Q.E.D. is the only independent, woman-owned and operated venue for the arts in Astoria, Queens in NYC. It's a labor of love, really. As a small community space, we're very proud to pay artists, producers, teachers and creatives for their work and provide a free space for performers of all types at our open mics.
At Q.E.D. you’ll find stand-up comedy shows with performers ranging from the beginner to the very famous. We also have arts and crafts workshops, writing classes, board game meet ups, storytelling, movie screenings, watch parties and everything in between. Our affordable classes and shows are as diverse as Queens itself. With 100 or more events each month, there’s something for everyone.
Plus we have an awesome beer & wine list, coffee and tea, and some delicious fresh popcorn, wraps, pastries, candy and snacks.
QED is also available to rent for private events, film shoots, podcasting and more. Our backyard garden is a private oasis where you can enjoy free wifi and an ice cold drink.
Our affordable classes and shows are as diverse as Queens itself. At Q.E.D. you'll find arts and crafts, stand-up comedy, tastings, DIY projects, poetry slams, game nights, walking tours, storytelling, gardening, improv, and everything in between.
In a nutshell, we aim to provide a fun, creative, casual space to laugh and learn by opening our stage to performers of various levels of experience and hosting classes and workshops that are affordable and accessible to all types of folks. Think of Q.E.D. as an after-school space for grown-ups. We have all the fun stuff you did as a kid but with beer, wine & like-minded folks.
WHAT DOES Q.E.D. MEAN?
Q.E.D. is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "quod erat demonstrandum". If you ever do a crossword puzzle, you'll thank us for this bit of info. It translates to "that which was demonstrated", but if you want it to stand for Queens Ed, that's cool, too.
WHO ARE YOU?
Q.E.D. was created by Queens resident Kambri Crews. A long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy, Kambri is bringing the fun and creativity home to Astoria. For four years she served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix, during which time she also owned and operated the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the New York Times best selling memoir BURN DOWN THE GROUND (Random House) and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA. By creating Q.E.D., Kambri hopes to bring the community together to share in learning and laughter.
ABOUT THE CLASSES:
Classes range from arts and crafts to flower arranging to home brewing. Pickling? Sure, why not! American Sign Language? Throw your hands in the air! Twisted balloon animals? Hey, whatever you're into, pal! Best of all, the classes are very affordable with low commitment. No need to pay a few hundred bucks for an 8-week course only to find out you hate pickled vegetables (because you're a monster!) or you got a gig that means you'll miss most classes. They're usually only a couple of hours long and kept to one or two sessions.
Our list of upcoming classes can be found here. We make up class topics and search out instructors, but suggestions are highly welcome! If you have an idea for a class you'd like to teach or take, let us know.
ABOUT THE SHOWS:
Shows consist of stand up comedy, sketch, improv, poetry, storytelling, readings, solo shows and more performed by talent ranging from the novice to the veteran. Check out our upcoming shows here.
WANT TO SHOW OR TELL?
We like performers and teachers of every stripe.
If you're excited to teach it, chances are someone wants to learn it. We're always looking for something new to learn from history to art to DIY projects to languages, you name it. Click here to learn more about teaching.
If you want a shot at hosting or producing a show, check out our producer guidelines and email us. If you're brand new at performing, we suggest coming to a few open mics and other shows and introducing yourself to the other performers and the producers of shows. Plus we offer a wide selection of classes on the craft of writing, performing and breaking into the business.###