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5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

‘BUTTERBOY’ at Littlefield (Oct. 8, 8 p.m.). Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins are three ladies who happen to be friends and also happen to be hilarious. From their beautiful brains have sprung such comedic joys as Ms. Nancherla and Ms. Firestone’s YouTube videos about the trials and triumphs of womanhood and Ms. Higgins’s podcast about immigration. Butterboy, their regular series at this club in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is also among those delights. On Monday, Joyelle Nicole Johnson guest-hosts with Ms. Firestone, and the comedians Heather Thomson, Abbi Crutchfield, Matt Koff and Neel Nanda are on the lineup.
littlefieldnyc.com

‘DIS BISH’ at Union Hall (Oct. 7, 8 p.m.). Suffering from the Sunday scaries? That dread that sets in as Monday morning hurtles toward you while the weekend slips away. One way to offset this fright? Laughter. At this show, Michelle Buteau, the very funny host of the WNYC podcast “Late Night Whenever,” invites some of her very funny friends for a night of stand-up sets at this cozy Brooklyn club that’s reminiscent of your neighbor’s basement den.
718-638-4400, unionhallny.com

‘LITERATI: A COMEDY SHOW ABOUT BOOKS AND THE IDIOTS WHO WRITE THEM’ at Caveat (Oct. 5, 9 p.m.). At this regular comedy series hosted by Colin O’Brien and Michael Wolf, comedians come in character to perform readings of their choice. Because it’s October, arguably the spookiest month, the genre for this installment is horror books. The performers will be Eudora Peterson, Darcie Wilder, Maeve Higgins and Sydnee Washington.
212-228-2100, caveat.nyc

THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL at various locations (Oct. 5-7). You can get your fill of mind-opening discussions and musical performances at this arts-and-culture-focused festival. But this weekend-long event also features an excellent selection of sit-down sessions with comedians. On Friday, writers and editors at The New Yorker will be talking with Patton Oswalt; on Saturday, with Jim Carrey, Bo Burnham, Mike Birbiglia, Jimmy Fallon, John Mulaney and Bridget Everett. (And though these are the comedy listings, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the activist Janet Mock will be sitting down with Hilton Als.)
festival.newyorker.com

‘THE STEPFATHERS’ at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Hell’s Kitchen (Oct. 5, 9 p.m.). Every now and then, I have a friend who tells me he or she has never been to a comedy show in New York. That’s usually when I take them to one of U.C.B.’s two locations to see a show like this one. The Stepfathers is a group of comedy veterans — Michael Delaney, Alexandra Dickson, Shannon O’Neill and Connor Ratliff — who are something of a staple at this storied comedy institution.
212-366-9176, hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com


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