The Best of the Best in NYC Comedy This Month

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Summer is winding down, but the comedy scene in New York City is in full swing. With so many performances, events, and casting calls happening, it can be hard to know what you can’t miss. Here are Backstage’s picks for the best comedy to see and audition for in September.

Performances
Tom Green exploded on the comedy scene with his MTV show “The Tom Green Show,” where the host subjected random strangers on the street to pranks and hilarity. Since the show premiered in 1999, Green has continued to perform his person-on-the-street style comedy for TV and internet viewers alike. The comedian can be seen at Carolines on Broadway from Sept. 21–22. (Tickets $38.25–$114.50)

Norm Macdonald has been on “Saturday Night Live” as a Weekend Update anchor, written fake memoir “Based on a True Story,” and been in countless TV shows and films. Known for his dry humor and love of New York City, Macdonald is sure to delight at Carolines on Broadway Sept. 13-16. (Tickets $57.25–$133.50)

Events
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was created to make room for some of the borough’s best and brightest comedians, and the event celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. From sketch comedy and stand-up to podcasts and film, the festival celebrates all types of comedy from both well-known and up-and-coming performers. This year, the event takes place Sept. 17–23 at venues all around Brooklyn. (Tickets $40–$50 for a day pass, $165 for the duration of the festival)

Casting Calls
Tilted Windmill Theatricals is seeking possible future replacements for “PUFFS,” a parody play that follows the lives of less-than-extraordinary people. And badgers. For more information, check out the casting call on Backstage.

“American Invitation” is a comedic film following a Chinese Children’s Choir who wind up in a situation they never planned on after coming to America to compete for a World Title. EnMaze Pictures is looking to cast multiple roles in the nonunion, feature-length film.

“The Bigger Picture” is a comedy variety show focusing on skits and music videos: think similar to “Saturday Night Live.” The show is set to be aired on multiple public access channels across New York City and is now casting dancers and a male actor.

“Stranger Sings!” is a parody musical riffing on the first two seasons of a certain Netflix show. The musical follows the main cast as they get into kooky and crazy adventures in Hawkins and the Upside Down in the 1980s.

Check out Backstage’s comedy audition listings!

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