Keeping Up with Comedy's Rising Stars 

September 5, 2017

After a debaucherous past few days, a warning about the perils of end-of-summer-shenanigans must be made. A warning that must be heeded so strongly, as if your life depended on it: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT TRY TO FIT IN ALL OF YOUR SUMMER FUN INTO THE NEXT TWO WEEKS BEFORE FALL BEGINS.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been working all through these past few summer months, avoiding the suffocating humidity in air conditioned offices, restaurants, bars, and, my personal favorite- the comfort of your own home. The sudden freedom from embarrassing sweat patterns on your shirts may compel you to try to do all of the exciting fun things your freak-humidity-loving-friends have...

August 30, 2017

I’ve found my new best friend and she doesn’t know I exist. She’s a comedian named Marie Faustin, she speaks to my soul, and she’ll speak to yours too.

Marie Faustin produces weekly videos on her YouTube vlog, and thankfully has enough videos to keep you laughing all day, for many weeks at a time. She’s been featured on VH1: All Jokes Aside – Black Women in Comedy, Let’s Make Lemonade, and TMI Hollywood. She also hosts The Warm Up at Karma Lounge every month, co-hosts a podcast with Sydnee Washington titled The Unofficial Expert, and has a radio show, Thursdays on 99.5 FM called “Tall Tales/Big City.” Everything. Is. Hysterical. Watching and listening to her, there’s no do...

August 23, 2017

There’s a theme that seems to pervade the human condition; an unattainable goal that somehow, somewhere, someone decided this thing was a tangible point, a checkered banner marking the finish line: the point at which you’ve “figured it all out.”

This desire, this goal that everyone knows, that everyone wants, that everyone you know is searching for every day, that no one explicitly draws attention to – it’s what makes the web series, soon-to-be-HBO-adapted-show Brown Girls so amazing. Brown Girls highlights the reality that, at any age, no one really has it all figured out. And that’s okay. (I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back: it’s perfectly okay to...

August 10, 2017

Since we first reviewed Yedoye Travis a few months ago, he’s continued to make audiences laugh with his regular performances at Union Hall in Brooklyn, stand up shows in major cities like Montreal, features on Hulu, and -most importantly- his hilarious one-liners on Twitter. Travis brings light to my life by way of his tweets.

If you’re searching for someone to make you laugh at both serious subjects and (seriously) necessary questions every day without going to an actual show, you’d better follow Travis on Twitter right away.  His tweets are gems that deserve to be treasured – it’s even worth making a profile just to follow him, if you’re normally twitter-adverse. Yes, re...

July 31, 2017

Last week, New York bid farewell to one of its cutest sources of terror: The Prospect Park Squirrel.

Presumed to be dead by park rangers, the squirrel (and possibly its squirrel squad) went on the offensive between July 18th and July 20th, terrorizing park goers near the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY.  A total of five people were viciously bitten, including a mysterious jogger who probably annoyed the furry fauna by being too healthy.

Although no known cases of squirrel-bite transmitted rabies to humans exist, the Health Department urged the attacked to visit their doctors, in lieu of using WebMD to diagnose themselves with brain cancer...

July 25, 2017

Gianmarco Soresi is that guy you’ve seen everywhere, and yet you still find yourself asking, “Hey, where do I know this guy from?” He’s been in commercials, TV shows, web series, theatre, films, on stages doing stand up, and soon he will be a published children’s book author with his own hour-long stand up special titled Infinite Bris.  He’s also “that guy from those GE commercials” that you’ve heard no less than 100 times without realizing it.

A master of storytelling and parody, Soresi uses his Italian sternness and his Jewish guilt to walk his audiences through the most shamelessly embarrassing stories, nonchalantly delivering punch lines while you cry from laughter.  H...

July 17, 2017

The first thing you notice about Nick Guerra is his long, luscious locks. The second thing you’ll notice is that he wastes no time in making you laugh.

Although he’s not quite a household name (yet!), Guerra has been featured on popular platforms like Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He’s also that guy that you would probably see in line at a random club asking the bouncer why the girls in heels can skip the line when he’s just as short but with shinier hair.

Guerra relates to his audience largely by way of drawing attention to the absurdities of life. Animated, energetic, and painfully aware of the hierarchy of women in groups, Gu...

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