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Recap: Week of June 19th, 2017

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This week at Stand Up NY was undoubtedly my favorite week since beginning to work here over a month ago. The comics this week were amazing (as always). The star-studded line-ups this week included Sherrod Small, Chloe Hilliard, Ashley Morris, Jeff Leach, Modi, Paul Mecurio, and so many more great comics. My personal favorite this week was Alzo Slade. He was one of the first comics I met and his set is hysterical. I have a tendency to overthink things and look for a deeper meaning in everything (yes, I am an English major). However, I enjoyed Alzo’s set because of the philosophical aspect of it. It is very raw and honest and requires thought. While it is obviously funny and we are not necessarily supposed to linger on every seemingly trivial detail, you still do have to think a little. Maybe you don’t necessarily do the thinking during the set. Maybe after, you see something in a new way or you consider a new perspective on something. I think this differentiates Alzo’s comedy from mediocre comedy (which you will never find at Stand Up NY). I consider his comedy to be art, because it is so honest. You can see Alzo and all the other great comics again soon at Stand Up NY. For tickets, click here.

The audience this week was great. One audience member even got up on our stage before the show began to try his hand at the stand up comedy game (it’s not a game). Think you have what it takes? Click here for more details about our open mic’s and how you too can Bring It.

Stand Up NY PSA

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A stand-up comedy club is a place to have fun, let loose and enjoy yourself. However, there are rules. Sometimes, people decide not to follow these rules, and that puts us in a real pickle. Here at Stand Up NY, we want you to have a good time. That’s why we created an informational and educational public service announcement to teach the conduct expected while at Stand Up NY, rather than berate you with the things you need to know.

In this video, we profile two people. A man by the name of Jack has proper comedy club etiquette and showcases how to act in a comedy club. Another man by the name of Jerk is disheveled and rude and showcases how not to act in a comedy club. We will contrast every individual action between the two people. For instance:

Jack waltzes in, Chivalrous as always, with a girl holding on to his arm. He is delighted to see a reserved table for 2, opts to pull out one of the chairs to seat his lovely woman, and then proceeds to sit down and fold his leg properly.

Jerk meanders into the frame, already half drunk, and proceeds to steal the seat from the woman accompanying him. He flips the chair and leans his arm on the backrest, and then inappropriately checks out the waitress passing by him.

The trend of contrasting these two characters continues until the last scene where Jerk breaks the #1 rule: NO HECKLING. Jerk is an example of how NOT to act at a comedy club. As long as you aren’t a jerk, you are cool with us. Stay tuned for any new rules we feel the need to include portrayed by yours truly – JERK.

This week at Stand Up NY (June 12th)

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A lot of exciting, fun things happened at Stand Up NY this week! We had many special guests including Alex Moffat from NBC’s Saturday Night Live drop in multiple times this week. We put on another successful Pride show which again raised money for the True Colors Fund. In my opinion, this was one of the best shows I’ve seen. Yamaneika, a Stand Up NY regular, absolutely stole the show. Mehran Khaghani followed, also killing it on stage. You can see both Yamaneika and Mehran in one of our upcoming shows. For tickets, click here. We also had Matt Koff, a writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, drop by for a set. Jared Freid, another regular came through with multiple sets this week. He is my favorite comic to photograph because he always makes sure to take a minute to pose for me while he is on stage. Always appreciated, Jared! You can check out his podcast The JTrain Podcast here. Paul Mecurio, as seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert also stopped by for a set. Many other great comics came in this week, including Dan Soder, Liz Miele, Matteo Lane, and much, much more! If you missed it, don’t worry! There are many more shows coming up and many great comics to see! There is live comedy shows every night of the week here at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side.

Also, don’t forget about the Totally Dishonest Media Show on Wednesday, June 28th!

What’s Gonna Happen Next

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Each week is totally different when it comes to working a comedy club. You never really know what’s going to happen next. Between the wild personalities that grace our stage and the even wilder ones that spectate, our days are jam-packed with new twists and turns every day. Here’s a little taste of the past week here at Stand Up NY.

 Awesome Special Shows 

We put on great showcases every night, but Stand Up NY always loves hosting something new and different, in part because it makes our days a lot more interesting. For example, on Wednesday we hosted “I’M OBSESSED WITH ME”, the show “where shirts and general respect are totally optional”. Featuring Stand Up NY regulars and guests alike, this week featured Yamaneika Saunders, Matteo Lane, and Mehran Khaghani and was a roaring success! We hosted the filming of “Sunda and Friends” on the first stop of their national tour with Straightjacket Productions to a near sell-out crowd. We also hosted “Teacher’s Lounge”, a dangerous after school program featuring an all teacher lineup with discounted tickets for teachers! That plus much more made this week an exciting one to work!

New Week, Hundreds of New People

We love meeting new people, and this week was no exception when it came to exciting introductions. We had the entire back of the room sold out to a massive group of Dutch men, we hosted lifelong Upper West Siders who never found their way in, and we met couples who got engaged hours before. Each crowd, whether it’s intimate or wall-to-wall, is an exciting new family to us for a couple of hours, and we look forward to their return.

Wild Bobcat Loose in the Club!

Okay, this one didn’t happen. But if it did, boy oh boy would that be an interesting story!

Thunderstorms Can’t Stop Us

The weather in New York City can change on a dime, and this week was no exception. We had highs of 95 and we had downpours. Conveniently, Stand Up NY electrified the scene back in its 1986 founding with brand new innovations such as “Walls” and “a Roof” that to this day shield the audience from nature’s best disruptions, providing a great indoor activity for locals and tourists alike.

Killer Sets

Stand Up NY loves to call itself home to many of NY’s hottest working comedians. From Mark Normand to Andrew Schulz, dozens of our comics killed sets this week at Stand Up NY. Not only that, but we always love when guests stop by. A particularly notable this week was SNL’s Alex Moffat, who will be returning for his second season come the fall.

Live Comedy doesn’t exist without people, not only the comedians and those who come to see them but the underrated and hard working staff that make shows happen. It’s as much a treat for us as it is a treat for you, and we look forward to what this next week has in store.

In The Age of Political Satire…

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One of my favorite shows on TV right now is HBO’s VEEP. It is a political satire comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh. It is currently going on its sixth season, and it is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. Also, in the age of political humor, VEEP could not have come at a better time.

If you have never seen the show, here is some background information. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, a former Senator turned Vice President. However, because her powers are so limited as VP, she struggles to gain recognition as a distinguished woman in politics. Mocking the stereotypical narcissism of politicians, Selina Meyer seeks this recognition purely for selfish reasons. However, despite having limited power, she has a team of eager helpers. This squad includes Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky) who has devoted all of her time to resolve any conflict in which Selina is involved. There is also Gary Walsh (Tony Hale) who is Selina’s personal assistant. He follows her around and carries a giant bag of everything she could possibly need throughout the day; often treating her as if she is royalty. Additionally, Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh) is the director of communications and later the press secretary. He is often made fun of for being mediocre at his job. The combination of these varied characters, along with so much more, makes the show dynamic and hilarious.

One of my favorite episodes, in particular, was season 5, episode 9. This episode is entitled, “Kissing Your Sister”. It is unique in that it is framed in the form of a documentary that Selina’s daughter, Catherine, has created. Just for some background, in season 3, Selina becomes president because the previous president steps down; finally gaining the power she craves. So, as you can imagine, when the new election year comes around, she tries her hardest to maintain that power.

This documentary episode reveals that Catherine has been filming everything going on during season 5. Throughout this process, she has been getting to know her mother’s employees on a more personal level through interviews at their homes. Since the viewers typically only see these employees in the office, this was a great opportunity to showcase who they are outside of it and there are some great moments captured.

Sometimes Catherine would even just leave the camera in the room when her mother didn’t know. There is also a series of one on one interviews in which Catherine asks all of the characters questions about their work, their lives, etc. The show is always funny, but seeing it in this new format brought it to the next level.

Overall, the show is fantastic and I highly recommend that everyone watch it. The humor is quick, witty, and very relevant. Another great place to see witty relevant humor is here at Stand Up NY! Talented comedians put on great shows every night. Come check it out!

What’s Gonna Happen Next

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What’s Gonna Happen Next

By Shafer Ward

Anyone who works in comedy will tell you that it is the craziest and most interesting job they’ve ever had. Just three weeks into working at Stand Up NY, I am realizing that that couldn’t be truer. There is no place I would rather be (sorry, not sorry, Walt Disney World®) considering a number of shenanigans that happens on a nightly basis in our little nook on the Upper West Side.
Here are some of my highlights from the past week.

NYC Partying Hard This Week

New York City is never dead, but it certainly was alive this week. With events such as NYC Pride and the Puerto Rican Parade, the energy in the city is particularly palpable. We’ve welcomed in comedians and audience alike who are taking part in the festivities, as we here at Stand Up NY couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the NYC community.

Packed Crowds

It’s weird to imagine that with NYC Pride, the amazing weather, and the Golden State Warriors taking on LeBron and some other guys (Sorry, Cavs) that people have any time in their schedule for anything. However, if there was anything else happening in the world, it was news to our staff, considering we were just as busy as ever. We were delighted to see our afternoon shows do particularly well. On Friday, we collaborated with Soul Cycle to host a show particular to the Upper West Side, and Saturday had us see NY’s up-and-comers share the stage with some of our favorite professionals.

Boy, that Heat Though

Though I love a good sweater, the city is finally arriving at a place where we can pack them away for a good while. It kept going from 30 to 80 to 50 to 70, but June is finally making it known that summer is upon us. However, this week was particularly toasty, and I’ve never been more thankful to work in an air conditioned place in my life.

No Two Audiences Are Ever the Same

I have the privilege of being able to talk to audiences before each and every show, and it’s amazing how diverse each group of people is. I’ve probably talked to about 500 people since starting here, and no story is identical. This week, I saw it all. I saw a couple who had just eloped that day and then came to our show. I saw an audience of predominantly Australian expats transform our room into the Down Under. A table paid for themselves completely by their winnings from Drag Bingo an hour before. I asked a table who had 5 Manhattans each how they enjoyed the show, to which they responded “Aga ma funny hi majadamana” before sprinting down 78th like they were training for 2020 in Tokyo. Never a dull moment when you’re talking to comedy crowds.

Amazing Acts

As always, my favorite part of the Stand Up NY week was watching the industries funniest do their thing. From Jonathon Randall, Graham Kay, Yamaneika, Matteo Lane, Dante Nero and more, each night is 7 hours of straight laughter for the people who work here. What’s more is that each week different comedians find new ways to steal our hearts, as new talent decides to make Stand Up NY their home base and we get a front row seat to their growth.

There’s a saying that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s true, it is good that I don’t have health insurance because I’m going to be healthy as a horse for a good while. Each week is completely different here at Stand Up NY, but that’s a little taste of what it was like this time around. For ticket information, hit some more buttons on the website or call 212-595-0850.

This Week at Stand Up NY: June 5th, 2017

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Every night here always starts off the same way: the manager’s loudspeaker speech informing customers that they should not be on their phones. The speech begins with the same, “good evening everybody, and welcome to Stand Up NY.” It is followed by an (awkward) pause while people look around trying to determine if they are supposed to clap or not (they are). You know it is going to be a good night when there is a huge reaction from the audience. Well, you know it is going to be a good night regardless because after all, this is Stand Up NY; we specialize in comedy and humility. This week was no exception. There were many great comedians this week. One of the highlights from this week was Wednesday’s pride show, which raised money for the True Colors Fund.This show featured many regulars at Stand Up NY such as Emma Willman, who closed the show. Many great comics stopped by last week, including Paul Mecurio from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Emily Galati as seen on Conan. Closing the show this Sunday were many great comics including Tim Dillion who was recently featured in Rolling Stone as one of the 10 comedians you should know about. Every audience, no matter the size, always has a great time. If you missed out last week, don’t worry!

 

Stand Up NY offers live comedy shows 7 nights a week. Go to our website for tickets and to check out the upcoming lineups. Keep an eye out for the Totally Dishonest Media Show on June 28th for some political humor.

Is Laughter Really Contagious?

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It has long been said that laughter is contagious. All it takes is for one person to laugh or crack a smile and it allegedly spreads like wildfire. Or herpes. But is it actually contagious or have we just read the same fortune cookie one too many times?

Seriously. Why should we trust that fortune cookie? It came with Lo Mien and low sodium soy sauce. What kind of wild asshole even consumes low sodium soy sauce. That’s like eating one potato chip- get out of here.

You are probably sitting there right now saying to yourself, “It’s just a saying, who cares?” Well, we all care. This clearly makes you the odd one out. Also, why are you trying to ruin our fun?

Alright, alright, alright so just for kicks let’s say that laughter is contagious. You are laughing uncontrollably when all of a sudden a person nearby starts laughing with you. Now you both look unstable laughing alone on a subway platform, so maybe just keep that in mind.

Do you think they are laughing because the content that made you laugh is funny or are they laughing in some mindless zombie-like way?

You know what, we could really be on to something here.

What if comedians aren’t even really all that funny and the audience only laughs because one person started it. Holy crap. The comedy industry only exists as part of a scheme. Look at all of those liars on stage. Their livelihoods are supplemented by zombie magic.

This may also suggest that comedy is like an episode of The Twilight Zone. Is Trump even the President or do we just think he is because Saturday Night Live created a few sketches based on him?

No. That’s absurd.

Just like your low sodium soy sauce.

What Makes A Mom’s Sense of Humor?

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Why is it that all moms have the same sense of humor? Was there a secret pact established among those over a certain age?

Believe it or not, they were young once. And it is almost guaranteed that they did not always find the same things funny. You’ll very rarely see a young person claim to not appreciate the profanity in someone’s monolog. It just doesn’t happen.

So what kind of traumatic experience did they go through and why did it only affect their ability to laugh? There has to be some kind of graph featuring statistics about a sense of humor and how it correlates with a mid-life crisis.

We’re really starting to wonder if there is some sort of “Mom Laugh Training Camp” that conditions them to only laugh when a baby eats a lemon on Youtube.

Yes, that must be it.

Here is a transcript of their secret invitation letter:

“Dear Sharon,

You are cordially invited to attend our “Mothers Are Funny Too” (MAFT) day camp. As a mother of three it can be hard to get your work done all while keeping a light, but hip demeanor.

You work hard for your wardrobe and your sense of humor should showcase that. Make your loose fitting blouse say “HEY KIDS!” by learning the ins and outs of comedy appropriate for your age group.

We offer a variety of courses that are sure to capture your interest.

Some of our more popular courses include:

  • Corny Knock Knock Jokes
  • Clever One-Liners From A Pastor
  • “Aw, don’t make fun of him.”
  • Racism Is Funny (When A Person Of Color Isn’t Around)
  • An HGTV Host And Their Zany Sense Of Humor
  • George Lopez 101

The day camp will last a total of eight days, but will only be offered on Saturdays*. We are willing to work around your schedule because we understand how busy you are!

And do not worry, there is no need to RSVP to this email because we know how long it takes you to type back.

All you need to do is go to the nearest Whole Foods next Saturday and look for the 48-year-old woman in the cream-colored visor. Her name is Sue and she will be slowly driving the shuttle van down the left lane all the way to the camp.

You don’t need to worry about a thing. Just put on your freshest pair of clogs and relax.

Moms R Da Bomb,

MAFT

*We know your Sundays are dedicated to cleaning your house because your husband just can’t seem to find that broom.”

Shit. It all makes sense now.

Save your mom from herself. Bring her to a show here at Stand Up NY. You’ll be thankful you did!

8 Trends We Would Be More Than OK With Saying Goodbye To

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The year 2017 is already more than halfway over. It seems that it was just yesterday when the ball(s) dropped and people’s vomit spackled the city. But no, the remnants of 2017 glasses and thick stripper-like glitter has long been swept away.

With each year comes a slew of new trends and fads. Some of the trends are innocently stupid, like when we were children and our teachers told us we could be whatever we wanted when we grew up. While some trends, on the other hand, make us want to slowly walk into traffic.

Here are eight trends that need to find the nearest exit:

  1. Fidget spinners

First, a quick shout out to all of the teachers who’ve had to deal with this nonsense all school year. You guys are the real MVP’s.

We prefer to view these as the universe’s way of highlighting who is the most unstable- a new Darwinism if you will. Unless you are under the age of 10 or have a violent level of an Attention Deficit Disorder, you absolutely do not need one.

Sir, please stop.

  1. 90s clothing

We’re not sure what happened, but for some reason, 90s fashion trends are making a come back. Don’t believe us? Walk around any large metropolitan area and you’ll see a sea of platform sandals, mom jeans, and the occasional denim vest. It’s like an elementary school teacher from 1995 walked through a cloning machine and came out holding a Chai latte. Not great.

  1. Kombucha

Since when did this become a thing? Kombucha is literally just a fancy tea. But because someone probably wearing a fedora claimed it’s better for your health than other types of tea, the world is up in arms over it. We can thank that guy for the countless people pushing strollers around the country sipping on this seaweed colored drink. Remember: cigarettes were once good for you also.

  1. Kale

So you’re out to lunch with some friends when you are handed a menu. You glance down to browse the options when you notice everything has kale, is served with kale, or was once kale before it was made into your kale dish containing even more kale. The waiter should just cut the middle man and start handing out leaves upon arrival.

  1. Avocado Toast

This one isn’t as gross as it is annoying. It’s actually a delicious meal. The people who can oftentimes be found consuming it are also the same people trying to bring the 90s back. So no.

  1. Hoverboards

They sound good in theory, but are they actually getting you anywhere faster? No. They’re not. Now you’re just a person riding a confused skateboard down the street going slower than that prick who still insists on rollerblading. Let that one marinate for a while.

  1. VR Headsets

The technological capability of these headsets is amazing. It’s a shame that wearing them makes you look like you borrowed a pair of Stevie Wonder’s glasses.

“Isn’t it ironic?” – Alanis Morissette

  1. Gender Reveal Parties

We know that you’re excited to have a baby. What better way to show your excitement than by forcing people you care about to waste an afternoon in your backyard while the in-laws fumble around with balloons inside of a box. Don’t tell the Mother-to-be, but something tells us the balloons are going to be blue or pink. Now who wants room temperature potato salad?

What are some of your least favorite trends? You are welcome to catch a show here at Stand Up NY and point out the trends as you see them; #justkeepinitreal