NPR's Ask Me Another
The Bell House, 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510; 10/22 at 6:30 p.m.
Comedian Ophira Eisenberg (Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy) hosts this wacky podcast combining pub trivia, music, and comedy, with house musician Jonathan Coulton. This week's guest is Justin Long, so bring all your questions about Macs vs. PCs. We hear he loves those.
Running Late With Scott Rogowsky
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-855-3388; 10/23 at 8 p.m.
This installment of the nomadic late-night talk show features a packed lineup of Demetri Martin, Levi MacDougall, Mark Normand, Grizz Chapman (30 Rock), Eugene Mirman, and sidekick Marty, also known as Rogowsky's dad. They probably won't all be sitting on the couch together, but wouldn't it be funny to watch them try?
John Hodgman: Secret Society
Union Hall, 702 Union St., at Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-638-4400; 10/24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday for a night with the actor, author, and comedian, so chances are by the time you read this, they'll be sold out. But where there's a will, there's a way, we say. And if your first attempt doesn't work, grow a mustache and try again.
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, nr. 50th St.; 212-757-4100; 10/24–10/26, 8 p.m., 10/27, 7:30 p.m.;
The In Living Color star still pops up on screen from time to time, most recently as the pimp Cream Corn in Blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, which was turned into an animated series. We're not sure what he'll show up as in this stand-up gig.
The Bell House, 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510; 10/29 at 7:30 p.m.
The king of downbeat delivery has a podcast, and boy are we lucky. In this live version he welcomes Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, fellow mellow dude Hannibal Buress, and the delightful Natasha Lyonne, who will no doubt have some entertaining (and racy) stories to tell.
What's So Bloody Funny?
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-414-5994; 10/30 at 7 p.m.
What better way to ward off the scariness of Halloween than laughter? This charity comedy variety show hosted by Alex Borstein (MADtv, Family Guy, and HBO's Getting On) aims to do just that, with a lineup including Sarah Silverman, Marcus Monroe (2012 Andy Kaufman Award), Ted Alexandro, D.J. Hesta Prynn, and special surprise guests. Proceeds benefit the National Hemophilia Foundation.