Weekend Pick: Paul Mooney at Helium Comedy Club

Paul Mooney has been behind the scenes of the greatest in black comedy for years. He wrote for Richard Pryor on SNL, was the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show, and even helped write Pryor’s iconic Live on the Sunset Strip. He’s also an actor, and he’s had roles such as Negrodamus in Chappelle’s Show, where he ad-libbed the famous line, “Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X;” another well regarded role was in Spike Lee's Bamboozled where he played a comedian named Junebug (fancy that).

Mooney’s comedy credentials are impeccable, not just because he has worked with legends but because he is always on the cutting edge, pointing the way to the future of comedy. His set is sure to be blistering and completely fresh. All fans of great comedy should mark their calendars, and get your tickets here.

November at 116

November is all the rage at 116 MacDougal. There are events up the wazoo happening at this historic venue and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour every night until 9pm (even during events). Whether you're into LOLing, poetry readings, singing till you have no voice or listening to others sing till they drop, there is an event (or two, or three...) for you at 116. Check out their schedule of events below!

For laughs:
Mondays 11/07, 11/14, 11/21 & 11/28, 8pm
Gaslight Refueled
Live stand-up with comics from Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Howard Stern Show, NBC, BBC, WeTV, and more. Vicky Kuperman hosts. Karaoke follows!
No cover, no drink minimum, 2 for 1 drinks until 9pm

L.A.'s Most Traumatized Date: Interview with Comic D.C. Pierson

"I was in the 6th grade's Gifted and Talented Program," says D.C. Pierson, still torturing himself 15 years later.

"There was this girl who I kind of arbitrarily picked to be the object of my affection. All throughout elementary school she had kind of been a buddy, so I finally said, 'Uh, I think I like you.' She was completely creeped out."

He still hasn't recovered. On Sunday, Pierson premieres his new show, "D.C. Pierson Is Bad at Girls," at the UCB Theatre in Hollywood. The storytelling hour will trace his sad, pathetic, and hilarious path through the treacherous world of dating. "It's kind of a running theme," he says. "Someone I know is a pal, then I'm like, "Uhh? And they're like, "Ughhh!" And I'm like, "Ugh."

September is Slammin' at 116

September may mean that it's time to go out with that extra sweater in tow, but there's no need to carry a frown when you're headed to 116 MacDougal. With their September line-up of events, there's something for everyone to look forward to.Even better, there is no cover for their weekly events.

Mondays: Hit up Gaslight Refueled (8pm) for live stand-up comedy with funny peeps from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, NBC, and more, with host Vicky Kuperman.

Tuesdays: Hit up Open Mic (6pm) where the legendary Gaslight stage plays host to singers, poets, comics, and storytellers with host Manoo Halati.

New York's Funniest Up and Coming Comedians

Let's face it, comedy is a hard business. Even the Jerry Seinfelds and Jon Stewarts of the world have their share of hecklers. Hell, Louis C.K. made a career out of telling people how much his life sucks. So it's a wonder that there are any newcomers who want to join the club. Lucky for us, New York has always been the epicenter of standup, and after all the abuse, an exciting new crop of comics have arrived on the scene. So if you can't score the Chris Rock tickets, rest easy. These are New York's up and comers:

Harrison Greenbaum