NYC Comedy Roundup: Maria Bamford, Lewis Black, Adam Pally & 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.
Maria Bamford, whose great Netflix series Lady Dynamite unfortunately didn’t get picked up for a third season, will play The Bell House on September 14 with early and late shows. Tickets are on sale and you can check out a list of all of Maria’s upcoming standup dates, below.
Lewis Black will perform at City Winery on March 15 as part of his “The Joke’s on Us” tour. Tickets go on Vinofile presale on March 6 at 3 PM with the public on-sale beginning March 7 at 3 PM. Lewis’s tour is taking him all over — all tour dates are listed below.
In case you missed it, last week, SXSW announced their 2018 comedy lineup, which includes Dave Hill interviewing Dick Cavett, a “Corporate Retreat” led by the cast of Corporate, and New York’s most delightful new comedy showcase, Butterboy Comedy (Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, Maeve Higgins). With such a strong batch of performers, you may have missed Adam Pally‘s special appearance alongside the rest of the cast for the film Most Likely to Murder (starring Crazy Ex Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom).
If you’re not in Austin this weekend, but are in NYC, you can still catch Pally this Wednesday, March 7 at UCB Hell’s Kitchen, where he’ll be host “Vino Diesel,” a “completely improvised hour where Adam seeks to learn about wine from a sommelier” where he “attempts sophisticated conversation with interesting people from the entertainment.” No word on who those “interesting people” are yet, but tickets are available.
Pally’s wine spectacular is only one of the dozens of solid options for shows this week. As always, Monday (March 5) means showcases: this week’s installation of Side Ponytail at Friends and Lovers features Matthew Broussard, Christian J. Mangual, Connor Creagan, and more. The show is free; more info here. Butterboy Comedy at Littlefield is throwing a worthy sendoff before their SXSW show with sets from Eliot Glazer, Myq Kaplan, Donnie Sengstack, Nikki Glaser, and Chloe Hilliard. And as always, Whiplash takes over UCB Hell’s Kitchen on Monday at midnight. The storied late-night showcase is, as always, standby only.
At UCB Hell’s Kitchen on Thursday (3/8) is “Haha, Wow!”, is a monthly showcase presented by Reductress, hosted by editors and writers for the site, including Nicole Silverberg (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee). Tickets are on sale.
If you’re as excited for the March 20th return of The Chris Gethard Show on truTV as we are, check out the “TCGS Character Dump” on Friday, March 9 at UCB Hell’s Kitchen. The show, hosted by TCGS head writers Dru Johnston and Noah Foreman, will showcase rejected character pitches that crowd-sourced from the audience last season. If you liked the Beast Masturbator, this may be the show for you (tickets).
Speaking of truTV, The Impractical Jokers, who just started their seventh (!!) season on the cable network last month, are the guest stars on the Tenderloins Podcast taping on Tuesday, March 6; get tickets to the early and late shows at Caroline’s on Broadway.
Other Caroline’s offerings this week include stand up from Michelle Wolf on March 8 – 10 (tickets are still available for Thursday), and a great lineup for this week’s installation of “The Funniest Night on Broadway” on Friday, March 9, featuring Aaron Berg, Sam Morril, Emmy Blotnick, and more (tickets).
As usual, the Comedy Cellar also has lots to offer this week, including two sets from Colin Quinn on March 6 & 7 at Fat Black Pussycat Lounge, and nightly showcases featuring Mike Birbiglia (March 7), Mark Normand, and Michelle Wolf. Check out the full lineups and more info here.
At Union Hall this week, Sean Patton and Caitlin Cook host a night of comedy and music on Tuesday, March 6 (tickets). Then on Wednesday (3/7), Sam Taggart hosts a night of stand up, music, videos, and special guests, including Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and Max Wittert (tickets). Meanwhile, Sasheer also hosts her own monthly showcase, Party Time!, at Union Hall’s sister venue, The Bell House on March 11 and this month’s lineup includes Marina Franklin, Emma Willmann, and more (tickets).
David Cross also announced more “Shootin’ The Shit” shows at Union Hall.
Sam Taggart also stars in my personal contender for the best “under the radar show”: on Thursday, March 8, check out Taggart along with Bowen Yang, Nick Naney, Mary Houlihan and more in DURBIS at The Brick in Williamsburg. The show is part of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, a brand new initiative created by Philip Markle and Annie Donley, formerly of The Annoyance NYC (RIP) to foster new talent in the borough.
But if you’re opting to stay in this weekend, binge-watching the third season of Love, which lands on Netflix on Friday, March 9, isn’t a bad date night either. Watch the trailer:
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Lewis Black – “The Jokes on Us” Tour 2018
03/04/2018 Charleston SC Gaillard Center
03/07/2018 Asheville NC The Orange Peel
03/08/2018 Asheville NC The Orange Peel
03/09/2018 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
03/10/2018 Louisville KY Louisville Palace
03/15/2018 New York NY City Winery New York
03/16/2018 Atlantic City NJ Music Box @ The Borgata
03/17/2018 Atlantic City NJ Music Box @ The Borgata
03/22/2018 Fort Pierce FL Sunrise Theatre
03/23/2018 Sarasota FL Van Wezel P.A.H.
03/24/2018 Daytona Beach FL Peabody Auditorium
04/06/2018 Joliet IL Rialto Square Theatre
04/07/2018 Detroit MI Fillmore Detroit
04/08/2018 Greensburg PA Palace Theatre
04/13/2018 Rochester MN Presentation Hall @ Mayo Civic Ctr
04/14/2018 Des Moines IA Hoyt Sherman Place
04/15/2018 Springfield MO Gillioz Theatre
04/19/2018 Colorado Springs CO Pikes Peak Center
04/20/2018 Denver CO Paramount Theatre
04/21/2018 Denver CO Paramount Theatre
04/22/2018 Fort Collins CO Lincoln Center
04/26/2018 Dallas TX Majestic Theatre
04/27/2018 Austin TX ACL Live @ Moody Theater
04/28/2018 Houston TX Revention Music Center
05/11/2018 Indio CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Special Events Center
05/17/2018 Washington D.C. Warner Theatre
05/18/2018 Washington D.C. Warner Theatre
05/19/2018 Washington D.C. Warner Theatre
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Maria Bamford – 2018 Tour Dates
Sat, March 10, 2018 Gilda’s Laugh Fest Grand Rapids, MI
Sun, March 11, 2018 Wiseguys Salt Lake City, UT
Wed, March 21 – Fri, March 23, 2018 London Leicester Square Theatre London, UK
Sat, April 7, 2018 Genesee Theatre Waukegan, IL
Tue, April 17, 2018 Houston Improv Houston, TX
Wed, April 18, 2018 Addison Improv Addison, TX
Sat, April 28, 2018 Tower Theatre of Fresno Fresno, CA
Tue, May 1, 2018 Funny Bone Columbus, OH
Fri, May 25, 2018 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Sat, May 26, 2018 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Fri, June 1 – Sun, June 3, 2018 Clusterfest San Francisco, CA
Fri, September 14, 2018 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY (2 shows)