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Comedy in NYC This Week


From left, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, hosts of the podcast “Las Culturistas.”

Mindy Tucker

Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.

DAVE CHAPPELLE at Radio City Music Hall (through Aug. 24). For years withdrawn from public life, Mr. Chappelle is touring once again, bringing his insightful and often controversial comedy to his legion of fans. Over the course of a three-week residency he will perform alongside comics including Chris Rock, Trevor Noah and Ali Wong, as well as musical guests like Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper and Lauryn Hill.
800-745-3000, chappelleradiocity.com

‘“LAS CULTURISTAS” LIVE: I DON’T THINK SO, HONEY!’ at Littlefield (Aug. 11, 8 p.m.). Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, the hosts of the podcast “Las Culturistas,” typically discuss pop-culture ephemera with their comedian friends in small groups. But for their epic live episodes, they invite 50 comics to “go off” on various bits of culture for one minute each. Guests at this show will include Michelle Buteau, Michelle Collins, Isaac Oliver, Joe Pera, Rae Sanni, Josh Sharp, Nicole Silverberg, Emma Willmann, Jaboukie Young-White and Keisha Zollar.

MARINA FRANKLIN at the Fat Black Pussycat Lounge (Aug. 15-16, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Franklin has been a staple of the New York comedy scene for nearly two decades, establishing herself as a dependably hilarious stand-up who seems to fit effortlessly into any performance. In her new show, “Single Black Female,” she explores life and dating in the city.
212-254-3480, comedycellar.com

JOE MANDE at Joe’s Pub (Aug. 14, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Mande is a stand-up who is perhaps best known for his offstage comedy: He once bought a million followers on Twitter, a platform he has used to taunt celebrities and corporations, and more recently he’s made videos portraying himself as the leader of a new cult. His latest Netflix special continues to mock the self-seriousness of his industry with its title, “Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special.” Onstage, his material is more personal and observational, with dips into absurdity.
212-967-7555, joespub.publictheater.org

MICHELLE WOLF at N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (Aug. 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). Ms. Wolf, a rising comedy star in the last five years, stands out for her quick wit and her distinctively conversational stand-up. Now a contributor to and a writer at “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” she was nominated for the best newcomer award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her show “So Brave,” which mixed personal stories with political and social commentary.
212-998-4941, tickets.nyu.edu

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