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Comedy Theatre in New York - January 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Comedy Theatre in New York for the month of January 2017

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From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this outrageously funny and risque Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Starring BOM veteran Gavin Creel as Elder Price, fresh from his London stint in the same role, be prepared for a show where no holds are barred and perhaps cover yourself with a napkin as you'll be spluttering in comic awesomeness throughout. More info

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: Closes 22nd January 2017

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their iconic double act to Broadway in Fall 2016, after a sold out run at the Cherry Lane Theatre. As turtleneck and Alan Alda aficionados Gil Faizon and George St Geegland, they'll present their collective 'memoir on stage' detailing the lives of the two Upper West Side bachelor's and their rise to director/actor/creamed potato stand-ins. More info

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Avenue Q is a provocative and subversive coming of age tale told with puppets. Think Book of Mormon meets Sesame Street. Running Off-Broadway since 2009, this three-time Tony-winning institution centers on the character of Princeton, a recent graduate in English, who makes a whole bunch of colorful new friends when he gets an apartment on Avenue Q. More info

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: Closes 29th January 2017

The rapid-fire newspaper comedy The Front Page is revived on Broadway, featuring an all star cast. Three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane plays Walter Burns, a hard-boiled newspaper editor whose star reporter Hildy John (John Slattery) stumbles onto the story of a lifetime. Rounding out the cast are screen legend John Goodman, and Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Rosemary Harris. More info

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No one in the news is safe! Not to be confused with the Disney musical NEWSIES, this Drama Desk-nominated revue NEWSical is back lampooning current events, newsmakers, celebreties, and politicians - in short, everyone is fair game. With songs and material continually updated to take advantage of the top news stories, composer-lyricist Drama Desk Nominee Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof - and then some. More info

: Closes 30th June 2017

Transferring to the Davenport Theatre this Friday, Shear Madness finds a new home in record time. An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different mystery experience every single night. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

An autobiographical one-woman show, the writer behind comedy shows like Roseanne, Mad About You and (the Emmy-winning) Rugrats, Monica Piper tackles the ups and downs of being an unwilling New York showbiz kid in this captivating show that has already won over audiences on the West Coast. From reliant Jewish princess to self-reliant comedian, this show charts Piper's rise in comedy from her fame-deluged beginnings, and just why she is one of the front-running female writers in the comedy show genre. More info

: Closes 5th February 2017

To mark its 20th Anniversary, Ireland's Druid Theater Company bring Martin McDonagh's jet black comedy back to New York. A boisterous and violent tale of a warring mother and daughter, The Beauty Queen of Leenane was the breakout work for playwright and company alike, and won four Tony Awards in 1998. More info

: 25th January

Performed over 1,200 times across 180 cities since 2002 and Charles Ross has no intention of closing up his hit one-man-show any time soon! One of the few shows sponsored by Lucasfilm itself, Ross' off-Broadway hit quickly gained a cult following thanks to his high-spirited and energetic personality, and uncanny ability to perform multiple characters at the drop of a hat. Having traveled the world over, the show returns to the States on a nationwide tour. A must-see event for wannabe-Wookies! More info

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short, The Imbible sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group! More info

: Closes 26th February 2017

David Ives (Venus in Furs) brings his adaptation of the classic farce Pierre Corneille's Le Lenteur to the Classic Stage Company. Corneille's play was first performed in 1644, and features enough mistaken identities and star-crossed lovers to make Shakespeare jealous. This Off-Broadway production of Ives' witty take boasts a cast that includes Broadway alum Carson Erod (Peter and the Starcatcher). More info

One actor has at least five shorts of whiskey and attempts to perform a Shakespearean play in a hilarious and totally unpredictable evening! More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

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