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Comedy Can Happen Anywhere…

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Comedy is popping up all over! Hotels, bars, schools, podcasts, charities, and obviously the world wide web.  Especially with the rise of social media, comedy can be shared in real time and in person. We have moved past the days of traveling through a comedy circuit/trail/belt to see a handful of great stand up comedians in person… Today, stand up artists have the access to be right in your face, hometown, even your favorite watering hole any given moment of every day or night. You can catch them almost anywhere, sharing their humor and experiences in person. Right here in NYC, some of our Stand Up NY regulars are taking their personal shows “on the road” (really like a couple blocks down or just around the corner into another borough) to bring stand up comedy to a range of new venues and crowds.

Shout outs to a few SUNY regulars who are making this happen, and still have time to drop in on our stage:

  • Alzo Slade is putting on the Grits and Biscuits Block Party a “Dirty South Set” this May 26th at Coney Island Boardwalk – talk about a fun time! (& Alzo is at Stand Up NY Next Saturday at 10:30PM!)  

  • If you haven’t yet, you may want to check out Yannis Pappas Instagram… like, WOW, you could scroll through the humor for a lifetime! In particular, I want to make note of “Bay Ridge Boys 5”, a perfect example of bringing comedy straight into your face/palm, or perhaps it should be the video of Chris Distefano absolutely nailing karaoke. I really can’t decide what’s better, but I am definitely going to be here when he does Stand Up NY Next Saturday at 10:30PM!

With their down time stand up comedians all over this great city and beyond are ramping up their own produced shows to bring stand up comedy to you anywhere and everywhere…. Did I mention that Stand up NY will be joining the ranks with our FIRST EVER POP UP SHOW! Information coming soon so be sure to follow us on social media for the secret details!

For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here. By the way, we have a *New* College Summer Internship Program running June through August. Join us on Twitter or Instagram to DM us for more details!  

A Night Behind The Scenes at Stand Up NY

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Want to know what goes on before, during, and after our shows? Well here’s your inside reporter coming to you from the desk of the Night Host. Yes, I am here to give you the real scoop on how and what all goes down from Opening to Close at our Comedy Club.

First show kicks off in two hours, already one of our attentive bartenders is here checking the liquor levels, beer supply, and mixers… just itching for the first order to come in, because frankly, we are a pretty fun bunch and we always like to get the party started early! Now onto our fabulous servers who are calmly preparing the seating and setting up menus for all you nice folk to order from. Honestly, everything is done in good cheer while we banter, talk life, and prepare for the comedy ahead; and when it comes to our comedy shows we do not joke around! ….OK, we do, but only in the most professional sense. By this point, it’s just a matter of time before all sorts of people begin to trickle in.

Here at Stand Up NY, there is really no “backstage,” but there is a bar (and it’s not especially high, I mean it is a tall bar, but we don’t have any high standards). Pre-show guests arrive to check into their reservations and are directed to cozy up to this bar before we begin seating. There you can expect to find a range of experiences like ordering your first Marxorita (beware they are deliciously potent), watching our producer watch soap opera style wrestling matches or something else just as captivating, and potentially chat with some amazing comedians who decided to show up early just to hang out!

That brings us to showtime! Here’s where it gets fun… our guests are seated, drink and food orders are taken, and we are ready to begin the main event. Our hosting comedian is supplied with the most up to date line-up for the evening shows, we make our airplane style “Cell Phones Off, Seat Belts Fastened, and No Smoking Allowed Indoors” spiel, and as our host(ess) takes the stage the real work begins! They kick off the evening for our guests, while comedians of the night stroll in and plop themselves down at the bar like any regular attendee. They come as early as two hours in advance and as punctual as literally running in the front door, walking through the bar to catch their breath, and smoothly into the showroom onto the stage… we’re not looking at you AJ Foster (who nails it every time regardless)! Most comedians will come in early and have a drink with their friends to discuss upcoming events like festivals, podcasts, and personal achievements. Once their name is called though every comedian gives their very best every night, but that’s not to imply our guests are the only ones laughing and enjoying the evening.

This is when I experienced what I didn’t expect… I loved what I am going to term as “community time.” In the bar area, we are all real people; shooting the shoot, hanging out, and catching the great lines and jokes that our guests are experiencing at the same time. Anyone present gets to find out almost everything about each other. Just last week our bartender was sharing parenthood stories with Erin Maguire, joking about kids famous meals like grilled cheese night; Yamaneika and Monroe Martin were jesting with other; Jonathan Randall literally just came to have a drink and catch up with friends (he wasn’t even on the show that night!), Sherrod Small walked down after taping his Race Wars Podcast to listen into the comedy and share a drink with his podcast guests (including a congressman). Altogether our “backstage” is just a big happy hour mingling session getting to know each other.

Then comes the shows end, and this is where it gets exciting for our guests. As you stream out of the showroom and back into the bar area, I watch as comedians and attendees greet one another, exchange formalities, take pictures together, and sometimes share ideas or jokes. This all seems like celebrity treatment, but something I have noticed is that a comedian isn’t a regular type of celebrity. They touch on and sometimes attack our most personal thoughts and beliefs but in a way that brings a crowd closer together with humor stemming from mutual acceptance. Everyone walks out the same doors as a genuine human; there is no facade making out anyone to be more important, famous, or greater than any other person in the room. By the end of the night, comedians and guests alike are chilling at the bar connecting on a personal level. No where else have I experienced such a close entertainer-attendee-employee relationship and connection platform.

Overall, to me, it is mind blowing and thrilling to work day or night at Stand Up NY. The people you meet, the things you learn, and what everyone contributes to make this place run smoothly year round is astounding! Stop in to make your own memories and a handful of new friends any night of the week (including me)! 

For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here. By the way, we have a *New* College Summer Internship Program running June through August. Join us on Twitter or Instagram to DM us for more details!

The National Comedy Center… everything to expect and more!

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The National Comedy Center has set its opening dates to coincide with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on August 1st – 5th, 2018 in Jamestown, NY (Lucy’s hometown)! This will be the first national-scale, non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy as an art form. This past week US Senator Charles Schumer made an announcement to push for a congressional designation for the Center, which would officially make it the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy and recognizing it as the only institution with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of comedy and its role in culture. Watch this sneak preview of Schumer’s announcement and his tour inside the Center!

The center will feature more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits telling the story of comedy from its origins through the present. By immersive, we mean personally tailored! Each visitor will receive a RFID chip fitted wristband to allow exhibits to respond to one’s personal comedic sensibilities throughout their visit. Examples of some exhibits, provided by WNY Papers, “George Carlin’s massive personal archives, which provide a glimpse into one of comedy’s most prolific minds; a hologram theater that presents performances of some of comedy’s most notable figures; and experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of comedic artists. Additionally, the National Comedy Center will feature rare artifacts from some of comedy’s most notable names and bodies of work.”

The center is expected to host over 100,000 annual visitors and bring in an $23 million annual stabilized economic impact on the region. While also finally achieving Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown becoming a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts.

Stay tuned for our coverage of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival comedian line up – we will be back to highlight all the NYC regulars and friends participating this year! We hope everyone is able to experience authentic stand up comedy and appreciate its vast history and development in american culture. So join us before the opening for a glimpse into comedy history in the making at one of the oldest comedy clubs in NYC!

For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here.

 

Comedy Festivals of 2018 To Do!

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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2018 on July 25th – 28th!

After finishing the extensive search for comedians, with recent auditions taking place at Stand Up NY, the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO Festival will take place July 25th through 28th in Montreal, Canada. It is one of, or, the most important annual global gathering of the biggest names in the comedy world.

Event 2017 Highlights:

  • 2017 included a wide array of big names including Mike Birbiglia, Ali Wong, Trevor Noah, Jim Carrey, Danny McBride, Jermaine Fowler.
  • Plus Stand Up NY Friends & Regulars: Yamaneika Saunders, Dan Soder, Jim Norton,  Ben Kissel, Marina Franklin, Ari Shaffir, and Craig Ferguson!
  • Be sure to submit your application here before May 7th, 2018.  

MoonTower  Comedy Festival taking place in Austin, TX in April!

This annual comedy festival held at Paramount Theatres in Austin, Texas on April 18th – 21st of 2018. It hosts a wide range of comedians, podcasts, and speakers at over 12 different venues. Headliners this year will include Tig Notaro, Mike Birbiglia (who started as a NYC comedian), Tiffany Haddish, and David Cross all performing at the Paramount Theatre during the festival. Additional headliners include Preacher Lawson, Ali Siddiq, Janeane Garofalo, Nikki Glaser, plus Ryan Hamilton and Colin Quinn who have been featured at Stand Up NY recently!  

Oh yea, here are some extra cool details:

  • Three Stand Up NY favorites and regulars will be making appearances on their podcasts in Austin during the festival.
    • Mark Normand and Joe list will be hosting an episode of their podcast “Tuesdays with Stories” (visiting from our very own SUNY Labs)
    • Laurie Kilmartin will be co-hosting her show “The Jackie and Laurie Show” with friend Jackie Kashian
    • Dan Soder will be partnering up with co-host Big Jay Oakerson for an episode of their podcast “The Bonfire”
  • Stand Up NY regulars that will be performing stand up comedy at venues during this festival include: Dan Naturman, Dan Soder, Colin Quinn, Joe List, Judah Friedlander, Laurie Kilmartin, Mark Normand, Ophira Eisenberg, Ryan Hamilton, Tim Dillon, and Yamaneika Saunders! Congrats to all comedians perform

Be sure to catch them all here at Stand Up NY before the big weekend!

Women In Comedy Festival coming up in April in Boston, MA!

Bringing Comediennes directly into the spotlight, this comedy festival features the best female leads from around the country and hosts them for a weekend of riotous events, parties, panels, childrens programming, themed shows, and special comedy showcases.

Details:

  • This year they will feature: Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Laurie Forster, and NYC regular Gina Yashere!
  • New York comedians performing: Caitlin Peluffo & Ashley Gavin (SUNY regulars), Anya Volz, Ashley Hamilton, Cameran Hebb, and Carla Briscoe!

Big Sky Comedy Festival – Coming in October to Billings, MT!

        This is Montana’s biggest comedy festival in the entire history of Montana Comedy! It is a 5 day event with about 10 shows, different venues, and features 28 comedians from all over the US that are selected from out of a pool of over 800 comedians!

Extra Details:

  • Finalists from last year included NY regulars Corey Rodrigues (the 2017 Winner!), Ali Kolbert, and Andy Sandford!
  • They are accepting Submissions for 2018 now! Check out the Big Sky site here

 

And don’t miss out on Stand Up NY’s Comedy Festival coming soon to NYC! More updates to come on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook shortly.For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here.

60 Years Ago – The Birth of Stand Up

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The exact year stand-up comedy was born is up for debate. People have been telling jokes for centuries, but when did they start doing it on stage? A strong case can be made for the 1948 premiere of The Ed Sullivan Show. One of America’s first primetime variety shows, The Ed Sullivan Show featured musical acts, vaudeville performers, and stand-up comedians. The show slowly and steadily gained popularity until it became a staple, attracting millions of viewers across the country. With the rise of the show came the increased popularity of the performers, and stand-up became a legitimate and recognized art form. In the 60s, comedy clubs began popping in New York, and eventually other major cities around the country. By the 1980’s, hour-long stand up specials were hugely popular on TV, with huge stars, budgets, and audiences. Even though stand-up as a medium and a business has changed drastically over the past 60 years, the five-minute variety show spot is still a jumping off point for many comedians. Here are some clips of legends when they first introduced stand-up to the country on The Ed Sullivan Show:

 Bob Hope

 Joan Rivers

 Flip Wilson

 George Carlin

 Richard Pryor

 

Come see the modern tight five, and even more at Stand Up NY! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up or step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Jewish Comics of NYC

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As we all know, Jewish standup comedians are hard to come by in New York. Here at Stand Up NY, we pride ourselves in hosting Jewish comedians since we first opened in 1986. As Passover approaches, we decided to celebrate our comedians’ Jewish heritage. Here are some highlights!

Elon Gold

 Elon, a Bronx native, was raised in an entertainment industry family. His parents owned Goldstar Talent Management, and both of his brothers are involved in the music business. Elon got his break on FOX’s Stacked, and went on to appear on In-Laws on NBC, The Tonight Show, Fraiser, Chappelle’s Show, and Bones. He now performs stand up around the city and has a special out on Netflix. Here’s a clip from Chosen and Taken:

 

Susie Essman

Susie Essman was also born in the Bronx, to Russian and Polish parents. Her career took off in 1989 when she appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and she got a half-hour special on Comedy Central three years later. She’s best known as Susie Greene on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has appeared in several films, including Punchline and Bolt. Here she is roasting Donald Trump before his White House stint.

 

Judah Friedlander

 Judah Freidlander was born in Maryland and went to school at NYU, where he first tried standup at the age of 19. While stand up is his “first love,” he also has a prolific acting career, appearing as Frank on 30 Rock, guest starring in shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, and Fresh Off the Boat. He’s also been in numerous feature films, including Wet Hot American Summer, Zoolander, The Wrestler, and Rio. He lives in Queens and enjoys performing stand up and playing ping pong. Here’s a clip of him dissecting his signature look:

 

Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein moved to New York when she was 17 and hasn’t stopped doing comedy since. She was a finalist on Last Comic Standing, and has appeared on shows like Inside Amy Schumer,Last Week Tonight, Red Oaks, and Crashing. She now has a special called Only Whores Wear Purple on Comedy Central. Here’s a clip of her network TV debut on the James Corden Show:

 

Marion Grodin

Marion Grodin has comedy in her blood. Her father, Charles Grodin, is a prolific actor and comedian. Marion began her career as a screenwriter, writing for It’s a Living and Princesses. She decided to pursue standup comedy and began playing around New York City and touring the country with Lewis Black and Judy Gold. She’s made appeareances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, and was a producer on The Charles Grodin Show. Her memoir, Standing Up, was released in 2013. Here she is interviewing New Yorkers about their addictions:

 

Catch these comedians here at Stand Up NY on the regular! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up and step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here ormake a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Happy St. Paddys To Irish American Comedians

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As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, let’s take some time to appreciate the long legacy of Irish-American comedians. Irish immigrants have been settling along the East Coast since 1700s, establishing large communities in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Irish immigrants and their descendants have had a huge impact on US culture, especially comedy. Here are some of our favorite Irish comedians!

Des Bishop

Des, proclaimed “Ireland’s adopted son of comedy,” is an Irish-American comedian who was brought up in New York before moving to Ireland at 14, where he still primarily resides. A highly successful stand up comedian in Ireland, he’s had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006), and the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008). Des now travels the world performing stand up shows such as My Dad Was Nearly James Bond which premiered at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won rave reviews. On top of that he has released four stand-up DVD since 2005, and is currently the organizer and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin. But wait… there’s more! Des Bishop will be at Stand Up NY this Wednesday, March 14th at 8:00PM for a Live Podcast taping of Lost In America!

Conan O’Brien

The lanky, irreverent late-night host grew up outside of Boston, where he attended Harvard and wrote for the National Lampoon. In the 1990s, he wrote for SNL and The Simpsons. After moving to LA, his friend, actress Lisa Kudrow, encouraged him to perform more. In 1993, he was hired as David Letterman’s replacement on NBC’s Late Night, and the rest is history. Throughout his long career, O’Brien has often celebrated and joked about his Irish-Catholic heritage. In 2012, he really got in touch with his roots at the Irish American Heritage center in Chicago:

 

Aisling Bea 

Aisling Bea is the first female comedian on our list, and the only to actually be born in Ireland. She was raised in County Kildare and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as Trinity College in Dublin. She regularly appears on Irish and British comedy shows such as The Big Fat Quiz of Everything and A League of Their Own, and in 2012 was the second woman ever to win the Gilded Balloon So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also won the British Comedy Award for Best Female Television Comic and performs standup all around the UK and the US. Here she is performing at Live at the Apollo:

 

Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn, a Brooklyn native, is a staple of the New York stand up scene. His career began in 1984, and in 1996 he was hired at SNL. Within two years, he was hosting Weekend Update, and had his own Broadway one-man show, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake. He then hosted his own show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, on Comedy Central. He’s appeared in various films and television shows, like Grown Ups, Girls, and Trainwreck. He talks about his Irish heritage (among others) in his new Netflix special:

 

John Mulaney

Born in Chicago, John Mulaney moved to New York after college, where he was hired as a writer for SNL in 2008. While he was creating memorable characters like Stefon, he was also performing stand up. He’s recorded three hour-long specials and has appeared on various late-night shows around New York. He and Nick Kroll wrote and starred in their play Oh Hello which ran for six months on Broadway. He recently passed through New York on his Kid Gorgeous tour at Radio City Music Hall. Here’s a clip from his special New In Town where he talks about the emotional complexities of being Irish:

 

Erin Maguire

Erin Maguire, one of Stand Up NY’s very own, is an accomplished stand up comedian who performs all around the city. Since moving to New York from Boston, she’s been in various theater and TV productions, and now tours all around the East Coast! You can get a taste of her work here or stop by and see her at Stand Up NY!

 

Catch the next up and coming Irish-American Comedian right here at Stand Up NY! With shows every night of the week, you never know who will show up and step on stage! For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Up & Streaming This March

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It’s March 1st! Time to find the next binge worthy comedy shows and films to get you through until the spring season goes into full sunny swing! We know you just want overly accurate subtitling and the ability to watch four years of television in 3 days, so here are the highlights of comedy available to stream this month.

  1. Netflix
    • March 2nd – Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial – Start the month off  with very strong and funny commentary from Natalia Valdebenito a Chilean comedienne furthering activism and irreverence.
    • March 9th – Love Season 3 – A beautifully hilarious navigation through the “thrills and agonies of modern relationships” co-created by Judd Apatow. Here’s a sneak Peak:
    • March 13th – Ricky Gervais: Humanity – stand up special from the comedy aficionado himself, watch with the warning: May cause heavy laughter and tears.  
    • March 16th – ON MY BLOCK – Featuring some fresh faces in comedy, this “comic-of-age” story is set between 4 smart, funny teens in a rough inner-city LA.
    • March 16th – The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter – Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals creator/director Jody Hill once again teams up with Danny McBride for this unique comedy about a hunter (Josh Brolin) looking to reconnect with his son during a weekend outing.
    • March 20th – THE STANDUPS (Season 2) – Back for more! The series takes on a whole new set of fresh voices in Stand Up Comedy to create a well-done list of half-hour specials.
    • Friday, March 23rd – Game Over, Man – Featuring the comedic stars of Workaholics, (Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson) this is a feature length film about the guys humorous exploits battling hotel terrorists.  
  2. HBO
    • March 1st – Girls Trip – The 2017 hit comedy finally becomes available to stream on HBO and HBO Go!
    • March 25th – Barry – Starring the threateningly hilarious Bill Hader in a hitman turned actor comedy show featuring many other greats such as Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Stephen Root, Glenn Fleshler and Anthony Carrigan. Heres a sneak peak:
  1. Amazon
    • March 2nd – Brad’s Status – Another bittersweet dramedy starring Ben Stiller beside his college bound son Brad Sloan. An Amazon original from Director Mike White
  2. ABC
    • March 27th – Splitting Up Together – The couple Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson star in this divorce comedy debuting as a part of the new Tuesday ABC comedy block.. Oh btw the pilot was directed by “Parks and Rec” alum Dean Holland!
  3. NBC
    • March 8th – Champions – A becoming-of-dad comedy featuring two bachelors (Anders Holm and Fortune Feimster) living the dream until an unexpected arrival of a son (JJ Totah star from “Other People”). Sneak Peak: 


When your battery dies and the computer starts to overheat, stretch your legs and join us for LIVE COMEDY here at Stand Up NY… I know, it is a phenomenon, people coming to see and meet the comedians in person. Imagine, you can sit just as close to them as you do to your laptop. For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

African American Stand Up – The Founders

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Simultaneous with the 1930s and 1940s stand up comedy evolution in the “Borscht Belt”, African American comedians emerged on the “Chitlin Circuit.” This was a string of clubs and venues in the east, south, and midwest that began with some of the great founders of comedy such as Moms Mabley, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory and Richard Pryor. Below is a short snapshot about what each one contributed to stand up comedy, although no amount of words can completely detail how much they gave to paving the way for all.

Moms Mabley, a trailblazing African American comedienne known for her warm yet raunchy stand-up routines. Born in North Carolina in the 1890’s she became a star of many films and was the first female headliner at the Apollo Theater in the 1930’s. She also recorded several hit comedy albums beginning her recording career with her debut album The Funniest Woman Alive. More than 20 years after Moms passing, fellow comedian Whoopi Goldberg honored Mabley with her directorial debut documentary Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You. She was known offstage as a chic and glamorous (and lesbian) woman, while her stand up routines were “riotous affairs augmented by the aesthetic she presented as being an older, housedress-clad figure who provided sly commentary on racial bigotry to African-American audiences” says Biography.com.

 

Redd Foxx teamed up with a friend in 1941 to tour the vaudeville or chitlin circuit with their comedy routine, this led to Pryor’s future success as a stand-up comedian. Becoming known for his “willingness to tackle controversial topics such as race and sex” claims Biography.com.  By the end of his career he sold over 20 million copies of his comedy albums, was a star on the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son, and then began ABC’s Redd Foxx Comedy Hour. Foxx helped pave the way for future comedians looking to produce boundary pushing stand up comedy. 

Dick Gregory, a stand up comic and political activist. Gregory “used his comedy to convey his political ideals to white and black audiences alike. Gregory is credited with helping change the way European-Americans viewed African-Americans. He proved we weren’t less intelligent than any white person,” says BlackEnterprise.com. He even made history by, after making it clear he wanted to be invited onto the show, being the first African American guest to appear on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show and sit on the couch to chat with the host, also becoming a recurring guest on the show over time. When he passed away this previous year, fans, celebrities, and comedians all took to social media to remember his great achievements for comedy and justice. See our post from last September in honor of his life and commitments.

Richard Pryor crossed over from the previous age of the chitlin circuit to start the new age of modern comedy. Pryor began working as a stand up comic in the Midwest portion of the old belt in the early 1960’s before moving to New York City in 1963 to make his television debut on the show On Broadway Tonight. As Vulture.com puts it, the young Richard Pryor “shamelessly adopted the style and rhythms (and, at times, material) of his new comedy idol, Bill Cosby.” Eventually achieving his early dream of landing a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show. By the late 1960’s he released his own self-titled comedy album, then made his way to the screen as a comedy writer in the early 1970s eventually earning his first Emmy Award for the comedy special Lily. He also wrote for shows such as the Flip Wilson Show and Sanford and Son, which starred Redd Foxx. He is credited by many comedians as having created the beginning of modern comedy with his motion picture release of Richard Pryor: Live In Concert. As Chris Rock told EW: “Every comedian will tell you that it is, by far, the greatest piece of stand-up ever done.”

We thank and appreciate all the African American comedians that have gone unmentioned over the years but who nonetheless greatly contributed to creating the future of stand up comedy and opening it to all. From these greats to today’s: Kevin Hart, Mo’Nique, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Wanda Sykes, Godfrey, Kenan Thompson, Martin Lawrence, Yamaneika… continue this list at home, it will and should go on forever!

Come see the next line-up of sensational, boundary breaking, and future seeking comedians every night of the week here at Stand Up NY. You really never know who is going to pop in for a special appearance! For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

Will You Be My Comedian?

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Valentines Day doesn’t have to be so tragic. Many comedians have made excellent work of turning this lovey-dovey disaster day into rewarding laughter. Yannis Pappas, Mike Cannon, Yamaneika, and Jared Freid are here to help with love, sex, and relationship advice including some hilarious input just for you! Catch a handful of them tonight during our back to back, double dose of Valentine’s Day Comedy at 8PM & 10PM this evening!

Welcome to the big V-Day! Recently Mark Normand went all out and answered questions around romance and comedy. Does he put his personal relationships into his set, yes. Do his significant others hate it, mostly. That’s not all he gives away, he discusses the crowds on Valentines Day too. So take a look to get his inside scoop on performing, relating, and dating this V-day. Also check out his Comedy Central set below regarding his past relationship and gay bars, it may explain a lot about your last breakup and how to get over it… or come to our bar tonight for a pick me up before you meet your next date at our Valentine’s Day shows.

Mike Cannon’s contribution to your days and nights of love is his stand up set on the “safe” side of sex… or lack thereof. So come get your facts straightened out before the night begins by taking a look below. Then be sure to come bring this up in person TONIGHT during our 8PM Valentines Day show!

On the topic of Valentines Day, Yannis Pappas discusses how different relationships end. In case you need this type of advice for an underwhelming day watch his Comedy Central set below and then come meet him in person TONIGHT at our 10PM Valentines Day show!

Yamaneika dishes out the good and bad about sexual relations on multiple occasions… ok, more like most nights a week. Comedy Central and truTV have captured some of the best from this blatantly upfront and honest dialogue. Such as her “team” of sexual partners and the different thoughts on sex between men and women to the trials of getting prepped for more desirable sexual encounters…

So Yamaneika, you think prepping is hard? Check out Jared Freid as he records the trials men must endure when trying to be considerate for their current or future “Mx. Right”.

After that encounter, Jared Freid teamed up with Stand Up NY to solve the mysteries of the “most confusing dude day” in the year by interviewing passerby’s in Times Square and grabbing their romantic input. Take a moment to watch and maybe steal some ideas! 

No one knows where or how the night will end, but you should start it with us at Stand Up NY! Celebrate and show your love by joining us tonight for an evening of laughter and drinks with friends and comedians. Be sure to get your tickets soon for Tonight’s 8PM show and 10PM show this Valentine’s Day! 

For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.