Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 09/23/2014
Steve Hofstetter. Courtesy, The Laughing Devil Comedy Club
Like the neighborhood's food and visual-arts scene, the performing arts landscape in Long Island City is thriving and diverse. At the Obie Award–winning Chocolate Factory Theater, which is housed in a renovated commercial garage, you'll find multidisciplinary pieces that blur the lines between dance, music, spoken word and video art. It hosts frequent performances by the theater's founders as well as by visiting artists. For more lighthearted fare, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club hosts performances most nights of the week, with two shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. Opened by comedian Steve Hofstetter, it's a good place to catch up-and-comers like Dan St. Germain and local staples like Chris Gethard. Budding comics should check out the early-evening open-mics on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.