Wednesday, September 28 at Throne Watches, 8 pm: FREE.
The future may not be looking very great for the country/society as a whole, but it’s looking okay for the four hosts of this recurring comedy show: Mary Houlihan recently went viral for her hilarious and biting interview with Martin Shkreli, “space prince” Julio Torres was recently hired as an SNL writer, Sam Taggart was named one of Brooklyn’s funniest people, and Joe Rumrill‘s face is currently comedian Tig Notaro‘s Twitter avatar. While they’re all certainly busy with all this and more, they still find time to gather in this Williamsburg watch store and host a comedy show.
This one features a fairly jam-packed lineup, with jokes n’ more by folks like Reductress editor Nicole Silverberg, John Early (Showgasm, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Joe Castle Baker (ANTFest, Thank Goddess comedy show), co-writer of Fucking Identical Twins Aaron Johnson, and a comedian who once hit on me by giving me his business card at a show and will remain nameless because I’ve yet to decide how I feel about this method. So, who knows what you’ll experience tonight!
Thursday, September 29 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $5.
Project Runway is cool. Fashion Week is cool. But how often are these things funny? Maybe you’ve wondered this yourself, and are craving to get satisfaction, to find chuckles where there was previously only style. But there can very well be a world where there is both, or at least some kind of an attempt at both. At New York Basement Fashion Week (located in the hip stylish fashion-forward Annoyance Theater), three designers and three guest judges (aka six comedians) will try their best to stage a fashion revolution… in a basement. Rounded out by honorable hosts Hildy Kum (possibly Alise Morales) and Gap employee Tom Goonz (maybe actually John Zachary Townsend), they will try their best to create something that is, well, at least interesting to look at.
Saturday, October 1 at White Box Gallery, 8 pm: $15 suggested donation.
This performance salon of sorts is often held in the host’s spacious loft near the Garment District, which is tangibly reminiscent of Old New York (or at least what I can imagine it might be like). This time it’ll be taking a trip downtown for this iteration to the White Box Gallery on Broome Street. Host and curator (and fellow artist) John Bonafede has assembled several artists of various stripes to show you their stuff: unique musician Tom Chess playing with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Brooklyn-based “Basquiat of street dancing” Storyboard P, ritual-minded performance artist and lecturer Thomas Albrecht, and more.
Miles For Mary
Continues through October 29 at The Bushwick Starr, 8pm: $20.
I know this post has already discussed one Mary, but can you believe there’s another? You know what they say, the more the Mary-er. Only this one’s different, because it’s a play and set in the ’80s and about a high school’s telethon—called Miles For Mary, just so we’re all on the same page. Created by The Mad Ones in collaboration with Amy Staats and Stacey Yen, the show is directed by fellow Mad One Lila Neugebauer, who is making quite a splash over in midtown with her critic’s pick production of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. Perhaps Neugebauer has a particular inclination for young women’s sports teams; The Wolves deals with a soccer team and this show involves the Girls Track And Field team. It’s not the star of the show by any means, that’s the telethon, or the high school, or the camcorder, or the ’80s.