“Hey Brooklyn, do you like to laaaaugh?” We’d like to think that’s how we’d start off our set if given the opportunity to take a crack at some local standup, anyway. For some reason, nobody ever asks. Probably because in spite of a much-discussed exodus of talented comedians to L.A. over the past few years (TV pays, we get it), New York’s comedy scene is thriving. Particularly in Brooklyn, which has quietly become home to some of the best emerging talent on the east coast (not to mention some of the very best standup venues). As such, we’ve selected 50 of them that we’d like you to know about, if you don’t already. We’re not being sticklers, here: some of the people who made the cut don’t technically live in the borough (or even New York State), but all of them contribute to the local comedy scene in ways we deem to be crucial. Mostly, though, they are all very, very funny.
Welcome to Look, Book, our weekly (or so) column on the literary happenings of Brooklyn. What was it? Roxane Gay was at BookCourt on Sunday evening, as the awe-inspiring cherry atop the Brooklyn Book Festival sundae. Earlier in the day, she also participated in a Brooklyn Book Fest panel, alongside Leslie Jamison and Elissa Schappell. Gay […]
Last Thursday, Jill Tarlov was walking in Central Park, when she was struck by cyclist Jason Marshall. Tarlov, a 59-year-old Connecticut mother of two, died today after spending days in a coma. Eyewitness accounts suggest that Marshall struck Tarlov after swerving to avoid a group of pedestrians who were walking in the bike lane. Marshall reportedly […]
It’s apple season. It’s Brussels sprouts season. It’s Mellocreme pumpkin season. It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers. But with the Jewish holidays starting up this week, let me offer a gentle reminder about one of the best treats to enjoy in the cooler weather: Babka season is upon us. You might argue that babka does not […]