- Uptown Showdown
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.; 212-864-5400
In a city that’s not short on opportunities to see successful comics in friendly spaces for not a lot of money, the Uptown Showdown is distinguished by its amusingly absurd setup. The semi-regular event, held in a venue usually reserved for book clubs and classical-music performances, features teams of improv-adept alt-comedy stars like Michael Showalter and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon head writer A. D. Miles arguing against each other in a satirically rigid debate format common to extracurricular high-school discussions of nuclear-energy policy. (Some participants dress in sober businesswear.) The inaugural Showdown’s subject of contention: cats versus dogs.
Best Comedy Show
From the 2012 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).