You've seen them on TV, sold-out stages, and Netflix comedy specials, and now some NYC's heaviest hitters are performing right in our humble neighborhood. Comics, including Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, Christian Finnegan, and Frank Conniff, have produced & hosted regular shows here on Monday nights since our opening. And now through September, show your MLM ticket & enjoy extended happy hour specials in the backyard garden.
Read up on our favorite moments, major players, and whats to come this summer:
The Ted Alexandro Show - Monday June 15th, 8pm
3rd Monday of the month
Astoria native and 20-year stand up vet Ted Alexandro doesn't limit his show to comedy (although bits like this might have you gasping for air). He also brings artists, photographers, activists, and generally interesting humans to the stage. As an added treat, he conducts a brief Q&A with each performer after their set.
Up Next: June 15th brings Myka Fox (Distractify), Dan Soder (Conan), Ophira Eisenberg (NPR's "Ask Me Another") and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.
Get tickets here.
Past Performers Include: Todd Barry, Lizz Winstead, Morgan Murphy, & Aparna Nancherla.
Soundtrack Series: Special Goth Edition - Monday June 22nd, 8pm
The Soundtrack Series brings storytellers & comedians to the stage to talk, cry, or laugh about music that means something to them. This nostalgia-inducing night resonates with anyone who has ever lip-synched like no one was watching.
Up Next: David Crabb, (BAD KID) Diana Spechler (WHO BY FIRE), Saidah Blount (NPR Music), and an encore featuring pizza and cake for owner Kambri Crews' birthday. Purchase tickets.
*This is a special all-goth edition. The person dressed in the weirdest goth costume goes home with a prize! Let your freak flag fly.
Past Performers: Chi Chi Valenti, DJ Spooky, & Jason Jude Hill. For more information, visit the Soundtrack Series Archive.
Frank Conniff's Cartoon Dump - Monday, July 6th, 8pm
First Monday of the month
In between comedic acts, Conniff (MST3k) sprinkles clips of underground, outdated, and downright creepy cartoons. If that isn't alternative enough, he hosts as Moody, the Clinically Depressed owl. It...it gets a little weird. But in a good way.
Up Next: TBD. Stay tuned!
Past Performers: Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo
New Release Day with Christian Finnegan - July 14th, 8pm
Second Tuesday of the month
Alright, so Finnegan's show may not technically fit into the "Monday" category, but his lineups can definitely be labeled as "major." On this show, comedians perform their yet-to-be-released material exclusively for Q.E.D. When you eventually come across it on TV, remember that you heard it here first, folks.
Up Next: TBD
Past Performers: Gary Gulman, Nick Rutherford, Joe List.
Myq Kaplan and Friends- July 13th, 8pm
Second Monday of the Month
Myq consistently adds an original element to his shows - usually with a musical twist. His trademark Ludacris-paced wordplay is enhanced by his very talented friends - including beatboxer Shockwave, who spits live from the audience during the show. To discover Myq's particular brand of comedy for yourself, watch his Netflix special.
Up Next: TBD
Past Performers: Amber Nelson, Nick Vatterot, Mike Drucker
Midcentury Stereo Panorama - July 27th 7:30pm
Comedy writer Eric Drysdale has a dirty little secret: he's been collecting 1950's Stereo Realist photographs for the last 20 years. Essentially, these were recreational 3D cameras, but the technology has long since been abandoned. So, until Doc Brown returns the DeLorean, this is the closest thing to time travel.
Seating is limited and pre-purchase is necessary.
*Comedy is a fickle mistress. Lineups are subject to change. For daily updates, follow us on Twitter @QEDAstoria.