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.
‘GAYME SHOW!’ at the Bell House (Aug. 24, 8 p.m.). In this live game show, two heterosexual men compete through trivia and other tests to determine which of them is tops when it comes to knowledge of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. Dave Mizzoni and Matt Rogers host this bawdy affair, which pits Matt Gehring against Julian Velard for the crown of “Queen of the Straights.” Their contestant lifelines include Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron.
‘JACKIE HOFFMAN: THEMELESS’ at Joe’s Pub (Aug. 25, 9:30 p.m.). When this actress attended the Emmys in 2017, she stole the awards ceremony for her reaction to not winning for her supporting performance in the FX limited series “Feud.” Then again, fans of the stage and screen have enjoyed Hoffman’s scene-stealing work for years. Her Broadway credits include the musicals “Hairspray,” “On the Town,” “The Addams Family,” “Xanadu” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Her one-woman show “Themeless” presents a mix of original songs and monologues.
‘ROCK CANDY: COMEDY AT ROCKWOOD PRESENTED BY BRITTANY BRAVE’ at Rockwood Music Hall (Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.). On the last Sunday of every month, Brave, who appeared last week on “Jerry O’,” Jerry O’Connell’s new daytime talk show, presents and performs alongside a lineup of her funny friends. This month Dara Jemmott hosts and Mark Normand headlines.
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YAMANEIKA SAUNDERS at Gramercy Theater (Aug. 23, 9 p.m.). Saunders started out by sharing her life and observations with viewers first on the reality series “Funny Girls” and then on Meredith Vieira’s daytime talk show. Over the past couple of years, she has scored a half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central and another for the comedian showcase “The Degenerates” on Netflix. Saunders keeps the momentum going with this headlining gig at Gramercy.
‘TWO’S A CROWD’ at 59E59 (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.; Aug. 24, 2 and 7 p.m.; Aug. 25, 2 p.m.). On Sunday, the curtain closes on this musical comedy starring Rita Rudner and directed by Rudner’s husband, Martin Bergman. Also featuring Kelly Holden Bashar, Brian Lohmann and Robert Yacko, the musical centers on a pair of opposites who continually clash while on vacation in Las Vegas. The gambling mecca is familiar territory for Rudner, who holds the record for longest running solo comedy show in that city’s history.
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