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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.

Catch Them Live This Week!  

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Please try to contain your excitement, we know you want to see them all in person, but we’d like to give a shoutout to a handful of this upcoming week’s crew of magnificent comedians. Here’s a rundown of the amazing humans gracing our stage that do so much more to contribute to life on a regular basis. A comedian is never just a comedian. We are honored to have so many authors, actors, artists, podcasters, parents, gurus, and much more honor our stage daily. Here are just a few highlights regarding this coming weeks comedians who contribute to our lives in more ways than one, and still have time to dignify our stage on a regular basis:

  1. Aaron Berg isn’t just a comedian, he’s also a husband and father, and now he’s sharing his story about being a dad in comedy. Check out the full Interrobang article here.
  2. Anthony DeVito is hilarious, that’s why Comedy Central recently released his Stand-Up Presents special, in which he discusses his time performing on a cruise ship with Shaggy.
  3. Gary Vider isn’t just a comedian here in New York City, he’s one of America’s best! He is an America’s Got Talent Finalist, and he made his late night debut with Stephen Colbert recently. Take a look here.
  4. Jared Freid’s a great guy, but he’s also podcaster, writer, and life advice giver… yeah, that’s right, he’s known for giving great advice in a multitude of fields. So catch his podcast “The JTrain” here, and support him on his Patreon account here.
  5. Joe List is another phenomenal podcaster hosting “Tuesdays with Stories” weekly. If you haven’t heard of it, you really should have; and if you haven’t listened to it, you need to right now… here.
  6. Kerry Coddett, you can’t get enough of her! She’s an outstanding comedy writer,, youtuber, and a member of HBO’s Crashing. Oh, she is also the founder of Operation Mobilize which is just… wow! Be sure to check out this recent viral video she created here.
  7. Laurie Kilmartin is another amazing woman. She has just finished publishing a book called Dead People Suck this week! She was also recently interviewed by Pat Morrison for the LA Times, here’s the audio and text.  
  8. Marina Franklin a comic to know and a host you need to listen to. She is great on her podcast FriendsLikeUs, give it a listen here and be amazed.
  9. Matthew Broussard is a comedian with things to say. That is why he’s been featured in a Comedy Central Half Hour, and was recently interviewed and written up by Dan Bolles regarding Valentines Day and the mathematics of jokes. Now is the time to check it out here.
  10. Mike Yard, he’s a great comedian and an amazing host with his own podcast Yard Talk with Mike Yard. Listen now to know.

Ok, so we can’t spoil all the surprises. We know every comedian contributes more than we can cover here so know this, any night you come to Stand Up NY you are going to come face to face with some of the greatest humans in comedy. You have a chance to see them perform live and maybe even hang out with them at the bar before or after the show! Bring friends or family and get ready to laugh with these outstanding comedians.

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.

The Comedy Boom

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All for Comedy, Comedy for All: Is the current stand-up comedy boom going to last?

It’s the beginning of the new year but there is that recurring question floating around the comedy world, is this comedy boom about to go bust? There was already a comedy revolution in the 70’s and 80’s, but by the early 1990’s the comedy bubble quickly burst. It’s now 2018 and many claim the second comedy boom began in 2009; today, many fear that this comedy bubble is soon going to burst again. One thing is for sure, live stand-up comedy has survived the waves. We can always count on NYC and LA to provide us with comedy time and time again.

The First Comedy Boom

First, as a quick recap of the first NYC comedy boom. In the 1970’s stand up comedy became a legitimate art form, following that a handful of comedy clubs opened in the ‘70s, then between 1978 and 1988 over 300 comedy clubs opened up across the U.S.; allowing a large number of comedians to become popular in the ‘80s. As summarized in Patrick Bromley’s comprehensive review of Stand-up comedy in the 1980s, this expansion brought in new forms of stand up comedy including the explosion of sitcoms, late night talk shows, and variety shows all featuring comedians. As Bromley puts it, “The unbelievable success of stand-up comedy in the 1980s meant only one thing: sooner or later, the bubble had to burst. Though comedy went out on top at the end of the decade, it was only a matter of time before overexposure led to a collapse…”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. Here’s a synopsis of what occurred back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s provided by Stephen Holden’s 1992 NY Times article covering the business of comedy clubs. Stephen Holden made it clear that in 1992, “although the comedy boom hasn’t exactly gone bust, the bubble has burst…” and comedy club attendance plummeted with it. Holden pointed out this was in part due to the rapid increase of comedy available on cable television. Comedy Central had just been formed a year earlier in 1991 by the merger of Comedy Channel and the Ha! Network, MTV started “Half-Hour Comedy Hour” for stand up comedians in 1988, and HomeBox Office had just created the late-night show “Def Comedy Jam” in 1992. (Don’t forget all the sitcoms, late night, and variety shows already on air from the 1980’s). All of this was now easily available in the living room or common area of any place with a television.

On top of that, a recession had grown during the late 1980’s which began to effect comedy clubs profits as the seat count declined. Many clubs, stand up talent agencies, and magazines simply went out of business or filed for bankruptcy across the nation as well as in Manhattan. Although some clubs stayed aloft and were able to continue supporting all levels of stand up comedians, as Holden mentioned “if the fees being paid to comics have declined somewhat, they are still hefty. Included in this article was Stand Up NY! Ok, yes, that was a self-call, we’ve been here through it all (30 years) and we are gratefully still here thanks to our comedians and customers; we hope to continue supporting you all in the future!

Unfortunately, some other clubs didn’t survive the wave and have since closed. Overall this decline in the economy and club attendance combined with cable television’s increased demand for comedy eventually caused the boom to simmer down.

What about 2018, where is comedy now, and what’s going to happen?

Many agree that the current comedy boom began in 2009. Three instrumental occurrences highlight the factors at play in this new comedy world: Marc Maron started his podcast in his garage, Rob Delaney made an entirely new stand up career via 140-character twitter jokes, and other industry influencers put out, what are now well-known specials. Comedy in the 2000’s is a strange mixture of old and new world, with stand up comedy sometimes fluctuating between the two with ease or butting heads over what’s best for the future. What does this mean? Back in 2012, Andrew Clark wrote an interesting piece of the New York Times titled, “How the Comedy Nerds Took Over.” Basically, there’s the regular stand up comedy and the new “alt-comedy,” a “comedy subculture typified by ‘comedy nerds’ playing to hipster crowds, milking awkwardness and dropping quirky pop-culture references.” These commonly took place in newly reformed alternative rooms and shows, produced by the comedians themselves, and “prided itself on being autobiographical, quirky and tied much more closely to sketch comedy and character work. It didn’t pay well, but that was the point. Comics sacrificed money for freedom.” This new alt-comedy scene fed off itself and grew to bring in a what some called a stand-up comedy “renaissance”.

This stand up comedy renaissance evolved alongside the streaming movement, which seems to be the biggest upset and concern in today’s comedy boom discussions. The creation of comedy podcasts, websites completely devoted to comedy news or satire, and the instantaneous streaming services across television, web, and mobile platforms; this is the streaming movement and it has and continues to have a major impact on the new world of stand up comedy.

As Jesse David Fox wrote for Vulture back in early 2015, “Practically every comedian has a podcast or web series, or both…Thanks to the internet, comedians now have infinite means by which to reach their fans; and those fans are more fanatical than ever. Welcome to the Second Comedy Boom.” Jesse recognized that 30 years ago, “comedians had to fight for a few large slices of a small pie. In the ’90s, a few performers made millions as stars of network sitcoms, but most were left in the cold when comedy clubs started shutting down. Now the pie is bigger and slices more plentiful, which benefits everyone.” This is a good thing, technology has enabled the second comedy boom to progress past the physical venue and television limitations that the 90’s held. Back then you either had to make it big or go home, and those years were overwhelmed by a rapid influx of new comedians. Today, you can make it by starting with a youtube video series, creating a weekly podcast, or heavily engaging on social media. Adam Sachs, the CEO of Midroll – a company that sells ads for popular podcasts – says that many comedians can survive off their podcast revenues alone, stating “a podcast with 40,000 downloads per episode can gross well over $75,000 a year, and shows in the 100,000-download range can gross somewhere between $250,000 and $400,000.”  There are various ways to produce and access stand up comedy every second of the day, allowing amateur and new comedians to gain recognition easily and still keep some coins in their pockets.

Today’s views and opinions in 2018 vary based on many current and past comedy industry factors. I’d like to start on the optimistic side, with Elahe Izadi’s article in the Washington Post, “The New Rock Stars: Inside Today’s Golden Age of Comedy.” Izadi highlights the tech benefits of today’s comedy world claiming “We’re smack dab in the middle of a stand-up comedy boom. Never before has so much original material been this easy to access and been consumed by this many people. Never before has the talent pool of comedians been this deep, and in format, voice and material, this diverse.” She goes on to quote Brian Volk-Weiss, the founder of Comedy Dynamics, as dubbing this comedy’s “diamond era.” They both recognize alongside many comedians the biggest difference between the 90’s comedy bust and today’s comedy boom success, “Stand-up comics once vied for limited TV airtime. Now they vie to be noticed on the limitless Internet, where they can tell jokes and upload videos instantly…” she goes on to point out that social media “‘cut out the middleman’ and let comedians reach audiences directly” a huge benefit for all comedians trying to make a name for themselves.

The opposing view…

Are these technological advancements and openings always positive? How long can the ‘diamond era’ of comedy last given the rapidly continuing saturation of the stand-up comedy world and market? Our first conversation is for the online streaming giant, Netflix, who seems to have invested the most in some of the biggest names in comedy over recent years. Offering stand up comedy specials on its platform from comedians like Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, and other huge stars. Stuart Heritage of the Guardian, author of “From Louis CK to Jerry Seinfeld: Netflix’s comedy boom is about to go bust,”  acknowledges that “this time around is different [from the 90’s], because this time the end result is a standup special rather than a sitcom” but just like the sitcom specials of the 90’s, by only investing in “a handful of big-name comedians – many of whom are a decade or more past their best – will bloat and choke the stand up scene.” I believe Heritage means that we need investments in the more well-received new generation of comedy or alt-comedy, in order to keep this ‘diamond era’ progressing forward instead of becoming saturated and completely invested in the older comedy formats.

Another writer, Jason Zinoman of the New York Times, takes an open view of the comedy boom issues in their article “Comedy Is Booming. I Can’t Wait for the Bust.” that maybe a bust is exactly what the comedy industry needs right now stating “Much of comedy right now feels stagnant, dominated by the same handful of stars with a flood of talented young performers struggling to break out.” These stars are still competing with themselves just in a new comedy culture and these comedy podcasts and web interactions “increasingly feel like dutiful necessities for the young and careerist.”

Here is Zinoman’s argument that maybe a comedy bust is for the best… After the first comedy bust of the 90’s, there was a revival of more adventurous work that gave birth to a new alternative scene such as reinvented sketch comedy, new political humor, and improvisation skills that skyrocketed different comedians careers and contemporary stand up comedy which reinvented the industry. “The bust hurt the business, but it may have been better for the art of comedy than the boom.” For this era’s comedy bust, the first sightings of damage and repair have been in the female stand up comics world. One of our own Stand Up NY comedian’s, Laurie Kilmartin wrote The Times article on the “myriad obstacles that slow down the careers of female comics, then offered a prescription: ‘Putting more women on stage, on writing staffs and on camera is a great way to change comedy.’” Zinoman agrees that women need more spotlight time because it is “not only a smart long-term strategy for building a broader fan base but also good for the art form…” and predicts that “If there is the next boom, women will almost certainly play a larger role in it.”

At the end of the day, with a fairly optimistic viewpoint on the second comedy boom and bust… “if comedy is to grow, it needs to be inclusive and open to change.” If there is a boom and a bust occurring,  it’s a groundbreaking shift to push those who want to stay in the spotlight of the stand-up comedy realm to become influencers of the cultural and technological progress this shift has created.

What do you think?

Be part of this movement in stand up comedy and come support comedians at Stand Up NY any day of the week with shows every night! We are here for you and the greater stand up comedy world as it continues to grow into a new, more diverse industry. Join us for comedy classes and workshops, or try your own set at our Open Mic every weekday Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a good set going? Sign-up for our Bring It New Talent Showcase every Saturday at 5PM. We hope to see you soon and for your continued support of stand up comedy!

2017 Highlights!

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With the close of the old year comes the beginning of the 2017 recaps, rankings, ratings, and awards. We’ve compiled a few outstanding mentions of great NYC comedians who hit the scene hard this past year and received due recognition for their dedication to comedy; oh, and they also frequent Stand Up NY regularly!

 

 

 

  • Mike Vecchione is also mentioned for making his Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon stand up comedy debut on May 24th.

 

 

  • Matteo Lane makes his Late Show with Stephen Colbert Debut on CBS on July 19th and hits our stage many times in 2017 to the pleasure of all. Matteo will also be starting the 2018 year here at Stand Up NY on Tuesday 1/16 and Sunday 1/28.

 

 

 

 

Congrats to all our amazing comedians for their hilarious work over the past year. We look forward to seeing what you bring to the stage in 2018! Here at Stand Up NY we know every comedian is their best every night, that’s why we offer shows each night of the week to let all these great comedians take the stage and show you how it’s done. Be sure to 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. Want to compete? Check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 5PM with more info on how to sign up here.

2017 Recap

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Stand Up NY had a stand-out year with special guest drop-ins, our regular comedian’s special TV appearances, and a lot of comedy greats hitting our stage to relive their past glories or test new material. So here’s the scoop from the past year, this is the very best of the best of 2017 at Stand Up NY:

  1. One special evening, Amy Schumer made a guest appearance and did a surprise 15 minute set for our audience on Sunday, December 10th during Sam Morril’s 1-hour comedy special at Stand Up NY.

  2. Kevin Hart dropping in to give our crowds a hearty laugh… all throughout the year!

One night, Comedian Aaron Berg even got Kevin Hart to shake on sharing a mill…

  1. Yamaneika’s Comedy Classes at Stand Up NY took off this November. Plus, she rips off her wig during an Avis story on stage! Our most memorable clip from 2017, take a look:

  1. Jerry Seinfeld stopped in earlier this year a couple times too, working on material for his Netflix special.

  2. Not to mention Tracy Morgan who has dropped in to surprise our early crowds twice this past week alone!

  1. On December 4th, 2017 we had a special evening partnering with the Arthritis Foundation for a show featuring Judy Gold!

  1. Even during his busy and hard work on his new Netflix special this year, that didn’t stop Judah Friedlander from dropping in on us a handful of times, even as recently as December 13th!

  2. Pamela Anderson stopped by to shoot a quick PSA at Stand Up NY on November 28th!

  3. Evander Holyfield stopped in for a podcast on November 16th, 2017 and shook hands with our co-owner Dani Zoldan!  

  4. The legendary George Wallace visited on April 28th and September 19th, 2017; and Ardie Fuqua, a SUNY regular comedian, grabbed a quick shot with him to commemorate the moment.

  5. Modi and Jackie Mason make an appearance on October 9th to the joy of the whole crowd.

Even more comedians…

  1. Jenny Zigrino from Comedy Central, MTV, Conan, and Bad Santa 2, dropped in on August 15th.

  2. Mark Normand has a very special Comedy Central Stand-Up Hour and regularly did podcasts and stand up comedy shows at SUNY this past year.

  3. Dave Attell, of the movie Trainwreck and the show Crashing, dropped in this year as well.

  4. Dan Soder, who is Mafee on the show Billions (Showtime) and has been on Inside Amy Schumer, takes to our stage many times in the past year to lighten up the crowds.

  5. Wyatt Cenac, a regular on People of Earth TV series and a voice actor for Archer and BoJack Horseman, stopped by to say hello earlier in the year.

  6. Pete Davidson, from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, popped in for a quick set this year too.

  7. Ronnie Cheng, a Daily Show Correspondent, also said hello to our crowd.

  8. Melissa Villasenor of NBC’s Saturday Night Live stopped by in September and December 2017!

  9. Ari Shaffir with a new Netflix comedy special “Double Negative” has popped through for many shows at SUNY this year!

  10. Dean Edwards of NBC’s Saturday Night Live stopped in more than a few times to placate our rowdy audiences.

  11. Alex Moffat from NBC’s Saturday Night Live stopped by on the night of July 20th, 2017 as well as a handful of additional times to the surprise of all our crowds.

  12. Ophira E from Comedy Central popped in on June 21st, 2017 to talk about Motherhood Stories.

  13. Jay Pharoah, of the show “White Famous” on Showtime, stopped through on September 12th, 2017 to say hi!

  14. Godfrey, an NYC comedian legend, stopped in a bunch this year, even as recently as last week!

  15. A lot of our comedians made also made special appearances on TV as well. Congrats to all! Here are a few:

    1. Matteo Lane – Late show with Stephen Colbert

    2. Paul Mercurio – Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    3. Yamaneika – Jimmy Fallon Tonight

    4. Dan Soder – Comedy Central

    5. Pat Brown – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    6. Liz Miele – Red Eye w. Tom Shillue

    7. Emma Willmann – Midnight with Chris Hardwick & The Guest List

    8. Calise Hawkins – Hood Adjacent with James Davis & The Guest List

    9. Mark Normand – Late Night with Conan

    10. Nathan Macintosh – Late Night with Conan

    11. Kerry Coddett – Comedy Knockout & MTV’s 2 Joking Off

    12. Greg Stone – America’s Got Talent

    13. Laurie Kilmartin – Late Night with Conan & Comedy Central

    14. Mike Drucker – The Tonight Show

    15. Ayanna Dookie – 50 Central & Laughs

    16. Roy Wood Jr. – Daily Show Correspondent

    17. Geno Bisconte – NFL Picks

    18. Sherrod Small – Fox 5, Page Six TV; Late Night with Conan

    19. Ashley Austin Morris – Time After Time pilot

    20. Goumba Johnny – Late Night with Johnny P.

    21. Michael Kosta – The Daily Show

    22. Joe List – Late Night with Conan

    23. Sarah Tollemache – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

As you can see, Stand Up NY is the place to be any and every night of the year! With shows daily and special guests dropping by frequently, make your reservation soon so you don’t miss anything!

Tickets and lineups here! Be sure to call us at (212) 595-0850 with any inquiries.

Here’s to another happy, safe, healthy, AND funny New Year! Cheers to 2018!

How To Avoid The NYC New Year’s Eve Hussle

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Bar, speakeasy, house party, strip club, secret venue, or escape room? Why not escape the hassle of the New Year’s Eve hassle, and join us all night long for our New Year’s Eve shows at 6:30pm, 8:30pm, and 10:30pm on Sunday, December 31st! Featuring this rowdy crew of superstar stand-up comedians. Here are a few amazing details about each to get you pumped:

1. TIM DILLON

2. NATHAN MACINTOSH

3. YAMANEIKA SAUNDERS

  • Yamaneika has been on TV shows such as Comedy Knockout, “Inside Amy Schumer,” and was a co-star of the show “Funny Girls” on the Oxygen Network!

  • Yamaneika has her own Half-Hour Comedy Special on Comedy Central

  • She is also a Correspondent for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has recently been on this month to give her holiday advice and expertise:

4. RYAN REISS

5. DANTE NERO

WOW, what a great crew! End your year at the happiest place in NYC, filled with laughter and friends. Be sure to purchase your tickets here for New Year’s Eve:

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:

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