The Open Mic Roast of Riley Soloner
August 1 at Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Brooklyn. This show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m. More info on the event page.
Comedian Riley Soloner is hosting an open mic in which he will let anyone in the audience—including complete strangers—roast him in any way they want. Soloner is an improviser and comedian probably best known for his appearances on The Chris Gethard Show, but if you’re unfamiliar with him, that’s fine. He still would like you to roast him. In what the event page describes as “a truly bold and stupid move,” Soloner crowd-sourced this show via Facebook, where people requested that it be “a roast” and “sad.” Please don’t let him down—say something vile to his face.
Connor Ratliff’s Olympic Send-Off Spectacular!
August 3, 8 p.m. at UCB Chelsea, 307 W. 26th St. Tickets are $5 and available online.
Connor Ratliff—an out-of-shape, 40-year-old improviser, best known as a member of the UCB weekend group The Stepfathers—has been trying to get into the Olympics since they were last in London. He doesn’t play a sport professionally and, from the looks of it, he doesn’t go to the gym too often. And yet, he’s hungry for gold. After four years of stepping up to the plate, he hopes 2016 is finally his year. To celebrate his impending victory, Ratliff is hosting a show at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday night where he’ll finally make the grade and get into the Zika-infested games at Rio. No word on whether or not he’s chosen a sport to compete in yet.
The Bad to Good Show
August 5, 8 p.m. at the Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn. Tickets are $10 and available on the Annoyance’s website.
Comedian Brett Davis—confusingly of The Special Without Brett Davis—is hosting a comedy show that runs the gamut from dark and offensive to light-hearted and fun. As he puts it, “This show will be the worst and best comedy show your will ever see simultaneously. Also a famous dog is on it.” To make good on that promise, Davis has collected some of the meanest and the nicest comedians in New York for a show that will feature sets that start off awful and eventually get nicer and nicer as things progress. The show is filled with Annoyance regulars, like Andrew Tisher (The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour) and Christi Chiello (Actors). It all starts with J.D. Amato—whose past bits have included a sadistic mime who forces audience members to do and say awful things—and ends with a set from Marnie the Dog. Yes, that famous dog.
Absurd Comedy Collective Presents: Let It Out BB
August 6, 8 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., LES. This show is free and more info can be found here.
This show is the latest student showcase from the newly formed Absurd Comedy Collective, a group that provides workshops and performance opportunities for “women-identifying people of color, and all genderqueer, nonbinary and trans people.” It also happens to include some incredibly funny performers, including Absurd Comedy Collective workshop instructors Mitra Jouhari (of the Three Busy Debras) and Eliza Cossio (of The Daily Show). Also on the bill are Joel Kim Booster and Sam Taggart as well as several students of the collective. In addition, the show also has an open mic portion, which the collective’s founder and show’s host, Rachel Kaly, hopes will encourage people to “bring your queer friends, your friends who are women of color,” and give them a chance to be heard.