around town today
thru 9/23: the sixth annual brooklyn comedy festival features nearly 40 comedy shows across nine venues, including special editions of existing local staples, plus panels and films. tonight: backfat and the dan + joe + charles show; tomorrow: the good dog show, the fancy show, nothing important, , comedians you should know. various locations and prices (save $15 on single day badges with promo code ‘onedayfunday’ and save $50 on closing weekend badge with promo code ‘september50’). >>
canceled due to weather
7pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): back to the future. vincent f. albano, jr. playground (kips bay). >>
postponed until 10/23
7pm doors, 7:30pm show: $6 + a secret gets you access to the dirty little secrets improv show‘s third anniversary show, where improvisers will play with your anonymously-submitted truths in an intimate space. niagara (east village/alphabet city), $6 adv, $10 door. >>
7:30pm: author, illustrator, and shopsin’s cook tamara shopsin presents her 1970s greenwich village childhood through her illustrated book, arbitrary stupid goal, in conversation with john hodgman (vacationland). books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>
7:30pm (monthly): video sketch and improv group physically bold brings you a dose of comedy at their variety show, tonight featuring guests pat regan (last comic standing), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), david perez, and eitan levine. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>
8pm (monthly): things are mighty fine at the terrific pacific comedy show, with performances by sean donnelly (colbert), katie hannigan (colbert), lorelei ramirez (comedy central), joon chung (broad city), steve waltien (hbo), and comedy folk duo friends who folk. hosted by chelsea davison (fallon) and asher perlman (the opposition with jordan klepper). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>
8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by nimesh patel (snl), gary richardson (snl), ziwe fumudoh (crooked media), fumi abe (mtv), liza treyger (netflix). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>
9pm: nyc’s longest running weekly comedy show ‘sweet’ with seth herzog celebrates its 14th anniversary with guests michael ian black (wet hot american summer), david cross (arrested development), phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), and more. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $15 adv with promo code ‘sweet14’ (reg. $20). >>
The annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival returns with over 50 FREE shows at seven stages along the New York City waterfront from DUMBO to Red Hook Thursday thru Sunday!
Spanning the range of Americana music including Folk, Country Blues, Old Time, Bluegrass and Jazz, this year’s festival will take place at seven artist owned and operated indoor establishments and two outdoor stages. New this year: The Women’s Stage in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.
Opening night at Gala at Jalopy Theatre, Thursday at 8pm.
Check out the official website for the full lineup and schedule!
9/19 6pm doors: mirage cinema presents an outdoor screening of mad max:fury road, with 360-degree projection, 3d immersive sound, photo booths, an ice cream social, and more. the brooklyn mirage (east williamsburg/bushwick), $14-16. >>
9/19 7pm doors, 8pm show: dig in with deep night with dale, a talk show on the dark art of comedy hosted by ‘mystic’ dale seever (aka james bewley). tonight’s season premiere includes lilli stein (the marvelous mrs. maisel), sam jay (snl), fareeha khan (decoded), taylor ortega (ucb), chanel ali (girl codel), and more. the slipper room (les), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>
9/19 7:30pm (monthly): this month’s ‘i can see uranus’ installment of the astronomy on tap discussion series explores topics including bad movie physics, conspiracy theories, astronomical news, and astronomers who get high. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>
9/19 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): ‘x lab’ micronaut and computational biologist joao xavier dives into the world of microbes and evolution at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>
9/19 8pm: you might learn something, or not, when comics teach lessons using powerpoint at the question mark comedy show. the slope lounge (park slope), free. >>
9/19 8pm (monthly): don’t worry about your social status at the no cool kids comedy show, where comedians talk about their awkward youth, complete with photo evidence. tonight: katie hannigan (colbert), chris calogero (vice), kevin froleiks (bad bad news comedy), sam evans, and ethan simmons-patterson. hosted by albert kirchner and mara wiles. starr bar (bushwick), free >>
9/19 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features melissa villaseñor (snl), kerry coddett (comedy central), tom thakkar (conan), jason burke (ucb), and vanessa pants. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>
9/19 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from janeane garafalo (wet hot american summer), ted alexandro (comedy central), andy haynes (comedy central), caitlin peluffo (siriusxm), reena calm, and paul julmeus. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>
9/19 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): it’s all things html-arious at the internet explorers comedy show, where comedians give fake stem-inspired lectures and one ends up with a new website based on audience suggestions. tonight’s dark web theme features julio torres (snl), bowen yang (las culturistas), rachel joravsky (reductress), dave mizzoni (comedy central), and branson reese (collegehumor), with music by tar of. hosted by mark vigeant. caveat (les), $10. >>
9/19 10pm: you’ll be hot for teacher at the bad behavior: queer after school special dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>
9/19 11pm: hilary woods, shilpa ray, and heather fortune play saint vitus (greenpoint), $10. >>
reservations are now open to book discounted $50 spa treatments during the annual fall spa week, running 10/15-21. registration required. >>
get tickets to the world maker faire at the new york hall of science 9/22-23 for $20-50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-80). >>