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Comedy & Stand-up in New York - October 2017

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

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: 2nd October

British comedian Eddie Izzard is often lauded as one of the most influential comics of the last 25 years. He returns to the US to provide a more intimate and thorough look into his life as he releases his memoirs entitled 'Believe Me, A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. More info

: 25th October

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

: Closes 8th December 2017

Brooklyn-born Jerry Seinfeld continues his Beacon Theater residency, 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

: 23rd October

When Jamie Morton discovered his father had been hard at work on an erotic novel, his initial feeling was disgust, but when he read the wild adventures of Belinda Blumenthal, sexually adventurous mover and shaker in the heady world of Pots and Pan sales, he saw potential. Not in Rocky Flintstone's (his father's nom de plume) literary genius, rather in his lack of it. Thus, from the minds of the Morton Jnr and Snr comes My Dad Wrote A Porno, the top comedy podcast where Jamie and pals Alice and James subject themselves and the public, to a weekly chapter of Rocky Flintstone's (un) sexy opus. More info

: 14th October

Zany YouTube and hosts of Good Morning Mythical duo Rhett and Link are on tour, bringing their unique brand of comedy, including hilarious rap battles, extreme food challenges, inventive (low budget) viral videos, sketches and of course, mythicality to a venue near you this fall! More info

: Closes 9th December 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

: Closes 29th October 2017

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

: 4th October

Essayist, humorist and creator of The Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is one of America's most beloved radio personalities. This tour sees him taking to the stage in his famous red shoes to spin yarns about his Minnesota childhood and his lengthy public radio career. More info

: 15th October

Mexican star comedian Franco Escamilla heads out on his world tour in 2017, with engagements across North America, Australia and Latin America! The portly, bespectacled funnyman is known for his performing troupe La Diablo Squad, and adds a musical influence into his shows, taking his guitar on stage regularly. Also a huge digital trend-setter, he is also known for his comedy radio shows, which has helped build a massive worldwide fanbase in the process. His sarcastic humor and charm make him one of the regions' most well-liked satirists, alongside his peers including Felipe Esparza and Jesus Martinez 'Palillo'. More info

: 20th October

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

: 12th October

A bisexual, American Korean, Margaret Cho has some claim on the title of Patron Saint of Outsiders. Never less than searingly honest, she speaks to people of all persuasions, especially those that enjoy expertly constructed dick and STD jokes. Her routines blend scatological humour and social commentary in such a deft, big-hearted delivery that even her filthiest material feels like a warm hug. More info

: 26th October

Hold on to your 6-inch heels girls and boys, because the all star queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are coming! This 2017 Queens Werq the World is their biggest yet. With Michelle Visage, Bianca Del Rio​ and Shangela​ at the helm, this concert, cabaret and comedy extravaganza will feature, among others, Alyssa Edwards, Willam, Latrice Royale, Alaska, Peppermint, Aja and Trinity​! More info

: 27th October

Comedian Tracy Morgan continues his comeback tour Picking Up the Pieces following his horrible, life-threatening traffic accident in 2014. Coming to fame as a stand-up, Morgan became a household name through his seven season stint on the Tina Fey show 30 Rock, playing a thinly veiled version of himself named Tracy Jordan. More info

: 27th October

Another audience favorite, Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who perform a political musical satire and keep you laughing about events and personalities on Capitol Hill, the Oval Office, and other centers of power. Capitol Steps takes a humorous look at serious issues and has provided laughs for millions since 1981, and have released over thirty albums of comic material! More info

: 5th October

Stone-faced and cerebral - Steven Wright is a comedian who leaves audiences doubled over in laughter with his absurdist, slightly-skewed commentary. Known for his deadpan vocal and offbeat sense of humor, Steven Wright has been the recipient of several comedy awards as well as an Oscar which he won in 1989 for a short film he co-wrote and starred in. More info

: Closes 28th October 2017

Demetri Martin is an Emmy Award-nominated and Perrier comedy award-winning comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up/prop comedian and as a regular contributor on Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. His chilled and laid back approach allows for more cerebral jokes, as opposed to the machine-gun style repertory of his contemporaries. More info

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