Can we have comedy outside today? Summer stand-up in New York City parks: 2010

When the weather gets nice like this, even us old kids can feel like young kids and remember sunny school days when we asked the teacher, "Can we have class outside today?" In New York City, a few comedy bookers hear you and are doing just that again this summer. Here's a quick overview of who and where you can see comedy outside in NYC for summer 2010:

Comedy in the Park: Paul Marino already has started hosting free shows in various parks, late Sunday afternoons. This Sunday, May 9, Marino is hosting Ali Wong, Jeffrey Joseph and others at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Ferry Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more info on future shows, check out Comedy in the Park.

Laughter in the Park:, a nonprofit, returns with its summer series June 6 with free shows at 2 p.m. Sundays staged in a variety of municipal parks around Manhattan.

Celebrate Brooklyn: The mostly free series ($3 contribution suggested) at Prospect Park includes an outdoor comedy show by Park Slope neighbor Eugene Mirman and "Pretty Good Friends" at 7:30 p.m. June 17.

Comedy Central Park: For a fourth year, Comedy Central is putting on a one-night-only live show from SummerStage in Central Park. This year, it's happening at 8 p.m. July 21 with, hosted by Lewis Black and featuring Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Rory Albanese and Adam Lowitt. Doors (gates) will open at 7 p.m. In past summers, this event has been hugely popular.

Sean L. McCarthy

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