New New Yorkers Telling Jokes About New York

By Matias Avial, Contributing Writer

New York has attracted tourists and immigrants from all over the world for decades, and the comedians at “Transplants Comedy Show” are no exception to the rule. On the first Friday of every month, humorists from around the globe gather monthly in Queens to joke about their experiences away from home. From Ireland to New Jersey, these stand-up comics share insights on their hometowns and the reasons for choosing the Big Apple as their new home. Some of them found themselves escaping from the conservative South, others were looking for opportunities and change and some, like Long Island native Nick Naney, just despised where they were from.

Katie Boyle performed a piece in which she excelled at making the audience laugh. Her charm juxtaposed with her hard Irish background, like when she told the story of the time her sweet Irish grandmother killed her grandfather with an axe. Almost every comic veered political at some point, having a great deal to say about the United States’ new presidential administration.

Boyle commented on being white in the American political system. She wanted to be distanced from the racial tensions by saying she was white, but “not that kind of white.”

Chris James, while trying to keep up with a non-political theme, took a very similar approach to Boyle. As part of the international community, it was inevitable for these comics to not share their concerns. Thus, many of the jokes told targeted the “orange man.” James recounted his experiences as a British black man trying to find an apartment in the city. It took the landlord by a surprise when he realized that the “Harry Potter” he had been speaking to on the phone possessed “black magic.” James also impersonated Barack Obama with spot-on intonation, laugh and charisma in order to roast President Trump.

The later comedians were not as funny. One might say they relied too heavily on the excitement (and drunkenness) of the public.

Nick Naney performed what seemed to be an improvisation, where he joked about not learning his jokes on time. He pretended to read a script off his phone and satirized the typical comedian’s routine. For the first couple of minutes it was entertaining and fresh, yet ultimately dragged along for too long.

Mike Recine, one of the funnier comics of the night, touched upon sensitive topics. What unfortunately stood out was his comparison of gay marriage to bestiality. Recine, scared of growing old, mentioned that he is afraid of becoming a conservative. He created a scenario where teenagers from the future want to engage in sexual activities with dogs, and compared it to today’s gay activists fighting for equality. Though somewhat unsettling in subject matter, his jokes were brave and did get a fair deal of laughs.

“Transplants” takes place in “QED: A Place to Show and Tell” at 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

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