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Two Residents Turning Sunnyside into a Hub For Comedy, with Big Show Planned For Tuesday

Lindsay Goldwert

Lindsay Goldwert

Dec. 14, 2014 By Michael Florio

Two Sunnyside comedians are turning the neighborhood into a go-to place for comedy.

Comedians Lindsay Goldwert and Colin Samuel, who have formed Sunnyside Comedy, have already produced two local shows and are about to put on their biggest event yet.

The two will be hosting “The X-mas Comedy Show” at Murphy’s, located at 48-20 Skillman Avenue, this Tuesday (Dec. 16) and are bringing nine comedians to the venue. Tickets will be  $10 and will be sold at the door. The show starts at 8:30 pm.

“We have put a lot of work into the Christmas show and are excited about the comedians who we have performing,” Goldwert said. (see line up below)

The two teamed up and began hosting comedy shows together this fall, after meeting at an open mic night in Manhattan over the summer.

“We both live in Sunnyside and Colin told me he was trying to put together comedy shows in the neighborhood,” Goldwert said. “It is a lot of work for one person and when he asked me to join, I did.”

Samuel hosted one show over the summer prior to teaming up with Goldwert. However, their first show as a duo, took place in October at The Dog and Duck on Skillman Ave.

The two have hosted two shows since– another at The Dog and Duck and one at Marlene Tavern.

Goldwert said that each venue provides attendees with a different experience. The Dog and Duck is a more casual venue, where people can enjoy a drink and the show, while Marlene Tavern has the classic comedy club feel to it.

Goldwert has been doing standup for a year, while Samuel has been in the business for some time.

They decided to host shows in Sunnyside to help promote local businesses, while also fill a void in the community.

“We love living here and wanted to bring comedy to the community,” she said. “There is a growth of comedy in LIC and Astoria and we wanted to add to that by bringing comedy shows to Sunnyside.”

“We like the idea of bringing something new to the neighborhood,” she added.

The pair aims to promote local businesses by having them sponsor shows. Each show will feature giveaways, with prizes provided by local bars and businesses.

Goldwert said Sunnyside Comedy plans to host three shows a month, with each show being free unless otherwise noted. Two shows a month will be at The Dog and Duck with one at Marlene Tavern.

For more information on Sunnyside Comedy, go to Twitter at @ComedySunnyside or Facebook:

Photo source: ‘It’s in Queens’

The event was originally planned to take place at Marlene’s Tavern but has been changed to Murphy’s at 48-20 Skillman Avenue.

NOTE: the event is taking place at Murphy's Lobster Grill at 48-20 Skillman Avenue

NOTE: the event is taking place at Murphy’s Lobster Grill at 48-20 Skillman Avenue

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Julia Asssange

Tell Angela that some ethnic jokes are not very funny. In fact, they are older than Rodney Dangerfield!

Kramden's Delicious Marshall

Yes, women comics need to realize that bitching about men leaving the toilet seat up is not very funny.


Thanks so much to those that showed up and supported all the comics to came to perform for Sunnyside! We all worked really hard to bring something special and unique to the neighborhood. Coming in January, we’ll have more fantastic comics who’ve appeared all over the U.S. and on Comedy Central and more.

We’ll be doing more advertising in the neighborhood in 2015. Be on the lookout!

Happy holidays!


strange i never see anyone who performed at Dangerfield’s ever listed……what is it with that place? are comics embarrassed to put it on their resume ?


Hi all! We’re expecting a slightly larger turnout for our XMas show and we were worried that the space at Marlene (which we love) might be too tight a squeeze. Thank you all for your support, we can’t wait to see you tomorrow night!

Kramden's Delicious Marshall

Sunnyside has enough comedians already. Unfortunately, they’re all in public office.

dont worry this is not an epic long patricia dorfman post

is dorfman funny? the last post i saw was a novel, honestly i skipped right over it. Im under 30 and i dont have the focus or the time read long winded post. i need my info in short bursts like other people my age.
good luck w comedy night

El loco

At least she is not part of the story. Craft fair, Luke Adams, 104 year old woman, Shnnyside Yards etc, etc. and I’m sure I’ve missed many.


I’ll see if i can get you some Ritalin Skippy, your lack of an attention span is not Pat’s problem.

El loco

How about some of the comedians who write in to theSunnyside Post. Their s not comments are hysterical even when they’re not trying to be funny! How come Pat Dorfman is not part if this story?!


There was a whole host of comedians attempting to do just this back when The Grind was still around. Anybody remember comedy night?


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