Thursday, February 20 at Secret Loft, 8 pm: $10 suggested donation
It’s getting to be that time of the year, the time where it’s impossible to ignore electoral politics no matter how hard you try. Of course, it’s important to stay informed, but there’s a balance one should strike between staying ignorant and getting completely enveloped in, say, Twitter conspiracies. One way of doing that is by logging off and heading to Paid Protest, a DSA fundraiser comedy show that was once in Brooklyn but has now made its way to Manhattan’s Secret Loft. This time, the team is raising cash for DSA’s Housing Working group through sets by Kate Willett, Alise Morales, Moss Perricone, Judah Friedlander, Jordan Jensen, and Shalewa Sharpe, alongside hosts Kath Barbadoro, Simone Norman, and Alex Ptak. Plus, there’s free pizza.
Friday, February 19 at Club Cumming, 6 pm: $5
February isn’t just the month of Valentine’s Day, or that month with the weird amount of days in it. It’s also Black History Month, and you should be celebrating accordingly. This Friday, Club Cumming is a prime spot to do so, as event series The Leslie will be taking over to showcase black queer artists of all types, all while raising money for the Audre Lorde Project (a portion of the proceeds will be donated). In addition to an array of local vendors and the chance to win some free stuff, there’ll be burlesque, drag, comedy, and the kinds of performances that incorporate a little bit of everything. It’ll undoubtedly be a better Black Friday than that chaotic day in November.
Saturday, February 22 at 110 Studios, 10 pm: $5
The Doors once said “When you’re strange, no one remembers your name,” but they probably hadn’t met Jill Sermonte. The fiery self-proclaimed freaky bitch has been working up a storm in the Brooklyn comedy scene, putting on interactive, unconventional shows that tend to be even stranger than the typical alt-comedy offering. Her latest, Weirdo World, celebrates the people around her who are similarly odd. Of course, this won’t make for a one-note occasion. Weird can mean so many things—let Sermonte and her colleagues enlighten you, using anything from comedy to cake sitting.
Sunday, February 23 at Planet X, 8 pm: FREE
Though venues seem to be closing left and right, which can put a damper on one’s soul, it’s important to remember that new venues are also opening up. Ridgewood seems to be a bit buzzier nowadays, with the sprawling TV Eye and now, Planet X, a punk bar from the folks behind Birdy’s. A bar just for drinking is fine and all, but it can be extra fun when there’s extra stuff going on. Case in point: comedian Brett Davis’s new weekly show Planet Sex, blessing your Sundays with stand-up. The show kicked off last week, and as weeklies go, it’s happening again. This time, expect laughs from Carmen Christopher, Colin Burgess, Kelsey Caine, Martin Urbano, and Sam Lanier.