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Williamsburg’s Newest DIY Venue Reimagines the Comedy Club

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

While DIY music venues are pretty much done for on the waterfront, a new independent comedy club– run by comics, for comics– has popped up amongst luxury housing and sprawling new developments in Williamsburg. The Experiment Comedy Gallery isn’t located inside a gritty warehouse, but this former furniture store is an equally barebones kind of deal (for now anyway), save for a monochromatic psychedelic window mural.

The space is much closer to the Silent Barn than it is to, say, Caroline’s– and that’s very much intentional– the founder Mo Fathelbab and his artistic director, Eliana Horeczko, are trying to keep ticket prices at a minimum. “If there’s one word to describe what we’re really all about, it’s accessibility,” Eliana explained. “We’re really focused on giving people the opportunity to perform– like, all people, not just a small group.”

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Performance: Banking Apocalypse, Cartoons, An ‘Avant-Americana’ Musical

Whether you’re craving a futuristic folk-rock-et-cetera musical, some cartoonish comedy, or an entire three-day performance festival, there is something here for you.

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Prelude Festival
October 7-9 at the Martin E. Segal Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, Murray Hill. Various times; all events free. Full schedule here.
Downtown-style performance art saunters uptown a bit for the 12th annual Prelude Festival. Spanning three days, Prelude celebrates exciting and zany performance and multidisciplinary artists who are making work today. Come get immersed in the world of the theatrical with installations, panel discussions, and performances from notable artists like high-belting queerdo Erin Markey, site-specific pioneers En Garde Arts, and Obie-winning experimental playwright Mac Wellman. Attendees will be transported via party buses to the closing party Friday night at PioneerWorks in Red Hook. Best of all, it’s free.

Prelude 2015 is curated by Antje Oegel and Tom Sellar.

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Naked Bodies Become Alien in Comedy Show That Bares All

Rick Swenson, Brian Fiddyment, and Edy Modica in 'Body.' (photo: Madeline Manning)

Rick Swenson, Brian Fiddyment, and Edy Modica in ‘Body.’ (photo: Madeline Manning)

Picture this: you’re at a small performance space underneath a neon-lit jazz club, amidst a pink-lit bar and decorative mannequins. After a few moments of mingling and sipping PBR, a man comes onstage and informs everyone that if they didn’t already know, this show involves fully nude bodies. If we are so shocked by this horrid fact and want a refund, they are available at the door.

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These Web Series Creators Are Willing to ‘Publicly Humiliate’ Themselves in a Juice Bar

Lauren Dortch-Crozier and Sarah Mack

Despite reaching their Kickstarter goal with one week left to go, actors Sarah Mack and Lauren Dortch-Crozier have a great deal for you. In exchange for continuing to generously support their web series “It’s Fine” (and help fund an extra episode), the two are willing to commit “several acts of public humiliation” in a Juice Generation.

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I’m New Here — Can You Show Me Around?

Congrats: after three months in Bushwick, you’ve not only found your favorite neighbourhood pub, but you’ve learned that no one spells “neighbourhood” with a “u” here, nor do they call it a pub. So it’s time to sit back and laugh along with those who still don’t know better than to pronounce it HUE-ston Street. This series of interviews, readings and stand-up sets in which Irish comic Maeve Higgins and Welsh writer Jon Ronson explore the fresh-off-the-boat NYC experience will last until “Maeve or Jon get deported.” Guests this time around: Aparna Nancherla, Mara Altman, Sofija Stefanovic, Joel Kim Booster and Mo Amer.

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Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 3.03.30 PMFrom August 2 to August 4, the East Village’s Empire Biscuit will transform into what sounds like some kind of comedy heaven, where comics you’ve seen on TV will perform from just feet away while you stuff your face with one of the restaurant’s delicious biscuits, included with the price of admission. The Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival will feature more than 40 comedians in nine shows Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Given the takeout joint’s tiny size, this should be a great chance to see big names like Sasheer Zamata of SNL and Mike Lawrence (who just opened for Marc Maron) in an (all too?) intimate setting.

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Brooklyn Comic Simeon Goodson is Leaving the Building

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

You’d expect someone like Brooklyn-born comedian Simeon Goodson to be straight up freaking out right about now. Depending on who you are, an impending move to Abu Dhabi could strike you as utterly terrifying or worthy of giddy anticipation. The dazzling, conservative Vegas of the Middle East is a polarizing place to say the least. But somehow Simeon’s experiencing these two extremes and managing still to take things as they come. While the United Arab Emirates is hardly the dream home for a guy who enjoys swigging glasses of Hennessy (“OD ice”) and belting out karaoke renditions of “Trap Queen,” Sim sees his impending move there less like a stint in purgatory and more an enjoyable challenge and the chance to be a transplant for once in his life.

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5 Live Comedy Shows That Riff On Themes, From Lust to Hate

Sure, comics are notorious navel-gazers, but the fun themes at these recurring shows encourage them to dig for more than just belly button lint.

HowILearnedThe How I Learned Series
July 29, 8 pm at Union Hall: $6 advance, $10 at the door
The latest installment of this series, “You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here,” promises to be worth the price of admission. This show about getting kicked out of bars, being the last loser at a party, “the pursuit of fun,” and stupid decisions will feature Isaac Oliver, Ophira Eisenberg, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, Lynn Bixenspan and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

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Comedy Night at Knitting Factory

Hannibal Buress used to host this weekly showcase of up-and-coming comics, but now the duties fall on Clark Jones (who has toured with Buress), Will Miles, and Kenny DeForest. Get there early (doors open at 8pm): the event is free and has seen big-name drop-ins like Louis CK and Chris Rock, so the Knit’s front bar tends to get packed.

Related: Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

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Comedian Damien Lemon Will ‘Get into the Deep Issues, But This Isn’t a TED Talk’

Damien Lemon.

Damien Lemon.

You’ve probably seen Damien Lemon on MTV 2’s Guy Code, or as the cabbie in one of those Spiderman movies or on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This month you can find him doing stand-up at The Stand. Lemon first walked onto the stage in 2005, when he performed at Sal’s Comedy Hole, and since then he’s been dishing out laid-back advice and commentary on race, sex and, yes, Uber drivers. Lemon, who also co-hosts a podcast called #InTheConversation and co-anchors MTV 2’s Not Exactly News gave us insight into the comedians he most looks up to, the “two different Brooklyns,” and how he transforms “fucked up” shit into jokes that hit.

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