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We Noah Good Stand-Up Comedy Showcase When We See One

Trevor Noah outside of Bar Matchless. (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Trevor Noah outside of Bar Matchless. (Photo: Phil Provencio)

For the last couple months, the free Monday night show Broken Comedy – in the dark and dingy back room at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint – has really been hitting its stride. Lately in particular, Broken has drawn solid crowds with consistently strong talent. That’s impressive as the show (which was created in 2011) has been re-upping with the absence of favored host Michael Che.

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Chatting With Some Regulars at Bar Brooklyn… in Sweden

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(Photo: Joshua D. Fischer)

Taking a break from writing the Meet the Regulars book (slated to be published by Skyhorse in May 2016), I was visiting a friend in Stockholm, Sweden. As soon as I learned about Bar Brooklyn, a restaurant and bar inspired by Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery, I had to check it out.

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Colin Quinn Will Workshop ‘Breuklyn’ in Brooklyn Tonight

ColinQuinn071r-1Colin Quinn is about to school your ass on Breuklyn. Note the old-timey spelling of the world-famous borough, which also happens to be the title of his new one-man show. Perhaps “Breuklyn” is meant to be a throwback to the old days. Says Quinn, “The show is about how Brooklyn was when I was growing up. Also it’s about ethnicity and how it became an off-limits topic except if you speak in the most generic and amiable bromides.” Tonight, the legendary comic will workshop his latest show appropriately in Brooklyn at oddball bar Over the Eight.
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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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WNYC’s Anna Sale Talks Death, Sex, Money and Tacos at Santos Anne

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

If a French-Mexican fusion restaurant sounds weird, that’s only because it is. The thing is, the eclectic, dark but innocuous Santos Anne is weirdly charming. What really makes this place stand out to people who live in Williamsburg is its solid backyard. The value of an asset like that cannot be stressed enough. And regular Anna Sale gets that all too well. The 34-year-old journalist used to live in the neighborhood, and when she did, she’d find solace from the city in a small corner in the backyard lit by a living room lamp. Charming, eclectic, see?
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Blonde Redhead Defends Their Decadence at St. Mazie

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(Photos: Phil Provencio)

Since 19-freakin’-93, Blonde Redhead has been conjuring killer music in New York freakin’ City. The trio – Italian twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Japanese chanteuse Kazu Makino – are absolute legends of noise-rock and sonic dreamscapes. First taken under the wing of Sonic Youth and later guided by Fugazi, the band constantly strives to create, as Simone says mystically, “something that feels right everywhere, that doesn’t feel it derives from anywhere but just comes because of something magical between us.” Their entire career has been defined by always feeling like outsiders in the city they call home.
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Soaking Up Rays (and Frozen Margs) With Bridey Elliott of Fort Tilden

Fort Tildenscreening tomorrow at Northside Festival, depicts a pair of naive, privileged, and self-obsessed friends journeying to the Rockaways. It’s a sunny, snarky quest to some very funny places.
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9 Comics Give Michael Che Their Two Cents On His New Daily Show Gig

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(All photos: Phil Provencio)

On Monday night, Broken Comedy celebrated co-founder Michael Che’s 31st birthday with a full-on blowout. Inside an extremely packed backroom at Matchless in Greenpoint, Che hosted the night alongside co-founder and regular host Nimesh Patel.
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Jessica Pimentel of Orange Is the New Black Gets Stuck to the Seats at This ‘Dirty Dive’

Jessica Pimentel has played pregnant Hispanic women before, but — as with all of Orange Is the New Black‘s amazing female characters — her role as Maria Ruiz (not the one who got knocked up by the prison guard; the other one) defies the stereotype.
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The Lucas Bros. Are Regulars at Tutu’s, Even If Weed Is Clearly Better Than Booze

The Lucas Brothers are comics and identical twins. And Keith and Kenny don’t just look alike — they also dress alike. One Lucas Bro says their twin dynamic is “deeper than brother-brother,” as the other Bro finishes the thought with, “we’re the same person.”
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