The Very Best of NYC Comedy/Variety

Wanda Sykes, Lady Bunny, Homo Comicus, Kathleen Madigan and much more!

Cross the Hudson on Sep 19 to New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and catch the hilarious stand-up of out comedian Wanda Sykes. We’ve seen Wanda live and she does not disappoint with a routine that touches on politics, pop culture and her own family life with her wife and two children. Her quick wit, acute observations and undeniable humor make her a favorite on the talk show circuit and on live stages—don’t miss it!
Laugh the night away at the historic Stonewall Inn on Sep 20 during the Gay Straight Alliance comedy night. This is NYC’s only running, monthly stand-up show hosted and produced by gay female comic Veronica Elizabeth. Queer and queer-friendly comics perform some hilarious acts that are sure to make anyone, gay or straight, laugh!
Texas native and Olivia cruise favorite Vickie Shaw headlines the Wild Women of Comedy 5th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit at the Upsky Hotel on Sep 27. With her unique brand of comedy, Shaw proves there’s nothing funnier than real life—whether she’s talking about life as an out lesbian mother; her partnership with the “husbian” Sgt. Patch; or what it’s like to be a recovering Southern Baptist. Joining her will be fellow funny gals Kerri Louis, a finalist from Last Comic Standing, and Jane Condon, named a comedy best bet by Back Stage magazine. The VIP price for this show includes a meet-and-greet with Vickie, prime front stage table seating, beer and appetizers, and after-show dancing.
The New York Burlesque Festival closes its run with the Golden Pastie Awards and Super Club Stage Show on Sep 28 at the Highline Ballroom. See some of the most memorable performances from the previous nights’ shows. Sexy performances and mischievous hijinks abound at the Highline Ballroom this eve, along with a fun and funny awards ceremony. Categories include awards for “Positively Perfect Posterior” and “Most Likely to Win RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
A tried and true legend in the NYC drag circuit, Lady Bunny has become more of a national household name from her regular appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race. See the icon in action on Oct 1 at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD). Her quick one liners and pop culture satire will make you laugh uncontrollably in the beautiful galleries of MAD. See which celebrities she’s skewering now!
Every month, Bob Montgomery assembles a riotous crew of LGBT and LGBT-friendly comics for your laughing pleasure at Homo Comicus. It remains one of the few outlets where queer comedy can reign supreme, and where funny folks can be as outrageous as they want to be. And with the weather getting colder, and your holiday vacation still weeks away, we’re guessing you’ll need a few laughs right about now. Head to Gotham Comedy Club to see Jennie McNulty and other talents when the show returns on Nov 5.
Kathleen Madigan has been making folks laugh for over a quarter of a century, whether on Letterman or Conan, or in her own comedy shows such as Madigan Again (named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums), on USO tours, and on the road, where she performs 300 shows a year. She also was the only comic to ever go unchallenged by another comedian on Last Comic Standing. On Nov 6 you can find out why the Detroit Free Press calls her “one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation” when she performs at the Paramount.