Open-Air Live Comedy Series on Orchard Street Draws Neighborhood Ire

Posted on: August 18th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Each Thursday night, hundreds gather for open-air entertainment on Orchard Street. And neighbors are incensed.

“Horseplay at Sunset” is a free weekly comedy show stationed outside Regina’s Grocery. A makeshift podium sits curbside for a line of participating comics. Performers are properly distanced from the crowd; yet the crowd itself is not, with face coverings a rarity.

Neighbors have called 311 several times whenever the events go down, yet to no avail.

The Brooklyn-based Horseplay Comedy was known in pre-pandemic times for hosting free weekly comedy shows at Ponyboy in Greenpoint.

The show features a cultural blend of comedians reflective not only of the neighborhood but also the city we all love. The comedians boast credits from Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central in addition to some of the most esteemed comedy clubs. Other comics, are folks you may have never heard of, but are destined for greatness in their own right. Masks, hand sanitizer and endless laughter will be present. The show will be safe, clean, socially-distanced fun required of the times.

Sidelined by the COVID-19 lockdown, though, Horseplay pivoted to this format as a joint venture with Regina’s Grocery and Boys Don’t Cry, both located on Orchard Street between Hester and Canal. Its first show was in early July.

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