Beyond Broadway: Downtown Comedy You Don't Want to Miss
Prepare for a texting dog and other hilarious antics at Blogologues. (Photo: Blogologues)
The last time I saw Allison Goldberg, she was dressed as a poorly behaved dog with attachment issues on a dusty downtown stage on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Goldberg and her partner, Jen Jamula, are the creative force behind Blogologues, a ridiculous, hourlong sketch comedy show in which an ensemble of actors performs the Internet, word-for-word, inventing unlikely and outrageous characters and scenarios to match the material they find. Their current show, based on our Web obsession with animals (Grumpy Cat!) closes this weekend, Aug. 2. It’s a great example of why you need to hop on the subway and sneak away from Times Square to experience some of New York City’s downtown show scene. We asked Allison and Jen for a few recommendations.
Comedian John Early curates this raucous variety show at Ars Nova with performances ranging from “hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate,” as Ars Nova puts it. Each month, Showgasm features new music, comedy, theater, burlesque, and vaudeville acts. The next Showgasm will take place Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.
This chanteuse is a product of NYU and has been creating her own music and deconstructing old favorites for years in downtown New York City. In Grace McLean’s own words, “With a sound that combines Regina Spektor’s quirkiness, Nellie McKay’s jazz sensibilities, Fiona Apple’s irreverence, Kimbra’s sass, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs’ rhythm, McLean adds up to one beautiful weirdo.” Catch her at a variety of venues, including Rockwood Music Hall on July 31, around town.
Grace McLean performs. (Photo: GraceMcLean.com)