No need to wait for the New York Comedy Festival to roll around: the Brooklyn Comedy Festival takes place later this month, and to get you revved up there’ll be a free art show and party tomorrow night.
On display at Cloud City in Williamsburg will be comedy photography by Erin Nekervis and photography by C+C Mini Factory. The latter’s work features “miniatures in fanciful and otherworldly environments.” If you’re not already a fan of small dolls and animals photographed in shoebox-size fantasy worlds, you’ll soon learn to appreciate them. Not only is the show free, there will be free beer, whiskey and wine. (As if you need an excuse to gaze upon a crab holding a red telephone.) The only requisite is that you RSVP on their Facebook page.
As of last week the Brooklyn Comedy Fest crew was still organizing the show lineups, but they did highlight a few names like Michael Che, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Buteau, Sean Patton, Mark Normand, Seaton Smith, Dan Soder, John Early, and Michelle Wolf. Depending on the show, you’ll see yucksters who got their start in standup, improv, sketch or web series. There will also be panel discussions and after parties.
Want to attend more than one event? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to pay your rent. Only five of the 26 events cost more than $10 and entry for the rest of the shows will cost you $10 or less (some are free). Though the festival features comedians from Brooklyn and beyond, the shows all take place at venues throughout Brooklyn.
You might even get to watch greatness unfold. According to the website, on opening night in 2013, Hannibal Buress swung by to perform and Mike O’Brien made an appearance before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live. Love the dimpled, soon-to-be-Jon-Stewart Trevor Noah? He and his fellow correspondents on The Daily Show, Michael Che and Hasan Minhaj, graced the stage last year.
The pre-festival Fine Arts Show + Party is tomorrow from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Cloud City, 85 N. 1st Street, Williamsburg. All ages to enter, 21+ to drink.