Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
MOLLY AUSTIN at New York Comedy Club East Village (June 14, 8 p.m.). This comedian, previously seen on TruTV’s “Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack” and “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” records her first stand-up album. Austin was among Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comedians in 2018, but up first as her opening acts at this event are Marie Faustin and Sydnee Washington.
‘THE CROSSWORD SHOW WITH ZACH SHERWIN’ at Caveat (June 15, 9:30 p.m.). Three entertainers attempt to solve a crossword puzzle in front of a live audience. Their only clues? Raps provided by the host, who has whipped up rhymes for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW, as well as the popular YouTube series “Epic Rap Battles of History.” For Sherwin’s first crossword show in New York City, his guest contestants will be Aparna Nancherla, Josh Gondelman and Jean Grae.
‘EARTHQUAKE’S FATHER’S DAY COMEDY SHOW’ at Kings Theater (June 15, 8 p.m.). There are two chances this weekend to catch an all-star lineup that includes one of “The Original Kings of Comedy”: Cedric the Entertainer, who currently stars in the CBS sitcom “The Neighborhood.” He and Deon Cole, a star of ABC’s “Black-ish,” are among Earthquake’s special guests. After performing at this venerable theater in Flatbush, Brooklyn, they head to Newark to perform on Father’s Day evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
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‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOFTOP BAR’ at the Bell House (June 18, 7:30 p.m.). From the comedians Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski, creators of “Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical,” comes this new musical parody. Imagine Tevye and Golde forced to flee their beloved home not in a Russian shtetl, but in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and not because of a czarist edict but because of the L-pocalypse. This production is part of the Golden Hours Live Comedy Series, featuring new experimental comedy from Monday to June 23 at this club and nearby Union Hall.
‘IT’S CHRISTI, B*TCH!’ at Union Hall (June 17, 7:30 p.m.). Christi Chiello’s voice may sound better suited for cartoons than for stand-up, but that hasn’t stopped her from surprising audience members and comedians alike on Comedy Central’s “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle.” In her one-woman show, she gets to shine telling her own story, in her own words. This production is part of the Golden Hours Live Comedy Series.
TRACY MORGAN at Carolines on Broadway (June 13, 7:30 p.m.; June 14-15, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.; June 16, 7:30 p.m.). Have you heard the one about the comedian who bought a brand-new Bugatti only to get into an accident several blocks away from the dealership? Morgan, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” and the current star of “The Last O.G.,” might just bring up this June 4 fender-bender when he headlines this Times Square comedy club over the weekend, especially since it occurred almost exactly five years after the New Jersey Turnpike crash that nearly killed him and did kill his friend, the comedian James McNair, a.k.a. Jimmy Mack.
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