You've got questions. We've got answers. We hope. If there's a question you have that we haven't addressed below, please send us an email or call us at 347.451.3873.
What is this place?
Short answer: we’re an amazing little venue with over 100 events a month which include classes, shows and so much more. Long answer, click here.
Where are you located?
Via subway, we're the last stop (Ditmars) on the N/W line. Our address is:
27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105
Metered street parking is available in front of QED along most of 23rd Avenue. Most side streets offer free parking.
How does ticketing / seating work?
Tickets to all our events are available for purchase on our website or Eventbrite. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
When you make a purchase, your name / email will be on our Will Call list but you should bring your email receipt as backup. While you can often buy tickets at the door, advance purchase is highly recommended if you know you are coming, as we are a small space and do sell out. Seating is general admission, first come, first serve (like going to the movies).
Are there minimums?
There is no food or drink minimum but we have plenty to choose from at very reasonable prices. Your purchase of food & drinks helps keep the lights on and prices down! No outside food or drink is permitted.
What are your hours?
We close approximately 30 minutes to one hour after the end of the last event of the night depending on how many people stick around to have another drink and hang out.
While we have publicized "hours of operation" listed below, it's always best to check our events calendar to make sure we're not having a film shoot or private event. But we're in a pandemic so most of that and anything else doesn't matter anymore! Okay, that said, here are our OPENING hours current as of SUMMER 2020:
Thur - 4:00PM
Fri - 4:00PM
Sat & Sun - 12PM
Is there an age limit?
We occasionally offer classes specifically for children, but our general programming is for humans aged 16+. Those under 18 *must* be accompanied by an adult.
Shows are for adults 18+ or 16+ if accompanied by a parent. If you'd like to bring someone younger, please email us at QEDAstoria@gmail.com to get pre-approval. Some shows just aren't right, ya know?
Can I bring a child to the adult stand up show?
We are an adult space with guest 16+ welcome if accompanied by an adult/guardian. There are occasionally kid-friendly events on our schedule, so please check the website and subscribe to our calendar. If you'd like to produce one, we're open to ideas!
What time should I arrive for the show?
It’s generally a good idea to arrive 15 minutes before any show to make sure you’re checked-in, get a refreshment and the seat you'd like. We are a small space and fill up fast, especially for sold out shows!
Will there be tickets available at the door?
If the event you’re planning on attending hasn’t already sold out, absolutely! But why take chances? As a small space, we sell out often. Plus your pre-purchase makes check-in super quick and fast for everyone.
Is there anything to eat or drink?
No outside food or drinks are allowed, please.
QED offers beer, wine, ciders, low-proof vodka, rum & tequila plus lots of non-alcoholic drinks. Hot foods like fries, mozzarella sticks and other finger foods are available for order at limited times up until 10:30 pm!
Non-alcoholic beverages including kombucha, sodas, coffee, tea and juices.
Other snacks include fresh popped popcorn, chips, and pastries by This Chick Bakes.
No outside food or drinks are allowed, please.
Is your space available for rent? Can you help me host my own private event?
Why, yes it is! And, yes we can! We are available for both daytime and evening rentals. For rates, tech and answers to all your FAQs, click here or call us at 347.451.3873.
I’d love to perform my stand up at QED? How do I get booked or produce my own show?
We’re flattered! Seriously! We have tons of open mics that are free with a drink or snack purchase. Almost all of our shows are booked by outside producers, meaning QED books the producers, and they book the individual performers. You can find out who produces what shows by attending them or visiting their show link on our website. If you'd like to produce a show of your own, click here for all the info on door splits, tech and what we need to know from you to get the ball rolling.
Is there an open mic tonight?
Probably. We have multiple open mics Tuesdays-Sundays at varying times. It’s always best to check here and our Facebook and Twitter to make sure it’s happening before making the journey out here.
You have a podcast studio?
Yes, we do! Our awesome basement studio is perfect for recording your podcast or voice over work. Head over here to find out more information and book your session.
How do I get there?
By subway, take the N/Q to Ditmars Blvd. (it's the last stop on the line) and walk 2.5 blocks west along 23rd Avenue. We're between 27th & 28th Streets.
By bus, take the Q69 to Ditmars / 28th Street stop, the Q101 to 23rd Ave / Steinway or the M60 to Hoyt / 31st St.. Easy as pie!
By car, use your GPS because we don't know how to drive anywhere! Actually we do, but there are way too many ways you could be coming from. Be sure to enter the zip code as 11105 in your GPS otherwise Google maps and other devices might take you to East Elmhurst.
How long do classes usually run?
We typically hold classes that run between 1.5 to 3 hours, but are open to anything to best suit your class.
Are teachers paid?
Teachers receive a "door split" based on the length and cost of the class and number of sales. If there are materials purchased for students, teachers are either reimbursed or QED purchases them directly. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Can I sell and promote my stuff or services?
Yes, please do! We hope this will be one of the biggest benefits to teaching at Q.E.D. You'll gain some fans or followers, score some gigs and sell some merch. If you sell your own merch, that's great. Keep all the proceeds. If you need Q.E.D. to manage the sales, there is a 20% fee taken from the sales to cover our service charges.
Q.E.D. will also have a small retail space where we can sell your books or goods on consignment.
What if I cannot make it to my class?
Due to our small staff, limited budget and no cancellation policy for students, it is extremely important that you make it to the class you're scheduled to teach. Teachers who cancel --especially without seven days or more notice-- are unlikely to be asked back to teach.
More information on teaching is http://qedastoria.com/pages/teachSTUDENT FAQs
Do I have to purchase a spot in class in advance?
Yes. While walk-ups are welcome to some classes, for most we need to know how many supplies to purchase, staffing needs and room arrangement.
What if I purchase a seat in a class but end up not being able to make it?
We require at least seven (7) days' notice before a class in order to issue a refund and there are no transfers to future classes allowed. We're a small operation and purchase our own supplies and keep classes extremely affordable, so we have to operate this way just to stay in business.
BUT, all is not lost, tickets ARE transferable meaning we will allow anyone to take your place in class, so check around with your friends to see if someone else would like your spot.
What is your cancellation policy?
In case of bad weather, classes WILL always take place unless the subway system is closed down. If you have issues traveling, please keep this in mind when you purchase your ticket. If we do cancel for an emergency, we will try to reschedule the class on the same day of the week at the same scheduled time as soon as possible. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, we will refund you the price of your seat.
If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site in New York and contact their customer service team.