Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen stand-up comedy in the lobby of an apartment building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Not too many of you, huh? Well, here’s your chance! All this week, comedians from far and wide will be heading out to Bushwick to perform in the first annual Castlebraid Comedy Festival.
The event will take place in various rooms throughout the new, fancy (we’re not kidding!) complex, including the yoga studio, lobby, rooftop and game room, where over 50 comedians will perform, including Reggie Watts from Conan’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour,” and Sara Schaefer, an Emmy Award-winning writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The idea for a festival originally stems from a once-a-week show that is performed at the apartment complex. “It has always been fun to do [weekly] shows in the different spaces,” explained Scott Moran, festival founder and comedian. The comics always have something funny to say about it and the audiences at Castlebraid are always good.”
Also showing at the festival is new the documentary “I AM COMIC,” which features many top comedians discussing what it’s like to be a comedian. So come out to Brooklyn any night this week and enjoy some stand-up. Who knows, after this, you may never want to see comedy in some East Village hovel again!
The festival runs from September 20th-25th and is located at 114 Troutman St. Tickets are available at the door for $3/$10 Friday (cash only). For more info, check out: www.castlebraidcomedyfestival.tumblr.com