Keeping Up with Comedy's Rising Stars 

April 12, 2018

Rick (55-70?) Rick knows everybody but nobody quite knows Rick. He has an agent but has never been booked before. He’s “been around the block kid” for a lot of years. He assures you Artie Lange opened for him in the 80s. Questionable whether or not he sleeps in a park.

Leah (23) Self-proclaimed introvert who’s recently gotten really into musical comedy. She likes to think of herself as a Zoey Deschanel / Aparna Nancherla love child, and only makes jokes about keeping her plants alive because both her parents are liberal academics and she’s never really faced anything hard before. She wants you to know that she’s definitely awkward and it’s really cute.

Rob (20) SUPER meta b...

April 4, 2018

Comics Watching Comics is a comedy reality TV show on Amazon Video in which rising comedians compete against one another and receive feedback, praise, and critique from more seasoned performers. The winner of the show, selected by the panelists, gets a showcase spot in a top comedy club in New York City. The show is also supposed to be interactive in that viewers on Twitter vote to keep a panelist on for the next season. Creator, Kevin Gootee, is the host.

The format of the show consists of the panelist of comedians watching a taped set from a comic at New York Comedy Club, and commenting on a variety of factors that make or don’t make the set go well. It’s a lot of roasti...

March 21, 2018

Back in December I wrote about my excitement for May Wilkerson and Alyssa Limperis’ new podcast, Crazy; In Bed. Four months and seventeen episodes later, Crazy; In Bed has lived up to its hype. The show is a candid conversation on all things mental illness, sprinkled in with the hilarious and relatable commentary of the two hosts, whose charm and openness give you the sense that you’re catching up with old friends.

The latest episode, “Late Bloomers,” features Ariel Dumas, a Second City alum and Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer. True to the episode’s title, the conversation veered mostly towards the benefits and drawbacks of getting your career started later in life,...

March 15, 2018

Put em up people ‘cause Sydnee Washington and Gianmarco Soresi have gloved up for the new web series Defend Yourself. Touted as “An all new show with hard hitting questions and hard hits!” this series gives people the chance to get interviewed while working out in the boxing ring.

Gianmarco Soresi, the comedian best known for taking on Judaism in the most hilarious ways and making funny internet sketches, makes rounds in the first episode. Soresi jokes that growing up, he was always taught to “yell but not fight,” a mantra not suited for his new life in New York. He also talks about his weirdest audition, favorite movie quote, and his biggest joke fail.

In the second episod...

March 7, 2018

Alvin Irby lies in the unique intersect between comedy and education. The founder of Barbershop Books, “a nonprofit organization that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provides early literacy training to barbers,” Irby has a passion for bringing reading to male-dominated spaces. His humor and belief in the power of building communities through reading has made him both a successful stand up (a 2015 StandUp NBC national finalist), as well as entrepreneur.  Irby also triples as a public speaker on topics like Black Male Achievement and Cultural Competency. This dude is one smart ass cookie dipped in a tall glass of funny.

Gross Greg is Irby’s debut chi...

March 1, 2018

She Makes Me Laugh is an impressively fantastic monthly show at The PIT, run by the funny ladies of improv group, Big Mermaid—Laura Zabolotsky, Maria Bobila, Michaela O'Brien, and Ashley Lara. This month’s show was headlined by Nikki Glaser, former host of the Comedy Central show Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Joyelle Johnson, who’s opened for Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, Russell Peters and Maria Bamford, and Samantha Ruddy, who’s headlined at Caroline’s and been featured in several festivals. Also performing was Glennis LaRoe for her characters, made popular by her instagram character series Everyday People, and comedian, actor, and storyteller, Bridget Randolph, who ch...

February 19, 2018

GROUP CHAT - US PRESIDENTS

(George Washington, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush Jr, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump)

Clinton: WAZZUP ‘YALL! HAPPY PREZZY DAY!

Obama: Thanks, you too!

Bush: i thought it was still january

Lincoln: Best day ever!

Washington: Yea…

*George Washington removed himself from “US PRESIDENTS”*

Bush: huh? what was that about? is he mad at me?

Obama: Dudes...we did it again

Clinton: Wut?

Obama: We forgot to say Happy Birthday to George

*Barack Obama added George Washington to “US PRESIDENTS”*

Obama: George, my man! Happy birthday!

Washington: Thanks, Barry.

Lincoln: Happy bday to the OG LEGEND!

Trump: it’s my “birthday” now bitches

Washington: What?

Trump: I’m P...

February 13, 2018

Comedian Von Decarlo’s podcast, Coach Von Podcast,is easy listening about all things sports and pop culture. I listened to her episode about the Super Bowl, and actually found it to be really pleasant despite having no interest in sports myself. I think what sets Decarlo apart from other comedians' podcasts is that she’s in no way trying to make everything funny. She’s personable, naturally quick, and clearly passionate about the topics she brings up—her humor shines through on its own.

In this episode, Decarlo deep dives into all things Super Bowl, including the racial implications of The Eagles versus The Patriots, P!nk’s performance (did we mention Von Decarlo can hit a...

February 8, 2018

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Will Abeles' comedy album release party for his new album Regrets of My Father at The Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City. The event, which felt like a celebration of friends and family more than anything else, also contained performances by Yedoye Travis, Joe Pera, Caitlin Peluffo, Ali Kolbert, and Alex Grubard.

The vibes were all around great and the crowd was one of the best in New York—engaged, supportive, and best of all, always ready to laugh. The setting was intimate, as the performers literally stood inches away from the crowd, on a makeshift stage of plywood stacks. The crowd felt as much a part of the show a...

January 30, 2018

The 'SUP Show is a delightfully hilarious and well-put together new live comedy show brought to you by the gals who host the ‘SUP Open Mic at The Creek & The Cave Tuesdays at 8pm. This show is unique in that it unapologetically showcases female, queer, and gender non-conforming voices only—AKA no cis white dudes—sorry not sorry (the hosts are definitely not sorry)

I had the pleasure of attending their inaugural show on Thursday at Caveat, also a new event space in the Lower East Side which provides “intelligent programming” (as defined by one of Caveat’s event producers) every night of the week. This includes things like talks on climate change, moderated political...

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