Confronting Tragedy with Comedy with Naomi Ekperigin
Savvy, smart, funny and politically active — it’s this great combination that’s making comedian Naomi Ekperigin an in-demand writer and performer. But getting to this level of success (appearing on such shows at Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, writing for Broad City and being na... [Read More]
Inside Cartoon Monsoon: An Animated Variety Show
Past the friendly forest, through the swamp of snacks and sweets Stands a paper-mache clubhouse, by the beach of poison treats. Follow the smell of fun and games, by the light of the smiling moon, Cuz boys and girls, the forecast calls for a big cartoon monsoon! When I look back on my childhood, car... [Read More]
Remembering Alan Shain, One of NYC’s Preeminent Open Mic Characters
The world’s largest standup comedy scene is in New York, and beyond the comedy clubs that dot the city are countless independent bar shows and open mics. The scene is so big you can go years without meeting some of the hundreds of amateur comics that hustle to mic after mic. There are so many,... [Read More]
review: Amy Schumer's ‘Trainwreck Comedy Tour’ at the Beacon Theater
Ms. Schumer’s “Trainwreck Comedy Tour,” features the stars of her movie doing stand-up across North America through Sunday. Besides promoting the movie, “Trainwreck,” opening on July 17 (and raising money for charity), it’s one of the best comedy lineups of the summer, with Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia and Ms. Schumer. It’s an evening of New York comedy with some Hollywood thrown in, since the film director Judd Apatow, who returned to stand-up last year after a two-de... [Read More]
‘School of Rock’ Plans Fall Opening on Broadway
May we have the attention of the class, please: “School of Rock” will indeed be in session on Broadway this fall. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black comedy has now solidified its Broadway plans, and is to begin previews at the Winter Garden Theater on Nov. 9 with its opening night scheduled for Dec. 6, its press representatives said Tuesday.... [Read More]
The King of the Times Square Comedy Show Ticket Hawkers
Amongst the Times Square denizens — everyone from the Spidermans to the Weed Guys to the tour bus ticket hawkers — Paul Rosa is one of the most well-known fixtures. Paul manages comedy club ticket sellers. When he’s not managing, he’s selling tickets himself. Paul tries to no... [Read More]
The 17th Annual Del Close Marathon's Schedule Is Out
by Adam Frucci The Del Close Marathon is the annual weekend of improv comedy, beer, and sweatiness that the UCB Theatre throws every year. This year marks the 17th iteration, and it looks like it'll be the biggest one yet, with three straight days of non-stop performances spread out across eight dif... [Read More]
Diving Into Late Night Head-First with Saurin Choksi
by Isaac Kozell As a kid growing up in Texas, Saurin Choksi always loved comedy. After graduating college and moving to Detroit to take a job working for Ford, Choksi decided to do something about that love: he started taking classes at Second City. He worked his way up the improv school's chain bef... [Read More]
The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in New York
by Samantha Pitchel Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established standups in the country — ones who have risen up via TV appear... [Read More]
Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's NYC Standup Show Big Terrific Ends Its 7-Year Run This Month
by Megh Wright One of New York's best standup shows is ending its seven-year run later this month. The New York Times reports that Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's free weekly standup show Big Terrific is set for its final bow on Sunday, April 26th in Brooklyn. Since starting the show,... [Read More]