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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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In need for a laugh this weekend? On Saturday, November 24, head to Jamaica for a night of comedy with Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and special guests. Performing Are You Kidding Me?, the female world-class comedian and actress takes the stage at the Black Spectrum Theatre (GMAP).

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney was recognized by HBO in The History of Blacks in Comedy.

A Night of Comedy with Phyllis Stickney
Black Spectrum Theatre, 177 Baisley Boulevard
Saturday, November 24, 2012
8 pm | $30


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The Big Thing –The Laughing Devil Comedy Club (GMAP) hosts a night of laughs with the excitement of watching the next Big Thing. Funny people from around the Tri-State Area (and beyond) flock to the only comedy club in the outer boroughs on Wednesdays to impress the audience and club bookers. Those who kill on Big Thing night become club regulars. Expect special guests such as Adam Sank and Joyelle Johnson.

The Big Thing
Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8 p.m.  |  $10


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Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warm-up – Cult hit Steve Hofstetter of fame is out to make you laugh IRL at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City (GMAP). He’s been CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, ESPN’s Quite Frankly, VH1’s Countdown and numerous others. Laugh off the workweek with him tonight.

Steve Hofstetter: TV Special Warmup [QueensNYC]
Friday, October 5th, 2012
8-11pm | $20 cover charge


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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]

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
8:30-11pm | $20