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This week, New York City hosts its Pride Week and celebrates the LGBTQ community with events, parties and, of course, the annual pride parade. Celebrating this community seems especially important in the light of the tragic mass shooting at gay Orlando nightclub Pulse. At the same time, after any national tragedy, it’s important to at least occasionally laugh—that way you can be momentarily distracted from the depths of despair and hopelessness. Luckily, there are ways to do both. So, in honor of NYC Pride Week—and to take your mind off how much the world sucks—here are the best LGBTQ-centric comedy shows happening next week.
Lake Homo High
Friday, June 24, 10 p.m at the Annoyance Theater $10
If you’re in the mood for serious, dramatic theater, then stop by the Annoyance in Williamsburg Friday night and catch the latest episode of Lake Homo High. Created by Bowen Yang and Sam Taggart—the same duo behind the incredibly funny “Live on Broadgay”—this monthly show is a comedy in the style of teen dramas like Degrassi with an all-gay cast. Like all shows at the Annoyance, this one is absurd, verging on balls-to-the-wall crazy. Characters die, characters fall in love, character discover latent super powers. High school, right? Our full review here.
Joel Kim Booster Will Die Alone
Monday, June 27, 8 p.m. at Union Hall $5
In what is easily the most high-concept show of the bunch, stand up Joel Kim Booster is gathering a group of comedians at Union Hall on Monday to hold him a preemptive wake in advance of his loveless death. In between sets from some of the best comedians in the city, Booster will be consulting with his “guardian angel”—Carly Rae Jepsen—to see if he should accept that he’s going to inevitably die alone. It’s gonna be a weird one.
Aside from Booster, you’ve got Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp, the duo whose legitimately insane musical/Parent Trap parody Fucking Identical Twins just got optioned for a movie. You’ve got Anna Drezen of Reductress and the newest blog-turned-book, How May We Hate You? You’ve got Spring Awakening’s Blake Daniel. You’ve even got Mo Fry Pasic and Henry Koperski. You’ve got songs, you’ve got pathos, you’ve got Carly Rae Jepsen. You’ve got so much.
Iron Lady
Tuesday June 21, 9 p.m. at Tender Trap FREE
Max Bernstein’s Iron Lady is always a strong show. With the name and everything, it makes sense, right? The biweekly standup showcase usually features great list of up-and-coming names and, this month, has “an even queerer than usual lineup.”
This month, performers include comedians Alex English, Lily Marotta, David Perez, Max Wittert and Brooklyn drag queen Hamm Samwich. So be strong, do Iron Lady this week.
Thank Goddess
Friday, June 24, 8 p.m at Over the Eight; FREE.
Hosted by comedians Tessa Skara and Joe Castle Baker, Thank Goddess is a monthly stand up showcase that Skara describes as a “queer feminist comedy show” where “the basic premise is that straight white men can’t perform (but they can come watch).” So basically it’s the inverse of every boring standup show in the city.
In faux-honor of the commercialization of Pride Week, this month’s theme is “Exxon and Bud Light Present: Thank Goddess Pride.” Also, while it is free, this show, as with every other show at Over the Eight this month, will have a bucket for donations toward a charity fund for those affected by the Orlando shooting.