The design of St. Aedan’s—the crown jewel of Saint Peter’s PAC’s network of event spaces—all but guarantees world-class bookings. With all the majesty of the 1,200-seat cathedral’s intricate brickwork and dazzling stained-glass windows bearing down on it, the stage seems to demand talent big enough to match the space’s grandeur. Throngs of polished marble pillars and golden angels flank internationally acclaimed musicians, choirs, and comedians. Several more modern venues also dot the campus, including an arena, several more intimate theaters and performance cubbies, and a new cabaret space backed by the Manhattan skyline.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
Internationally renowned comedians descend from the summits of stardom to transform Tribeca Comedy Club into an uproarious sea of laughter during a full schedule of performances. Inside an intimate, 125-seat venue, the club welcomes to its stage renowned, laugh-luring gurus who have graced the spotlights of HBO, Comedy Central, and NBC's Saturday Night Live, including heavy hitters such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. Tribeca Comedy Club ushers in the New Year with a gut-busting bang during its All-Star Comedy series, featuring five headliners, two up-and-coming acts, and one astutely trained Applause sign per show. As quipsters position themselves in front of the exposed-brick wall and lob jokes toward the audience, guests can enjoy pizza and a glass of wine apiece before gathering the courage to whisper their own ideas for a comedy bit into empty glasses.
Greenwich Village Comedy Club owner Al Martin has spent a quarter-century bringing talent such as Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, and Jim Gaffigan to his pair of Big Apple clubs: New York Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club. His newest space, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, brings a mix of big-name headliners and sharp young comics on the verge of fame to the rich cultural mix of a block he described in an interview with Backstage as “the Bourbon Street of Manhattan.” The club pairs its calendar of comedians with a menu of nachos, sliders, and desserts.
Within the intimate confines of the 13th Street Repertory Company, actor and comedian Andrew Goffman relives his transformation from child to man during a comedic one-man show. He spins the tale of his fall from innocence, which began with the discovery of his father’s collection of 96 erotic VHS tapes and his teddy bear's secret life as an illegal arms dealer. Having performed in 158 venues across North America, Goffman relies on his comedic chops to make audiences guffaw throughout the 90-minute performance.
Since native New Yorkers Chris Mazzilli and Michael Reisman opened Gotham Comedy Club in 1996, the 3,300-square-foot laugh establishment has bore witness to live sets by standup greats such as Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle––all comedians who’ve earned a wealth of screen time for their sidesplitting humor. Gotham Comedy Club has also spent time in front of the camera with featured roles in television shows such as Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Last Comic Standing. The club not only regularly invites nationally touring comedians to its stage, but it also helps aspiring comedians discover new ways to strike funny bones during comedy classes led by seasoned comics.
The 125-seat Eastville Comedy Club brings crowds back to a simpler time with retro stylings that include teal walls and a tile-backed stage that creates the illusion of watching standup at a subway stop or in the bathroom of an unusually hospitable host. While guests laugh along to the quips of such greats as Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan, bartenders pour Blue Moon, martinis, and sodas, among other drinks.