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Rojo Perez is a New York-based comedian. Originally from Puerto Rico, Rojo has become a regular in the New York comedy scene, performing at places such as Caroline's, UCB East, UCB Chelsea, the Creek and the Cave and the Knitting Factory, among others. He has also performed at top-tier comedy clubs across the country, which include the Comedy Studio in Boston, the Comedy Club on State in Madison, Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, ACME Comedy Company in Minneapolis, and Go Bananas Comedy Club in Cincinnati. A cast member on MTV's Decoded, Rojo was featured on Comedy Central's, Funny 'Cause It's True, and Time Out New York.
Hailed as "The Best Place to see Comedy" by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Comedy Garage! On Thursday nights, for only $5, The Comedy Garage presents acclaimed comedians from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Comedy Garage ticket for a $5 beverage.
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
Ted drives a New York City cab with one screaming deadline in front of him: He must turn in the paper by midnight, or his long cherished degree-pending status at Harvard will be snatched away. Forever. It will take a wild ride through N.Y.C. and his past, a cab fare with beleaguered Ivan Boesky, and ultimately confronting his financial titan of a father before he's able to come to grips with an eight-to-ten-pager on Edmund Spenser's 500-year-old unfinished epic poem, The Fairie Queene.
Lovers in disguise! Troubadours in trouble! Shakespeare's pastoral comedy features an exiled duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and Tony-winning composer Stephen Schwartz transplant this classic play into the Jazz Age. Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), a Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award-winner, plays the role of Jaques.
Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton's residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Bobbie Clearly is written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, a Yale School of Drama student discovered by Roundabout Underground.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and is codirected by Parker and Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone).
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has certainly captured the hearts of many in the Broadway community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left?
Italian Bred is based on true life events and told through the eyes of a little girl growing up Italian on Staten Island. Candice Guardino slips in and out of multiple family characters while sharing the stage with virtual cameos from Emmy winner Steve Schirripa (Blue Bloods), Mario Cantone (Sex and the City), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), and more!
Gingold Theatrical Group continues its 12th season of Project Shaw when it presents its 126th concert presentation, a rare staging of George Bernard Shaw's riotous and ironic comedy, Captain Brassbound's Conversion.
Lady Cicely arrives in Morocco with Sir Howard, the infamous London judge. We soon discover that their guide, Captain Brassbound, is none other than a legendary ruthless pirate who has been waiting for years to extract revenge on this very judge! Surrounded by a spectacular array of wonderfully theatrical characters, Lady Cicely takes on the pirates, an Arab army, and the entire U.S. fleet while finding time for a bit of romance!
Carolines on Broadway, the premiere comedy nightclub of New York City, presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national standup circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom, which can accommodate over 250 people, has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
Note: There is a two-drink minimum for all shows.
Are you are thinking, comedy on the Upper East Side? Yes! We have an amazing line-up of some of the hottest comedians in the City, performing at a bar price! This is quickly becoming one of the best kept secrets of the summer.
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. John has to make a decision, and there is only one way to straighten this out...
On the 50th anniversary of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company and 30 years since his death, La MaMa celebrates the artistry of Charles Ludlam. A fully produced revival of Ludlam's early masterwork Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide, directed by Everett Quinton, is the centerpiece of the Ludlam celebration. Conquest is an epic collage inspired by Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great that is as outrageous and timely today as when first performed in 1967.
An original comedy written and directed by Claudia Wilson, Diamond Girl tells the story of Margaret, the estranged wife of Carl. When Margaret passes away, her last wish is to be cremated and have her ashes turned into a diamond. Carl's lifelong friend Patrick convinces Carl to give the diamond to his long-waiting girlfriend Marjorie. Once Marjorie has the ring on her finger, she begins to develop strange personality quirks, leading Carl to believe the ring is possessed by his late wife. Carl, not wanting to tell his fiancée that she is wearing his dead wife's ashes, consults her spiritualist (Madame Cleo) for answers. A seance is held and Carl is left to make a decision about the ring and his future with Marjorie.
Conceived, written, and directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant [Kuna/Rappahanock Nations] Musical direction by Kevin Tarrant [Hopi/Hochunk Nations]
A Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Project
Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of indigenous peoples and the appropriation of indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.
One professional New York actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespeare play.
There is a hidden library on the second floor of a building on 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue. With over 15,000 books, the Drunk Shakespeare Society meets every night to drink...and perhaps do a little Shakespeare. A mysterious bartender serves cocktails through a 10-foot-high bookcase made entirely of black books. A hundred prized novels are forever buried in an amber fluid in front of a royal throne. Other easter eggs are hidden throughout the room...
Note: Audience members must be at least 21 years old.
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
An uproarious musical comedy parody of HBO's tentpole drama series, Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical follows the saga of Eddard 'Ned' Stark as he battles tap-dancing direwolves, an evil inbred prince, and a smattering of other characters too hot and raunchy for network television. Will Ned climb his way to the Iron Throne? Or will he lose his head in the process? From the creators of Lost: The Musical and the acclaimed Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera, Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical features 13 original songs.
Coming up just in time for Halloween, the hilarious podcast called Ghosted Stories has a live show recording at The People's Improv Theater on October 27th at 9pm. Ghosted Stories invites guests to talk about their crappy dating situations and ~spooky scary~ stories of being ghosted to help make dating less frightening for everyone. This includes: foam party ghosting (yep, that's a thing), bumping into an ex ghost on the street & what happens when you have the opportunity to confront a ghost. Ghosted Stories is hosted by former professional single person, comedian, writer & MTV's Girl Code producer Chelsea White (she's been seen on MTV, TLC, VH1, and TRL) along with in-a-stable-committed-relationship person and writer Erin Leafe. This live Halloween show edition features guests Teresa DaGaetano (Lifetime, New York Times) and Greg Stone (NBC, TruTV). The audience is encouraged to come in costume to win a spooky prize in the costume competition!
Love Creek Productions invite you to immerse yourself into our Halloween Bacchanalia, a sexy, scary evening in which we present two plays: Look Good, Smell Good, Don't Be Crazy, a new play by NYC playwright Diana Middleton; and The Bacchae Redux, a retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Steven Barrett. It will a fun, sexy, and terrifying evening. First, what is the most frightening thing imaginable? Why, dating in this modern age. What happens when a woman of a certain age has arranged to meet a man she barely saw and when he finally shows up, he seems a bit…young? Is he old enough for this? Is she too old for this? All of this is on Halloween night and the city is starting to erupt with its annual festival of candy and sexy costumes. So what happens when the new king bans the annual bacchanalia? Will Dionysus show up and exact a revenge? Find out in this sassy reimagining.
The Bridge Production Group is thrilled to present Hedda, the world premiere adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler through the darkly comic and absurd lens of playwright Carol Brown.
Returning to Norway from a three-month honeymoon abroad, Hedda Gabler finds herself trapped in an unfurnished house, surrounded by her uninspiring and academic husband. Trapped by moving boxes. Trapped by talks of academia. Trapped.
The sudden inflow of guests and ghosts from the past provide Hedda the opportunity to stir the pot, creating some brief diversions to pass the time. As her actions continue to alter the lives of those around her, Hedda propels herself closer and closer to the brink of insanity.
The cast is comprised of Carol Brown (The Good Wife"), Tim Thomas (original company of Into the Woods), Madeleine Rogers (Juilliard), Max Samuels (Angry Young Man), and Mike Labbadia (cofounder of Produced by Actors).
Angst-ridden Max and mildly unstable Elanor are soul mates. They have revealed every crazy and embarrassing quirk to each other, which has only brought them closer. However, there is one issue that Max is holding on to. Elanor has discussed her ex-boyfriends with Max. Max hasn't quite mentioned his. Hot Mess proves that sometimes in order to find yourself, you have to get lost.
Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked tiki bar, and beach balls welcome the audience to a raucous and utterly zany beach party in The Hypocrites' adaptation of Pirates of Penzance.
The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies, and one very stuffy major general. Directed and adapted by Sean Graney, with book by W.S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, The Hypocrites' Pirates is a spunky model of a (post-)modern major musical.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Four flawed but likable lower-middle-class New Yorkers interact in a touching play about learning how to stay afloat in the deep water of day-to-day living. Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons, and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, and the prevailing grace of the human spirit. Written by Bob Glaudini, this revival marks the 10th anniversary of the play's premiere, originally produced and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at LAByrinth Theater.
This play kicks off "The Empathy Initiative," the Seeing Place's yearlong commitment to addressing oppression through the power of theater. With an emphasis on the organic, edgy American style of acting developed by the Group Theatre, TSP allows audiences to experience modern classics with a deeper understanding of how they relate to the struggles we face today. With that, tickets are as low as $15 as a part of TSP's Affordable Theater Initiative, making theater accessible for all.
Jikken Dojo is an innovative performing artist troupe from Japan that weaves together elements of hip-hop, breakdance, comedy, and Japanese culture to entertain and stretch the limits of your imagination!
After extensive research, Junk Shakespeare Society Members have discovered that Shakespeare had a sweet tooth! Society Members put their bodies on the line, eating junk food while attempting to perform a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue — expect impressions of famous characters, pop culture references, and Pop Rocks! But wait, there's more: Reese's Pieces and Pirate's Booty. Every show differs based on what Society Members are eating.
Kate Berlant is an L.A.-based writer-performer who has performed across the U.S. in festivals such as the New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Sasquatch, and Moontower. In the television space, Kate was featured on an episode of the Netflix series The Characters. Her performances have been commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and she has been described by the New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. She has been named by Time Out New York as one of New York City's "Top Three Comics to Watch" as well as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch", and articles about her have been featured in The Fader, Esquire, Playboy, Rookie, and the Huffington Post.
Kathleen Madigan is one of the most respected comedians of her generation; over her 28-year career, she has performed on nearly every stand-up television show ever made including Leno, Letterman, Conan, and Ferguson. She has won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian" and the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian." Her fifth hour-long special, Bothering Jesus, premiered exclusively on Netflix to rave reviews.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolutionary and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
Laugh and a Draft is a free stand-up comedy show featuring talented up and coming comedians hosted, produced, and booked by Jared Wilder at Flannery's Bar.
Laugh and a Draft is a comedy-variety show produced and hosted by Jared Wilder through SomethinWilder Productions featuring the best up and coming talent in New York.
by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre Conceived and written by Vít Hořejš Codirected by Hořejš and Matt Cahoon
The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald revisits three 1963 national traumas: the assassinations of President Kennedy, his brother, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the shrouded, dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories that attempt to justify these senseless acts, the main protagonists inexorably approach the Grassy Knoll guided by fate as marionettes are powered by their strings.
Award-winning actor-writer Dan Ruth returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with his tour de force black comedy, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple MAC and Bistro winner Tanya Moberly is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead. Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
Created by the New York City-based comedy troupe Eight Is Never Enough, LMAO is an interactive show combining improv, sketch, music, and (why not?) magic. Every Saturday night, special guest artists enrich the mix.
This world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black) stars Emmy Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Fully Committed, Modern Family). Tony and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon directs.
Log Cabin takes place in a faraway age of hope and inclusivity — in other words, 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians — comfy in the new mainstream — see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it's clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Harrison's pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing hardened hearts where you'd least expect.
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake relates the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for her, not only is the property is less than ideal, but it includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner: Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation. Directed by Daisy Walker (Dracula: The Musical), this stirring, unexpected, and visceral play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
Award-winning comedian Judy Gold joins master illusionist Elliot Zimet in a brand new evening of magic and laughter! She's the funny lady known for her acclaimed HBO, Comedy Central, and Logo network stand-up comedy specials, as well as appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and breakout shows like I'm Dying Up Here, Louie, Broad City, and Search Party. He's the America's Got Talent semifinalist whose innovative approach to magic includes heart-pumping illusions, exotic birds, humor, and today's hottest music. Together, they create a unique evening that will leave you mystified one minute and laughing hysterically the next.
Marcel is a poignant two-hander about the collision of clowning and mortality. Jos Houben and Marcello Magni, who starred in Samuel Beckett's Fragments at Theatre for a New Audience, are comic masters and original members of the famed Theatre de Complicité. In Marcel, they play an aging physical comedian and his inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. Slapstick here meets the limits of age.
The Art of Laughter is a comedy about comedy — part performance and part master class — about what makes audiences laugh. Performing in English, Houben dissects everyday life — a baby's first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses — revealing why laughter is at the core of our humanity.
Just your average high school love triangle, plus a pepper shaker.
The October 3 world premiere will take place at the Duke on 42nd Street as part of the New York New Works Festival.
Margene Salt will also be playing at the Pit Loft on the following dates:
Thursday, October 26 at 7pm: https://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-10-26-margene-salt
Friday, November 3 at 6pm: https://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-11-03-margene-salt
Sunday, November 5 at 6pm: https://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-11-05-margene-salt
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naive newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on the Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George, duh! But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a queen bee without getting stung.
Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey based on her screenplay for the film. The music is by three-time Emmy winner Jeff Richmond, and the lyrics are by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
Written by Tony Award-nominated playwright and comedy icon Steve Martin, Meteor Shower is a new play starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer in her Broadway debut, Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key (also making his Broadway debut), Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Jeremy Shamos. Jerry Zaks, a multi-Tony winner, directs.
Meteor Shower is set in Ojai, California, on a hot night. Corky (Schumer) and her husband, Norm (Shamos), are having another couple over for dinner. However, Gerald (Key) and Laura (Benanti) aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Instead, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
Following their sold-out run of Abigail's Party last fall, the Barrow Group Theatre Company and the Pond Theatre Company present the New York premiere of Muswell Hill by Torben Betts. Set in a leafy north London suburb, this black comedy chronicles an evening in which friends gather over dinner, discussing their day-to-day worries while halfway around the world a natural disaster is occurring. Betts is a multi-award-winning British playwright, described by Alan Ayckbourn as "one of the most exciting theater writing talents I have come across in many a year."
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
Hazan, a young "startup-ist," comes to New York to pitch his various business ideas. He meets Maya, a half-American trying to make it as a stage actress. We follow their respective pursuits in love and work in a city they think they know and a culture they think they understand. Next Stop stars Noga Milstein and Ben Perry, who transition seamlessly between the roles of Maya and Hazan as well as a slew of other New Yorkers.
Directed by acclaimed actress Mili Avital, Next Stop features a book by Noga Milstein and Avital, music by Yoni Bloch, lyrics by Barak Feldman, with additional music by Omri Angheland Ann Streichman.
Showcasing more than 200 of the biggest and brightest musical comedy performers from around the U.S., Canada, and Germany! NYMIF will run from October 19-22 at the Magnet Theater!
Featuring festival favorites such as Baby Wants Candy (with cast members whose credits include Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Improvised Sondheim Project (comprised of performers and faculty from legendary improv training ground The Second City in Chicago). NYMIF is thrilled for the return of North Coast! Fresh off their off-Broadway run at the Connelly Theater, this powerhouse team presents ANYBODY: An Improvised Hip-Hopera. New additions to this year's festival include Your Love, Our Musical, who recently appeared on Bravo's Million Dollar Listings: New York, and American Immigrants, featuring Anthony Veneziale (known for his work in Freestyle Love Supreme with Lin-Manuel Miranda).
You want A-list laughs on a D-list budget? Then come to the Broadway Comedy Club! You can enjoy shows every night in an intimate setting with great food and drinks. The lineup of comedians includes the hottest TV headliners from Comedy Central and late-night television as well as New York City's rising stars — this is your chance to see them before they make it big! Plus, if you're from out of town, you'll have a real NYC story to tell your friends back home.
Past headliners include...
Josh Spear (Last Comic Standing; Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents)
Aaron Haber (Comedy Central's The Watch List; Friars' Club)
Shannon Sutherland (Maxim Radio)
Rob O'Reilly (The Tonight Show; Live at Gotham)
Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central's Axis of Evil)
Dave Konig (HBO)
A comic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi, Off the Meter, on the Record is a pithy social commentary from New York's most recognizable cab driver about life spent behind the wheel. John McDonagh, a veteran WBAI radio host in New York, has condensed 30-plus years of activism, reality show antics, and observation into a love song to the city that never sleeps. From the plight of the N.Y.C. homeless to the crazy demands of Upper East Side matrons, McDonagh brings the audience from laughter to tears and back again faster than the apparition of umbrella dealers on a rainy day. Throw in his tales of brushes with the rich and famous, such as driving Stephen Fry to a Queens social club and teaching Top Gear's Richard Hammond how to drive a cab, and you have Irish storytelling at its best.
After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the funeral home, there's a problem — her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit), Our Lady of 121st Street paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.
In Pigeon Spikes, an absurdist dark comedy, a wealthy Manhattan couple's comfortable, safe relationship to the art they patronize is forever altered when their favorite conceptual artist decides to make them his newest project.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
Please Go Gentle Into That Good Night is an original absurdist comedy by Oona O'Leary about end-of-life care and filial piety. We follow three daughters, all named Elizabeth, as they desperately try to honor their father's dying wish. Unfortunately, he told them different things.
The year is 2006, and there's been a big shake-up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet!
When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the solar system on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.
Pluto Is Missing! is a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets, and fantasy with real science and space exploration history. You'll leave the theater with your head full of catchy songs and astronomical knowledge!
Created by Chris Mann Script and music by Chris Mann and Emily Duncan
A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She's a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender — a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: An upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it's made?
Women's Project Theater teams up with the Bushwick Starr and New Georges to present the off-Broadway debut of the sold-out hit [Porto] written by Kate Benson and directed by Lee Sunday Evans, whose last collaboration, the Obie Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, was a smash success at WP Theater in 2015.
In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti. Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics, and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.
This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck. The production features Tony winner Jason Alexander, who starred in the iconic television series Seinfeld, for which he received six Emmy Award nominations. Alexander made his Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and won a Tony for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. His film credits include Pretty Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. This is the story of the people who sit next to those people in class. Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives viewers front row seats to the sidelines of the world's most famous magical journey. Puffs follows the story of a young wizard named Wayne Hopkins and the Puffs — a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Together, they do their best to learn spells, try not to get hurt, and discover what they're really made of…but, seriously, try not to get hurt.
From the creators of the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the creative team behind the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town comes the world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, a musical comedy love letter to the Great White Way. For the Cavendishes, the show must go on! Set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family, this musical centers on three generations of actors: an aging grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love, a self-centered boozing leading man who's fled to Hollywood, and a promising ingenue — all making pivotal choices in their lives.
The Royal Family of Broadway's creative team isn't far from Broadway royalty itself. The show's book is by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), its music and lyrics by Tony Award winner William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), choreography by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), and direction by Tony winner John Rando (On the Town).
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
The Actors Company Theatre presents the world premiere of Salute to the Brave, an extraordinary lost play written in 1941 as an attempt by Noël Coward on behalf of the British government to encourage the United States to enter World War Two. The ink was barely dry on the script when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and well, the rest is history. The play languished in the proverbial drawer for 75 years, but it was recently brought to light by Coward scholar Barry Day.
Set among the moneyed set in Connecticut, Salute to the Brave offers a blistering look at the dangers of complacency and head-in-the-sand isolationism when a privileged British woman married to a naval commander escapes the bombing in London and reaches the safety of wealth and comfort in the U.S. What she discovers there and the self-realizations she has are at the center of this provocative comedy.
Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the midyear arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina's hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Entertainment with benefits! In this three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
This show is part of an afternoon and evening of shows. The actors use scrolls for each scene, which have each actor's cues and lines, giving actors and the audience an improvisational experience throughout the scenes.
Scenes from Shakespeare comedies (mostly) include:
- Act 1, Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Act 2, Scene 2 from The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
Inspired by the company's desire to foster new works, Shiyr Terror features 11 new short plays tailored specifically for the intimate Victorian-era space at Papillon in Midtown Manhattan. From overdosing on Coca-Cola to the precursor of social networking to reincarnation, Shiyr Productions takes an up-close look at death, making for a terrifyingly funny theater experience.
New York's Busiest Comedy Club located in the Heart of Times Square.
All shows are 90 minutes long and feature 4-5 Comics + your Host (Featured Talent seen on MTV, Vh1, BET, Comedy Central and comedy clubs across the country).
Nightly Showtimes: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 (& 1:15am Friday and Saturday Nights Only)"
A cast of misfit students have grown up idealizing the Battle of the Alamo and spent their afternoons in History Club reenacting the heroics of Davy Crockett against the evil attacks of Mexico's army and General Santa Anna. You, the audience, are invited to their fundraiser talent show to help them raise money for a field trip to their favorite historical site. It's a hilarious dive into America's longing for legend and the disillusionment that occurs when you realize that your history books have been wrong all along.
Tales of Modern Motherhood: This Sh*t Just Got Real is a brutally funny comedy about the uncertainties of becoming a parent, the fear of being a parent, and the reservations about why she didn't just settle for a dog. It addresses the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about what really happens behind closed doors and provides an honest perspective on the hardest job in the world: parenting! This production at New York's United Solo Festival is the East Coast premiere of Pam Levin's endearingly irreverent work.
Tartuffe is a charismatic who has been touched by God. He is a visionary. He practices religious devotion and self-sacrifice. He has fits. He converses with the divine. He can be very scary. Orgon invites him home to live with his family and introduces him to his beautiful wife Elmire…what could possibly go wrong? Join us for Molière's brilliant comedy.
Ted Greenberg, an Emmy Award winner and former writer for Late Night With David Letterman, delivers an hour of boisterous comedy. His interactive show ends with a group of audience members being whisked home in a yellow cab by Greenberg himself.
The Tooth-Puller has no script. Instead, in the grand Commedia tradition, using nothing more than an outline, the Department of Fools weave together each performance from bits of comic business, song, and improvisation. Commedia dell'Arte is the great-granddaddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Audiences will roar at the goofy goodness of Commedia, which gave birth to the comedy of today!
The Tooth-Puller is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge. The internationally diverse company includes Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Yair Ben-Dor (ABC's Quantico), Jessenia Cuesta, Matthew A.J. Gregory (The Power of Darkness at the Mint), Shira Hadad, Ben Rademacher, Andy Richardson (Newsies and Gypsy on Broadway), Anna Tempte, and Rotem Weiner.
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Twelfth Night is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare's most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.
Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other has been lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia. Members of New York City's innovative Fiasco Theater bring their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
Eleven diverse shows, from solo comedies to performances by fake tribute bands who recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest features Walter Michael DeForest's Van Gogh Find Yourself, Peter Michael Marino's Show Up, Katie Kopajtic's Confessions of a Personal Trainer, Chris Davis's The Last Emperor of Mexico and Drunk Lion, Harmon Leon's Infiltrating Trump's America, Christine Holt's Domesticated, Amanda Miller's How to Suffer Better, Adam Blotner and Jenny Pinzari's Pop Filter, and Paul Valenti's The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness. The EdFest also includes a free panel led by participants in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
Eleven diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Shows play from noon through 11pm. Full bar. No reservations required.
Featuring shows by Walter Michael DeForest, Peter Michael Marino, Katie Kopajtic, Chris Davis, Amanda Miller, Adam Blotner, Jenny Pinzari, Paul Valenti, Harmon Leon, Christine Holt, and Luke Closely.
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
"Why is it still like this?" Janice sighs to Eliza. It's 1992, and Eliza is the brainy new recruit at a small-shop architecture firm. But she's struggling to get a foothold on even the lowest rung of the company ladder, and starts making moves to blow the lid off their Pandora's box of office politics and social maneuvering in this sharply hilarious black comedy. Theresa Rebeck brings her trademark blistering wit to the workplace in this darkly funny and all-too-relevant comedy of gender politics.
In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life, or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she's ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it's easier to drink than to think? From the New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated team behind Fatty Fatty No Friends comes a new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within.
After successful representations in London, Zürich, Munich, and Bucharest, Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta is going to be staged in New York this November! A play that can be staged in three languages (German, English, and Romanian) and has already been applauded by audiences in four countries.
With a mother that hangs by her hair and a father that is clown, Aglaja has one wish: to become as famous as Sophia Loren when she grows up. But the family lives always on the road after fleeing their own country in search of fame and luxury in the West. Will the family's ambitions prove to be only mere illusions?