tonight Show), Shane Torres (CC Presents), and Mike Brown (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee). And unlike the Slipper Room edition, this week’s show is free. (details)
CollegeHumor Live! @ UCBeast
Writers and actors from CollegeHumor present a monthly stand up and sketch show with stand ups from Comedy Central, SNL, and more. This month’s lineup includes Ronny Chieng (Daily Show), Steven Castillo (SNL), Natasha Vaynblat (Comedy Central), and Peter Revello (Hell Yes Fest).
Darrell Hammond Live Album Taping @ Comedy Cellar
Darrell Hammond has been laying relatively low since he lost the bid to play Donald Trump on SNL last year. (He’s still SNL’s announcer, though.) But he’s quietly returning to the New York comedy scene with an album taping at the Comedy Cellar this Tuesday. Make a reservation here.
WEDNESDAY MAY 23
Average Scenarios @ Two Boots Williamsburg
Visual artist Madeline Manning hosts this opening party for her art residency at Two Boots Pizza in Williamsburg with the help of some comics, including Darcie Wilder (Literally Show Me a Healthy Person), Brian Fiddyment (Brooklyn Comedy Collective), Francesca D’Uva, Zach Lennon-Simon, and more. Free beer from 7-7:30 as well. (details)
Jean and John @ The Bell House
John Hodgeman and musician Jean Grae co-host this variety show that features the unlikely duo riffing on topics chosen from a Wheel Of Fortune-esque spinner, as well as audience suggestions. In addition, they’ll invite a special guest (TBA) to join them for the show. (tickets)
$5 Funnies @ The Stand NYC
Though The Stand offers great comedy on a nightly basis, the $5 Wednesday show is definitely the best bang for your buck. This week’s show features Dan Soder, Nikki Glaser, Pete Lee, Dean Delray, Ari Shaffir, and more. (tickets)
THURSDAY MAY 24
Brett Davis presents John Gentle @ Union Hall
On his cult public access show The Special Without Brett Davis, host Brett Davis (winner of the Andy Kaufman Award) plays the creepy, self-published poet and professor John Gentle. At Union Hall on Thursday, John Gentle presents his one-man show, “Offer Me Your Breasts.” (tickets)
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Lasers In The Jungle @ UCBeast
Hosts Matt Little, Katina Corrao and Sean Crespo host this weekly standup show featuring touring and local comics. This week’s lineup includes John Fugelsang (SiriusXM), Rhonda Hansome (SiriusXM), Rebecca Shortall (BBC 3), and Whitmer Thomas (The Walking Dead). (tickets)
Fresh Out @ UCBeast
This weekly stand up comedy showcase has historically featured heavy hitters like John Mulaney and Zach Galifianakis in addition to “fresher” comics from around the city. This week’s show features Whitmer Thomas (Just for Laughs), Hannah Boone (Women in Comedy Festival), and Jena Friedman (The Daily Show, Adult Swim).
David Cross @ Littlefield
Before he embarks on his extensive “Oh Come On” tour and perhaps joins in on a “Never Nude” meetup, David Cross is performing one last Littlefield show this Thursday, where he’ll test out new material that he’s about to take on tour. (tickets)
FRIDAY MAY 25
Gentrify @ UCBeast
This long-running variety show, hosted by UCB vets Brandon Scott Jones, Alden Ford, and Justin Tyler, features sketch, stand up, and improv performers from Comedy Central and more. This week’s lineup includes Zach Sims (Comedy Central), Michael Cruz Kayne (Chris Gethard Show), Papp Johnson (Funny or Die), Jack Comstock (Carolines), and Chris Scopo (‘You Know What Dude’). (tickets)
SATURDAY MAY 26
Greg Proops @ The Bell House
Greg Proops (Whose Line is it Anyway?) has taken his Proopcast around the world, where he recommends art, music, poetry and more as the self-designated “smartest man in the world.” This Saturday, he brings his insights and musings to The Bell House, where he will host what is essentially a live version of his podcast. (tickets)