This Week in Comedy: Wyatt Cenac, Live Dubbed Sitcoms, and John Hodgeman

12/15/2014 6:50 PM |

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You know, it’s that time of year when we could all use a laugh. With the stress of the holidays and the unrelentingness of bad to very bad world news, getting some comedy in your life is probably a good move. Healthy, even! Luckily there are a number of funny folks doing their thing this week in New York, from Wyatt Cenac to John Hodgeman to Jo Firestone. below, our round-up of the best events in comedy this week.

Set most likely to contain cuttingly-accurate jokes about Prospect Heights

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac at Littlefield

Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm; $8 at the door, $5 advance

This weekly event from Daily Show correspondent Cenac is a great way to check out up-and-coming comedians, both local and not-so-local. Monday’s show includes former Chelsea Lately regular Jen Kirkman and Pete Holmes-endorsed stand-up Jared Logan.

If you’re into both comedy and NPR

John Hodgeman’s Secret Society Meeting and Public Holiday Spectacle at the Grand Masonic Lodge

Thursday, December 18 at 8:00 pm; $25 (price includes two drinks)

It’s unclear what exactly to expect from this event, except definitely some comedy from literary funnyman John Hodgeman, probably some special guests, and perhaps a blood oath. Per their ticket site: “Yes, there will be organ music. No other questions will be answered.” Cool.

Don’t mention The Lion King

Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines on Broadway

Thursday, December 18 at 7:30; $15–$35 plus two-drink minimum

Gottfried, now a staple of Comedy Central roasts, has been doing his brand of caustic stand-up for the last 30 years, impressive for a comic whose set never reads as stale.

Best show for mocking re-runs of Friends

Live Dubbed Sitcoms at Videology

Saturday, December 20 at 9:30, $5

Punderdome 3000 mastermind Jo Firestone hosts this improv event that is pretty much what it sounds like: Comedians making up the lines to classic sitcoms as they go. A little bit Mystery Science Theater 3000, a little bit hanging out in your living room with your friends, making fun of Netflix.

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If you need something to put the year in perspective

The 2014 IT SUCKED Awards at UCB Chelsea

Monday, December 22 at 7:30 pm, $5

A sketch show that explores the worst things that happened this year (and boy, there were a LOT of those things), the IT SUCKED awards will let you laugh, cry, and get ready for more terrible news in 2015.