End the Year on a High Note With These NYC Comedy Happenings

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The year may be winding down, but the NYC comedy scene is ready to finish the year strong. With stand-up, sketch shows, and improv performances happening every day, it can be hard to know exactly what to go see. To help out, Backstage compiled the best of the best comedy performances and casting calls this month.

Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson—hosts of “2 Dope Queens,” a podcast that focuses on comedians from diverse backgrounds—are holding two live tapings of their new HBO show of the same title. Directed by Tig Notaro, past episodes of the series have featured Jon Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker, though guests for the tapings are still under wraps. The shows will be filmed now through Dec. 7 at Kings Theatre. ($35)

With spot-on impressions of everyone from former President Barack Obama to Denzel Washington under his belt, six-season “Saturday Night Live” alum Jay Pharoah has established himself as a comedy chameleon. Getting ready to film his second stand-up special, Pharoah is taking to the stage to perform his personal comedy at Caroline’s on Broadway from Dec. 13–16. ($43–$120)

Jordan Carlos is most known for his appearances on “The Colbert Report” and “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” but now’s your chance to see him jump from screen to stage. Comedian Joe Pera also joins the mix, bringing his slow, “old person-esque” delivery and educational humor to the stage. The two comedians can be seen at EastVille Comedy Club on Dec. 15. ($20.75)

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Melissa Villaseñor most recently starred as a featured cast member on the current season of “Saturday Night Live,” but her voice can be recognized from her work on “Family Guy,” “Adventure Time,” and more. Bringing her wide array of impressions and observational humor, Villaseñor can be seen at Caroline’s on Broadway from Dec. 20–22. ($32–$108)

Casting Calls
Do you consider yourself a comedian? If so, the Society of Unique Artists is looking for you! The group is seeking comedians to perform at various NYC venues to promote the non-profit art organization’s goal to highlight stand-out artists and art forms.

“Beyond Boundaries!” is a full-length theatrical showcase of original sketch comedy, scenes, and monologues that is currently looking to cast new talent. Produced by the Actor’s Project NYC (TAPNYC), the show promises attendance of agents, managers, and other industry professionals who are eager to see what you can bring to the table.

Hop Hop Productions is casting a comedic commercial in the same vein as Dollar Shave Club for a romantic comedy book series advertisement. With it set to be a tongue-in-cheek and provocative commercial, the company is seeking male actors who are comfortable being shirtless and discussing adult themes in a humorous manner.

Southern Strains Productions are seeking actors for the pilot of “Capital Crimes and Misdemeanors,” a political comedy TV show based around the chaos of Washington, D.C. and the electoral process. The show is hoping to cast a wide array of roles so be check out the casting call on Backstage.