Keeping Up with Comedy's Rising Stars 

January 16, 2019

As we quickly approach the holiday commemorating the birthday, achievements and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we at Stellar Underground are happy to see one of our oft-appreciated comedians, Alvin Irby, being acknowledged by Bernice King on her Twitter page. The youngest daughter of the civil rights activist, Bernice King is the CEO of The King Center, and her Twitter is a vibrantly active collection of news and people that embody the Center's ideals of nonviolence, justice, and community. Earlier this month, King tweeted an article recognizing Alvin Irby and his Barbershop Books program, with the caption, “Good in the World.”

We have been on the Alvin Irby train for a...

January 10, 2019

Usually, in these articles, we wait until the end to tell you to follow somebody. Not this time. Go follow Nimesh Patel NOW @findingnimesh trust us, this guy is a killer.

Nimesh Patel has already done two of the main things comedians pursue, he’s a regular performer at The Cellar and was a writer for SNL. But this is far from the end for him and he’s well on his way to being a household name.

Nimesh is not a big “act-out” comedian. His delivery is reserved but simultaneously confident and reassuring as he carries a steady tone and consistent cadence throughout his set. Reflected in his demeanor, the audience knows that he’s in complete control and that he knows exactly what...

December 18, 2018

In a city known for its fast-pace and high-tension, Petey DeAbreu is a fresh breath of seriously cool air. The Bronx native has been around for a few years, performing at comedy festivals, on popular stages around the city and on your favorite podcasts and albums, many of which we’ve reviewed here. He’s calm, he’s cool and he’s definitely going to make you laugh.

In addition to snort-inducing hilariousness, DeAbreu is many other things when he performs: unpretentious, unabashed, confident, nonchalant and skilled without-a-doubt. He integrates a perfect blend of straight-face and silly grins, quick and slow tempo, off-the-cuff and well-rehearsed, and executes each one at th...

December 18, 2018

Felicia Madison may be one of the most ambitious and driven female comedians we've seen in awhile. She's changing the game and taking names! Literally, at one of several of her monthly shows and weekly open mics. Surpassing her drive? Only her comedy, and this powerhouse has a lot to say! We got a chance to catch up with this busy lady and got some amazing insight into what she's got going on!

When did you know you wanted to do stand up and what were the first steps you took to get your "in" in the business?

I had been thinking of doing comedy for a few years before I actually took a class.  A good friend of mine, David Moore, had been doing standup for a long time and I al...

December 17, 2018

It’s been about two weeks since the inaugural three-day Janelle James Comedy Festival made its debut and we’re still buzzing. In case you missed it, we’re here to give you the run down.

The three-day long festival showcased performances by some of the biggest names in both up-and-coming and household-name comedy and included the likes of: Black Thought, Petey Deabreu, Liza Treyger, Michelle Buteau, Sydnee Washington, Marie Faustin, David Cross, Judah Friedlander, Matteo Lane, Mia Jackson, Eugene Mirman, Catherine Cohen, Nore Davis, Kate Willett, Kenice Mobely, Yamaneika Saunders, Amy Schumer, and, of course, Janelle James herself. If you skimmed over all those names then h...

December 6, 2018

The biggest appeal about Stef Dag is her work ethic and how prolific she is. She used to write for this very site, as it would turn out, but I digitally met her years ago when I watched her stuff on Funny or Die. Since then she’s developed two separate staged shows, Resistance is Fertile and Nostalgia!, and has been making sketches with her team Last Week’s Trash.

Now she works for Condé Nast Entertainment and if you didn’t know, they are the father company that houses brands such as Vogue, Glamour, Allure, GQ, etc. etc.  It’s kind of a fitting job considering Dag herself has numerous varied projects under her own wing. And Stef Dag’s newest project is to inject some of he...

December 3, 2018

The start of this particular week marks a very important week in comedy: it’s the beginning of the first annual Janelle James Comedy Festival at The Bell House in Brooklyn. We spoke about Ms. James some time ago, and since then her expansive comedy grew even larger – we’re here to fill you in.

The Janelle James Comedy Festival continues the comedic-momentum of the decade-long, “sincere-and-ironic” Eugene Mirman Comedy festival, which concluded last December. The Festival spans from Tuesday, December 4th through Thursday, December 6, with each night titled by all-too-relatable names: “Comedians Who Live Nearby,” “Well Who All Goin Be There?” and “Comedians Who Said Sure, I...

November 29, 2018

You know those times when you're idly stalking the social media of a performer you enjoy, and you notice that they've been boosting up certain skill sets in their repertoire in such a way that it makes you look at them in almost an entirely new light, and simultaneously causes you to be happy for their personal growth and somewhat inappropriately intrigued by their noticeable physical gains?

Well. On a completely unrelated note, comedian, actor, and writer Gianmarco Soresi has begun taking dance lessons and has been updating his progress via social media, and the posts are a satisfying mix of inspiration and wholesome entertainment. Each post, found in particular on his in...

November 27, 2018

Patti Harrison recently skyrocketed through the New York City comedy scene, picking up national attention last year for her funny-frank opinion on the transgender military ban (thank you, Dystopian Nation-State) during a segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel. 

But Harrison will not be pigeonholed into The Trans Voice of comedy, and often gravitates towards roles and writing that have nothing to do with her gender identity. She keeps the discussion of trans topics on her terms, and jokes that when she came out as transgender, it was heard as “chicken tender.” Okay, yum.

 [Photo credit: Cate Hellman,]

Far from the beginning of Patti Harrison’s comedic catalogue...

November 26, 2018

One of the more recent episodes of Yedoye Travis’ new podcast Dark Tank spends a cool ten minutes reading out the negative reviews that have been piling up. And if you couldn’t guess, they’re all crying “reverse racism” and that the show is “anti-white”. Bear in mind, that the entire premise of the show is that, like the hit show Shark Tank, Yedoye Travis sits with two other black “Sharks” and has a white person (typically a comic) pitch some sort of invention or devise to fight and/or punish racism. 

The pitches are largely hypothetical and exist in the abstract. A particularly resonant one, on a different episode, is where a “gentrepreneur” (Travis’ word) suggests a reco...

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