- Big Terrific
Cameo Gallery, 93 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-302-1180
The promise of free stand-up typically comes with catches: exorbitant drink minimums or, worse yet, unfunny comedy. Not at the year-and-a-half-old Big Terrific, a weekly alt-comedy showcase founded and hosted by Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and recent SNL recruit Jenny Slate. Since moving into Cameo Gallery (a former storage room in the back of the Lovin’ Cup Café) a year ago, the Wednesday-night event has become a star on the underground comedy circuit. There’s no compulsory drinks and few hecklers—just top talent testing out new material. True to the venue’s name, you never know who might show up; the past year has seen drop-ins by such local luminaries as Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Todd Barry (The Wrestler), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me).
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).