Club Reopening: ASYLUM NYC (Home to New York’s Professional Comedy Scene)

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by Gregory Bernard on June 30, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Theater-New York


To celebrate the grand reopening of ASYLUM NYC, there will be a special event on July 14 at 1pm featuring comedy by Seth Rudetsky, North Coast, Uncle Function, SHIZSide Coach, and various acts from the venues’ new solo series. The new performance space bridges the gap between comedy and theater, and provides a welcome home for improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, magic, and dance, as well as plays, musicals, readings and concerts. The special industry/press event is free and open to the general public, but seating is limited. Email to reserve a seat.

Back in the Basement will feature a variety of acts that call ASYLUM NYC home and include the following:

North Coast – A New York Times and Time Out NY Critics Pick, North Coast features a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City. Explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals all over the world since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer, Doctor Brick. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.

Side Coach: It’s a show. It’s a lesson. It’s a mess. Kevin Laibson directs a savage band of improvisers and special guests through on-your-feet study of the cultural and extraordinarily human act of making theater and the process of relationship growth between audience and performers. Featuring some of the best comedians in NYC and specials guests from HBO and Off-Broadway.

Uncle Function – Hailed as one of NYC’s premiere sketch comedy troupes, Uncle Function presents a comedy variety show featuring original sketches, special guests, live musical performances, and more! These Uncles will make you laugh, cry, think, feel moderately uncomfortable and then send you back to your parents, forever changed– just like your real uncles. Uncle Function is written and performed by: Chris Cafero, Russell Daniels, Jessica Frey, Douglas Goodhart, & Gianmarco Soresi.

Seth Rudetsky Performing an excerpt from of his upcoming Off-Broadway show, which will run at the venue in the Fall.

SHIZ – Sketch comedy meets Broadway, featuring real Broadway performers! This is Broadway parody at its finest for the Broadway nerd and lover.

Cooking with Kathryn, from ASYLUM NYC’s new solo series. Kate Owens is an artist in development at Asylum NYC and the venue is creating a solo series to help solo character performers develop their own shows.

The event also features acts from ASYLUM NYC’s monthly live show featuring the best stand-up comics living and working in N.Y.C. which is hosted by Rojo Perez.

On the horizon at Asylum NYC, Natalie Palamides will be performing at the venue in January of 2022.



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