The Stand NYC @ Esther & Carol w/ Judah Friedlander, Chris DiStefano, Bonnie McFarlane, Ricky Velez, Sam Jay, Ian Lara, and More!

The Stand NYC @ Esther & Carol w/ Judah Friedlander, Chris DiStefano, Bonnie McFarlane, Ricky Velez, Sam Jay, Ian Lara, and More!

Sat · October 20, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00

This event is 16 and over

The Stand pop-up series presents Saturday night showcases at Esther & Carol!

Featuring the best comedians Manhattan has to offer with an intimate, upscale, and upbeat ambience!

The Stand NYC
The Stand NYC
The Stand was named New York Magazine's "Best Comedy Club" for a reason. We pride ourselves on putting the very best talent on our stage each and every night. We often feature top names of today such as Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Artie Lange, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Ari Shaffir and more - as well as the funniest up-and-comers in NYC. Come experience the best food, drinks, and laughter Manhattan has to offer!
Chris Distefano
Chris Distefano
Described as a high energy comic, Chris Distefano acts out a variety of characters derived from his life, typically leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering "Who the hell is that he's talking about?"

Chris has worked at all of the top comedy clubs across New York City including but not limited to Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines on Broadway, and The Comedy Cellar. Chris has a Bachelors degree in Psychology to impress his mom's friends, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy to impress his Moms friend's Moms.

You can catch Chris all over MTV! He is a current cast member on MTV2s hit show "GuyCode". You can also see him featured on MTVs "GirlCode" "Failosiphy" and "Money From Strangers".

Chris was selected from hundreds of comedians across the country to be one of Comedy Centrals "Comics to Watch" as part of the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. He was selected as a finalist in "New York's Funniest" as a part of the 2012 New York Comedy festival as well. On June 20th, 2013, Chris made his network Televison debut, on The Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS. Chris has opened up for comedy legends such as Richard Lewis, Gilbert Godfried, and Artie Lange.

Chris has been heard on Sirius XM radio and his left elbow was featured on a National Subway Commercial. It's a good elbow. He would know. He loves elbows.
Bonnie McFarlane
Bonnie McFarlane
Bonnie McFarlane hails from Northern Canada but is still always cold.
A national headlining comedian, McFarlane's radio and television credits includes an HBO special, two comedy central specials, three Letterman appearances, a Tonight Show appearance, The Howard Stern Show and a regular on the Opie and Anthony/Jimmy radio show. Bonnie regularly appears as a guest on Fox's Redeye and is a regular cast panelist on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show starring Larry Willmore. Bonnie is also a cast member on the current season of Tru TV's, How To Be A Grown Up. Bonnie has acted in numerous television shows and can be seen in the newly acclaimed web series "Cop Show" starring Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld. She most recently made an award winning comedy documentary feature about funny women called Women Aren't Funny starring Joan Rivers, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Silverman and Maria Bamford. It's available on iTunes and Netfix. The HuffingtonPost listed McFarlane as the number one funniest female you should know. Marie Claire Magazine said she is one of the 50 Funniest Women Right Now. Paste Magazine chose the podcast she does with her husband, Rich Vos as one of the Top Ten best comedy podcasts today. It's called My Wife Hates Me. McFarlane also co-hosts a national radio show on Sirius XM with her husband based on the podcast. Bonnie has written a book for Harper Collins that will be coming out February 23 2016 called: You're Better Than Me. Her comedy has been described as sly, inventive and edgy. Huffpo referred to her crowd work as "the best in the biz."She is active on social media and was singled out by several online publications as one of the top people you should be following on Twitter.
Ian Lara
Ian Lara
Ian Lara is really just a regular guy from Queens, New York. He started comedy right after college because he didn't feel like going to law school and he's loved every second of it. Usually you can catch him performing every night in some of the best and worst shows in New York City, or he's on the road at a club or college near you. Ian Lara might become a household name but really all he wants is to get big enough where he can wear those big hats Pharrell wears to awards shows. Peace!
Sam Jay
Sam Jay
Sam Jay is an emerging stand up comedian, actress, and speaker who hones her skills on the Boston comedy scene. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sam is considered one of the industry’s hottest up-and-coming talents and she was selected as one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch in 2015. In addition to headlining some of the best comedy festival across the country, Sam is the star of Viceland’s new TV series ‘Flop House.’ As a queer woman of color, Sam is breaking ground in comedy every day.
When asked how long she has been doing comedy Samaria Sam Jay Johnson smiles and replies 'For as long as I could speak'. Hailing from Boston MA a city that is no stranger to comedic prowess; a place that can lay claim to the comedic talents of Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Conan O'Brien and many others, Sam Jay is setting her own stage. Some would say the fact that she's female, African American, and a lesbian has allowed her to stand out in a male dominated industry. But it is more so how she can take these experiences and make them not only funny but relatable. Witty, candid, and raw she is bringing about a brand of comedy that has yet to be seen. Provoking audiences by pushing their thinking while still giving her sets the feel of a barroom conversation with one of your funniest friends. Her familiar personality on and off stage has allowed her to build quite the buzz in and around Boston comedy circles. Her 2013 invite to Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and her 2014 acceptance into the Women In Comedy Festival as well as a stellar performance at the auditions for BET Comic View return to TV has got the industry insiders buzzing about this young lady. Opening for power house/veteran acts like Joe Clair BET, Hannibal Burres Comedy Central, and Rob StapletonComedy Central has not only helped this rising star hone her skills but has allowed her to branch out booking shows up and down the east coast. Performing at comedic institutions like Gotham NYC to the Comedy Studio in Cambridge Ma. Sam Johnson is wowing audiences and building her fan base. Her fresh, unique and warm approach makes Sam Jay a comedian worth seeing and one you will be talking about long after you do.
Judah Friedlander
Judah Friedlander
Stand-up comedy has been Judah's main thing since he first started in 1989. His onstage persona of The World Champion has taken on different shades over the years. It was initially a satire on narcissism & braggarts. Then the persona morphed into being a real life superhero (who is actually humble) subliminally getting audiences to question why we have heroes. For the past several years & currently, Judah's act has been predominantly satirizing American exceptionalism as well U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The World Champion is a champion of the world - who stands up for earth's rights and the people, animals, and plants of the planet. If America does the right thing, Judah will be the next president of the United States. Judah has a stand-up special & album coming out soon.

Author of books:
If the Raindrops United (2015)
How To Beat Up Anybody (2010)

Notable movies:
American Splendor
The Wrestler
Meet the Parents
Feast
Zoolander
Wet Hot American Summer

Notable television:
30 Rock
The Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Talk shows including: Letterman, Fallon, Meyers, Conan, Wilmore
Sesame Street
News discussion shows including: The Young Turks, Lawrence O'Donnell

Photo: Phil Provencio
Ricky Velez
Ricky Velez
Recently named one of Variety's 2015 "10 Comics To Watch," Ricky Velez is a New-York based stand-up comic and actor who is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He was also recently selected as one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watchand as New York's Funniest, by the New York Comedy Festival.
Venue Information:
E&C Studio
146 Bowery
New York, NY, 10013