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...

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 20, 2018

It's an exciting moment for anyone in the entertainment industry. The lights. The camera. The action. The paycheck. I'm talking of course about commercials, the bread and butter of every hard-working actor, model and comedian in New York City. Not always glamorous, but that's showbiz, baby.

Speaking of hard-working comedians, allow us to give a shout-out of congratulations to James Camacho, who has recently joined the ranks of professional actors who are talented and also good-looking enough to appear on television. We at Stellar have had our eye on Camacho for a while now as he climbs the comedy ladder to success, and are happily aware of his progress via a recent commerc...

November 6, 2018

Move over Miss Manners, because the comedy podcast “Eff'n Up” is your new source for modern etiquette and cathartic laughter. Does people showering at the gym barefoot gross you out? How about those degenerates at the bar eating out of the communal bowl of nuts? What is the best way to cut off your friend who is way too drunk, or confront them over their open-mouth eating habits?

These are the type of questions that are discussed and dissected by comedians Khalid Rahmaan (Conan) and LeClerc Andre (The Tonight Show) in each episode of their amusingly perceptive podcast, Eff'n UpBoth Khalid and LeClerc have been recognized by Stellar Underground in the past for their excel...

September 18, 2018

He's got the look, he's got the swag, he's got the smooth voice from Atlanta that delivers jokes in a cadence that's a pleasure to listen to. If you haven't already heard of Rob Haze, it's time to add him to your roster before he is snapped up by the Hollywood elite and starring in the next big comedy film.

Rob Haze may have the dulcet tone of a Georgian, but his humor has an edge that is styled perfectly for the New York comedy scene. Whether sharing anecdotes about his previous life working in a chicken restaurant in an airport, or the modern-day confusion of whether to chip or swipe your debit card, Haze has a voice that is somehow both fresh and familiar. Haze's jokes...

August 30, 2018

Things that are great and make people happy: 1. Comedy 2. Dogs

Now, if only we could somehow combine the two. Oh wait, it's already been done and it's one of the best things happening in Brooklyn right now. At Fort Greene's own Barkeasy, a dog-friendly attachment to the DSK Kaffee Biergarten, is The Good Dog Show... a monthly comedy show that welcomes our furry friends into the audience and onto the stage.

Interesting fact: jokes, beer, and all things life-related are approximately 100% better when you are surrounded by dogs. This statistic holds true at The Good Dog Show, which features some truly talented New York comedians, who are only slightly upstaged by their fl...

August 20, 2018

In the case of Come Ova, one of New York's most delightful ongoing improv comedy shows, this happens to be a good thing. Original yet somehow familiar, Come Ova embodies the nostalgic spirit of all the television sitcoms that you probably watched after dinner when you were supposed to be doing your homework. Vibrant characters, hilarious one-liners, relatable life experiences; it's a perfect recreation of prime time TV. The only difference is, this sitcom is on stage and totally unscripted.

While these iconic characters (Mom, Dad, the daughter, the mailman, sassy Aunt and boy-next-door) may know who they are at each show, the actual content and dialogue is just as muc...

August 7, 2018

Comedian, author, and educator devoted to children's literacy, Alvin Irby is the kind of treasure you don't come across every day.  We at Stellar Underground have already been impressed by Irby's adorably disgusting children's book, Gross Gregg, as well as his many socially oriented accomplishments such as his program, Barbershop Books, which provides early literacy training to barbers. But now, it's time to add his new comedy album to his list of achievements. 

Recorded at Gotham Comedy Club, Irby's second album Really Denseimmediately draws you in with his animated tone and nimble pace. An exceptional blend of observation, social commentary, and storytelli...

July 31, 2018

Comedy fans everywhere have been abuzz as Montreal's “Just for Laughs” comedy festival, considered the largest in the world, wraps up after its run from July 11th to July 29th. Headliners this year included Dave Chappelle, David Cross, Kevin Hart, and Trevor Noah, along with many other names on the long list of “Comedians I'd love to See Live Someday.”

This international gathering of top-notch comedic talent is a kind of mecca for those who are seeking to present their work, which makes sense, since the Just for Laughs festival just so happens to be one of the largest gatherings of talent scouts, booking agents, producers, and managers from the entertainment industry today...

July 12, 2018

We live in a time of conveniences, where everything from food to transportation is ready and waiting at the touch of our fingertips. This digital age has made life easier for everyone, including the more...unsavory characters among us. Such is the premise of the share and like-worthy new sketch "New Form of Theft", written and produced by comedian Ja-Ron Young and fellow comics of the group Unusual Culprits.

The scene: a New York City apartment building that looks a little too much like mine. There is an ominous feel as a sinister-looking man waits for his unsuspecting victim to enter before his attack. A typical mugging, except as our victim attempts to hand over his wall...

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