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New York Comedy & Stand-up in May 2015

Our selection of the best comedy & stand-up in New York for the month of May 2015

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: 16th May

The twice Grammy-winning Lewis Black is the perfect demonstration of that rare comic, who can cause you to laugh while making compelling points about the absurdity of the world around you. He brings this talent to his latest show. More info

: 18th May

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

: 16th May

Bob Newhart is a prominent American stand-up comedian and actor who first came to prominence in the back in the 1960s when he released an album of comedic monologues entitled The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. The album was such a hit, it even outstripped pop music of the number one spot on the Billboard music charts! More info

: Closes 13th May 2015

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. Much of his humor is is drawn from his unusual North Carolina background, his varied stream of odd-jobs (Christmas elf at Macy's, anyone?) and plays to his self-deprecating strengths, and now often concerns his life today in France with his partner. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

Sketch comedy troupe The Tenderloins are the stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers. A novel twist on the candid camera format, the show features one of the stars interacting with the public, being fed his lines by the other three via earpiece. The Impractical Jokers live show is a mix of sketch comedy, behind the scenes insights from the TV series and plenty of audience participation (you have been warned). More info

CAROL BURNETT

For over a decade, Carol Burnett has won the hearts of America's audiences as the long-reigning queen of comedy TV and Broadway. With a sparkle in her eye and a dance number or two, this talented performer overcame a difficult childhood and broke the Hollywood mould with her self-titled, 11 season strong variety show. Now she brings her wit to theatres across the US in a show that looks back to the highs and lows of her remarkable career and life.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

St. George Theatre

May 09, 2015

Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 10, 2015

: 16th May

With a gleam in his eye and a surprising spring in his step, Don Rickles has kept audiences rolling in the aisles with his acerbic wit and acid-tongue for over 55 years. No one is safe from the feisty comic, who brazenly pokes fun at all ethnicities, all religions, all walks of life. They don't call him the 'Merchant of Venom' for nothing... More info

: Closes 24th June 2015

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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