If the thought of the dog days of August makes parents want to cry, Governor’s Comedy Club has an antidote: Comedy shows for kids offer an excuse to sit in the air-conditioning and laugh with the kids during the heat of a weekday afternoon.
Granted, it may be a raucous experience — at one recent show, kids waved their hands wildly to be brought up on stage and hooted for their favorite contestants competing to tell the funniest jokes during a comedy smackdown.
Three adult comedians performed during the show, which was MC’d by a fourth comic, Lori Palminteri of Queens. “They have to be clean, family-friendly jokes, which is not necessarily how I would normally do jokes,” Palminteri says of performing for a young audience. “You can’t go up there and talk about online dating with kids. They’ll be like, ‘What?’ ”
‘CEREAL AND PETS’
During this 90-minute show geared for kids 10 and older, Palminteri first led the audience in a fill-in-the-blank Mad Libs that she wrote for the occasion. It was immediately obvious that this was a kids’ show — when Palminteri asked for audience members to name a place, the shouted answer was “Chuck E. Cheese.”
Next up was “props” comedian Kevin Brogan, 24, of Jericho. “Every time I meet someone new, they say I make them uncomfortable,” Brogan says during his shtick. “So every time I meet someone new, I make them wear one of these.” He pulls out an around-the-neck travel pillow.
Brogan was followed by Joe Pontillo. “I like to talk about cereal and pets, maybe sports,” says Pontillo, 33, of Valley Stream. “I mostly talk about things I know they’ll understand.”
Finally, comic Tim Krompier of Amityville led the kids in a comedy smackdown. One contestant’s joke that the audience loved: Yo Mama’s so ugly even Hello Kitty says goodbye.
PRIMARILY CAMP GROUPS
The bread-and-butter for Governor’s is summer day camp groups that bring in dozens of kids for the shows, so that’s typically the bulk of the audience. At this show, groups for Camps R Us and the Central Queens Y attended. But every show is open to the public as well, says Andrea LoCicero, events coordinator for Governor’s Comedy Clubs.
Would the kids recommend the show?
Says Jessica Russell, 13, of Valley Stream: “I liked the part when the people got to come up.” She also gave a thumbs-up to Brogan’s act. “He had a lot of jokes. It was pretty funny.”
Evan Licari, 13, of Old Bethpage, was one of the smackdown competitors. “It was a little nerve-wracking,” he says of telling his joke and hoping the audience would laugh. “It was fun.”
Comedy Shows for Kids
WHEN | WHERE 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, for kids ages 10 to 15, Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown (doors open 11:30 a.m.); 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12 for ages 7 to 13 at Governor’s Comedy Club Levittown (doors open at 11:15 a.m.); 12 p.m. Aug. 15 comedy/magic for kids ages 4 to 11 at Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore (doors open at 11 a.m.)
INFO $19.78 includes snacks and soft drinks, tax and gratuity; $24.73 includes lunch as well, choices of burgers, hot dogs or chicken fingers all served with fries. Reservations required; 516-731-3358, govs.com