Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
DAVE ATTELL at Carolines on Broadway (Dec. 27 and 30, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 28-29, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). The comedian with the quickest quips around shows them off on his new three-episode Netflix special with “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross called “Bumpin’ Mics.” Find out just how funny this former “Insomniac” from Comedy Central still is this weekend at the Times Square comedy club.
THE BALDWINS at the Peoples Improv Theater (Dec. 29, 8 p.m.). The PIT’s longest-running house team of improvisers — Kevin Cragg, Daniela Donohue, Tarik Davis, Chris Griggs, Sarah Nowak, Amanda Peck, Pat Sheperd and Micah Sherman — weaves a completely new long-form show every Saturday night.
‘EVERYDAY DECISIONS WITH JO FIRESTONE’ at Union Hall (Dec. 30, 8 p.m.). A writer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Firestone ensures all of her live showcases around the city feature themes you won’t see anywhere else. At this get-together, she invites funny friends such as Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Buteau and Marie Faustin to not only tell jokes but also work through the obstacles in their lives with humor and grace.
‘A GAY SHOW FOR ALL PEOPLE: HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR’ at the Bell House (Dec. 28, 8 p.m.). Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp first came to our attention as “citizen journalist” correspondents for Comedy Central’s “The Opposition With Jordan Klepper.” See what happens when they host their own yuletide extravaganza, complete with comedy, songs and holiday cheer. The night will include guest appearances by Naomi Ekperigin and Jaboukie Young-White, as well as music from Henry Koperski and His Straights.
JESSICA KIRSON at the Creek and the Cave (Dec. 30 and Jan. 2-4, 7 p.m.). This stand-up helped Robert De Niro find his inner insult comic for the 2017 film “The Comedian” and is finally taping her own one-hour special for Comedy Central, “Talking to Myself,” on Jan. 11. You can watch her prepare for this performance over four shows during her weeklong stint in Long Island City, Queens.
‘MY MOMMA’S BISCUITS: 7 DAYS OF KWANZAA’ at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Hell’s Kitchen (Dec. 28, 11:59 p.m.). If you’re as confused about Kwanzaa as most people, since it doesn’t get nearly the attention that Hanukkah and Christmas do (or even Festivus or Chrismukkah!), this comedy collective will set you straight with a variety show centered around this African-American holiday, first celebrated in 1966.