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Comedy & Stand-up in New York - May 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Comedy & Stand-up in New York for the month of May 2016

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: 21st May

Regarded as one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world, his shockingly charming style has made him one of the most sought after comics on the world stage. Jim gets away with jokes that most comedians wouldn't touch due to his ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure. More info

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: 14th May

Popular TV and film comedy actor whose most popular films include roles in the Bad Boys and Big Momma's House Stand-up was his first outing into the world of comedy and this tour is a great chance to see a master of humor return to his first love. More info

: Closes 2nd December 2016

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

: 22nd May

Comedian, actress and writer who starred in her own hit TV show, The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as School of Rock, Wreck_it Ralph and I Smile Back. Be warned though - no subject is taboo for this leading comedian. More info

: Closes 22nd May 2016

Rejoice! The very dangerous duo of Kiki and Herb will tread the Broadway boards once more! A head on collision of cabaret, stand-up and performance art, this cult lounge act (played by Justin Vernon Bond and Kenny Mellman) earned a huge following during the 90s and 00s with sold out shows at Carnegie Hall and collaborations with the likes of Debbie Harry and Sarah Bernhard. More info

: 8th 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

: Closes 15th May 2016

Scott Aukerman is taking the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast on the road, and he's joined by three of its most popular guest. Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus and Neil Campbell are all along for the ride, bringing with them their cavalcade of characters. More info

: 25th May

Hold on to your 6-inch heels girls and boys, because the all-star queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are coming! Covering over 40 cities, the 2016 Battle of the Seasons tour is the biggest yet, serving you spectacular with a revolving list of your favorites across the seasons! More info

: Closes 16th November 2016

The world is awash with talent shows, everything from So You Think You Can Dance to The Voice, but none of them beat Amateur night at the Apollo. A New York institution, Amatuer night has been daring aspiring wannabe comics, musicians, dancers and singers to brave the spotlight for over 70 years. More info

: 28th May

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

ANDREW DICE CLAY

One of the most controversial comics of all time, Andrew Dice Clay is experiencing a bit of a career resurgence of late. With recent appearances in Entourage and his much heralded dramatic turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, the x-rated comic is back in the spotlight after years out of the public eye.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2016:

Paramount Theatre

May 14, 2016

Wellmont Theatre

May 20, 2016

: Closes 15th June 2016

Gad Elmaleh is of Morrocan Sephardi Jewish descent and currently living and works in France. This unique and exotic cultural heritage has certainly given him a certain je ne sais quoi, and the stand up-comedian and actor quickly has quickly risen to prominence as one of France's favourite funnymen since the debut of an autobiographical show in 1997. More info

: Closes 9th May 2016

When most people get mad, they tend find a way to overcome their anger. Sebastian Maniscalco, on the other hand, uses his rage to fuel his acerbic, quick-witted stand-up comedy. With the point of view only an old-school Italian American upbringing could produce, Maniscalco takes aim at the disintegration of society and the annoyances of the daily grind with hilarious consequences. More info

: Closes 2nd November 2016

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

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