Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.
BROOKLYN COMEDY FESTIVAL’S CLOSING NIGHT SURPRISE PARTY COMEDY SHOW! at Brooklyn Bazaar (Aug. 26, 8 p.m.). The weeklong Brooklyn Comedy Festival turns five this year, and the 2017 celebration is going out with a bang. To round out the festivities, the organizers have arranged a raucous comedy show featuring unnamed special guests. Considering this year’s offerings have included comedy darlings like Wyatt Cenac, Jo Firestone, Liza Treyger and Hari Kondabolu, you can bet that this surprise party will not disappoint.
COMEDIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW at the Gutter (Aug. 30, 9 p.m.). There are only so many episodes of “The Office” one can watch, alone in one’s room, before finally having to leave in search of greener comedic pastures. Comedians You Should Know is a reliable place to begin that hunt. What started in Chicago almost a decade ago eventually sprouted roots on the coasts. In New York, the series welcomes fresh talent weekly. This time, Jeff Steinbrunner hosts.
DANCING WITH THE STAR STUFFS at Reckless Theater (Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m.). Reality-show dance competitions are fierce. This comedic dance competition is fiercely funny. Now in its third season, the contest began with 12 competing pairs; that number has since narrowed to four. Of course, no reality competition would be complete without a theme: This week’s is ’90s television.
IMPROV NERDS at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village (Aug. 28, 9 p.m.). The name of this series may be misleading, as attendees are never actually required to prove their nerd bona fides. This long-running weekly improv show, hosted by Anthony Apruzzese, Chelsea Clarke and Steve Theiss, welcomes beloved Upright Citizens Brigade performers and often features guests. As an added bonus, those feeling particularly bold can “yes, and” onstage along with the performers in a free improv jam after the show.
THE JUICE at Union Pool (Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m.). This installment of the Juice, a recurring variety show hosted by Carmen Christopher and Conner O’Malley, is like an all-pink pack of Starburst. On Wednesday, Sasheer Zamata, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”; Michelle Wolf (“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”); Comedy Central’s Joe Pera; and Jaboukie Young-White, who recently appeared in “Rough Night,” will descend on Union Pool. With any luck, Mr. O’Malley will interrupt his duties as host to trot out one of his own hilariously over-the-top farces.
A NIGHT OF REALLY FUNNY PEOPLE IN BROOKLYN at Littlefield (Aug. 25, 8 p.m.). The event title says it all. Michelle Buteau, whom you may recognize from “Key & Peele” or “Last Comic Standing,” will host this event, at which she will share the stage with the star of “The Chris Gethard Show,” Emmy Blotnick, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Alex English, Shalewa Sharpe, Jaboukie Young-White and the D.J. Donwill.
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