New York comedians have shown benevolence all year, participating in relief efforts for just about everything. Add one more show with a purpose to the list as the Gotham Comedy Club [208 W. 23rd St.] hosts the Stand Up for Peace 2nd Annual Comedy Benefit this week in support of Seeds of Peace. Since it’s founding in 1993, Seeds of Peace has devoted itself to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills that will foster and facilitate peace in the future. The lineup of all-star comedians performing for the cause includes Susie Essman, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Colin Quinn, Demetri Martin and Catie Lazarus. Hosted by David Wain.
Stand Up for Peace – Thursday 10/27, 8pm. $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

2005_10_artsvarietyshac.jpgGothamist recommends you take time out of your busy Dia de Los Muertos next Tuesday to check out el Shac de Variedad. Ok, so our Spanglish doesn’t really cut it, what we mean to say is Variety Shac returns to Galapagos [70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn] to celebrate its first birthday on November 1, and it’s hard to believe our baby is growing up so fast! Gothamist plans to celebrate with these four fine ladies and their guests Michael Showalter and A.D. Miles (and gift bags! the first 50 guests get gift bags!) and newly designed t-shirts! We don’t know any other one year olds that give gifts on their own birthdays. Gracias and Feliz Cumpleaños, Variety Shac!
Variety Shac – Tuesday 11/1, doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. Free.

Also this week, the only two New York performances of STALLED are at the UCB. Written by Katie Kreisler and Amy Rhodes, the show traces the lives of two best friends from college to life at 30 and the boyfriends, shrinks and smoke breaks they have along the way. Gothamist caught a preview last Friday and can definitely recommend this show based on its sharp writing and acting. Tonight (10/26) and next Wednesday (11/2) at 7pm at UCB [307 w. 26th Street]. $5