Thoroughly delightful UK comic Josie Long is gracing NYC with a solo show today through October 25th, and you should most certainly see it. Why? Because within just the past 24 hours, she tweeted “I ordered a Bernie Sanders t-shirt for my friend like, months ago, and it hasn’t come, and now I am disillusioned with socialism.” Josie also once said (am paraphrasing) “If you’re low on cash and have to choose between a meal and a book, always go for the book.” Where else are you going to receive such wisdom? To get a taste, view Josie’s 2012 one-woman show by clicking here; and then grab tickets for her current extravagaza (which I’ll be eagerly seeing on Tuesday): Josie Long: Cara Josephine (5:00 pm, $25, West Village’s Soho Playhouse at 15 Vandam Street)…
…and it’s Day #3 of a sketch festival running through this weekend—today featuring nearly 40 half-hour or hour sketch shows, including such great groups as Murderfist at 10:00 pm and Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting at 11:00 pm—at SketchFest 2015 (4:00 pm-midnight, $10 per show or $60 for an all-you-can-see pass, The PIT Upstairs and Downstairs Theatres at 123 East 24th Street and The PIT Loft at 154 West 29th Street)
For tomorrow’s top comedy picks, please click here.
For many more shows, please click the following links to top NYC comedy venues:
Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling
Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world; especially strong on improv (e.g., Gravid Water, Adsit & ?), sketch (Maude Night), solo shows, and one-act comedic plays, but also hosts one of the very finest stand-up shows in the city (Aparna Nancherla’s Whiplash)
Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seater; a top comedy venue that leans a bit more towards stand-up and screenings, and on experimental shows taking big risks, than sister theatre UCB Chelsea; shows free-$10)
The PIT Striker (Upstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seater; a top venue that’s a powerful rival of UCB, and often surpasses UCB when blending comedy with music and/or theatricality; shows free-$20)
The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; spinning off from Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, brings a fiercely fresh, experimental approach to improv and sketch; shows free-$10)
Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs
Other NYC Live Shows, Heavily Marked Down via Goldstar:
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From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible BestNewYorkComedy.com…It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.
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