In the past couple of years, Nippertown has turned into a mighty funny place, and I mean that in the best possible way. Stand-up comedy has become a Local 518 live performance staple nearly as inescapable as the tribute band.
Of course, comedy is a particularly subjective art form. What you think is hilarious may not even make me chuckle. And vice versa. But someone who truly tickles my funnybone is Maria Bamford, who is making her Nippertown concert debut at The Egg in Albany on Friday night (May 9). She’s a smart and decidedly surreal stand-up, armed with a vast arsenal of voices. Her album Ask Me About My New God! was named one of the Top Five comedy albums of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly.
Maybe you saw her on Netflix’s re-boot of “Arrested Development” or “The Comedians of Comedy.” Maybe you know her from her online web series “The Maria Bamford Show” and “Ask My Mom.” Maybe you saw her comedy special “Maria Bamford: the special special special.”
Or, heck, maybe you never heard of her before, but who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?
And here’s a round-up of some other laugh-inducing options for you during the upcoming summer season:
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (MAY 9 & 10): Joe Bronzi @ Comedy Works, Albany
SATURDAY (MAY 10): Max Dolcelli @ Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs
SATURDAY (MAY 10): Jennifer McMullen’s Comedy Show @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
SUNDAY (MAY 11): Christine Lavin with Sean Altman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
MONDAY, MAY 12: Eddie Izzard @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
THURSDAY, MAY 15: Josh Blue @ Comedy Works, Albany
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 30 & 31: John DiCrosta @ Comedy Works, Albany
SATURDAY, JUNE 14: Lisa Lampanelli @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
SATURDAY, JUNE 14: Paula Poundstone @ the Bardavon Theatre, Poughkeepsie
FRIDAY, JUNE 20: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
SUNDAY, JUNE 22: Tracy Morgan @ The Egg, Albany
MONDAY, JULY 21: Lewis Black @ the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Willimstown
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1: Cheech & Chong @ The Egg, Albany