Best laid plans…. Here are the comics I ended up seeing in New York:
Evan Q. Franceschini
H. Jon Benjamin
First Comedy Cellar Guy I Couldn’t Write the Name Down Of Because NO NOTETAKING!
Second Comedy Cellar Guy
Sixth Comedy Cellar Guy God Damn It
That’s 60 total standup or hosting sets I watched in ten days. Eight of those were women. That’s a 13 percent showing. Poor form, NYC! Outside of the Ted Talks show I saw at Littlefield in Gowanus, I was only able to see women perform in group shows at UCB East. Not the Comedy Cellar (whose booker is a woman), nor beloved shows Whiplash and Big Terrific.
Sure: I missed some shows I needed to catch. It’s not like Janeane Garofalo wasn’t at Union Hall that one night, or Judy Gold didn’t do that all-queer show I skipped. But what does it mean that this is the lineup for the upcoming New York Comedy Festival?
Robin Williams in conversation with David Steinberg
Ricky Gervais in conversation with John Hodgman
Marlon and Shawn Wayans
Marlon and Shawn Wayans are funnier than any one woman, clearly.