Laughter @ Lincoln Center: Show #2

June 26

8:00pm -10:00pm

Lincoln Center @ Jaffe Drive | Columbus Avenue & W62nd

Celebrating Pride Week!

NYLaughs wants you to get ready to laugh, celebrate, and feel the love at our Pride Night at Lincoln Center! We’re thrilled to showcase the brightest comedic voices from the LGBTQIA+ community. Our comedians will share their lives and perspectives through laughter, creating a space where everyone can feel included and represented.

It’s a night where we laugh together, finding humor in the shared experiences of our diverse community, all while working towards building a more inclusive world. Join us for a special presentation of “Jenny Hagel Gives Advice,” featuring Late Night with Seth Meyers’ Jenny Hagel. Joining her is comedian, drag king entertainer, and self-proclaimed “hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” Murray Hill! Jenny will be sharing her unique and humorous take on jobs, love, finances, and more, making it a night to remember for all who attend.


NYLaughs is excited to be back this summer with its highly anticipated series of free comedy performances, offering New Yorkers a much-needed laughter intervention! NYLaughs is thrilled to join forces with Lincoln Center for it’s summer programming for our fourth year, a celebration of collaboration and giving back to the community. Our calendar has expanded to 8 nights.  Now New Yorkers have a place to laugh every Wednesday at 8pm.  Best of all, admission to all shows is free!

This remarkable program is made possible by the generous support of various organizations. In addition to Lincoln Center, NYLaughs would like to extend its gratitude to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for public funding; A.R.T./New York; A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul. We thank the New York City Council for Discretionary Funding in addition to the Honorable Gale Brewer and Keith Powers for their ongoing support of NYLaughs’ programming and mission.

Please follow us for details on talent announcements. Talent line-ups are subject to change. Contact details and information for the public can be found by visiting, calling 917-727-5233 or following NYLaughs on twitter / X @NYLaughs or Instagram #NYLaughs.


Jenny Hagel Headliner

Jenny Hagel is an Emmy-nominated TV writer and comedy performer based in New York City. She currently writes and performs on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC and serves as Head Writer and Executive Producer of “The Amber Ruffin Show” on Peacock. Her extensive writing credits include the “Golden Globe Awards”, “Impractical Jokers”, and “Big Gay Sketch Show”. Recognized for her work addressing LGBTQ issues on late-night television, Hagel has been nominated for two GLAAD Awards. In 2022, she and Amber Ruffin co-founded the production company Straight to Cards under their overall deal with Universal Television. 

Murray Hill Host

NYC legend, comedian, host, drag king and international entertainer MURRAY HILL is a relentless shtick slinger, larger-than-life personality, and freewheeling ad-libber. His tagline is ‘Mr Showbiz – the hardest working middle-aged man in the biz.’ He’s appeared in Bridget Everett’s Somebody Somewhere (HBO), can be seen on Amy Schumer’s Life & Beth, and guest-starred on Welcome to Flatch (FOX). Recently, he hosted the new competition show Drag Me To Dinner (Hulu) and will be seen in Paul Feig’s movie Grand Death Lotto (Amazon Studios) starring John Cena and Awkwafina.  He’s performed at Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Murray was awarded the New York Voices commission from Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and The New York Times anointed Murray “Downtown’s New ‘It’ Boy.” He was selected as OUT’s Top 100 influential performers twice; included in New York Magazine’s “Fifty Most Iconic Gender Benders of All Time” and named one of the Top 12 gender-bending performers in NYC by Time Out. He was recently awarded the Trailblazer Award by Queerty and the Seattle Weekly called him a “pioneer” of drag kings.

Nico Carney

Nico Carney won the Funniest Person in the Midwest competition and was featured on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Showcase. As a “New Face “of Just for Laughs, Nico continues to break boundaries and inspires as a transgender comedian. His standup covers his experiences as a trans man, growing up in Savannah, Georgia, and whatever else he finds silly and interesting. Nico’s monthly show at Club Cumming, BOYS CLUB, was recently a headliner at the 2022 New York Comedy Festival and has been spun off into a popular podcast.He was a part of the NETFLIX INTRODUCING… showcase at the 2022 Netflix Is A Joke Festival, has been featured on Comedy Central’s The Gag and is developing the half hour comedy BOYS with Imagine Entertainment and Scott King.

Alex English

Alex English is a contributing writer for SNL since the program’s 47th season and has been featured in prestigious festivals such as Just for Laughs, along with appearances on Comedy Central’s ‘This Week at the Comedy Cellar. New York Magazine’s Vulture has named him a “Comedian You Should & Will Know.” He was also lauded by The New York Times as one of “The Queer Young Comics Redefining American Humor. He has opened for and toured with such acts as: Michael Che, Colin Jost, Roy Wood Jr., and Michelle Wolf. In 2022, English received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series in his first season.

Ali Kolbert

Ali Kolbert self describes as “a post-therapy Howard Stern in the body of a 5’2″ 30-year-old lesbian.” With credits including writing for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and performing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Ali Kolbert has established herself as a formidable talent in the comedy world. She has been featured in Variety Magazine’s comedy issue, profiled in Forbes Under 30 and was named one of New York’s Funniest in 2019. In 2021, Ali starred as a lead on TruTV’s half hour comedy, Top Secret Videos, alongside Ron Funches and Brian Posehn. More recently, Ali returned to perform stand-up on The Tonight Show and was named one of Just For Laugh’s 2022 New Faces. In addition to performing stand-up comedy nightly, Ali has a combined social media following of over 300k and hosts her hit podcast on Spotify, Breaking Down with Ali Kolbert.