Comedy in Greenpoint
Mondays 8pm: New York Broken Comedy at Matchless (FREE). Hosts Mike Denny, Nimesh Patel, and Michael Che bring a solid show to the Matchless back room, competing with live European motorcycle racing in the main bar. The comedy is way more entertaining than the racing. Unless there’s a crash.
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8pm: Pirate Party at Red Star Bar, hosted by Annie Lederman (FREE). Former party girl Lederman hosts this great show of up-and-coming comics. Pitchers of Bud/Bud Light are $10 and there’s a free karaoke show after.
On a legendarily erratic schedule: Wards Of Merkin, probably at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (FREE). This is the great white whale of the Greenpoint comedy scene. It comes along rarely. Unpredictably. But when it does, it blows everyone out of the water. Bobby Tisdale, a writer for Jimmy Fallon, draws huge comedy names (Colin Quinn, Todd, Barry, Eugene Mirman) to this always-packed show. It seems to only happen when Tisdale has time. And he’s a busy man. But follow @wardsofmerkin on Twitter or Facebook to not miss the next one. The free tickets usually sell out within a day. Plus it’s BYOB, which makes Wards a good way to get cheap-drunk in the dark knave of a Protestant Church. (I know… AGAIN!)
You should also drag yourself to Williamsburg sometimes, for Hannibal Burress’ awesome Sunday night show at the Knitting Factory (it’s also FREE). You will not be disappointed, unless you don’t get there early… because it packs out quick.
There has also been talk of Greenpointers hosting its own comedy night in April, so stay tuned…