I'm a big fan of shows in odd locations, including living rooms, so when I heard about LIVE @ THE APT, I was in, right away. Throw in "here's the location and bring friends but please don't put it up online anywhere" level secrecy, and I'm totally sold.
This month's show had around a hundred people packed into a Chinatown apartment (there have been and will be other locations) for intimate sets from Giulia Rozzi, Nicole Byer, Griffin Newman, Dan St Germain and Shaseer Zamata. It was super fun vibe and a really warm and engaged crowd.
Dan's the only comic on the show I've had the pleasure of seeing before, and he was great, as always. He ran through a TV clean set then let loose with a few other newer bits at the end. I came a little late and missed a good bit of Nicole's set, but did catch this one guy in the audience looking real unhappy at the mention of fingers in butts. I also missed all of Giulia's set, which is too bad since I enjoyed her a lot when she was in LA for the Riot festival.
Griffin was fun, going between material and meta narrative stuff. Reminded me a little of Brody, so I can't wait to see him a couple more times with that expectation going in. And Shaseer was great. Obviously, as "The Black Girl" on SNL, she's gotten a lot of attention and many people who only know her from her videos wonder "How is she at standup?" She's good. It's not that almost-not-quite feeling of a sketch/improv person dabbling in standup. I feel a little weird even writing that, since she's already known for standup on the East Coast, but it is the first question every non-New Yorker asked me when I told them the lineup.
I'm actually not sure how you get on the email list to get the address, but following them @liveapt probably doesn't hurt.
Oh! And I got to meet Sean L. McCarthy aka The Comics Comic. Man, I love that not only does New York have so many serious comedians who just want to do stand-up and get better and not worry too much about credits, but that it's also filled with so many serious comedy nerds.