While half of New York gets its kicks by scaring itself silly on Halloween, there is a less scream-inducing way to be entertained. Instead, howl with laughter, courtesy of the Comedy Cellar. This legendary nightclub, located near the 70 Charlton condos, is where household names in comedy, including Dave Chappelle, Marc Maron, Todd Barry, and Amy Schumer, cut their teeth — and often return for a set. Here, we look ahead to October’s lineup highlights, plus one or two things you might not have expected.
Netflix Heroine Michelle Wolf - Oct. 15
The career of politically outspoken comic Michelle Wolf has skyrocketed in the past year or so. You may recognise her from her hilarious contributions on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” But recently, Wolf has struck out on her own, delivering a withering performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, and releasing her own Netflix show, “The Break with Michelle Wolf.” The rising star hasn’t neglected her roots, though. Tonight, you can see Wolf MC an evening of grade A chuckles at the Comedy Cellar.
Comedians from the Seth Meyers Show - Oct. 21
You may already enjoy “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on TV from the comfort of your 70 Charlton apartment. What’s easy to forget is that it takes a pool of serious comedy talent to put the show together every weekday. Said comedy talent can often be found at the Comedy Cellar. On Oct. 21, segment writer and Meyers’ warm-up comedian Ryan Reiss will MC the evening — in addition to offering his painfully astute observations of New Yorkers.
Todd Barry from “Flight of the Conchords” - Oct. 22
Hearing Todd Barry’s hilarious bit on stealing from hotel rooms is all you should need to convince you to go see this Comedy Cellar legend live. You may recognize him as the overzealous bongo player from season two of “Flight of the Conchords.” Then again, maybe you recognize him from Letterman, Conan O’Brien or “Comedy Central Presents.” He’s been around, but he often returns to what is one of his favorite comedy haunts.
Ari Shaffir’s Renamed Storyteller Show - Oct. 30
The concept is simple enough, but the result will have you rolling in the aisles. Ari Shaffir leads the funniest storytelling session you’ll ever see, as he and guests tell stories that shock, repulse, wow, and make you spit out your drink from laughing. By the way, all the stories are true. Shaffir’s peers have immense respect for him: Bill Burr calls him, “One of my favorites,” and Joe Rogan says he’s “One of the 100 funniest human beings alive.” Here’s your chance to see that they weren’t exaggerating.
A Comedy Brunch... or Something Really Scary
That’s right, the Comedy Cellar does brunch every Sunday. That means some of the best breakfast burritos, lemon curd griddle cakes, steak and eggs, and Arnold Palmer cocktails in New York, dished up alongside some of the finest comedians in the city. And if you want to have yourself a really scary Halloween after all? Try enrolling in one of the Comedy Cellar’s stand-up comedy classes. Enough to give the bravest soul goosebumps...