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.

‘THE BUGLE’ at the Bell House (Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.). Created by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman in 2007, this British podcast, with more than 70 million downloads over all, was relaunched in 2016 with Zaltzman at the helm. He brings his topical insights stateside for a two-week tour that kicks off in Brooklyn with special comedic guests.
718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com

‘CONFESSIONS OF A MASSAGE PARLOR MADAM’ at WOW Café Theater (Feb. 22, 7 p.m.; Feb. 23-24, 3 p.m.). Nicky Sunshine can be seen on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network on Friday nights presenting her comedic takes on food in the Big Apple. Her official bio, meanwhile, claims that her improv acting skills attracted the attention of the government, which has contracted her to train federal employees. But before all of that, she worked at a message parlor when she arrived in New York in 2002. That’s the subject of her one-woman show, which is followed by a panel discussion about violence against women. On Saturday, she also appears in “Sistah Celebration,” which starts at 6 p.m. and features comedy monologues, music and more in honor of Black History Month.
917-725-1482, wowcafe.org

‘DRUNK BLACK HISTORY’ at the Creek and the Cave (Feb. 22, 8 p.m.). Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone host this new interactive bit of edutainment in which comedians attempt to recall, while under the influence, great moments in the history of the United States that involved African-Americans. It features performances by Marie Faustin, Ariel Leaty and Justin Williams.
917-806-6692, creeklic.com

MIDDLEDITCH AND SCHWARTZ at Carnegie Hall (Feb. 22, 8 p.m.). When these actors are not appearing in sitcoms, Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation,” “House of Lies”) love to perform long-form improvisation together. They’ve taken audience suggestions from all over North America while making up funny scenes on tour, and with enough practice, they finally got to Carnegie Hall. Tickets are limited, so call the box office for more information.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

RAMY YOUSSEF & FRIENDS at Union Hall (Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.). This may be your last chance to see this young comedian headline a live show before he becomes a streaming-TV star. “Ramy,” his semi-autobiographical sitcom about growing up as a first-generation Muslim American in New Jersey, debuts this spring on Hulu. Youssef and his funny friends hold court at this cherished comedy basement club in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
718-638-4400, unionhallny.com

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