Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
JOEL KIM BOOSTER at the Bell House (Nov. 9, 10 p.m.). One of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” this year, Booster invites his fellow Asian-American performers to show off their talents and discuss whatever he feels like during this special New York Comedy Festival showcase. Booster’s guests are Bowen Yang, a writer for “Saturday Night Live”; Ronny Chieng, a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and a co-star of “Crazy Rich Asians”; Patti Harrison; Karen Chee; and Kiko Soirée.
‘BUTTERBOY’ at Littlefield (Nov. 12, 8 p.m.). This weekly stand-up showcase hosted by Jo Firestone and Maeve Higgins celebrates its first anniversary since taking over the slot previously occupied by Wyatt Cenac’s “Night Train.” This new great comedy locomotive keeps rolling thanks to consistently stellar lineups, like this one with Jacqueline Novak, Janelle James, Joel Kim Booster, Violet Gray and surprise guests.
FRANK CONNIFF’S OPEN RIFF NIGHT at Q.E.D. (Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.). Each month, Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) hosts a live show where you, too, can ad-lib your own wicked comebacks for awful movies right alongside Conniff. This month, Judy Gold co-hosts. Spots to riff are first come first served, so get your ticket early.
‘#IAMSUECOSTELLO EXPERIENCE’ at the Producer’s Club (Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.). Sue Costello starred in her own sitcom, “Costello,” on Fox 20 years ago. She has talked about what happened and what it was like a few times on Marc Maron’s podcast (most recently in July). Find out what life is like for her now in her new one-woman show, which she is developing as part of a new network deal with CBS.
ANTHONY JESELNIK at the Town Hall (Nov. 9, 7 and 9:45 p.m.). Originally from Pittsburgh, this stand-up hosted “The Jeselnik Offensive” on Comedy Central and released a critically acclaimed special, “Thoughts and Prayers,” on Netflix in 2015. No topic is too soon or too taboo for Jeselnik to deliver a knockout punch line about — don’t let the beard fool you. He headlines two shows as part of the New York Comedy Festival.
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