Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
EMMY BLOTNICK at Union Hall (Jan. 20, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). This funny lady, who released a half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2018, now records her first stand-up album this weekend. Blotnick writes for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” and previously served as head writer for “The President Show” on Comedy Central. Gary Gulman and Matt Koff warm up the crowds for her at this intimate club in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The first show has sold out, but tickets are still available for the second.
LIL REL HOWERY at Carolines on Broadway (Jan. 18-19, 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.). The only reliably hilarious voice of reason in the hit horror movies “Get Out” and “Bird Box,” this Chicago-born comedian and actor has graduated from a co-star on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” to the starring role in a Fox sitcom named after him, “Rel,” which debuted in the fall.
LITTLE MISS COMEDY PAGEANT at Union Hall (Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.). If young women must use their looks and ability to answer current events questions to wow the judges at beauty competitions, then what, pray tell, will young comedians have to do to win the title of Little Miss Comedy? You’ll have to see what hosts Kelsey Caine and Martin Urbano have cooked up for this three-round pageant spoof. Vying for your attention and approval are Clare O’Kane, Abby Govindan, Petey DeAbreu, Nick Naney and Sam Taggart.
‘QUEER TIGER BEAT’ at the Duplex Cabaret Theater (Jan. 18, 9:30 p.m.). If Nikki Palumbo and Gwynna Forgham-Thrift curated their own magazine of teen heartthrobs, then the comedians and actresses they’ve invited for this show would certainly make the cover. The lineup features Jes Tom, Lorena Russi, Kelsey Bailey, Mila Myles, Jessica Henderson and Taylor Ortega, who co-stars in the upcoming Disney Channel movie “Kim Possible.”
‘SIDESHOW GOSHKO’ at KGB Bar (Jan. 24, 7 p.m.). Leslie Goshko will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her monthly storytelling series, which has been featured on truTV’s “Impractical Jokers” and NPR’s “Snap Judgment.” You’ll hear stories from the likes of the Moth StorySlam champ Adam Wade, as well as from Andy Christie and Gastor Almonte. Also, there will be a trivia contest and a wine giveaway, in which 10 lucky audience members will take home their own bottle of Sideshow Sauce.
For an overview of January and February’s cultural events, click here.
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