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Five Funny Nights

Here are comedy shows to check out this week.

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Morgan Spurlock, Hannibal Buress, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Dave Hill.   

Damon Wayans, Jr.
Carolines on Broadway; 5/17-5/19, Thu-Sat at 8 p.m., Fri-Sat at 10:30 p.m.; 1626 Broadway, nr. 50th St.; 212-757-4100
At this point the Happy Endings star has his own solid fan base— probably including some who have never even heard of his famous dad.

Hannibal Buress
Knitting Factory ; 5/20 at 9 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St.; 347-529-6696
It’s a big night for the comic: after a stand-up set he’ll screen the documentary A Week to Kill, which follows him the week before filming his Comedy Central Special. Then at 11 p.m. watch the premiere of aforementioned special, Animal Furnace, then drink and talk among your friends (on the itinerary), then screen an episode of The Eric Andre Show, Burress’s new talk show on Adult Swim. All for only $5.

Reggie Watts
Webster Hall; 5/20 at 8 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
The comedian and beat-boxer extraordinaire—handpicked by Conan O’Brien for his tour last year—gives the looping pedal a workout. Limited seating will be available.

Employee of the Month
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre ; 5/23 at 9:30 p.m.; 307 W. 26th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-366-9176
Learn about professions way more interesting than your own in Catie Lazarus’s monthly show and podcast. This time around, Morgan Spurlock (whose latest documentary, Mansome, hit theaters last week) takes the couch, along with The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac and Jodi Kantor of the New York Times.

Dave Hill
The Bell House; 5/24 at 7:30 p.m.; 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn
A release party for the comedian's let-it-all-hang-out tome Tasteful Nudes, with a lineup of decidedly literary pals—John Hodgman, Janeane Garofolo, David Rakoff—and music by Tab the Band and Doug Gillard, formerly of Guided by Voices.


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