News / Comedy

  • Open Mic Season

    Bruce got it at The Stone Pony, The Ramones got it at CBGB's, and Susan Boyle got it on Britian's Got Talent - everybody has to get their start somewhere. Yours could be at QED, if you've got the guts to get up on stage, that is.  And please don't start with the excuses, because they're all the same.  "I'm too nervous," "I don't know how," "What if I suck?"  Well, don't be, LEARN, and honestly? Yeah, you might.  But you'll get honest feedback, practice, and a rush for sure.  If the spotlight isn't your dig, don't fret; just come hang...

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  • This Week at QED: February 23rd - March 1st

    Let's wrap up this wretched February weather together!  Monday, February 23rd: Saw Her Stand Up There - 8pm It’s Ladies Night! This monthly stand-up show features a cast of all female players. Host Andrea Shaprio (from the weekly Bunk Bed Hour open mic) recruited some of her all-star friends to visit this month, including: Caitlin Brodnick (Glamour, The Moth) Giulia Rozzi (MTV, Chelsea Lately), Poppi Kamer (VH1, E!), Jessica Delfino (“What Would Jesus Buy?”, CNN). Sponsored by Raising Astoria! Tuesday, February 24th: FastTrack - 7pm It’s an open mic, it’s storytelling, it’s standup - and its all happening on a...

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  • This Week At QED: February 16th - February 22nd

    Well, this weather is awful. But, instead of shriveling up and hibernating on your couch, come join us to beat the winter blues! Monday, February 16th: Ted Alexandro and Friends - 8pm Astoria Native Ted Alexandro returns for his routine check-up at QED - this time with artist Esteban del Valle, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, and Todd Barry (who is rumored to be the hottest comedian on the planet). Tuesday, February 17th: 500 Days of Summer Live Read - 8pm                                 Comedian Brandon Collins kicks off his...

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  • This Week at QED: Hearts and Crafts

    Whether you love it, you hate it, or you love to hate it, you can’t ignore Valentines Day. We’ve got a boat-load of classes, shows and events this week to fill your hearts desire. Monday, February 9th: Closed for Renovations           In an effort to become even more beautiful, we'll be closed this Monday. Keep your eyes peeled for the changes!  Tuesday, February 10th: New Release Day with Christian Finnegan 7:00 pm                       Comedian, VH1 talking head, and all-around nice guy Christian Finnegan returns for “New Release...

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  • This Week at QED: February 2nd - February 8th

    Let’s kick off the shortest month of the year together with some comedy, arts, and graduations. Monday, February 2nd: Frank Conniff’s Cartoon Dump - 8pm            Frank Conniff returns for another installment of his monthly show! He mixes NYC’s smartest comics with history’s weirdest cartoons for an unforgettable show. This lineup includes: Myq Kaplan, Anthony Atamaniuk, Carla Rhodes, Kathleen Roll, and Ken Schultz. Tuesday, February 3rd: No You Tell It! Showcase Show - 7pm Graduates from the switched-up storytelling workshop take the stage to show off their new talents. Storytelling is a complicated and captivating art,...

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  • Now Showing: Artprov

    Now Showing: ARTPROV           What do a flamingo, a giraffe, and a cab-driving ape have in common? Well, nothing really. But they are all subjects of the newest art piece hanging in QED, and that’s got to count for something.           The untitled painting was created last Tuesday night during a performance by the artistically-inclined improv group, Artprov. You might recognize the artist, Brandon Sines, from his Frank Ape character, who makes a cameo in the piece. Even if you’re not familiar with the NYC art world, you can appreciate the selfless passion that...

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  • This Week at QED: January 26th - February 1st

    We have a lot of shows and classes coming up, so take a peek at what this week has in store. Monday, January 26th - Saw Her Stand Up There, 8pm                                                                    This all-female stand-up show is a monthly feature at QED - and for good reason. Hosted by Andrea Ilene Shapiro, the night starts with some of NYC’s best comedians, and ends with a “lady symposium” on...

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