Get on board! ‘Night Train’ comedy show tapes TV specials

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It’s heading for the station!

A weekly comedy show in Gowanus is about to get the small screen treatment, so now is the time to get a ticket! Six installments of “Night Train With Wyatt Cenac” will be recorded for a new National Broadcasting Company digital series on Dec. 7–9, and fans of the showcase can expect a spiffed-up version of the usual great comedy, says the host.

“The goal is to capture the spirit of the show as if there weren’t cameras there,” said Wyatt Cenac. “It’s basically what we could do with the weekly show if we had a constant stream of money coming in.”

The Fort Greene comedian, best known for his stint as a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” started “Night Train” with producer Marianne Ways in 2012, and the weekly show has featured a steady stream of local and national comedians. The six performances will put showcase regulars like Jane James and Matteo Lane in front of the cameras, alongside nationally-known figures like Eugene Mirman and Hari Kondabolu

“What’s always been fun about the show for me is that its a showcase for New York comedians, but also a place that more established comedians want to come do, so having some people from out of town is maybe a testament to what we’ve been able to do with the show,” Cenac said.

He would not reveal the exact lineup of each show, calling it “a grab bag of jokes,” but Cenac said that each night would feature secret special guests not yet listed on the show’s web site. The show’s producer said audience members should come ready for a loose night.

“We’re looking for people to bring high energy, be supportive and laugh,” Ways said. “A lot of people are used to watching stand-up online and not laughing out loud, but we want people to just have fun with it.”

Those who attend will have to chance hear themselves laughing when the show appears on NBC’s new comedy streaming service SeeSo in early 2016, said Ways.

“Night Train with Wyatt Cenac” tapes at Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, Dec. 7–9 at 7 pm and 10 pm. $5.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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