Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
ART & INDUSTRY PRESENTS ‘THE NIGHTCAP’ at the Bell House (July 30, 8 p.m.). Are you ready for another TV show featuring stand-ups dishing on the hottest headlines of the day? This new project comes courtesy of Art & Industry, a production company that has made comedy specials for Netflix, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. Chris Gethard, Matteo Lane, Nore Davis, Kate Willett, Emma Willmann, Karen Chee, Joyelle Nicole Johnson and Ismael Loutfi will perform for Tuesday’s taping.
‘COUPLES THERAPY’ at Union Hall (Aug. 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). The real-life couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman host this live podcast, which will be recorded for their channel on iHeart Radio. The series brings together all sorts of couplings to illustrate how onstage two funny people can be funnier than one — especially when they’re dissecting the nature of their relationships. For the early show Jean Grae and Joyelle Nicole Johnson are scheduled to delve into their friendship; for the late show, Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon are set to shed light on their marriage.
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MYQ KAPLAN: ‘ALL KILLING ASIDE’ at the Assemblage NoMad (July 30, 7 p.m.). Kaplan took this solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last summer and is reviving it for New Yorkers in this one-night-only engagement. The stand-up, who has a master’s degree in linguistics, demonstrates his witty wordplay in this hourlong one-hander, which deconstructs not only language, but also his own comedy.
‘SHREW-ED: A ONE SHREW SHOW’ at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Hell’s Kitchen (July 31, 7:30 p.m.). In this solo performance, the comedic actress Caitlin Bitzegaio attempts to justify the existence of Earth women to space aliens by expounding the true nature of femininity. It’s paired, rather shrewdly, with a performance of “Toxic Masculinity: The Musical,” which Bitzegaio directs.
‘THE TRY GUYS: LEGENDS OF THE INTERNET’ at the Beacon Theater (July 26, 7:30 p.m.). More than six million YouTube subscribers cannot be wrong. Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang will try just about anything, as they first proved in a series of challenges they did for BuzzFeed before they started their own channel. This year, they have expanded their collaborative efforts to include a book, a podcast and their first-ever live tour. Their stage production includes music, comedy and interactive elements to bring their online content to life.
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