Five comedy shows inspired by Brooklyn Comedy Festival
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Seaton Smith, who appeared on ‘The Late Show with Seth Meyers,’ will be at the Late Night Basement on August 28.
Seaton Smith, who appeared on ‘The Late Show with Seth Meyers,’ will be at the Late Night Basement on August 28.
New York City has it’s fair share of comedy clubs and shows. While most of them are in Manhattan, did you know that there are countless shows in Brooklyn and Queens? The two boroughs are home to some of the best comedy in the city. In fact, Brooklyn Comedy Festival has just kicked off it’s third annual week-long celebration, which will end on August 30. Here are five places where you can listen to relatable funny jokes, meet famous comedians and watch hours worth of insane improv.

Late Night Basement: Special BKCF Edition - Friday, August 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Free - Livestream Public, 195 Morgan Ave between Meadow and Stagg streets, Bushwick - When New York Magazine calls a show “The Best Comedy Show,” throughout the city, there might be something to it. Unlike other shows, this one feels like a live taping for a TV show due to aspects such as the host’s opening monologue and recorded parts. The next show will feature Seaton Smith, who has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as “Be Here Nowish” creators Natalie Leite and Alexandra Roxo. Their comedy series follows their characters as they ditch their down-and-out lives in New York for a spiritual awakening in Los Angeles. Also appearing on the show will be South Asian rapper from Flushing, Heems of Das Racist, who also founded the independent record label Greedhead Music.

Impro(VS)tandup:Brooklyn Comedy Festival Edition - Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.

$10 - Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope - Listen to some of the city’s best improvisers and stand-up comedians compete against each other in a cross-discipline cage match. While the performers list is still yet to be announced, each improviser and stand-up comic will do their own set and then try a hand at the other craft. See who reigns supreme!

The Special without Brett Davis - Thursday, August 27 at 10 p.m. - $10

Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope - If you listened to improvisers compete with stand-up comedians, why not stick around for one more show. Who needs Brett Davis when you’ve got an exciting lineup for the live variety television show. Well, Brett Davis will in fact be there, as the host. Still, at this fest, you won’t just listen to comedy but you’ll also get to see some amazing live musical performances. Performing comedians include Brain McCann (not the baseball player), Jo Firestone, Good Cop Great Cop, Colin Burgess, Tynan DeLong & Joe Rumrill and Steve Whalen.

Roast Battle: BKCF Edition - Saturday, August 29 at 11:30 p.m. - $10 in advance; $15 at the door - Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer Street - As Brooklyn Comedy Festival comes to a close, why not listen to some comedians totally roast one another for the pleasure of the audience. This verbal boxing match will have comedians compete through wits and insults. Scheduled battles include Kevin Barnett vs. Ben Kissel, Kenny DeForest vs. Megan Gailey, Giulia Rozzi vs. Clark Jones, Will Miles vs. Mike Denny and more!

Myq Kaplan & Friends - Monday, September 14 at 8:30 p.m. - $5 - QED Astoria, 27­-16 23rd Ave., Astoria - Are you a big fan of America’s Got Talent? Well, quarter-finalist Myq Kaplan will perform his famous Ludacris-paced wordplay game with some talented friends. Myq also has his own comedic special on Netflix entitled “Small, Dork and Handsome.”The show will also feature beatboxer Shockwave, who will be in the audience beating live.

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