- The Talent Show
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., Gowanus; 718-855-3388
The Talent Show is what happens if you round up the city’s semi-famous comedians and literary nerds (Dave Hill, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Mike Birbiglia), hop them up on jungle juice, and ask them to perform stupid pet tricks. Held on the last Wednesday of the month, the event has the feel of a devious slumber party. Recent sightings: Eugene Mirman dressing up a rat in doll’s clothes; Hill eating seven raw jalapeños in one minute; Hodgman, during a live Truth or Dare game, confessing how much money he made last year ($3.4 million, if you must know) while fondling a snake. Plus shock collars, tequila shots, ventriloquism, duets, juggling, magic tricks, and an in-house band. It always sells out.
Best Variety Show
From the 2011 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).