- Eating It at Luna Lounge
171 Ludlow Street 212-260-2323; eatingit.com
The show's title is comedic slang for bombing, but you won’t see that happen very often in the back room of Luna Lounge on Monday nights. Every week brings a new host (although Janeane Garofalo turns up pretty often) and an inspired lineup of half a dozen comics, usually including at least one big name, like Rich Hall or Conan's Andy Blitz, along with more underground talents like Mike Albo and Rick Shapiro. Surprise guests are a given, and when Sarah Silverman or Dave Chappelle suddenly appears on the stage, the crowd rises as one. Actually, the $7 admission price, which includes a free drink, packs them in so tightly that most of the audience doesn't need to rise -- they're already standing.
Best Comedy Showcase
From the 2003 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).