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6 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, plus a Times Talks event.

‘THE BEST OF WOKE AF’ at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village (Sept. 14, 9 p.m.). At Nicole Pasquale’s ongoing comedy series, performers wax poetic about the social issues they are passionate about to make the audience laugh. This installment is a special edition that invites past “Woke AF” participants back to the stage to do it all over again. Sydnee Washington, Aileen Clark, Peter Valenti, Anna Suzuki and Angel Yau will perform.
212-366-9231, east.ucbtheatre.com

BROOKLYN COMEDY FESTIVAL at various locations (Sept. 17-23). This festival, now in its sixth year, pays tribute to the embarrassment of riches that New York has to offer by way of comedy. The Brooklyn scene is especially vibrant, with a number of popular clubs peppered across the borough. In the coming week, nine of them will play host to live stand-up, film screenings, a panel with the creators of HBO’s “Animals” and so much more.

‘COUPLES THERAPY’ at Union Hall (Sept. 17, 8 p.m.). Relationships are hard, whether they’re romantic or platonic. Hosted by Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman, who are engaged in real life, this show invites actual couples and pairs of friends to do sets on the ins and outs of getting along with other humans. This time Ian Fidance and Monroe Martin, Mike Brown and Dillon Stevenson, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, and Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher will take to the stage.
718-638-4400, unionhallny.com

‘DIFFERENT ENERGIES’ at the Duplex (Sept. 15, 9:30 p.m.). The comedian Fumi Abe, who opened for Ronny Chieng at Carolines on Broadway in the spring, produces and performs in this new stand-up series that will put comic diversity of all kinds at the forefront. Mary Beth Barone, who co-hosts the comedy series “The Exhibition,” will join Mr. Abe for this inaugural event, and the comedian Marie Faustin will host.
212-255-5438, theduplex.com

‘TRI’ at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East Village (Sept. 15, 7 p.m.). Connor Ratliff, who hosts “The George Lucas Talk Show,” and Michael Cruz Kayne, who co-hosts “The Exhibition,” are friends and improvisers. In this new show, they join forces, along with a special guest who may have more experience performing with a script than without one. In June, the actor Alex Morf (“Mindhunter,” “Daredevil”) stopped by to complete their trio. Who will it be this time? Find out.
212-366-9231, east.ucbtheatre.com

Times Talks

TIFFANY HADDISH AND KEVIN HART at the Aaron Davis Hall at City College Center for the Arts (Sept. 20, 8 p.m.). Ms. Haddish and Mr. Hart, known for their stand-up comedy, blockbuster movies and best-selling memoirs, will discuss their upcoming film, “Night School,” directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It follows a misfit student, played by Mr. Hart, who attends adult-education classes, taught by Ms. Haddish’s character, to pass the G.E.D. exam. Join the pair as they riff on their creative process and their nonlinear roads to fame, and how their brand of comedy hits a cross-generational cultural nerve.

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