Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.
MO AMER at Gramercy Theater (July 21, 8 p.m.). Mr. Amer has been performing with the “Allah Made Me Funny” global comedy tour for more than a decade, carving out a niche as a stand-up who mixes a Muslim perspective on global politics with personal stories about family and life in America. In March he appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” where he joked about his experience sitting next to Eric Trump on a trans-Atlantic flight. Here, he performs with support from the musical acts Brother Ali and Narcy.
‘50 LADY BITS: AN EVENING OF JUNK JOKES’ at the Bell House (July 23, 8 p.m.). From the team behind the popular “50 First Jokes” series, this show features 50 women using their bodies as material for their comedy, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The hosts are Sachi Ezura and Halle Kiefer, and scheduled performers include Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Emmy Blotnick, Liza Treyger, Charla Lauriston and Lane Moore.
‘LAUGHTER IN THE PARK’ at Tompkins Square Park (July 23, 2 p.m.). Every summer, this free outdoor comedy series offers family-friendly stand-up from some of the best working comics in parks around New York. This week’s show is at Old Bandshell Lawn in Tompkins Square Park, and features stand-up from Roy Wood Jr., the headliner, a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” Other performers include Emma Willmann, Nimesh Patel, Josh Gondelman and Kevin Bartini.
‘JOE PERA: SUMMER NIGHTS’ at Union Hall (July 27, 9 p.m.; through July 30). Joe Pera is best known for his two Adult Swim specials from last year, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” an animated short in which Mr. Pera speaks soothingly about subjects like voice mail, barns and Stephen Hawking; and “Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree,” a live-action holiday episode. At these three shows he will prepare for new specials with bits on breakfasts, women’s ice hockey and decommissioned fireplaces. They will include special guests like Kyle Mooney (“Saturday Night Live”), Conner O’Malley (“Late Night With Seth Meyers”) and Jon Glaser (“Parks and Recreation”).
‘JULIO TORRES: MY FAVORITE SHAPES’ at Union Hall (July 22-23, 8 p.m.). Mr. Torres, a writer at “Saturday Night Live” whose first half-hour stand-up special will debut on Comedy Central this fall, is a fast-rising comic known for his surrealism (his stand-up often leans toward performance art). In this multimedia show, he will guide audiences through an exploration of his favorite shapes, from the common triangle to a Fabergé egg that he suspects of being self-conscious. Those shapes will provide a jumping-off point for stand-up and storytelling.
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