08/27/15 10:55am
Sasheer Zamata is just one many comics who'll be performing at the closing party on Saturday. via BKCF

Sasheer Zamata is one of many all-stars slated to perform at the closing show on Saturday. via BKCF

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival ends this weekend, on Sunday, August 30. If you’re thinking, “Oh no thanks, I already know comedy, it’s sitting in a dark room with some guy tells jokes at the front,” then you should definitely be catching at least one of these last few shows. (more…)

08/24/15 3:59pm
Here's your chance to see The Special Without Brett Davis without having to go all the way to Manhattan. Photo by Orlando Olier, via Facebook

Here’s your chance to see The Special Without Brett Davis without having to go all the way to Manhattan. Photo by Orlando Olier, via Facebook

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is upon us, and you might be forgiven for thinking, “Hey, aren’t we living the Brooklyn Comedy Festival every day?” Well yes in a sense we are, but who are we to look an entire comedy festival gift horse in the mouth, especially when it means stumbling into a number of bars means a chance to see some of the city’s best comics all performing together, including in some shows that usually only happen in Manhattan. Still, unless you clone yourself you’re not going to be able to make it to every show in the festival (and if you do clone yourself maybe do more than just watch comedy). So, we’re here to help with our recommendations on which shows you should be checking out each night week in order to maximize your laughs. (more…)

08/17/15 2:18pm
If this is the kind of thing that happens at a normal Macauly Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival

If this is what happens at a normal Macaulay Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival.

Last year, we were privilged to be able to see 19 of Brooklyn’s best comedians jump on stage for five minutes at a time at the world’s first Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest. Of course, that was last year, and everyone knows that the summer is made for sequels. Lucky for us then that yet another Avengers-like lineup of Brooklyn comedians is converging on Shea Stadium this weekend for the Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest 2, another star-studded comedy Event. With any luck it’ll avoid Age of Ultron‘s missteps, particularly the way they handle the use of Black Widow. (more…)

08/05/15 8:17am

Fight the power tonight, with the power of song

Welcome to Wednesday. That’s amost alliterative, kind of like the way that Wednesday is almost something to celebrate. Beyond being the fulcrum on which the week moves from “a lot left still” to “not as much left now,” it’s a pretty good day, but other than that it’s just another square on the board game of life you seem to keep going around on forever. Good thing you can distract yourself from thoughts like that with these fun things to do that were pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

06/22/15 10:54am

So fresh & so clean (#1)

1. Slip into your choicest duds and head to Industry City for Rooftop Films’ Fresh Dressed. (Monday, FREE)

2. All aboard for Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, featuring Jared Logan, Katina Corrao, Jordan Temple, and Casey James Salengo. (Monday, $5)

3. For the ladies: learn how to turn your living room into a DIY venue at the Live Sound Workshop for Women. (Monday, FREE) (more…)

06/09/15 1:39pm

Aparna Nancherla and friends will make you laugh and turn your laughs into money for people who need it. Photo by Kevin Thom

Non-stop cable news coverage may have moved on to new disasters, but Nepal is still digging out from April’s devastating earthquake. Since you don’t have emergency assistance training, you might be thinking there’s not much you can do to help, but don’t worry there is. Some of our favorite comics are getting together next week for Comics Who Care: A Benefit for Nepal, a fundraiser to help Nepali earthquake survivors. Paying to laugh at this show beats the usual reason to pay to laugh at a comedy show (because you feel empty inside). (more…)

06/02/14 8:36am
The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook

The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook

1. Have a horrifyingly good time at The Way Station, as they show a horror movie, ask a few trivia questions and provide free pizza at their Monster Monday Madness (Monday)

2. Freestyle Mondays has seen the same improv rhyming champ for two straight months, so see if Osyris Antham can make it a three-peat. Don’t call it that though, unless you wan to pay Pat Riley (Tuesday)

3. A woman goes on an epic quest to find out who was behind her identify theft, something we all secretly fear, at a screening of Chase Rewards (Monday) (more…)

01/27/14 9:42am
clench and release charla lauriston

The comedy potential in handshakes often goes unexplored, so we like this

1. All-female comedy show Saw Her Stand Up There comes back to Spike Hill for more patriarchy-smashing laughter (Monday)

2. See the America-trotting documentaries and strange exploitation-camp of local filmmaker Courtney Sell at Videology (Monday)

3. Comedian Charla Lauriston is showing the debut episode of her web series Clench & Release, and following it with performances from comedians in the show, including Girls tour guide Sasheer Zamata (Monday)

4. The Simpsons Club barrels into the show’s eighth season, with “You Only Move Twice,” the best Simpsons episode ever, on the schedule (Monday) (more…)

01/21/14 10:41am

If you’re a comedian, you might think that once you’ve made it onto Saturday Night Live your career is on easy street. Well, not so if this video by new cast member Sasheer Zamata, in which she gives unofficial Girls tours, is to be believed. OK, so actually it’s just a silly skit where she takes on the persona of “Madison” a Girls fanatic and Oberlin graduate who gives unofficial walking tours. We mean it when we say this is silly (“I saw Lena Dunham cross the street at Bedford Avenue and I developed a heart murmur. So now I have a robot heart.”), but we kinda wish Zamata wasn’t so busy with SNL because we’d actually love to get a Girls tour from her. And, like all Girls parodies, this is way funnier than Robots.

[h/t Observer]