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January 24, 2018

Ricky Velez is what you would call an authentic New Yorker. His onstage persona is very much a product of his upbringing in Queens, including a sense of pride that can only come from having toughed it out in one of the "less desirable parts" of the city. Because of this, one might expect Velez to come across as a more street-hardened comedian, with jokes that are cutting and filled with the aggression that so many native New Yorkers seem to pride themselves on. In fact, despite a kind of street-wise savvy, Velez is more of a laid-back goofball than a tough hood rat.

Velez's jokes have often referenced his struggles with anxiety, which is then a perfect segue into his even...

January 17, 2018

With all of the sexual misconduct, political angst, and false missile alerts plaguing the world, sometimes you just need to distract yourself with a few light-hearted laughs. In which case, might I suggest comedian James Camacho for the job. With a clean-cut look and boyish charm, Camacho excels at creating a comfortable rapport with his audience. His jokes are mainly personal in nature, often centering around his family and more specifically his mixed race heritage. Being half Chinese and half Puerto Rican, Camacho finds the lighter side of ethnic stereotypes and meeting society's expectations.

Like a comfort food of comedy, Camacho has a demeanor that is as familiar as i...

January 9, 2018

If you're a comedy fan (which obviously you are), then you already know that there are many ways to enjoy New York City's up-and-coming talent. An open mic stand-up set, for example, or perhaps some interactive improvisation, or even a roast that pits different comedians against each other. Better yet, you could  combine all three into an innovative competition of comedy and wits called Red Mic Battle, which is exactly what has been created by the bright minds at Comedians on the loose.

Comedians on the loose was originally started by Sonja Savanovic and Eddie Gamez in the summer of 2016. They have since dedicated themselves to creating a platform for emerging comics in th...

January 3, 2018

He at least claims as much, in the opening of his new special Equanimity, released alongside a fourth and final Netflix special The Bird Revelation on New Year's Eve. This boast of his comedic talent is partially a tongue-in-cheek set up for a bit on his ability to write jokes backwards, but may also be some plain old self-congratulation. After all, putting out four highly praised comedy specials within a year's time is no mean feat, and is made all the more impressive by his self-imposed exile from Hollywood lasting over a decade.

Comedy fans have been understandably thrilled by Chappelle's triumphant return to the limelight, and this pair of Netflix specials has been re...

December 21, 2017

There's something deeply satisfying about watching two young women just go at it... in the form of a roast battle, that is. And, if you enjoy watching two adults absolutely eviscerate each other onstage with the most cutting jokes they can think of, then you may want to check out a recap of Kerryn Feehan taking down her opponent, Lindsey Jennings at The Stand's Roastmasters show from November 21st. This weekly roast battle pairs some truly talented, and sometimes brutal comedians in a head-to-head competition in which nothing is too far, as long as it's funny.

Kerryn Feehan, the comic, writer, and burlesque show producer, struts her feisty stuff against Suicide Girl Lindse...

December 14, 2017

Yes, Erica Spera knows she's tall. She's heard all the jokes, and went ahead and wrote a few of her own on the subject.

Aside from the various trials and tribulations of growing from a tall girl into a statuesque lady comic, Spera's stand up covers an array of personal themes such as her large, tight-knit Italian family, the ongoing struggles of her dating life, and embracing a look that is ambiguously ethnic. She shares these lighthearted anecdotes with an ease that serves to create a camaraderie between herself and the audience, giving familiar ideas a fresh take with her mocking tone.

Spera may lament onstage about having a masculine feature or two, but her swarthy look...

December 5, 2017

Khalid Rahmaan is certainly dedicated, was my first thought upon watching him hand off a pair of crutches as he climbed the stage at Gotham Comedy Club's weekly standup show, Comedy Juice. As he seamlessly worked his impairment (recent knee surgery) into the opening of his set, I found myself impressed by his ability to find the humor not in spite of, but actually in the struggle itself.

Rahmaan's presence on stage is more understated than commanding, and he is quick to make a self-deprecating remark about his appearance, “like an emaciated Taye Diggs,” but his warm demeanor and carefully constructed punchlines seem to fill the space for him.

Many of Rahmaan's jokes center...

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