5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

MARIO CANTONE at Café Carlyle (Oct. 22-26, 8:45 p.m.). This stand-up comedian and actor became a New York City fixture in the 2000s, starring in Broadway shows such as “Assassins” and “Laugh Whore,” the latter of which begot a Showtime special; appearing on HBO’s “Sex and the City”; and starting his longstanding guest co-host gig on ABC’s daytime talker “The View.” He has previously put his musical chops to good use on parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Liza Minnelli, some of which he will likely reprise during his five-night cabaret run at this hotel lounge.

‘MY BROTHER, MY BROTHER AND ME’ at Kings Theater (Oct. 18-19, 7 p.m.). On this popular podcast, which was briefly a TV series on the erstwhile streaming platform Seeso, the brothers McElroy — Justin, Travis and Griffin — tackle any question on any subject. Since May, they have been sporadically recording live episodes in cities in the Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard, and now they’ve made their way to Brooklyn. Friday night’s show has sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday.
718-856-5464, kingstheatre.com

‘POMODORO’ at the Stand (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.). Cody Wilkins and Electra Telesford host this new monthly interactive stand-up show. Between the performers’ sets, Wilkins and Telesford read questions and comments that audience members submit to the Pomodoro Punch Bowl. This time, the lineup features Nore Davis, Jo Firestone, Shalewa Sharpe and Devon Walker.
212-677-2600, thestandnyc.com

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

‘SPEAK UP, RISE UP’ at Q.E.D. (Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 9:30 and 11 p.m.; Oct. 20, 5 and 7 p.m.). This storytelling festival, spotlighting underrepresented voices and perspectives, is running over three weekends in three boroughs (last weekend, it was at Caveat in Manhattan; next weekend, it will be at Murmrr in Brooklyn). In Queens, the lineup will include Kevin Allison, Michele Carlo, Carolyn Castiglia, Aparna Nancherla and Anna Roisman.
347-451-3873, qedastoria.com

‘SWEET-O-WEEN’ at Chelsea Music Hall (Oct. 22, 9 p.m.). ‘“Sweet,” the monthly residency hosted by Seth Herzog, a warm-up comedian and frequent performer on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” continues with a Halloween theme. The featured guest performers include Gary Gulman, fresh from the premiere of his HBO stand-up special, as well as the Lucas Brothers and Brett Davis.

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