Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.
‘AIR PUNCH’ at the Peoples’ Improv Theater Striker (Dec. 4, 8 p.m.). When it shuttered about a month ago, the Reckless Theater stranded the many performers who formerly had called it home, but at this event the P.I.T. opens its doors to about 25 of them as they join forces again in a reunion of sorts. It’ll be the first time that these actors from the theater’s house teams and student population have appeared onstage since the closing.
‘ANYBODY: AN IMPROVISED HISTORICAL HIP-HOPERA BY NORTH COAST’ at Caveat (Dec. 1, 9 p.m.). The hip-hop improv team North Coast saw what Lin-Manuel Miranda did with his Broadway hit, “Hamilton,” and decided to give the people what they want: more raps about historical figures. The difference is that North Coast does it without a script, turning a suggestion from the audience into an entire “hip-hopera.”
‘BUTTERBOY WITH JO, APARNA AND MAEVE’ at Littlefield (Dec. 4, 8 p.m.). Every Monday night, the three funny ladies Maeve Higgins, Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone welcome different comedians to “Butterboy,” their regular comedy series, but this week’s installment is not one to miss, with Janeane Garofalo, Hari Kondabolu, Jacqueline Novak and Janelle James all on the bill. When it comes to comedy, New York presents an embarrassment of riches. This event is downright humiliating.
‘STEVIE’ at Our Wicked Lady (Dec. 5, 8 p.m.). The queen of all things witchy Stevie Nicks lends her name to this regular comedy show, aptly housed at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and hosted by the comedians Drew Anderson, Marcia Belsky and Sam Taggart, who pay homage to their teacher and muse. Mitra Jouhari, Aparna Nancherla and Joel Kim Booster are in the lineup this month.
‘YOU’RE THE EXPERT’ at Caveat (Dec. 7, 8 p.m.). The comedian Chris Duffy hosts this live show and podcast, where one of the guests is a scientist and the other guests are comedians who try to guess what the scientist studies all day. This time, the comedians John Hodgman, Michelle Buteau and Josh Sharp will be doing the guessing.
Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of the listing for “Air Punch” misstated the number of performers reuniting at the Peoples’ Improv Theater Striker. There will be about 25, not four.