09/30/15 8:12am
She can talk about what scares her, so you should too. via Facebook

She can talk about what scares her, so you should too. Photo by Ari Scott, via Facebook

As I understand it, Brooklyn is about to be hit with a rainstorm of biblical proportions, a period of rain and gloom that hasn’t been seen since ol’ Noah was undertaking his exploits that would eventually earn him a Hollywood adaptation by Darren Aronofsky. The way I see it, you can either give in to the gloom and work on your Morrissey-inspired poetry, or you can slap on your rain boots and hit up one of these fun things to do found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. I say do the second one, since if you brave the rain when no one else will, it’s a shorter wait for a drink at the bar AND you get to learn about sword swallowing or hang out with Mara Wilson. (more…)

09/16/15 9:40am
Can people be as funny as Fetty was hot this summer? Find out tonight!

Can people be as funny as Fetty was hot this summer? Find out tonight!

Welcome to Hump Day, in which every moment you walk down the street you’re vulnerable to people just walking up to you, latching on somewhere and pumping away. That’s what they mean by that, right? I’m going to assume that’s the case, so in order to make this dreaded day more bearable, here’s a bunch of fun things to do tonight, as found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

08/27/15 8:41am
These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook

These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook

Thursday is here and it’s time for you to partyyyyyy. Seriously though, get out there and have a good time, because you’ve worked for most of the week and for a few of those hours, you probably even put in an effort that went beyond merely going through the motions. So! Reward yourself by having a good time at one of these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (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…)

04/10/15 3:57pm

Curious what our old pal Sue Smith has been up to lately? She’s staying busy with comedy of course, but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time to go out on the road (well, to McCarren Park) and preach the gospel of the menstrual cup, for both its environmental and health benefits. As seen in a new UCB video, Sue stopped women enjoying a snowy day in McCarren and let them in on some facts about tampons (full of bleach, polluting landfills all over the world) and offered some women menstrual cups to use right there in the McCarren Park bathroom.

It’s a subject near and dear to her heart, with Sue going over it in a Brokelyn post a few years ago. If you’re unaware of the benefits of menstrual cups, give it a read, especially since they can save you $2,000 over 25 years and Sue says it’s not at all weird after just a little bit of getting used to. (more…)

01/19/15 9:00am
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Heidi Vanderlee of Shark Party media.

Welcome to the first installment of our new weekly career focus, loosely called “get your ass in gear Mondays.” (You got a better name?) First up, some probing questions for Heidi Vanderlee, a publicist for Shark Party Media, a PR firm that represents all the funny people in Brooklyn and some musicians too. Heidi’s own clients include the “weird” teen book and zine publisher All Ages Press, Shonali Bhowmik, The Chris Gethard Show, The Cush, Brokelyn alumnae Sue Smith and Jo Firestone, the Snarky Sidekick webseries, Keisha Zollar and Sara Benincasa. She also helps out repping Reggie Watts, Wyatt Cenec, John Hodgman and others on Kathryn Musilek’s client roster at Shark Party. You can actually get paid for this? We asked Heidi how.  (more…)

12/26/14 3:06pm
Well, maybe not THIS offensive

Well, maybe not THIS offensive

You there, do a bunch of spending on Christmas presents for your ungrateful friends and family, and are now looking for a quick way to replenish that bank account? There’s always the blood bank, but we’ve got another idea for you: sitting through some of New York’s best comedians doing the most boring and offensive comedy they can think of for a soul-crushing five hours on Sunday. If you survive it, there’s a cash prize waiting for you. (more…)

12/08/14 3:46pm
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High Maintenance, which follows the strange life of Brooklyn’s most famous fictional pot dealer is just one gift your comedy nerd friend will flip over. via Facebook

It’s that time of year again, the time where you feel the need to buy friends gifts even if you’re not entirely sure what they’d like. Why take the risk the gift you agonized over buying your friend will be met with a strained polite face and a request for the receipt when you can just take advice from some of Brooklyn experts on what your friends will love? Today, we’ve got some of Brooklyn’s best comedians telling you what you should buy for that comedy-obsessed friend of yours for Christmas. (more…)

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Sue laughing at the concept of adding some dudes to the line up. via Facebook

Female comics are making gains and causing laughter all over Brooklyn, with names like Jo Firestone, Charla Lauriston, Sasheer Zamata, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer standing out as some can’t-miss names in comedy. Our pal Sue Smith, who you might know from Brokelandia, her useful and informative posts or even Best Week Ever, belongs on that list too, especially since she hosts Tits & Giggles, a free show featuring the best female standups in the city every other Wednesday at Cobble Hill’s People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street). And hey, tonight is one of those Wednesdays. (more…)

05/05/14 9:15am
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Opera on Tap takes center stage at Freddy’s Thursday night. via Facebook

1. It’s the end of South 4th Bar’s Cinco de Derby weekend, and they’re moving on to the Cinco de Mayo portion of it. Go celebrate with your amigos and drink some cheap margaritas (Monday)

2. Or celebrate it playing the traditional Mexican game of pinball. OK look, even if that isn’t totally true, who are you to pass up free pinball at Sunshine Laundry? You could even win a lawnmower (Monday)

3. See new Daily Show correspondent Michael Che in his natural habitat, NYC Broken Comedy at Matchless. As long as you see him before his first segment, you can tell people you saw him before he was famous (Monday) (more…)