Happy Friday. As the city returns, we’ve got some fun ideas for what you can do to make you laugh through the weekend.

Hell’s Kitchen can claim to be a hub of comedy satire — “The Daily Show” celebrated its 25 year anniversary yesterday and it’s always been filmed in the neighborhood. We also discovered that the first episodes of “The Problem with Jon Stewart” were filmed on W57th Street last week More details here…

Remember Vicky Kuperman? She was a regular columnist in W42ST magazine pre-pandemic. Vicky has teamed up with her husband, Max Cohen, to co-produce “Love’s a Joke,” a comedy night featuring all comedy couples. Saturday night will be their first show back in the city at Don’t Tell Mama. Sizzle reel below — tickets here!

Continuing on the comedic couples theme. “UpDating” is at Loft 51 tonight (that’s on W51st St between 11/12th Ave). Think reality TV mixed with a blind date in front of a live audience. It’s the creation of Brandon Berman and Harrison Forman. “UpDating brings two single New Yorkers up on stage for a blindfolded first date. Filled with unscripted, unfiltered, and unexpected moments,” they told us. Details and tickets here…


If you are missing the Upright Citizens Brigade after they shuttered on W42nd Street, maybe a trip to their old venue in Chelsea might help. “The Curfew”, one of UCB’s longest-running shows, will be on stage at Asylum NYC (next to Gristedes on W26th St) on Saturday night. Tickets and details here…

What we’ve been reading

Dan Doctoroff — the man who removed phone booths to give us Google’s LINKNYC — says “tear down the restaurant sheds.” Thoughts? (New York Times)

Catch some off-Broadway shows — and help the Actors Fund. (amNY)

One Vanderbilt is offering sky-high prices of $322 per square foot for top-floor office space. (The Real Deal)

Beyond Burger doughnut is a thing. Head out to Smorgasburg … but remember to add kale. (TimeOut)

Intrepid Museum starts its free movie season with “Top Gun” next week. (Secret NYC)

Freeze Frame

Great to have Gary Hershorn back from his trip to Canada. He was up early this morning for the setting moon just before sunrise. “When you are hoping for a full Buck Moon but clouds give you a half moon,” Gary said.