Who: Janeane Garofalo, Subhah Agarwal, Kerry Coddett, Martin Urbano, Jenn Welch, Emily Winter, Petey DeAbreu, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Brett Davis, Langston Kerman, Mike Recine, Rob Haze, Maria Wojciechowski, Carmen Lagala, Laurie Kilmartin, Dave Hill, Jordan Temple, Rae Sanni, Chris Calogero
What: What a Joke Comedy Fest
Where: The Stand, 239 Third Ave.; the Annoyance Theatre, 367 Bedford Ave., Rough Trade, 64 North Ninth St.
When: January 19, the Stand, $40, 8:00; January 20, the Annoyance Theatre, $15, 8:00; January 21, $20, 8:30
Why: During inaugural weekend, comedians in more than two dozen cities around the country as well as in Oxford, England, will be participating in a national comedy festival that will be filled with some very serious laughs. The three-day event, held in response to president-elect Donald Trump’s continued threats on human rights, is a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union, which was founded in 1920 to, among other goals, “work to change policy as well as hearts and minds.” Here in New York City, the three-day What a Joke Comedy Fest begins on January 19 at the Stand, with Janeane Garofalo, Subhah Agarwal, Kerry Coddett, Martin Urbano, Petey DeAbreu, and event producers Jenn Welch and Emily Winter. On January 20 at the Annoyance Theater, Welch and Winter will be joined by Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Brett Davis, Langston Kerman, Mike Recine, Rob Haze, Maria Wojciechowski, and Carmen Lagala. And on January 21 at Rough Trade, Welch and Winter’s guests will be Laurie Kilmartin, Dave Hill, Jordan Temple, and Rae Sanni, with host Chris Calogero. As ACLU founder Roger Baldwin stated, “So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” And that’s no laughing matter.