Keeping Up with Comedy's Rising Stars 

July 5, 2018

Picture This! isn’t a new-to-the-game type of comedy show, but its concept certainly is. The show itself has been going on for just over six years, making its monthly rounds in an impressive list of major cities across America and in festivals over the world. Brought to life by Brandie Posey and Sam Velera, Picture This! finds itself in New York each month at Union Hall featuring new and very funny acts each time.

The one-of-a-kind live comedy show pairs stand up comedians with well known in the industry animators and cartoonists. During each comedian’s set, the animator will draw on a screen that's projected on stage… just about anything he or she wants. The animations co...

July 3, 2018

On an innocent Thursday night, in the back of an unsuspecting vegan restaurant on St. Mark's Place on the Lower East Side, a show of truly innovative standards took place. Wedged between two shows that same evening, Comedy Ugly (a stand up comedy strip tease show) created a perfect blend of comedy, nudity, and pleasant intimacy (yes, it does exist). 

Hosted by Alysia Hush and Marisa Riley, Comedy Ugly features both well-and-lesser known comedians from the New York City circuit. Typically hosted at Stand Up NY, this month's location maintained the same vibe: real cozy. Without any expectations or pre-conceived notions of what the night would entail, I at...

June 15, 2018

It’s about that time of year: summer. While most people are eager to frolic in the sun, Stellar Underground brings you our seasonal warning about the perils of summer. Of course while everyone knows the common barrage of cautionary warnings to defend yourself from the deceptive season, what about the lesser-known yet ubiquitous woes of summer? Yes- we’re back on the critter beat to warn you about the angry animals that slept all winter and are now here to, quite literally, poop all over your summer fun. 

Late last summer, we reported about the infamous agro Prospect Park squirrel that terrorized park-goers. In the fall, we reported that rats are slowly evolving to, eventua...

June 11, 2018

Familiar face and comedian extraordinaire Nore Davis isn’t new to the comedy scene – or Stellar Underground for that matter. He is, however, new to Late Night TV as he made his debut on Conan last week. In case you missed it, we’re here to fill you in. 

If you’ve been keeping up, then by now you already know what defines Davis’ comedic style, and his performance on Conan stayed true to that. Without a microphone, Davis became even more expressive (who knew it was possible?). Using facial expressions and dynamic hand gestures, he told a story and showcased his feelings about very real topics. Directing his gaze to every section of the audience, he transformed the platform i...

May 31, 2018

The scene is December 2017: Hold On One Second We’re Talking About Britney Spears (HOOSWTABS) hosts, Ashley Hamilton and Claire Parker, quietly-not-so-quietly begin a revolutionary, ground breaking, and historic podcast that makes you think -- it makes you ask the tough questions in life. Listening to HOOSWTABS, you begin to wonder: How did I get here? What made me the person I am today? Are other people like me? Are celebrities just like us? What would Britney Spears do? And, perhaps, most importantly: Is it really Britney, b*tch? HOOSWTABS listeners will all agree: it’s Britney’s world, and we’re all just living in it.

Comedians and HOOSWTABS hosts Hamilton and Park...

May 16, 2018

New York comedian Thiago Macklin is on the rise. He’s been featured on popular stages and in well-known festivals across the city, on trending podcasts, and has landed major ghostwriting gigs. He also hosts Tickling the Ivories, a free comedy show every Monday night at Pianos in the Lower East Side. Performing nearly every night, Thiago Macklin showcases his idiosyncratic style and proves to be someone to watch out for in 2018.

Macklin commands a stage with his relaxed energy that gradually transforms into a more harnessed energy as he introduces slight shuffling coupled with sweeping arm and hand gestures. He uses his generally calm demeanor to deliver dark punchlines wit...

May 7, 2018

New York City finally got its comedy angel back- Mr. Derek Gaines, and if you’ve been listening to our advice, then surely you obliged our recommendation to keep your eyes on him. He recently announced a series of Los Angeles comedy shows during a lengthy stay in New York’s sister city, and we got a quick rundown on his time away from the greatest city in the world.

To start, big congrats on the debut of The Last OG! When was that filmed and what was that like?

I filmed The Last OG in Greenpoint, Brooklyn last year and had a lot of fun working with very funny people.

We saw you were in LA for some time, doing shows and stuff. How long were you out there for? What e...

April 30, 2018

A few weeks ago, Stellar alum and comedian extraordinaire, Nore Davis, released a trailer for his upcoming special, You Guys Are Dope. From the snippets in the trailer and the buzz making its rounds on the internet, it was safe to assume Davis’ performance would be hilarious and distinctive. Stellar Underground got an exclusive sneak peek at the full special and can confirm this to be true: You Guys Are Dope is stomach-pain inducing funny, memorable, distinct, relatable, and so completely and totally dope!

Unlike other network-released specials,You Guys Are Dope is cut into sections, separated by highlights of intimate moments and relatable conversations am...

April 23, 2018

Sydnee Washington has been all over the place lately, especially after her stellar performance of Death of a Bottle Girl at The Duplex last month. From her regular shows to her purposefully vague social media life updates, we know something is brewing in the life of Ms. Washington. We checked in to see what she’s up to and when we can expect her next one-woman-show performance.

So... Life after Death of a Bottle Girl - What's it been like? 

It’s great! P­eople keep asking when am I doing it again. I’m currently working on the edits to prepare for my next showing that’s happening June 29th at Caveat. 

Tell us how you felt gearing up for your first performance of the...

April 16, 2018

Last week, Laughing Affairs presented Funny Business 2, a panel discussion for female comedians that reviewed insider tips on managing the business side of comedy. Laughing Affairs was founded by comedian, (and West Side Comedy Club’s 'New Talent' Director) Felicia Madison, who hosted the event at the legendary Friars Club. Funny Business 2 presented a group of panelists including Jessica Kirson, Abby Feldman, Luisa Diez, Jessica Pilot, Corinne Fisher, and Jodi Lieberman About the show, Madison asserts “the goal is to help female comedians navigate a complicated and male-dominated field” – and they did just that.

Separated into two parts, Funny Business 2 featured t...

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