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Comedy & Stand-up in New York - October 2016

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


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: Closes 8th 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

: 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

: Closes 24th October 2016

Currently touring the country with his hugely successful tour The Rant Is Due, perpetually pissed comic Lewis Black is bringing a brand-new show to the Marquis Theater this fall, for a limited time only! Black To The Future sees the influential, rage-filled comedian realize of one his biggest career ambitions; a chance to perform on Broadway. Covering every conceivable subject history, politics and religion with his trademark scowl in place, Black also played (appropriately) the chaarcter of Anger in Disney-Pixar's 2015 hit movie, Inside Out. More info

: 21st October

One of the most successful comics in the business, Jeff Dunham returns to the road this year in his brand new Perfectly Unbalanced tour. He'll of course be joined by Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeno and the rest of his very animate friends for an evening of envelope-pushing ventriloquism. More info

: 22nd October

No one is safe from Lisa Lampanelli! The Connecticut-born comedian has been insulting everyone under the sun since the early 90s, and she's just getting started. Nicknamed the 'Queen of Mean', Lisa began her career in the New York club circuit before getting her big break at The New York Friar's Club roast of Chevy Chase. More info

: 30th October

Martin meets Martin in this extraordinary meeting of two of modern comedy's greatest entertainers. Steve Martin and Martin Short present 'A Very Stupid Conversation', a Q&A style conversation between the two comedians and the audience with a musical twist. Featuring special guests 'The Steep Canyon Rangers', expect an evening of banjo-tinged interludes and singing punctuated by the side-splitting humour and charisma of these comedy greats. More info


If ever America needed Henry Rollins, it's now! A veracious traveller, thinker and consumer of knowledge, Rollins is trekking across North America this year, voicing his opinion on the state of the nation (hint - he doesn't like Trump). He'll also be sharing anecdotes from his extensive worldwide travels and stories from throughout his storied life, including his time spent as the lead singer of hardcore punk band Black Flag.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Oct 2016:

Gramercy Theatre

Oct 25, 2016

The Space at Westbury

Oct 26, 2016

: 21st 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

: 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 October

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

: 22nd October

Man of a thousand voices and all round comic whirlwind Jim Breuer is heading out on tour once again. While he's a cult icon for his role in stoner comedy Half Baked with Dave Chappelle, Breuer has made a conscious decision to shift his stand-up in a family friendly direction in recent years because "it's much more challenging". More info

: Closes 3rd December 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

: 28th October

Kathleen Madigan is one of the most popular headliners in the country. An American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-Up. More info

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