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Comedy Roundup: Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Trevor Moore, Ben Sinclair, more

Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher

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.

Before we dive into this week, last week saw some bizarre, sad, and exciting headlines in the world of comedy. On Sunday night, The Simpsons aired their unfortunately tone-deaf rebuttal to Hari Kondabolu‘s documentary The Problem with Apu, which explored South Indian stereotypes in media in The Simpsons and beyond. Kondabolu is also going on a U.S. tour in April and May, including some dates in New York this week and next (see below). ThenT.J. Miller was arrested last Monday for an alleged bomb threat he called in while on a train in Connecticut. In exciting improv news, tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Upright Citizens Brigade‘s ASSSSCAT at Carnegie Hall, which will feature all four original members (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts) and serve as a kickoff for the 2018 Del Close Marathon. And in double bummer news, Broad City has announced that the upcoming fifth season will be its last – and that fans will have to wait until 2019 to see it.

Last week also saw the loss of a legend in the Los Angeles comedy scene and beyond. On Wednesday, April 11, Mitzi Shore, owner of LA’s legendary venue the Comedy Store (and mother of Pauly Shore), passed away at the age of 87 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The Comedy Store served as an incubator for some of the biggest names in comedy in the late 20th century, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Garry Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, and countless others.

This week brings some exciting stand up premieres, including a new special from Whitest Kid U Know’s Trevor Moore on Friday at midnight on Comedy Central. To preempt the event, Moore is doing a “24 hour takeover” of the Comedy Central offices and Facebook page on April 19, where you can call in to talk to Moore, if you’re into that sort of thing (here are some details). Also this week, comedy couple and new parents Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher premiere their new Netflix special, “The Honeymoon Standup Special.”

Vulture Fest just announced its initial 2018 lineup which includes improv troupe Wild Horses live, a Q&A with Tracy Morgan, Adam Pally & Rachel Bloom, and lots more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (4/18).

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If you’re looking for live comedy, New York’s got another great week of shows, including performances from David Cross, Ilana Glazer, High Maintenance’s Ben Sinclair, and more – read on to get the full run-down.

MONDAY, APRIL 16

David Cross – Still Shootin’ the Shit, Still Seein’ What Sticks @ The Bell House
At the second of three spring shows (the last is on May 1), David Cross presents his work-in-progress material for his next stand up special,, which he’s been working on since January at progressively larger venues, to the Bell House. (tickets)

Butterboy @ Littlefield
This weekly showcase hosted by Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, and Maeve Higgins features the best in alternative stand up and storytelling each week (last week, they featured a ventriloquist, and special drop in Ilana Glazer!) This week’s lineup includes Katia Compa, Dave Ross (Corporate), Kevin Iso (Adam Devine’s House Party), Chris Charpentier (Jimmy Kimmel), and Nonye Brown-West. (tickets)

Whiplash @ Union Hall
This long-running weekly surprise comedy show, newly at Union Hall, features some of New York’s best comedians. Last week, ostensibly hopping around Gowanus like some kind of comedy Santa Claus, Ilana Glazer dropped in for a set at Whiplash’s first Union Hall date. Unlike the UCB version, tickets are available online.

RoFl12: We’re Going to Medical School! @ Our Wicked Lady
This monthly showcase consistently features great New York stand ups with a flair for the absurd. April’s installment features the ubiquitous and talented Catherine Cohen (Difficult People), Matt Barats, Joe Castle Baker, Sydnee Washington, and Rob Haze (Tonight Show). (details)

Comedy Night @ The Mailroom 
Seth Herzog hosts this weekly showcase at The Mailroom, featuring seasoned club comics for the low price of zero dollars and a zero drink minimum. This Monday’s installment features Todd Barry, Joe Matarese, magician Josh Beckerman, Doogie Horner, and Austin Locke. (details) Next week’s show (4/23) will feature Ilana Glazer.

Words @ The Twenty Bar
Tyler Richardson’s twice-weekly stand up show features stand ups and their venmo handles, if you’re so inclined to tip your entertainers at this free show. This week features Eli Sairs, Tom Delgado, Lucas Connelly and more. (9 PM)

Side Ponytail Comedy @ Friends & Lovers
This free weekly showcase consistently features a great mix of established and up and coming comics, and this week is no exception: Sean Donnelly has been on almost every stage that matters in this scene (late night, Comedy Central, national tours) – yet you can still see him on one of the most intimate stages in Crown Heights. Daniel J Perafan (Seeso), Carrie GravensonSamantha Ruddy, and Holly Lynnea round out the night. (8 PM)

Dirty Laundry @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
This week’s installment of UCB’s newest stand up showcase ups the ante set by last week’s inaugural show with stand up from SNL‘s Chris Redd, as well as Kate Willett (Netflix Special, This Is Not Happening), Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress), Jake Head (Laughs on FOX), Eurdora Peterson, and Fumi Abe (MTV’s Decoded). (tickets)

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Big Long Sets @ UCBeast
Emmy Blotnick (The President Show) hosts this monthly show featuring headline-length sets from comedians about to headline major stages. This Tuesday’s installment includes Mary Beth Barone (who is doing another headlining set later that night at Union Hall), as well as Brendan McLaughlin (MTV) and Keith Robinson (Comedy Central). (tickets)

Mary Beth Barone: America’s Stepdaughter @ Union Hall
Mary Beth Barone has cut her teeth as a stand up comedian and improviser at venues like Gotham Comedy Club and UCB (both East and West). She’s also one of the producers of The Exhibition, a monthly showcase at The Public that frequently features comedians from SNL (Kyle Mooney, Julio Torres) as well as Comedy Central alums (Aparna Nancherla, Roy Wood Jr.). On Tuesday, she’ll headline at Union Hall, with some pretty great openers – Jo Firestone, Gary Richardson (SNL), and Pat Regan (Adam Devine’s House Party). (tickets)

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Late Night Whenever @ WNYC Green Space 
Michelle Buteau (CC Half Hour, Best Week Ever) hosts this weekly live podcast in the style of a late night show. This week’s guests are Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) and Ben Sinclair (High Maintenance). (tickets)

Little Lamb Recordings Comedy Night @ Littlefield
This independent comedy record label is hosting a stacked lineup for a good cause – proceeds go to Everytown for Gun Safety. Comedians on the bill include David Cross, Jon GlaserJohn Roberts (Bob’s Burgers), Selena Coppock, Greg Johnson (Last Week Tonight), Shalewa Sharpe, Katina Corrao, and George Gordon. (tickets)

Sweet @ The Slipper Room
This Tuesday’s installment of Seth Herzog‘s long-running show features stand up from Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show), and Myq Kaplan. (tickets)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Night Late with Antoni Porowski (of Queer Eye) @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
Every month, UCB selects a comedian or performer to put together their dream vision of a late night show, complete with a writing staff and production team. This month, the host is none other than the Queer Eye reboot’s controversial yet hip (he reps The Strokes on the show) food and wine expert, Antoni Porowski. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a stand-by line for the show. (details)

I’m Dead Comedy @ The Zombie House
This weekly comedy showcase is produced by an all-star lineup from The Moth (Jeff Simmermon), Comedy Central (Gastor Almonte), and NBC (Jess Salomon). This week’s show includes comedy from Kate Willett, Sydnee Washington, Robby Hoffman (The Chris Gethard Show), Aminah Imani (BRIC TV), Ethan Simmons-Patterson, and Freddy G (NPR). (tickets)

Let’s See, What Else @ Poco Bar
Courtney Maginnis and Tom Delgado host this free weekly comedy showcase at Poco Bar in Alphabet City featuring comedians from Comedy Central, Adult Swim, and more. This week includes stand up from Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show), Jo Firestone, Brian Parise, Mark Jigarjian (Impractical Jokers) and Jill Weiner. (8 PM)

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Internet Explorers @ Caveat
If Mark Zuckerberg’s anxiety-ridden congressional hearing weren’t enough software-based comedy for the week, come see Mark Vigeant (Funny Or Die) host this night of fake STEM-inspired lectures from Emmy Blotnick (The President Show), Monique Moses (Comedy Central), and Brandon Reese (Collegehumor). (tickets)

Rent Party @ Union Hall
This monthly show hosted by seasoned comics Yedoye Travis and Farah Brook has a particularly great lineup this month, with stand up from Hari Kondabolu, Joyelle Johnson (Seth Meyers), Matt Ruby (Girl Code), Aminah ImaniSam Taggart, Stavros Halkias, and Rosebud Baker. (tickets)

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Regular Comedy @ Murmrr Ballroom
This monthly stand up show brings together the best of New York comedy in one of the most unique venues in the city, the chapel of the Union Temple in Grand Army Plaza. This month’s installment features nothing but all-stars: Ilana Glazer, Yedoye Travis (Search Party, Comedy Central), Kate Willett, and Shane Torres (Comedy Central Presents). (tickets)

The Daily Show Writers: A Non-Daily Show @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen
The writers of The Daily Show take a break from biting political satire for a night of improv. Featuring Chad Carter, Jimmy Donn, Hallie Haglund, Matt Koff, Zhubin Parang, Sebastian DiNatale, and Eliza Cossio. (tickets)

Lasers In the Jungle @ UCBeast
This weekly stand up showcase hosted by Katina Corrao and Sean Crespo features great traveling and local comics. Thursday’s lineup includes Nick Kocher (SNL, BriTANick), Rohan Padhye, Irene Fagan Merrow, Moss Perricone, and Sydnee Washington(tickets)

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Helltrap Nightmare @ Baby’s All Right
Sarah “Squirm” Sherman and her merry band of grotesque comedians, who collectively meet once a month for a night of noise music and comedy dubbed “Helltrap Nightmare,” have become the defining Chicago comedy showcase over the past year, earning Sherman a spot on the cover of the Chicago Reader last month. Now, the group is bringing their pimple-popping, taboo-pushing, contact-mic-loving weirdness on the road, with a stop at Baby’s All Right this Friday, April 20. In addition to local comedian and actress Ruby McCollister, the lineup also features up and coming cosmic country artist Dougie Poole. (tickets)

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Monotony: A Smart Comedy Show About Stupid Stuff @ Caveat
Comedians are masters of pointless fixations (John Mulaney’s fanatic love of Law and Order: SVU admittedly got me into the show). At Monotony, comedians similarly dive into their obsessions. Featuring Mary Houlihan (The Chris Gethard Show), Courtney Fearrington, Joyelle Johnson (Seth Myers), Benari Poulten (The Nightly Show), Shalewa Sharpe (Tonight Show), and Jeff Simmermon (This American Life). (tickets)

Cool Show, Not Lame @ Legion Bar
This monthly variety show hosted by veteran New York improvisors Alise Morales and Pat Wise features stand up and sketch from Irene Fagan Merrow (Betches Love This), Danny VegaMarcia BelskyJoe Rumrill, Danny Groh, and Sydnee Washington. (9:30 PM)

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Tinder Live! @ Littlefield
Lane Moore (The Onion, McSweeny’s) hosts this monthly show that takes comedic inspiration from the titular app. Saturday’s show features Jo FirestoneZiwe Fumudoh (The Rundown with Robin Theade), and Louis Peitzman (Buzzfeed). (tickets)

Postmen: An Hour of Sketch Comedy @ Union Hall
The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour began in Chicago at the Annoyance Theater, and has included a rotating cast of the biggest Chicago comics, including Conner O’Malley (Seth Meyers). On Saturday, three New York-based alum of the HFCH – Matt Barats (JFL, The Onion), Carmen Christopher (IFC, The Chris Gethard Show), and Anthony Oberbeck (IFC, Sex Talk) – will present a night of sketch comedy, featuring special guest Ana Fabrega. (tickets)

Creek Bros @ The Creek & The Cave 
In case you need proof that this is the bro-iest of all comedy shows happening in New York this week, admission gets you a free PBR and beer pong. If that’s not enough, come for the stand up, from Clare O’Kane (Viceland), Steven CastilloBilly Prinsell (Comedy Central), Martin Urbano (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Kelsey CaineChloe LaBrancheAhri Findling and Shalewa Sharpe. (tickets)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Dad Jokes Only @ Union Hall
Dad-themed comedy hosted by Steven Markow (The New Yorker, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), featuring performances by Larry Owens (TruTV), Catherine Cohen (Difficult People), John Reynolds (Search Party), and sketch from Please Don’t Destroy (PIT, Above Average). (tickets)

Kondabolu Brothers Podcast Recording @ Littlefield 
Hari and Ashok Kondabolu (Ashok is also known as Dapwell, a member of Das Racist) bring their live Earwolf podcast to Brooklyn, where they will share family stories, discuss the news of the day via PowerPoint, and more. (tickets)

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