Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
‘MATT KOFF & FRIENDS’ at Q.E.D. (June 7, 7:30 p.m.). An Emmy-winning writer for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Koff continues to write for the Trevor Noah edition of Comedy Central’s late-night program. Every month, he and his friends — this time it’s “Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng — perform extended stand-up sets at this club in Astoria, Queens.
‘KUTTI GANG’ at the Tank (June 8, 10:30 p.m.). Pooja Reddy and Zubi Ahmed will host this showcase highlighting comedians of South Asian heritage. On Saturday, it will be filmed for All Arts, WNET’s arts and culture multimedia platform. The lineup will feature Aparna Nancherla, Karmen Naidoo, Kiran Jani, Rita Sengupta and Nimesh Patel, a writer for “Saturday Night Live.”
‘LEFT BREAST COMEDY HOUR’ at the Knitting Factory (June 10, 8 p.m.). SallyAnn Hall and Kimberly Dinaro host this free monthly stand-up showcase and drag show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and this time the lineup features ladies celebrating Pride Month: Sydnee Washington, Alysia Hush, Maggie Lalley, Anya Volz, Veronica Garza and Jessica Kirson. This month’s drag queen is the singer Lauren Ordair.
‘OPHIRA & ADIRA’ at Union Hall (June 12, 7:30 p.m.). That’s Ophira as in Eisenberg, the host of the NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another,” and Adira as in Adira Amram & the Experience, a song-and-dance machine that also includes Maresa D’Amore-Morrison and Jessi Colon. Eisenberg and Amram will host this variety show, which will feature a set by Eisenberg and end with a performance by Amram’s troupe. In addition to all of that, you’ll get magic from Matthew Holtzclaw and stand-up from Josh Gondelman and Kendra Cunningham.
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‘WHITE FEMINIST’ at Ars Nova Hub (June 10, 7 p.m.). This show created by and starring Lee Minora is part of ANT Fest 2019, a monthlong celebration of new theater talent. In “Feminist,” Minora portrays a daytime TV talk-show host, Becky Harlowe, who is doing her best to stay “woke.” All the while she forces us to wonder whether to root for her to succeed. A party will follow at 8:30.
‘THE WOMEN WRITERS OF “LATE NIGHT”’ at the Paley Center for Media (June 11, 8:30 p.m.). Seth Meyers moderates this panel with five of his show’s writers: Karen Chee, Dina Gusovsky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord and Amber Ruffin. Viewers will recognize Hagel and Ruffin from their recurring segment with Meyers, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell.” Here they’ll talk about what goes into changing the nightly conversation in a medium often dominated by men both in front of and behind the camera.
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