Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Note: Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, many events have been canceled. As of press time, these were still scheduled to take place. Before heading out, visit the website of the performance space or organization for the latest updates.
‘CRAZY HOT: THE WET SHOW’ at Caveat (March 14, 9:30 p.m.). Eileen Hanley and Lauren Aussem will host this variety show that explores the fundamentals of attractiveness. They’ll employ stand-up, dancing, improvisation and even PowerPoint presentations to delve into why we’re drawn to all looks that are dewy, slick and moist. Ziwe, Drew Lausch, Zach Teague, Andrés Govea and others will help Hanley and Aussem out.
‘ELECTRIC B*TCH’ at KGB Bar (March 13, 7 p.m.). Katy Berry, a regular with the longstanding musical comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy, hosts her own monthly cabaret at the Red Room on the third floor of this East Village bar. Backed by a live band, she will perform fully improvised songs based on her conversations with audience members. Joining her this month are Daniel Reitz, Kiki Mikkelsen, Jon Bander and the dancer Venatrix Rey-Pop.
‘KIDS THESE DAYS: A SKETCH COMEDY SHOW!’ at the Peoples Improv Theater (March 14, 8 p.m.). Last summer, you may have seen six members of this comedy group, founded in 2018 by Rachael Burke, a former “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” staffer, on the NBC competition series “Bring the Funny.” They could only bring three minutes of funny at a time on the show. But in this showcase, you’ll see the full cast of 10 perform a whole hour of topical and evergreen sketches.
‘LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S NEW JERSEY!’ at Friends and Lovers (March 13, 8 p.m.). This bar in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will play host to a themed variety hour devoted to our neighbor to the west, the Garden State. Credit or blame the comedian Chris Calogero for this idea. He’ll show off not only facts and funny characters, but also food: He’ll treat audience members to antipasto, while he and Chris Gethard eat pasta and dish about their native New Jersey.