Performa Comedy

In 2011, Performa explores the blurred boundaries between conceptual art and stand-up comedy. Through artist projects, evenings in a Times Square comedy club, and a curated weekly film program that takes us through the 1960s to now, Performa curators Defne Ayas, Mark Beasley and Lana Wilson take on this very serious subject.

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Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Lenny Bruce
  • Wed. Nov 2, 9:00 pm
Rare documentation from 1973 of one of Lenny Bruce's last performances. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Richard Pryor
  • Thu. Nov 3, 9:00 pm
The first-ever comedy concert film, and still arguably the best, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Ha!
Reggie Watts, Dina Seiden, Hennessey Youngman, Lumberob, Bedwyr Williams, Club Nutz and house-band Title TK and Michael Smith
  • Sun. Nov 6, 9:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 13, 9:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 20, 9:00 pm
Three Sundays of conceptual jokes by artists, stand-up comedians and musicians. $20
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Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Comics on the Edge in the 1970s
  • Mon. Nov 7, 7:00 pm
Featuring the work of two groundbreaking 1970s comedians: Albert Brooks, and Andy Kaufman. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny:
Piece to Camera
  • Tue. Nov 8, 7:00 pm
Several 1970s California-based artists making humorous minimalist videos. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Crossing Over
  • Mon. Nov 14, 7:00 pm
A program of rare work by artists who made serious attempts to crossover to comedy or vice versa. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Stand-Up, Sit Down, and Visual Art Comedy Today
  • Tue. Nov 15, 7:00 pm
Short works by some of the artists and stand-up comedians working between these two disciplines today. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members