5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
JUDY GOLD at Carolines on Broadway (Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.). This comedian released her latest stand-up album, “Kill Me Now,” this month. You may have seen her recently on the Thanksgiving episode of “Murphy Brown,” but you probably recognize her from dozens of other TV appearances over the past two decades.
‘MISANDRY WITH MARCIA AND RAE’ at Union Hall (Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m.). Marcia Belsky garnered headlines worldwide in 2017 when Facebook suspended her account for 30 days after she sarcastically posted “Men are scum.” Thankfully, the folks at this club in Park Slope, Brooklyn, have a different sensibility and sense of humor. Belsky and Rae Sanni, a writer for NBC’s “The Good Place,” host this stand-up showcase that’s more about celebrating women than hating on men. Their guests include Sydnee Washington, Mitra Jouhari and Jaboukie Young-White.
‘SHAMILTON’ at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Hell’s Kitchen (Dec. 22, 10:30 p.m.). The members of the celebrated musical improv group Baby Wants Candy have traveled the world and back, so they figure they can do anything the hit Broadway smash “Hamilton” can do, if not funnier. They’ll gather their improvisers and musicians onstage to perform an epic musical based on a historical figure chosen from the audience’s nominees. Even if it’s a Kardashian.
‘A VERY JEWISH CHRISTMAS’ at Gotham Comedy Club (Dec. 24, 7 and 9 p.m.). The night before Christmas doesn’t have to remain church-mouse quiet for all of our Jewish New Yorker friends and neighbors, among them many funny comedians. Sam Morril, who hosted MSG’s “People Talking Sports” and released a Comedy Central special this year, will perform with Marion Grodin, James Goff and Jared Freid.
MELISSA VILLASEÑOR at Carolines on Broadway (Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21-22, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). In her third season as a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Villaseñor can uncork uncanny impersonations not only of actors such as Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin and Owen Wilson, but also of singers like Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Celine Dion. And that’s just scratching the surface of her talent. See and hear what she can do when she has the whole show to herself.
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