Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
BROOKLYN PODCAST FESTIVAL at various locations (Jan. 10-13). Podcasting has become so popular and omnipresent that we’re seeing more festivals devoted to allowing live audiences to get in on the action. This weekend at Brooklyn clubs such as the Bell House and Union Hall, there will be the first-ever live event for the website Jezebel’s “Dirtcast” featuring Aja from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” sessions for NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” Vulture’s “Good One” with special guest Julie Klausner, and “The Unofficial Expert” hosted by Marie Faustin and Sydnee Washington.
‘FASHION PUH-LEEZE’ at the Slipper Room (Jan. 17, 8 p.m.). Awards season means time to dish on red-carpet costumes. Maya Deshmukh and Anna Roisman, who hosts the game show “HQ Words,” invite their funny friends and fashionistas for a live discussion of what not to wear on your big night. This time around, they’re getting input from Josh Gondelman, Sarah Hartshorne, Marie Faustin, Samantha Ruddy and a mystery fashion influencer.
‘REGULAR COMEDY’ at Baby’s All Right (Jan. 11, 7 p.m.). This bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will present a stand-up lineup that’s regularly awesome, as this month’s show promises to demonstrate. Dan Soder (Mafee on Showtime’s “Billions”), Julio Torres (a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and a creator and a star of HBO’s upcoming “Los Espookys”), Rosebud Baker and Martin Urbano perform. The show is hosted by Mike Lebovitz.
‘STEVIE’ at the Mirror Room at Lincoln Center (Jan. 17, 8:30 p.m.). Channeling the spirit of the songstress Stevie Nicks, this monthly show usually operates out of a bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. But this month’s show moves to Manhattan — albeit down a secret alleyway on 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues as part of the Big Apple Circus. Hosts Drew Anderson, Marcia Belsky and Sam Taggart welcome comedy from Chris Gethard, Jo Firestone, Jaboukie Young-White and Lorelei Ramirez; drag from Lemon; and music from Friends Who Folk.
‘TOLD YOU SO’ at Drexler’s (Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.). Jessica Pilot, the booker for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” curates a lineup every third Wednesday of the month with Jeff Zamaria that includes stand-up acts warming up for their performances later this month on “The Late Show” and other TV programs. Caitlin Peluffo hosts, with appearances from Aparna Nancherla, Ramy Youssef, Byron Bowers and more.
‘WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE’ at the Bell House (Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.). Time is not kind in many ways, but as it passes for these ladies, they only get funnier. And the producer Carole Montgomery aims to spread the word by filming this stand-up showcase for television. Fran Drescher, best known for “The Nanny,” will be a special guest; Luenell, Lynne Koplitz, Julia Scotti and Vanessa Hollingshead will perform.
For an overview of January and February’s cultural events, click here.
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