Keeping Up with Comedy's Rising Stars 

July 9, 2018

Sure, we'd all love to have the time, energy, and finances to hit up NYC's comedy clubs whenever we want our funny fix, but sometimes it's necessary to enjoy some quality humor from the comfort of your Netflix, Twitter, or even, yes, Facebook. And, just when you thought great Facebook status updates were like, so not a thing anymore... you discover a gem such as New York stand up comic, Nick Simmons. Described in one of his online bios as “often mistaken as a cast member from the jersey shore”, Nick Simmons is a strapping young addition the comedy scene who I am confident could bench press me quite easily, and when he's not performing stand up or hitting the gym, happens...

June 13, 2018

Comedy isn't just a platform for entertainment, but for informing the masses, providing insightful social commentary, and perhaps even inspiring hope for the disenfranchised. Four comedians have done all this and more in a new commercial for...period stain remover? Yes, that's right, this taboo subject has been tackled by some of our favorite funny ladies, including Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin, who you may know from one of their many delightful projects such as The Unofficial Expert podcast, Washington's one-woman show, or Faustin's ever-engrossing comedic musings via the world of social media.

The commercial, for a new Clorox product called “Totally Spotless,” is...

June 4, 2018

In the strangely dystopian timeline we find ourselves experiencing here in 2018, the past week has held some extra special absurdity in the wild world of Entertainment News. Now that every offensive thought can be snapchatted, instagrammed, and live tweeted by every C-List Celebrity and/or head of state, the scandals are happening almost faster than you can count. Keeping abreast of the constant parade of sex abuse, blatant racism, and generally abhorrent behavior can be exhausting, so here is a quick recap of what had the social media world abuzz.

Drake's Black Face Faux Pas. 

Everyone loves a good rap beef, a.k.a. the soap operas of the hip hop world, and if you haven't b...

May 23, 2018

In a city molded by the dreams of its inhabitants, New York is still the premiere place to develop the craft of stand up comedy. So whether you're a comedy veteran with countless open mics under your belt, or a bashful beginner who nods into the mirror and thinks, “yeah, that joke would kill on stage,” there are a plethora of resources to aid you in your comedy education. One such resource is Stand Up NY, a comedy club on the Upper West Side which has been a platform for many an illustrious career including that of Chris Rock and Jon Stewart. Open since 1986, Stand Up New York has long hosted programs which aim to help those in their comedic journey, and has now released...

May 14, 2018

It’s a horrifyingly classic New York experience. You’re alone in your apartment, minding your own business, when suddenly, you catch a flash of movement out of the corner of your eye. Your heart skips a beat as you see those familiar beady eyes, which seem to read the fear in your own wide-eyed features as you register this terrifying intruder. That's right... It’s a goddamn mouse, and obviously, it’s out to get you. Such was the harrowing encounter experienced by Marie Faustin last week, trapping her on her own couch (with her phone, thank God), where she provided a dramatic video response to this miniature terrorist in this instagram video. The video paints a chilling s...

May 8, 2018

If you don’t already know Dan Perlman, just take a moment to go see him perform and you’ll feel as though you do. As he takes the stage for his set, there is an immediate sense of familiarity, and with a mixture of both observational and anecdotal humor, Dan Perlman’s style is the kind that will have you saying: That’s so true!  Everything from his casual dress, shaved head, and low determined voice will remind you of someone you know, or at least met somewhere, maybe at a party once. Fitting to this style, Perlman’s jokes aren’t so much telling you something new as they are pointing out the absurdities of every day human life. He has a knack for taking a universal experi...

May 2, 2018

While Twitter continues to be abused by certain celebrities and politicians, there are an ever-growing number of bright spots in the Twitterverse, especially on the comedic front. Lindsay Theisen is one of these, providing a regular flow of tweets that are part joke, part personal insight, and part derisive (but pithy) world observations. Reading through her tweets paints the portrait of a jaded stand up comic who doubles as a Pilates instructor when she’s not too busy making questionable dating choices, or struggling with drinking too much while quitting smoking. Laced with a sarcastic edge, Theisen takes us through the depraved yet articulate thoughts that tumble throug...

April 25, 2018

“Racism isn’t funny.” This is the assertion from one very disgruntled audience member who interrupted a set from comedian Amarie Castillo during a show at the West Side Comedy Club. The incident was caught on video and posted to YouTube, during which Castillo reacts to a heckler who has seemingly been deeply offended by a joke. In the video, titled Bro Down Hoe Down Shut Down, we see Castillo asking someone in the audience if they’re alright, showing a hint of bemused concern as she asks, “What’s wrong, what happened?” The offended party replies that there had been “racist jokes.” When Castillo questions, “You know you’re at a comedy show, right?” the young man argues “Ye...

April 18, 2018

As if dating in New York City wasn’t enough of a crap shoot, comedian and show creator Emma Vernon, has taken it to the next level with this whimsical hybrid of an improv comedy/dating show known as the In a World: Dating Show. Hosted monthly at the PIT, Vernon channels her inner Jewish grandmother and becomes the ultimate matchmaker, hand selecting two sets of hapless strangers to live out the strangest of dating fantasies live on stage with the help of her delightfully wayward improv team: Bill Schaefer, Bryan Jackson, Melanie Owens, Raquel Palmas, Sarah Boatright and Yaari Nadav Tal. The two couples are pre-selected before the show and are experiencing an act...

April 11, 2018

If you saw our last review of this delightful stand-up show at the PIT, you may remember it is part of a monthly duo put on by Will Abeles, with Hey Gals! showcasing a roster of all female comics. This month’s rendition of Hey Gals! was a high-energy estrogen-fueled romp through the hilarious highs and lows of New York City life, filled with sarcasm, dark humor, and some jokes that really put the gross in engrossing. Your basic Saturday night, only funnier.

The show was hosted by Julia Shiplett, an adorable oddball attired in a turtleneck sweater and glasses, which is a look that contrasted perfectly with some of the dark and dirty jokes she released onto the aud...

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