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KafkaRotica at KGB Bar

KafkaRotica has been described as “the three-way love child of Franz Kafka, Christian Grey, and Regina Spektor,” by the site’s creator H.P. Xachariah. Conceived as a ‘home for erotica that doesn’t suck,’ Xachariah and friends pen parody erotica in the style of classic authors. Their tagline? “Cum for the parody porn, stay for the erotic diction.” If you prefer to experience erotica in a crowded environment, join members of the team for an evening of sexual intercourse-focused musical-comedy at KGB Bar.

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“Clown Bar” at The Box

Back for a limited-engagement encore, Clown Bar is a dark-comedy-slash-whodunit about a clown searching for the answers to his brother’s murder. The show is critically acclaimed, and every bit as weird as it sounds. The audience is encouraged to wear full clown regalia to the performance; they’ll get free shots of “extra funny” if they do. We haven’t seen the show, but there’s a “Fight Director” in the crew credits, and that’s all we need to know.

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Watch: Sasheer Zamata and Seth Herzog Improvised Some TED Talks

Saturday Night Live was on hiatus last weekend, but cast member Sasheer Zamata could still be found performing before an audience in the wee hours. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Zamata and others hit the stage at UCBeast and did their best to pull some TED Talks out of their asses.
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Liza Dye Is Out of the Hospital and Doing Stand-Up About Getting Hit By a Train

Comedian Liza Dye, who earlier this month told us about getting hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station in mid-February, was released from Bellevue Hospital on Friday, having undergone nine surgeries since the incident. As promised, she quickly scheduled her first post-accident stand-up (“sit-down”) appearance.
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My Body Came Out of Shock and I Was Like, 'Oh, I Got Hit By a Train!'

Liza Dye at Bellevue Hospital on Sunday night (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

Liza Dye at Bellevue Hospital Center on Sunday night (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

Tonight, hours after Liza Dye has her eighth surgery since being struck by a B train on February 13, Abbi Crutchfield will host a benefit at the Jersey City Comedy Festival, in hopes of adding to the $63,000 that have already been raised for Dye . Sunday, from her hospital bed at Bellevue, the 25-year-old stand-up from South Carolina told us her story in detail for the first time.
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See R.L. Stine Do ‘Cool Shit/Weird Shit’ at UCBeast Tonight

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

If you were a kid in the ’90s, R.L. Stine was your Stephen King. This was pre-helicopter parenting, when your school book fair haul could consist solely of paperbacks like Say Cheese and Die!, The Girl Who Cried Monster, and The Curse of the Creeping Coffin. Stine has sold more than 350 million copies of his 300-plus books. The Goosebumps series alone had more product tie-ins than a Marvel movie: masks, shirts, trading cards, a board game (which I got for my ninth birthday), even a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy.
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Rob Michael Hugel and Shannon Coffey on Girls: ‘She’s Gonna Try to Take a Bath in the Coffin’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

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Rob Michael Hubel.

Rob Michael Hubel.

The text in blue belongs to Rob Michael Hugel, creator and star of the Williamsburg-set web series I Hate Being Single. He directed episodes of Broad City before it was picked up by Comedy Central, as well as UCB comedy videos, including that Girls tour of Greenpoint featuring Sasheer Zamata.

Shannon Coffee takes a selfie.

Shannon Coffee takes a selfie.

The text in gray belongs to Shannon Coffey, Hugel’s I Hate Being Single co-star (they’ve got an Indiegogo campaign going to raise money for season two). Three times per week, she posts new content on her YouTube channel, Random Ass Girly Channel. She used to helm an online talk show called Coffey Chat.
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Sideshow Goshko Celebrates 5 Years of Comedic Storytelling and ‘So Much Alcohol’

(Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, Courtesy of Leslie Goshko)

Leslie Goshko. (Photo by Maryanne Ventrice)

It’s kind of appropriate that Leslie Goshko, a woman of Ukrainian heritage with an arsenal of anecdotes, hosts a monthly storytelling show at KGB Bar, the former socialist clubhouse for Soviet ex-pats. Tonight, Sideshow Goshko celebrates its fifth anniversary.
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Jena Friedman and Elna Baker On Girls: ‘My Daddy Issues Are That I Love My Dad Too Much’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

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(Photo: Jessica Miglio/Courtesy of HBO)

Elna and Jena. (Photo: Jena's Instagram)

Elna and Jena. (Photo: Jena’s Instagram)

The text in green belongs to Elna Baker. Based in Greenpoint, she is the author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, and has appeared on This American Life. On the last Wednesday of each month, she hosts The Talent Show at Littlefield.

The text in white belongs to fellow comedian Jena Friedman. She’s a former writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, who lives in the East Village.
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Matchless Is ‘An After-School Program For Late-Night Comedians,’ Thanks to This Guy

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

“Beautiful” is not the first word that comes to mind when you step into the back room at Bar Matchless. But that’s how comic Nimesh Patel affectionately describes the dark, brick and concrete space that houses a small stage with the lonely bones of a drum kit and a couple guitar amps sitting silently on top. As host of the free Monday night show Broken Comedy, Nimesh tirelessly works the room every week.
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