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People often ask me what shows, besides my own, they should check out in NYC. I'm posting this entry to satisfy that need and will update regularly. Much of this list was informed by my friend and comedian Myq Kaplan.
One-stop shopping for good NYC shows: The Comic's Comic blog.
specific shows to check out (starting with free ones):
- Whiplash at UCB, 11pm mondays (hosted by Leo Allen)
- Sage Standup at Bar 82, 9pm tuesdays (hosted by me!)
- Big Terrific at Cameo, 8pm wednesdays (hosted by Max Silvestri)
- Comedy As A Second Language at Kabin, 9:30pm thursdays (hosted by Sean Patton and Chelsey Calloway)
- Hannibal Buress's show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, 9pm sundays
other cheap shows:
- Tell Your Friends at Lolita Bar, 8pm tuesdays (hosted by Liam McEneaney)
- Punch Up Your Life at Housing Works, 8:30pm tuesdays (hosted by Joe Derosa and Jared Logan)
- anything at UCB
other free shows:
- Hot Soup, 8pm fridays
- Too Cool For School, 8pm fridays
- Bar 4 in park slope, 9pm sundays (hosted by Yannis Pappas)
other great shows:
- Moonwork, some saturdays in the village ($20 to get in, worth it, great shows, includes free beer)
- Sacapuntas!, first wednesday of every month at Bower Poetry Club. (hosted by Dan Allen)
Many thanks to Diamond, who wrote a flattering piece about our now-three-year-old show. Yep, I've been hosting this show for three years! Here's an excerpt of the review:
The atmosphere at Bar 82 is unlike any other. It’s intimate and compact. In a sense, the acts have no choice but to interact with the crowd, whether it’s tough or not. But hey, it’s New York, what do you expect?
A lot of pressure is put on the host to keep the crowd awake in between acts but bearded Baratunde Thurston enjoys the challenge, especially at Bar 82.
“I love performing. I also write and have done on-air work, but there’s nothing like performing,” said Thurston, clad in a gray sports coat and burgundy glasses. “Performing in front of people brings an energy that you can’t get on Twitter. This is like coming home. Even though I perform a lot of places, I don’t miss many shows here.”
Bar 82 is definitely worth a look-see. Their prices are reasonable for drinks and the Sage Comedy Show is free of charge with no drink minimum. Why wouldn’t you?
Tomorrow night we have the amazing W. Kamau Bell in the lineup, and I'll be out of town the rest of the week, so it's your last chance to see me until next week, New York! Full info at SageStandup.com
Subject: Baratunde LIVE again??? Defying all conventional wisdom as well as environmental considerations, the good people at The Comedy Studio have invited me back after my performance of exactly one month ago. This is rather significant for me, considering that my last performance there was due only to my being in a comedy class. But not this time. This time, it's a REAL GIG. With REAL audience members. And REAL tomatoes. So why am I telling you this? Well, many of you owe me money and/or favors. Your presence at my show would go a long way toward forgiving some of this debt. Others of you just had the ill-considered fortune to leave your email addresses within my grasp. For those who saw the last show, I'll be doing SOME of the same material, but I'm mixing it up with a little something new. This Friday May 31 The Comedy Studio 3rd Floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square 8pm cover between $7 - $10 based on level of body odour lata, \[email address removed] comedian / writer / tech-geek www.baratunde.comFor my Boston folks, I'll be returning the weekend of April 25th for a show at The Comedy Studio, where it all started six years ago.