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Comedy & Stand-up in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Comedy & Stand-up in New York for the month of May 2017

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: Closes 8th December 2017

Brooklyn-born Jerry Seinfeld takes up residence at the Beacon Theater throughout 2016, playing one show every month. Arguably one of the greatest comedians of his time, Seinfeld has been entertaining audiences with his witty observations of the mundane little wrinkles of life since he stepped up to the mic in 1976. More info

: 21st May

Controversial British comic Ricky Gervais is headed back this way - for his first global tour in seven years, since his Out of England I & II Tour in 2010. With Gervais promising "Humanity is my angriest, most honest and I think my best tour yet", be prepared for his irascible and caustic sense of humor, that has got considerably darker in the last 12 months following various political upheavals! 2016 marked a huge year for Gervais, with his cinematic release David Brent: Life On The Road and Netflix project Special Correspondents. There's simply no stopping this British bulldog! More info

: 22nd May

After making waves in the UK and his native New Zealand, Tape Face (real name Sam Willis) finally came to America's attention on the eleventh season of America's Got Talent, where his unique brand of vaudeville took him all the way to the final. His act, which frequently involves members of the audience, makes use of everything from plungers to oven gloves to create bizarre, and strangely beautiful, routines that you'll never see anywhere else. More info

: 20th May

Kevin James might be best known now as the star of The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Zookeeper, but his career started well before that in stand-up comedy on the Long Island club scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, James made the jump to television, starring in the hit series The King of Queens., and continues to be an audience favorite, in no small parts for his genial observations and gift for physical gags. More info

: Closes 22nd November 2017

Amateur Night At The Apollo has been a key feature in the local music scene since 1934 when it launched, and has been the stepping stone in the career of many world-class musicians and entertainers, including Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. The audience has the responsibility of cheering loudly for those they like, and booing those they deem less adept off the stage. More info

: 13th May

Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The "perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality" (Wall Street Journal), Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. His clean language and sharp, sarcastic obersations on everyday life have led him to be known as the "comedian's comedian". More info

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?

Whose Live Anyway (originally called A Night of Improv) first appeared in 1999 when it sold out two shows in under three hours to very enthusiastic crowds in Vancouver. Following its initial success, Whose Line Executive Producer and star Ryan Stiles expanded the number of appearances of the show to include many major cities in the Western USA and Canada where it has remained a constant sell-out.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Wellmont Theatre

May 04, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 06, 2017

Count Basie Theatre

May 12, 2017

: 6th May

Back after his critically acclaimed debut US tour in 2014, one of Britain's most successful young comedians will be once again making you squirm with his inimitably and sometimes rude yet always springy, cheerful comedy. With his impish personality and his boy-next-door smile, he creates joy from everyday observations, and is never afraid to poke fun at the news, and those who make it. More info

: 6th May

With a long history of his forefathers becoming rabbis, Jackie Mason was destined for a life in the synagogue before he bucked the trend and became one of the most recognisable and accomplished borscht belt comedians of the 60s and 70s. With the ability to deftly combine a self-deprecating humour with a playful arrogance, his acerbic wit explored every topical subject from his own religion to American Culture. More info

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