03/20/17 10:04am
Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#3)

Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#4) (pic by slipperroom/Flickr)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Laugh at illustrated jokes at the Picture This Two-Year Anniversary, where comedy from Jon Glaser, Phoebe Robinson, Jo Firestone, and Seaton Smith gets animated in real time by Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Victoria Montes, and more. (Monday, Bell House, $8)

2. Score some sweet spring duds at Thrift On, where you can “shop” your heart out at a plethora of free clothing rummage tables while DJ Shakey spins a soundtrack. (Monday, The Keep, FREE)

3. Hear a slew of bitchy screeds at Las Culturistas: I Don’t Think So, Honey, where 50 comedians, including Anna Drezen, Alise Morales, Mo Fry Pasic, Phoebe Robinson, and Julio Torres, go off for one minute each about something they hate. (Tuesday, Littlefield, $8) (more…)

03/06/17 11:30am
Throw your hands in the air with Yalini Dream (#

Throw your hands in the air with Yalini Dream (#5)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Write your own bits at Do-It-Yourself Comedy: Come up with a funny premise, and if the host turns it into a joke, you get a free drink. Plus comedy from Liza Treyger, Nore Davis, Julio Torres, Lorelei Ramirez, and Chris Moore. (Monday, The Well, FREE)

2. Prove your smarts at Queerious March: Mysteerious Queertures, an LGBTQ-focused trivia night hosted by Ms. Quizzle with prizes, drink specials, and special guest Nyx Nocturne. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Proudly display your prettiest preserves at Cookbook Club Presents: Cured Magazine Issue 1, a celebration of all kinds of preserved foodstuffs with bites and drinks to try, plus plenty of foodies to schmooze with. (Tuesday, Archestratus Books & Food, FREE)  (more…)

03/02/17 9:00am
Say konichiwa to JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

Say konichiwa to some JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Get in formation and head to Puppet Playlist #23: Beyoncé, where a dozen puppeteers have prepared short puppet skits to the tunes of the one and only Queen Bey. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

2. Learn a new way to groove at Brooklyn Contra Dance, a cross between swing and square dancing, with a live 10-piece band. Beginners welcome. (Friday, Camp Friendship, $15)

3. Get funny chills at Comedy Electric #10, with Justin Williams, Alvin Irby, Maria Heinegg, Elsa Waithe, Boris Khaykin, Clark Jones, and a surprise guest. (Friday, Franklin Electric, FREE) (more…)

02/27/17 12:56pm
Roullez some bon temps with Sabrina Chap (#8)

Roullez some bon temps with Sabrina Chap (#8)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Start your week off silly at Goofy, where performers do their weirdest work, featuring Sandy Honig, Rome Davis, Maya Sharma, and more, plus improv from the Goof Troupe. (Monday, Legion Bar, FREE)

2. Giggle angelically at the February edition of Divine Comedy, tonight starring Mike Recine, Ariel Elias, Nate Marshall, and Harrison Tweed. (Monday, Two Saints, FREE)

3. Make no apologies for checking out Am I Write, Ladies?: Sorry Not Sorry, an evening of new work from women and gender non-conforming artists, from punk blues to spoken word to dance. (Tuesday, The Footlight, $10) (more…)

01/05/17 10:55am
Rock the f*ck out with Th

Rock the f*ck out with There Are Four Lights (#2) (pic by Sarah Wilmer)

1. Increase your literary stock for the cold winter ahead at the BYO Book Swap Party, which also features a discussion on diversity in literature and a raffle of self-published works by local woman of color. (Friday, New Women Space, $5 + a book)

2. Start pining for summer at the Punk Island Winter Benefit, with Deadname, MALLRAT, Trashy, Ex. by V., and There Are Four Lights. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $10)

3. Rock hard with some tireless musicians at NYC’s Hardest Working Bands of 2016 Live, based on Oh My Rockness’s calculations of who played the most shows last year. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $10)

4. Creep yourself out at the monthly horror series Fright Fridays, tonight screening The Eyes of My Mother, which combines “an especially bloody strain of slasher pic” with “high-art sensibilities.” (Friday, Videology, $10) (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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09/19/16 3:35pm
Laugh it up with the lovely Giulia Rozzi (#1) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

Laugh it up with the lovely Giulia Rozzi (#1) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

1. Start your week off laughing at the reliably funny Side Ponytail Comedy Show, featuring Giulia Rozzi, Ryan Schutt, Ian Aber, Christi Chiello, and Nina Manni. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)

2. Find yourself a new boozy game at the Brooklyn Brewskee-Ball Fall Kickoff, with two hours of open bar, free skee-ball all night, a Funnest Flannel Shirt Contest, and more. (Monday, Full Circle Bar, FREE)

3. It’s sill warm enough for outdoor movies! Head to Dumbo for a screening of ’80s classic Krush Groove, starring Sheila E, Run-DMC, and more, with a dance party before the film. (Tuesday, Dumbo Archway, FREE) (more…)

07/29/16 10:29am
Video: Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance at Jessica Williams' 2 Dope Queens show last night

Jonny Stew and J Will at the Bell House last night. Via Facebook.

It has been a particularly brutal election season made even worse by the lack of Jon Stewart, who used to serve as our nightly pressure release valve who screamed back at you “I AM DUMBSTRUCK ABOUT THESE THINGS TOO YOU’RE NOT CRAZY.” He decided to quit The Daily Show last year before he had to suffer through another election of the same predictable patterns (and who can blame him), but as he left he blew his comedy dandelion into the wind, scattering seeds of smart political talent across the entertainment landscape.

He’s been popping up a few times to check in on his proteges since, with appearances on Samantha Bee’s show and a brief but welcome return to Daily Show form on Stephen Colbert’s show last week. Last night he showed up to check in on another of his former squad in our own backyard: Stewart was the surprise guest at the live taping of the 2 Dope Queens podcast from Daily Show alumna Jessica Williams and comedian Phoebe Robinson. He talked about what he’s been doing since he left the show, how he hired Williams and, like all comedians who come to the Bell House for the first time, made fun of Gowanus. (more…)

07/26/16 10:47am
Hot summer streets And the pavements are burning.

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning.

Between the heat, the politics and the general crappiness of world news overall, summer has definitely been a cruel one. In times like these, it’s easy to give in to the temptation to stay inside, hugging your air conditioner dearly. But what we all really need sometimes is the chance to dance out our feelings. Your best chance to do that this week comes on Friday when our pals at the skint are holding their fourth annual Cruel Summer dance party that will lift you out of the problematic future and take you back to the breezy days of the 1980s, a simpler time when the tunes were cool and Pokemon weren’t around us at all times. It’s got a killer 80s cover band busting out everything from A-ha to Prince, a great DJ and more — and we’ve got a special half-price discount code just for you. (more…)

04/14/16 3:00pm
Get teased by Minxie Mimieaux (#3)

Get teased by Minxie Mimieaux (#3)

1. Expand your perception of reality at a screening of the French short film In Search of Eternity I: Paris, on a screen suspended from the roof and surrounded by photographic frescoes. (Friday, The Chimney, FREE)

2. Listen to the dulcet tones of The Witches, a fugue for five voices with performers Mikeah Jennings, Mary Neufeld, and Stephen Winter. (Friday through Sunday, Spoke the Hub, $15)

3. Bare it with Wasabassco Burlesque’s All the Way, featuring the sexy stylings of BooBess, Tess la Coil, Evelyn Vinyl, Lux La Croix, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux, and Minxie Mimieaux. (Friday, Way Station, $20) (more…)