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.
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.