Gothamist went to poetry slams in high school to feel artistic and deep. But then we realized we didn’t have what it takes to be a poet, all we wanted was to laugh at how serious some people took themselves. Granted that’s our own shortcoming and perhaps we need to work on getting in touch with our emotions, but tonight it is ok to laugh at the poets at Galapagos. At the Poetry Vs. Comedy Variety Show poets rage against comedians in a battle of wits. Featuring poets Scotty The Blue Bunny, Nathan Penlington and Thaddeus Rutkowski and comedians Carolyn Castiglia, Jon Friedman and Becky Yamamoto.
Cheryl B. presents The Poetry Vs. Comedy Variety Hour – Tonight @ 10pm – FREE
Galapagos Art Space – 70 N. 6th Street in Brooklyn

With no sign that Chappelle’s next season is happening anytime soon and Norm MacDonald’s show only just beginning, there is a lack of good sketch comedy happening right now. Sketch fans going through withdrawal can relax, Sketchfest NYC, which takes place at the UCB Theatre all weekend, is showcasing comedy from all over the country. Festival passes run $125 for all three days of shows or buy single show tickets for $10. They can be bought here. Sketchfest NYC runs from Thursday June 9 to Saturday the 11th.

2005_06_artsGrowingUpAmy.jpgNext Monday June 13, writer and performer Amy Rhodes debuts her newest show at the UCB [307 W. 26th Street]. Rhodes’ previous one-woman show, I Enjoy Being a Girl, ran for eight months and was the ECNY 2004 Winner for Best Solo Show. While many autobiographical shows can be maudlin or self-indulgent, Rhodes’ characters and skillful writing stay clear of how she learned to love herself or having a moral to the story of her life. Her latest show, Growing Up Amy plays on every girl’s biggest fears, growing up and turning into her mother. Directed by Eric Pliner.

Monday June 13 @ 8pm - $5