The Very Best of NYC Comedy/Variety

Homo Comicus, Nice
Jewish Girls Gone Bad, Bruce
Vilanch, Judy Gold, The Robin Byrd Show Live

Winter forecast: Homo Comicus creates blizzard of hilarity! Highest accumulations are expected around fabulous funny lady Michele Balan, who headlines a night of big league LGBT stand-up comedy at Gotham Comedy Club Feb 6.

On a night where Broadway will be dark but Walmart will probably be open, come to Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, a Christmas Eve gallery opening and performance at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art. The night opens with a reception featuring Nice Jewish Girl Gone Bad artists and photographers and continues with the comedy stylings of Jess Wood, Hilary Schwartz, Rena Zager and Amy Beckerman. The shebang is hosted by The Goddess Perlman and the SDGA house band Izaak +3. Tickets include homemade nosh and Hebrew beer from Shmaltz Brewing.

Head out to Port Washington, NY for a night of laughter as BIG and TALL: An Evening With Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold plays one night only at the Landmark on Main Street Jan 19. Join multi-Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch (Oscars writer for 23 years, Center Square on Hollywood Squares and Edna in Broadway’s Hairspray) as he teams up with the Queen of Off-Broadway, Judy Gold, for a sidesplitting evening of comedy.

Heat up your holiday with Horse Trade Theater Group’s 3rd annual Burlesque Blitz playing at the Kraine Theater Dec 27-30. The week-long event includes Hotsy Totsy Burlesque New York’s only burlesque soap opera, featuring the finest burlesque and sideshow performers in NY. BARE combining heart wrenching, raw stories with burlesque acts and Storybook Burlesque: The Bible Show re-imagining everything you thought you learned in Sunday school.

Join cable TV legend Robin Byrd as she brings her bawdy The Robin Byrd Show Live! to life every Saturday night at the Cutting Room. For the first time, Byrd will host strippers, burlesque dancers, comedians, musicians, celebrities, novelty acts and other sexy performers live onstage. Byrd’s show began on Manhattan Cable in 1977 and she quickly became known for mixing x-rated strip shows and porn star interviews with motherly concern for her guests and her audience, frequently reminding late-night viewers to brush their teeth before bed. The Robin Byrd Show Live! follows a similar format, but adds in a roster of talented and unique live performers to create a sexy adult variety show.

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