With the new year upon us, NYC comedy isn’t holding any comedy back in January. From Twitter-famous comedians to one-act comedic plays, there’s so much to see and do around the city this month. Luckily, Backstage has put together our picks for can’t-miss performances, events, and casting calls for the first month of the new year.
Jaboukie Young-White first got his start on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, but he’s since been featured in major publications and on major television programs. Known for his observational comedy about millennials, Young-White currently writes for “Big Mouth” and works as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” Now’s the chance to see the internet and television comedian perform live on stage when he comes to Caroline’s on Broadway Jan. 10–12. ($27.25+)
Benji Aflalo is the star, writer, and executive producer of “Alone Together,” a buddy comedy about the ins and outs of life in Los Angeles. Aflalo has made a name for himself with writing credits including a number of Comedy Central roasts, the Independent Spirit Awards, and “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser.” Although hailing from the West Coast, Aflalo can be seen in NYC at Caroline’s on Broadway Jan. 23. ($22)
Comedian Lil Rel Howery has been on our radars since his role as TSA agent Rod Williams in “Get Out.” We’ve caught him on “Insecure,” “The Carmichael Show,” and now his own show, “Rel.” Featured in two movies slated for 2019 release, Howery is taking to the stage at Caroline’s on Broadway Jan. 18–20 to get back to his stand-up roots before returning to the screen. ($38.25+)
Parnassus Theatre Company is looking for three men to be cast in “The Big Dare,” a one-act comedy play about a gay couple facing a challenge while on a reality TV show. The play is slated to be part of a one-act festival. For more information, check out the casting call here on Backstage.
“The Wig,” a full-length comedy about a nurse dating a man with a heart condition, is seeking a female lead with excellent comedic timing and a talent for improv. The actor should also be comfortable with comedic writing, as Five Angel Productions is seeking someone to act as a co-writer as well.
Improv Theater LLC is seeking talent for “Eight Is Never Enough,” an improvised and interactive musical comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. The cast performs weekly showcases, a well as paid private events. Any improv actor with singing abilities and good team spirit is encouraged to audition.
And if you haven’t yet been cast, check out Backstage's audition listings!