The best of the fest

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Get your laugh on!

The annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival, running Aug. 21–27, features stand-up, comedy films, and workshops all over the borough. For those overwhelmed by options, we have picked a few highlights that you should seek out.

Purse first

Kicking off the weeklong festival is Bob the Drag Queen, the fierce, funny winner of the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The royal reality star will headline the stand-up showcase “Queen for the People,” along with Brooklyn drag princesses Alotta McGriddles, Lady Bearica Andrews, and Sandy Devastation, among others.

Bob the Drag Queen at the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. between Havemeyer and N. Fourth streets in Williamsburg, (347) 529–6696],]. Aug. 21 at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm. $30 ($25 in advance).

Infernal affair

The second-greatest prank the Devil ever pulled is the Black Metal Dialogues, a ridiculous email exchange between fictional Satanic metal band “Witch Taint” and an unsuspecting Norwegian record label. Comedian Dave Hill, who started it all, will read from the exchange alongside his corpse-painted compatriot Phil Costello, and then stun the audience with a taste of the most evil music the world has ever known.

Witch Taint at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400,].

Aug. 24 at 8 pm. $10 ($8 in advance).

Laugh out doors

Get your comedy with a fabulous view of the skyline at “Comic Views,” on the second-floor park of the William Vale. Former “Saturday Night Live” star Sasheer Zamata will host a night of stand-up, and between acts you can slip over to the Mister Dips food truck for burgers and beer.

Comic Views at the William Vale (111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue, Aug. 24 at 9 pm. $15 ($10 in advance).

Just kidding

Look parents, if you don’t teach your children about stand-up comedy, they’re just going to learn about it in the streets. Avoid that fate by taking your funny 8- to 13-year-old to today’s comedy workshop, where the juvenile jokesters will learn how to write a mini-routine to perform at the end of the workshop.

Kids’ Comedy Workshop at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company (372 Fifth Ave. between Fifth and Sixth streets in Park Slope, (718) 499–9884, Aug. 25, 3–5 pm (performance for families at 5 pm). $25.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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