09/10/13 2:00pm

laughing-devil-movie-theater-0910

Last month, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club announced that it wasn’t selling the business and instead would undergo a renovation. We knew the owners planned to screen movies in the new and improved space, and they just announced exciting plans about their new movie screen. According to a press release, “Long Island City in Queens lacks movie theaters, and Laughing Devil Comedy Club set out to change that. This week, Laughing Devil is undergoing a renovation to install a 99 inch movie screen and a high definition projector in order to bring the theater pub experience to LIC.” Laughing Devil will begin screening classic comedies during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets for brunch movies will be $7. They’ll also screen classic comedies on Wednesday evenings, only charging $3, and begin hosting sports nights on the big screen. In the coming months, they’ll offer an independent movie series, a documentary movies series and a children’s film series. Next year they will host an inaugural Laughing Devil Comedy Film Festival. You can see a schedule of all the coming films at the Laughing Devil website — the first movie will be Spaceballs on Saturday. Above, a shot of the theater installation in progress. The screen’s height will be roughly halfway up the wall to the ceiling.

Laughing Devil Comedy Club Is Pulled Off the Market and Will Remain Open [Q'Stoner]
Laughing Devil For Sale [Q'Stoner]

08/27/13 1:00pm

lisacorrao1

They’ll come for the raunchy jokes, the outrageous personalities and, of course, the beef jerky. This Friday, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club will host Jerks: The Show, a late-night laugh-fest featuring NYC’s most eloquent and lovable jerks. Scheduled comedians — host Lisa Corrao (above),  Christian Finnegan, Mike Lawrence, Kevin Barnett, Alex Morizio and Patrick Schroeder — have promised to bring their darkest routines to this event. But the mood will be lightened by House of Jerky, who will provide free samples of its all-natural beef products to attendees.

Details: Jerks and Jerky, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, LIC, August 30th, 10:30 pm, $10.

Photo by Lisa Corrao

laughing-devil-comedy-clubLong Island City’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club is staying in the funny business. The Daily News reports that after the owner decided to put the club on the market, the strongest offer from buyers was to turn the space into a bar. And according to the Daily News, “Owner Steve Hofstetter decided to buy out another business partner for majority control, rather than selling the property off.” However, he plans to change the direction and the aesthetics of the popular comedy club. Laughing Devil will begin screening classic movies Wednesday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, running films like Spaceballs, the Big Lebowski, and Wet Hot American Summer. They also plan to build a separate bar area for patrons who’d like to drink without seeing performances. In September, they are moving the talent showcase The Big Thing to Thursday nights, and on Friday nights they’ll debut a new show called The Comedy Alternative, featuring young, promising comics. Exciting stuff!

Long Island City Comedy Club Narrowly Escapes Becoming Bar [NY Daily News]
Laughing Devil For Sale [Q'Stoner] GMAP

06/25/13 1:00pm
BadMovie
It’s been 12 months of snarky heckles and really bad movies. Now it’s time to celebrate. Every Thursday for the past year, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club has hosted Devil Science Theater 3000. It’s simple. The venue screens the worst flicks ever made, while audience members loudly mock the scenes in a contest to be Director’s Worst Nightmare, a title that comes with swag, microphone privileges and bragging rights. This Thursday, DST3K will throw an anniversary bash by inviting back all the Director’s Worst Nightmare winners to help the audience critique a lowlight collection of movie scenes and trailers. Expect lobster monsters, polyester ape suits, zombies with limited acting skills and some horribly choreographed Kung Fu moves. Details: Devil Science Theater 3000 Anniversary Party, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, LIC, June 27, 10:30 pm – 1 am, $6.
12/19/12 9:00am

ZHotelSkyline

Image Source: NYC & Company

There’s excitement in beginnings, especially if they happen around Christmas. The Queens Young Professionals broke onto the scene with an inaugural networking event at Austin’s Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens in the fall. Tonight, December 19, QYP holds its first ever holiday party at Bud’s Ale House in Astoria/Long Island City. All are invited to this supreme networking event, which will feature an unlimited buffet, specially priced drinks and raffles items such as tickets to the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. Spearheaded by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the group, which is free to join, provides resources and support to members as they invigorate the borough’s business and civic life for years to come.

Queens Young Professionals Holiday Party
Bud’s Ale House
34-02 Steinway Street, Astoria
Wednesday, December 19
6pm – 9pm | $10

Welcome to the second installment of our three-part series, LIC for Brooklynites! The first part was about where to eat, and now we’re moving on to what to do. Here is our list of worthwhile things to do in LIC, from museums, to parks, to recreation.

Sponsored By Modern Spaces.

If you are looking to Buy, Rent or Sell stop by of our offices in Brooklyn, LIC or Astoria.

Art and Museums

MOMA PS1

 

moma-ps1-lic-queens

Image source: Jules Antonio on Flickr

This 19th century schoolhouse holds some of the most current art available in NYC; it is one of the oldest (and largest) nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the US, founded in 1971. Various kinds of new and experimental art in all media are displayed throughout the space, and MOMA PS1 considers itself more of an exhibition space, rather than a “collecting institution.” As indicated by its name, PS1 is affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art.

Each summer, PS1 launches their weekly “Warm Up,” a music (often DJs) and dance extravaganza held in the courtyard of the museum, surrounded by the winner of the “Young Architects Program,” usually in the form of a large scale art piece that consumes the place. Inside is the newly opened M. Wells Dinette, the creation of Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Diner fame, and probably the best place in the borough for sous vide prepared food and other culinary delights.

MOMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101; (718) 784-2084; momaps1.org (GMAP)
Hours: 12-6pm, Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Admission: $10 adults; $5 students and senior citizens; free for MoMA members, MoMA Corporate Members, MoMA admission ticket holders, Long Island City Residents, NYC public school students, Members of the Press, and other Museum Staff with valid ID.

(more…)

10/18/12 9:00am

manos-the-hands-of-fate-poster

Image source: Devil Science Theater 3000

DST3K Presents: Manos: The Hands of Fate – Hang out at Laughing Devil Comedy Club for Devil Science Theater 3000 and watch a terrible movie, all the while making fun and playing drinking games. A professional comedian will be there to egg you on. $5 and no drink minimum (though they do have signature cocktails and draft beer). Movie starts at 10:30pm. (more…)

10/05/12 9:00am

laughing-devil-steve-hofstetter-long-island-city-queens

Image source: Columbia Daily Spectator

Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warm-up – Cult hit Steve Hofstetter of Collegehumor.com fame is out to make you laugh IRL at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City (GMAP). He’s been CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, ESPN’s Quite Frankly, VH1′s Countdown and numerous others. Laugh off the workweek with him tonight.

Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warmup [QueensNYC]
Friday, October 5th, 2012
8-11pm | $20 cover charge