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Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco and Virginia might be for lovers, but Queens is romantic royalty. On Valentine’s Day, the borough will overflow with enchanting places to stay, eat, giggle, listen or dance the night away. In fact, there are so many options that QNYC can only report a few of them and parts of their offers.
Ophira Eisenberg is probably most famous for hosting Ask Me Another, a trivia and puzzle show on National Public Radio. But the Calgary native once had her own humor-filled program on CTV Television Network and she has made countless appearances on Comedy Central, VH-1, E! Channel, the Oxygen Network and the Discovery Channel. On January 10, Eisenberg will headline LGBT Laughfest 2013, also known as Queens of Queens, at the Laughing Devil, NYC’s only outerborough comedy club. She will be followed by a veritable Who’s Who of LGBT funnypeople, including Adam Sank (NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Sirius-XM’s OutQ), MAC Award-winner Danny Cohen (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend) and Cara Kilduff (Here-TV’s Hot Gay Comics and co-host of Queens Public Television’s Talking About). Biggest Loser champ Poppi Kramer, the warm-up comic for the Bill Cunningham Show, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
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Thanks to a few of our favorite venues such as The Laughing Devil in Long Island City, which hosts hot traveling acts like TrueTV funnyman Mike Trainor and is home to an awesome bi-weekly Devil Science Theater 3000 event that encourages comedy-loving patrons to heckle cheesy cult films for a mere $5, it’s becoming increasingly easier to see smart and seriously funny comedy in Western Queens. We caught up with Carrie Gravenson, one of Astoria’s own standup queens, who tells us where to see some of the brightest and funniest in the borough.
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How long have you been doing comedy in Queens?
“About 5.5 years.”
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Mike Trainor is an equal opportunity offender. The Astoria resident is currently seen in the series truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest, where he makes fun of the most pathetic criminals, drivers, party animals, etc. on the planet. In 2009, he made a particularly big splash with the book 101 Fat Things, a compilation of jokes about eating and his lifelong love of food. On January 4 and January 5, this comedian will do two shows each night at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club with Kevin McCaffrey, a contributing monologue writer for David Letterman who is also part World’s Dumbest. Caveat emptor: the audience might be a terrific source of material.
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Okay, so everybody has heard the jokes about Jewish people going to a movie and eating Chinese food on Christmas. Well, today, December 25, people of all faiths can spend a few hours laughing at a new jokes by comedians whose families come from the flick-wonton soup stereotype/tradition. The Laughing Devil hosts some of the top Jewish comics in the business as the King Davids of Comedy. Headlined by Myq Kaplan of Letterman Show fame, other Davids include Adam Newman, Harrison Greenbaum and Aaron Glaser. These mensches present their hilarious schtick as the great tradition of Jewish comedians continues. Move over Vaudeville, here comes Long Island City!
King Davids of Comedy
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Tuesday, December 25
8pm – 9:30pm | $18
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LGBT and DST3K hit the LDCC in LIC. The Laughing Devil Comedy Club hosts two holiday shows on one night this Thursday, December 13. At 8 pm, world-famous gay funnyman Exiene Lofgren (Ricki Lake Show, Pawn Stars, Starwood Resorts) headlights a night of Christmukkah humor during the Queens of Queens LGBT Long Island City Laugh-Fast. Also making the menorah candles twinkle will be Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing), Leah Bonnema (recently listed among the Huffington Post’s 50 Funniest Females) and mistress of ceremonies Joanne Filan (Hot Gay Comics). At 10:30 pm, another round of jokes will be served during Devil Science Theater 3000. Totally interactive, this hour of wisecracking gets professional comedians in the crowd to egg on attendees as they play drinking games and watch the terrible 1962 movie King Kong vs. Godzilla.
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The Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City hosts this comedy showcase featuring “eight of the best comedians in the world” trying out their material for college and university booking agents. Co-owner and comedian Steve Hofstetter is opening some seats to the general public, which means you get to see the next best college comedians – including the surreal and sidesplitting Victor Varnado – before their potential big breaks. Admission includes a food item and a non-alcoholic drink from the menu.
NYC MACO Showcase @ The Laughing Devil [QueensNYC]
Stop by the Queens County Market Saturday, taking place again at the Laughing Devil comedy club. The Queens County Market is a collection of food artisans made up of bakers, chefs and other food entrepreneurs providing a sampling of the great diversity of food available in Queens. See our writeup of August’s Queens County Market to get your mouth watering.
Queens County Market [QueensNYC]
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Since opening in August 2011, LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club has become a neighborhood institution, drawing major comedy stars like “30 Rock’s” Judah Friedlander and “Top Gear USA’s” Adam Ferrara to its stage. This Friday’s lineup includes Adam Sank from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Carmen Lynch from the hit web-series “Apt 3C,” and headlining the evening is Steve Hofstetter, the club’s owner.
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Hofstetter, a Queens native, has been featured on ESPN and VH1.
Laughing Devil Presents: Steve Hofstetter, Friday Aug. 17th, 47-38 Vernon Blvd, 8pm. $20.