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Month: November 2017

Small Business Saturday – Stand Up NY History

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Conceived then established in 1986, Stand Up NY has held a near and dear place on the Upper West Side for three decades as a small business. Originally solely a comedy club hosting some of New York’s best comedians, the space was bought in 2008 by our current owners Dani Zoldan and Gabe Waldman who had our bar and showroom redone by the interior designer Steve Lewis in 2010. As recently as 2013 Stand Up NY continued its growth with a new venture called Stand Up NY Labs – a place where free comedy podcasts and videos are produced featuring comedians affiliated with the club!

 

As we expand and grow, Stand Up NY has continued its proud support of Small Business Saturday since it was created in 2010 as a call to help create more support for smaller local stores and businesses between Black Friday and Cyber Monday during the holiday season. Stand Up NY has been a part of the NYC community for decades so to show our support this #SmallBusinessSaturday we are offering a special deal on Saturday, November 25th, 2017.

Take some time out this #SmallBusinessSaturday to show your support and keep the small stores of America alive! Also, don’t forget to shop local and join us Sunday’s for Neighborhood Night with free admission for residents of the 10023, 10024, and 10025 zip codes and up to 3 guests!

A Small Snapshot of Big Comedy Specials Coming to Netflix

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  1. Ali Wong – Baby’s Gone Back

    1. A member of the audience at the original back to back Saturday night show taping in Toronto, Michelle Da Silva of NOW Magazine (@nowtoronto), writes that “Similar to her jokes in Baby Cobra, Wong’s new material smartly subverts feminist ideas around womanhood, marriage, sex, and careers.” Then goes on to mention she “has more than one deal in the works with Netflix (a romantic comedy starring Wong and Randall Park was announced in August)…” If you’d like a sneak preview of the material, check out Michelle’s article here.

    2. Here’s Ali Wong’s personal update…

  1. Judd Apatow – The Return

    • It’s out! I mean yes, we know he’s come back to stand-up, but here’s the official teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix Special “The Return” which is set to release on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. Here Judd announces the big news to a handful of supportive peers…

(Thanks to @AndrewHusband for this article on UPROXX.

    • Howard Stern news site reports this will be Judd’s first attempt at stand-up in over 25 years, and it’s not such a small crowd either, as associate Chris Gethard warns Judd “You have so much to lose” and Schumer jokingly pleads “Don’t do it.”

  1. Kevin James – An NYC Stand-Up Special

    1. Coming back to the stand-up game 16 years after his 2001 special “Sweat the Small Stuff,” Kevin James has taped a new special back in October at NYC’s own Beacon Theatre. This special is set to release sometime in 2018. Get more info from @JoeOtterson’s article for Variety.

  1. Chris Rock – Comic Royalty

    1. After an apparent bidding war (and eight years off the stand-up stage), Chris Rock signed a two-special deal with Netflix worth $40 million. We’ve heard from @KofieYeboah from theundefeated.com that Ted Sarandos, the Netflix chief content officer, is a fan referring to Rock’s stand-up performances as “comic royalty” in an interview with Variety.

    2. The Netflix stand-up special was taped during Rock’s Total Blackout Tour in NYC, but no official release date has been posted on Netflix yet.

    3. Although there has been news revolving around Chris Rock and Adam Sandler’s upcoming Spring 2018 original Netflix film. Center Stage Comedy reports that production kicked off this summer in Long Island, NY for the film about the weeks leading up to the wedding between Adam Sandler’s daughter and Chris Rock’s son.

  1. Marlon Wayans – Another Netflix Special

    1. There has not been much mention of Marlon Wayans’ recent Netflix stand-up special booking. The Hollywood Reporter has stated that Marlon “will tape the program this fall in Washington, D.C. The special will be produced by Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Steve Harris and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg.” No release month or date has been announced yet.

  1. Ellen DeGeneres – Shhh…wait, why are we being so quiet about this?

    1. Ellen DeGeneres is coming back to do a stand-up special 15 years after her last live performance! WOOT! It began as a small mention on Twitter from the streaming giant:

  1. Then confirmed the actuality of the deal on her show a day later and gave hope to fans, “It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years. And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it. And now, each one of you, you get to Netflix & chill with me. How about that?” (Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for supplying this article and quote).

  2. Add Ellen DeGeneres’ Stand-up Special to your list now!

  3. Side note: she recently performed on stage at the Largo in LA who shared photos on Twitter and with Entertainment Weekly.

STREAMING THE COMEDY OF NOVEMBER 2017

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It’s hard to keep track of the comedy world as it spans across television, film, and now it’s rush onto online streaming platforms since 2015. Even more difficult, do you know how many films, just films, are released on average every holiday season between Nov. 15th and January 1st?

Neither do I… but we all know it is A LOT. Therefore I am just going to focus on the upcoming comedy features across a few online streaming platforms coming up between today and the end of November. Here’s a list of TV shows, films, and stand-up specials to keep an eye out for. Please enjoy responsibly.

Before we begin, a special shout-out to DeRay Davis for “How To Act Black,” his new Netflix stand-up comedy special which came out on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017! No waiting, Check it out NOWHERE.

NOVEMBER 16

Gameface – Season 1 (Hulu)

Comedy series following Marcella (Roisin Conaty) through “a witty, tender and resonant comedy about navigating your thirties when you’re under-prepared – but somehow always staying afloat.”

Directed by Andrew Chaplin, Created and Starring Roisin Conaty, also starring Dustin Demri-Burns, Caroline Ginty, Damien Molony, Karl Theobald, and Dylan Edwards.

There’s… Johnny! (Hulu)

All at once the season’s 7 half-hour episodes will launch for this “coming-of-age story, set in 1972, about 19-year-old Nebraskan Andy (Ian Nelson), who travels to the Burbank, Calif., studios of The Tonight Show and lands a job backstage working for Johnny Carson,” using real clips from Carson’s Show!

By Paul Reiser, Starring Tony Danza, Ian Nelson, Jane Levy, and Roger Bart. Also T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss and Andrew Schulz.

NOVEMBER 17

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (Netflix)

Behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Man on the Moon will be available for the first time in Chris Smith’s new documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond…and features Carrey in the present day looking back on his time on the film.” Directed by Chris Smith.

Check out the trailer:

Landline (Amazon)

Set in 1990’s Manhattan, this is a comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies. Congrats to Director Gillian Robespierre and writers Elisabeth Holm and Tom Bean on their Amazon Original Movie and Amazon Prime streaming premiere! Starring to Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Edie Flaco, Abby Quinn, John Turturro and many more!

Check out the Trailer:

NOVEMBER 19

Baskets – Season 2 (Now on Hulu & Amazon)

FX’s absurd and beautiful family comedy’ by co-creator Jonathan Krisel and Zach Galifianakis, featuring Zach, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly, and Sabina Sciubba.

NOVEMBER 21

Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers (Netflix)

Taking relatable family humor to new heights as he talks board games, underwear elastic and looking for hot dogs in all the wrong places. Starring Brian Regan.

NOVEMBER 22

Cherry Pop (Netflix)

A bawdy, uproarious comedy about a newcomer’s wild night in a down-and-out drag club. Directed by Assaad Yacoub and written by Nick Landa, Starring Caldwell Tidicue, Tempest DuJour, Detox Icunt, Mayhem Miller, Misty Violet, Allusia Alusia, Miguel Sagaz, Lars Berge and Latrice Royale.

NOVEMBER 23

She’s Gotta Have It – Season 1 (Netflix)

Spike Lee’s first film, from 1986, will now be expanded into a 10-episode Netflix comedy with the same plot, about a woman hoping to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers.

Starring DeWanda Wise, Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Chyna Layne, Anthony Ramos.

Check out the Trailer:

Happy Christmas (Hulu)

You may have caught this holiday comedy back in 2014, but Hulu is re-releasing this Dramedy for streaming just as the season arrives. Starring Anna Kendrick as the recently single Jenny who moves in with writer Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), her filmmaker husband (Mark Weber), and their child. Directed and Written by Joe Swanberg.

NOVEMBER 24

The Big Sick (Amazon Prime)

From Director Michael Showalter and writers Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani come to this comedy revolving around a Pakistan-Born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail Nanjiani) and student Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. Also starring Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant.

Check out the Trailer:

 

Trailer Park Boys – Out of the Park: USA (Netflix)

Season 1 brings back the boys as they head south of the Canadian border for some outrageous American adventures. Starring John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, Tom Mayhue, Alex Lifeson.

NOVEMBER 28

The Queen of Spain (Netflix)

A tense dramedy depicting Macarena Granada twenty years after the events of “The Girl of Your Dreams” in the 1950s, who has become a Hollywood star, and returns to Spain to film a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile; where her old flame is arrested by fascists.

Written and Directed by Fernando Trueba, Starring Penelope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Ana Belen, Javier Camara, Chino Darin, Loles Leon, Arturo Ripstein, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sarda, Santiago Segura, Clive Revill, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin.

Check out the Trailer:

NOVEMBER 29

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

Set in the early 1960’s a housewife decides to become a stand-up comic! Written and directed by Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino. Starring Rachel Brosnahan, Matteo Pascale, Matilda Szydagis, Bailey De Young, Joel Johnstone, and many more!

Check out the Trailer:

NOVEMBER 30

Person to Person (Hulu)

During a single day in New York City, different characters grapple with the mundane, the unexpected, and the larger questions permeating their lives.

Featuring Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Abbi Jacobson, Bene Coopersmith, Philip Baker Hall, George Sample III, Michaela Watkins, Ben Rosenfield, Olivia Luccardi, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Buddy Duress.

Check out the trailer:

On those days when you would like to remove yourself from the couch and/orbed and watch some LIVE Comedy, join us at Stand Up NY. We have shows every night of the week with crowd pleasing stand-up comedians throwing it out! Check out our lineup and schedules here.

Veteran Comedians

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Serving in the military is a brave choice a small group of Americans makes to guarantee the security of all of us. We at Stand Up NY would like to thank all veterans for the sacrifices they made to keep this country safe. Thankfully, for some veterans, serving in the military inspired them to start writing jokes. Here is a partial list of notable comedians that answered the call to service and went on to successful careers in comedy. So if you think you’re pretty funny and currently serving in the military but wondering what you’re going to do when your service is over, perhaps it is time to start writing jokes.

Mel Brooks – Actor/comedian/director Mel Brooks was an Army Corporal who specialized in defusing landmines and served in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the Western Front in World War 2.

Drew Carey – Comedian and game show host Drew Carey served in the Marine Corps Reserves for six years.

George Carlin – Comedy rebel George Carlin served in the Air Force in the 1950s as a radar technician. He was court-martialed 3 times and given a general discharge in 1957.

Johnny Carson – Legendary Tonight Show host Johnny Carson was a Navy Communications Officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages during World War 2. He was also an undefeated amateur boxer during his time in the Navy.

James P. Connolly – James P. Connolly served in the Marines during the First Gulf War and rose to the rank of Captain. He credits his commanding officer making him write jokes for an Officer’s roast as the beginning of his comedy career.

Benari Poulten – New York standup comedian and writer Benari Poulten joined the Army Reserve in 1999 and served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Don Rickles – Legendary comedian Don Rickles served in the Navy in World War 2 on a torpedo boat.

Rob Riggle – Comedian/Actor Rob Riggle was in the Marine Corps Reserve for 23 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was still serving while he was a correspondent on The Daily Show. Riggle was deployed overseas multiple times and served in combat in Afghanistan.

Katie Robinson – Comedy Store regular Katie Robinson served as a Chem-bio-radiation Officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ron White – Ron White’s father made him join the Navy at 17 after he was kicked out of high school in the early 1970s. White claims that in a hearing before his discharge his commanding officer called him a “hole in our nation’s national defense.”

Explosion of Podcasts in Comedy

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The beginning of Podcasts started in the mid-2000s, with the first podcasts aired in 2004 and the term “podcast” becoming the word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary in 2005. Just a decade later there has been an exponential growth in the podcast industry, including a shift in popular podcast genres and markets.

2015, the year that Comedy podcasts began to truly expand and receive recognition like never before, as Megh Wright wrote while reviewing “The Year in Comedy Podcasts.” That year Statista sources believed there were 14.2 thousand podcasts in the comedy category worldwide which was outnumbered by 39 thousand in Christian and 33.6 thousand in Music. Although upon further research by Josh Morgan of @Medium.com, in 2015 there were actually around 7,300 active Comedy Podcasts; meaning about 51% of the total 14,200 comedy podcasts were actively posting and being listened to. (Side note: Medium also found that Comedy held the most explicit podcast category by percentage with 56% of episodes tagged as “explicit”; compared to the next highest category Video Games with only 39%.)

By 2017, Statista.com ran another study analyzing what podcasts people listen to now. They reported 44% of respondents stated they listened to comedy podcasts in the U.S. which is an increase from 2015 as it now outranks Music and Christian podcasts in listenership. Further, for the first time in 2017, the age group of listeners increased to the 25-54 year-old crowd with 31% listening and only 27% of 18-24 year-olds listening. Podcastinsights.com agrees that Comedy is (as of August 2017) the “most popular podcasting genre, followed by education and news”. Part of the explanation for this dramatic increase in followers is the evolution of smartphones.

Podcasts are progressively being listened to on Smartphones, Tablets, and other portable devices, which increased from 42% use in 2013 to 69% use in 2017, based on a Salesforce podcast consumer study. Other national statistics remarked that other causes for this growth in podcast popularity are not only that podcasts are listened to more on mobile devices, but also due to the group becoming well-educated and overall very loyal listeners that now devote themselves to a podcast lifestyle.

So why not try it out? Choose a podcast, take a listen, enjoy your life!

Stand Up NY Labs has been open since 2013 passionately forwarding their love of comedy by working together to create, produce, and distribute entertaining podcasts and videos.

This week we’re bringing to you:

Andrew Schultz’s (MTV Guy Code)

Top 5 Comedy Podcasts

1. Brilliant Idiots

2. Flagrant 2

3. WesterBros

4. The Irish Goodbye

5. J-Train Podcast

Fun-eral

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The average funeral in the US costs between 7,000 and 10,000 dollars. That is insane! You most likely never threw that expensive of a party just for yourself when you were alive. Plus, it’s not even a good party, the music is lame, everyone is sad, nobody is grinding. You don’t even get to be there! Why make your family pay all that money for a party you won’t even know about? The best option is to not make your family pay anything. Just have them throw your body in the woods for the wolves or donate it to science.

However, if your family insists on throwing a funeral for you and they really don’t care about spending the money at least have some fun with it. You don’t want them to be sad, do you? Put some things in your legal will to make it fun for everyone that goes to your funeral. Get creative with it. Here are some examples:

Funeral Option 1: Have a normal open-casket funeral like any other in a church with a priest and organ music. Rig up some springs (this may take some engineering) to have yourself pop up to the sitting position halfway through and scare the shit out of everyone by making them think you are coming back from the dead. Your family may need guests to sign forms saying they aren’t responsible for any heart attacks in response so they don’t get any lawsuits filed against them. Bonus: If you know someone who is really good at ventriloquism you can hire some zombie actors and have your body do the thriller dance.

Funeral Option 2: Just position your body in the front of the church wearing some sunglasses and greeting the guests. Have your hand pointing to everyone who walks in. Put a cigar in your mouth and a glass of whiskey in your hand to let everyone know that you liked to party in life and not to be too sad at your funeral.

Funeral Option 3: Put your body in the middle of an arena or pit, preferably an outdoor gladiator-style coliseum and rent some ferocious animals like a lion, tiger, grizzly bear, and a wolf. Make sure the animals are hungry and put your body in the middle of the pit. After they make a trip to the open bar, have your loved ones place bets on which animal is going to eat your body first. Who can be sad when they can watch a battle between the planets top predators and potentially win some money?

These are all excellent suggestions but really it is up to you. Be as creative as you can because this country has a real problem of boring, sad funerals. Let’s liven things up a little bit.

 

Welcome To November 2017, Are You Ready?

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Are you ready? With Halloween over, the “holiday season” truly takes off with preparations for Thanksgiving, Parades, Marathons, and overall Holiday joy. Why not make the most of your November with family, friends, maybe even co-workers? Here’s a special list of some things to try out this November (Thanks for the help from @TimeOutNewYork & @jenpicht):

Nov. 3rd: HOT RABBIT Fridays 11PM – 4AM @BootAndSaddle (100 7th Ave. South)

  • FREE Tickets using password “HERO” (changes by week, check this page for weekly password)

  • LGBTQ Dance Party, Drink Specials ($4-$7), & Go-go Dancers (of any gender)

  • What else do you need? GO!

Nov. 4th: Target First Saturdays, 5PM – 11PM @Brooklynmuseum (200 Eastern Pkwy)

  • FREE Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017

  • Open Hours: First Saturday of every month 11am–11pm.

(Also: Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–10pm)

  • Show up an hour early as the line begins to form then!

Nov. 5th: @NYCMarathon, 9:50AM – 3PM @NYC

  • Here is THE MAP to for running and subway closures for the day

Nov. 5th – Dec. 24th: Grand Bazaar NYC, Open Every Sunday 10AM – 5:30PM, @GrandBazaarNYC (100 West 77th St.)

  • FREE Entry to browse and explore, until you want to buy!

  • Purchase from Antiques, Artisans & Edibles (yum!)

  • Special Sundays: Nov. 12th – Coat Drive Day,  Nov. 19th – Donate NYC Day, Nov. 26th – Gifted & Talented Holiday Pop-up

  • Grand Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 26th – Dec. 24th – Same location and times

Nov. 16th: WhiskyFest, 6PM – 9:30PM, Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway, Times Square)

Nov. 19th: The Unofficial Expert, 7PM, Held at The Tank (312 W 36th St.)

  • $10 Tickets Here

  • Marie Faustin & Sydnee Washington two stupendous and ferocious comedians who are bringing their uproarious podcast to the stage!!! Topics include divas, man buns, and insight on the audience.

Nov. 22nd: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation, 3PM – 10PM, Central Park West at 79th St. (near American Museum of Natural History)

  • FREE

  • More Info here

  • Having become almost as popular as the parade itself, the Balloon Inflation station allows one to view at their own pace as these gigantic characters take shape.

Nov. 23rd: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9AM – 12PM,

  • Show up and grab a spot to stand quick! Or else sit back at home and turn on the TV, because it’s that time of year again!

  • Here’s Where to Watch – Starting at West 77th St on Central Park West and continues down to W 34th St. at Herald Square.

  • Oh, and here are some FAILS from years past for your enjoyment, in case you missed out:

Nov. 23rd – Nov. 25th: New York City Turkey Trot, 9:15AM Trot Start Time – 11:15AM,

  • A 15K RUN ($55) OR 5K WALK ($45) is perfect for anyone looking to remove some Thanksgiving Dinner damage or sweat off some holiday stress.

  • Here’s the Course Map

  • Held on the beautiful parts of Roosevelt Island overlooking views of Manhattan

  • Incentive: Anyone who finishes will receive a Famous Finish Line Cinnamon Roll!!!

  • (There’s also a kid’s dash for any young trotters accompanying Big Trotters)

Nov. 24th: Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike, 10AM – 5PM, Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island (700 Rockland Ave. & Brielle Ave)

  • This is the 14th Annual Day after Thanksgiving hike in Greenbelt’s serene woods. It is approx. a 2.5-hour hike at a moderate pace. Suitable for ages 10+.

  • Registration Required: Call (718)351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

  • Or check out this page for more info on the hike!

Nov. 3rd – Aug. 31st, 2018: Catacombs by Candlelight Tour, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, St. Patrick’s @OldCathedral (263 Mulberry St.)

  • ONLY $35 for an exclusive tour beneath this cathedrals Basilica taking you through the storied underground resting places of legendary New Yorkers from Bishops to Civil War generals!

  • ~90minutes, up to 15 people per tour

  • For More Info on the Church

Nov. 22nd- Jan. 14th: Holiday Train Show, Tues-Sun 10AM – 6PM, @NewYorkBotanicalGarden (2900 Southern Blvd.)

  • Only $23 – $28 to experience the garden light up with a collection of trains chugging along a nearly ½ mile track by 150 miniature NYC landmarks. Just to *spruce* it up, it’s all made of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark, and berries!
On those days when you’re not sure what to do, come to Stand Up NY to get your #Comedy on! Shows every night of the week with stupendous stand-up comedians throwing it down! Check out our line-up and schedules here.