The Very Best of NYC Comedy and Variety

Ho-Ho-Homo Comicus, 6th Annual Menorah Horah, A Chanukah Charol, Happy Mollydays, Prairie Home Companion

Kick off your holiday cheer as Ho-Ho-Homo Comicus comes bearing gifts of Gold, Frank ‘n’ sense and mirth to the Gotham Comedy Club Dec 5. Make your yuletide extra gay with this edition of the longest running LGBT comedy showcase. December’s installment includes the merry stand-up stylings of top comics Judy Gold, Frank DeCaro, Erin Foley and Eddie Sarfaty, hosted by Bob Montgomery.

Hanukkah heats up at the 6th Annual Menorah Horah! at the Highline Ballroom Dec 9. This year, New York’s most popular holiday burlesque event gets a brand new spin! For the first time ever, eight Hanukkah hopefuls vie for the right to join the ranks of the prestigious and exclusive Menorah Horah royalty. Join Sherry Vine along with star burlesque performers The Schlep Sisters, Little Brooklyn, Bastard Keith, The Maine Attraction, Maddy Mann and Lexi Miller, the Evil Hate Monkey, Dot Mitzvah and more. Who has the chutzpah to claim the crown?

From Dec 8-29, New World Stages presents the new holiday favorite Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol, a pseudo-autobiographical, one-woman show inspired by Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol. In her acclaimed show, the kvetching comedienne is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, as well as by Molly Picon. On her quest for fame she finds she is a desperate diva who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Molly “Equality” Dykeman returns with her annual Christmas variety show Happy Mollydays, premiering at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Dec 8 and 21. Watch as this barely lucid poet/security guard at PS 339 mucks her way through musical numbers, choreography and a glittering array of guest stars in the Percocet-fogged haze that is her mind. Each evening features appearances by Molly’s backup dancer duo, The Mollettes, and a rotating selection of special guests including burlesque divas Bambi Galore, Jubilee Diamond, Sabrina Chap and Dallas DuBois.

Town Hall plays host to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, a live radio broadcast, on Saturdays Nov 24-Dec 22. In the past 30-plus years, the down-home-folksy public radio program has featured legendary musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians; tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor’s signature storytelling segment, News from Lake Wobegon.

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