L to R clockwise: Jeff Dye, Ramy Youssef, Paul Virzi, Matthew Broussard, Giulio Gallarotti, Derek Humphrey, Nathan Macintosh, Maximilian Spinelli & ALOK.

Special Tapings Radar: The Funniest Comics Taping Comedy Specials This Month (February 2024)

Our very first Special Tapings Radar of 2024 is here! Our monthly piece where we showcase & highlight all the funniest comedians who are getting ready to record their next stand-up comedy special & album this month. 

Here are 9 comics who you need to see and be in the room for their next comedy special taping if you can (and are still able to if the show hasn't sold out yet). Your chance to be in the room for a live comedy special is closer than you think. Here's everyone you need to pay attention to that's recording their next hour during the month of February.


ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed poet, comedian, public speaker, and actor. They are the author of Femme in Public, Beyond the Gender Binary, and Your Wound/My Garden and the creator of #DeGenderFashion: an initiative to degender fashion and beauty industries. They have been honored as the inaugural LGBTQ Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, awarded a GLAAD Media Award, and selected as a 2023 “Advocate of the Year” by The Advocate Magazine.

They have toured in more than 40 countries, selling out their runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center and headlining Just for Laughs in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Their show has been described as “provocative and powerful” (CHORTLE) and a “Jaw-dropping celestial event” (TO DO LIST LONDON).

On-screen, they are the subject of the short documentary film ALOK, executive produced by Jodie Foster and premiering at Sundance Film Festival in 2024 in competition, Complicated Order opposite Midori Francis, The Trans List, and (forthcoming) Absolute Dominion opposite Patton Oswalt.

On television, they can be seen in season 3 of the critically acclaimed HBO Max series SORT OF opposite Bilal Baig, Hulu’s Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, ABC’s PRIDE: To Be Seen – A Soul of A Nation, Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness,and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness.

Catch ALOK taping their next special on February 1st at Sony Hall in New York, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Ramy Youssef

Emmy®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer and comedian Ramy Youssef will return to HBO for his new stand-up comedy special Ramy Youssef: More Feelings debuting this March. Ramy will tape this new material in front of a live audience at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 2 and 3. Emmy® Award-winning director Christopher Storer (The Bear) will direct the special which will debut on HBO and stream on Max.

Youssef released his first one-hour HBO comedy special, Ramy Youssef: Feelings, in 2020. He can currently be seen in in Yorgos Lanthimos’ critically acclaimed "Poor Things” opposite Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo. Youssef is also perhaps best known for Hulu’s Peabody Award-winning comedy series, RAMY, which he created, produces, directs and stars in.

Catch Ramy taping his next special on February 2nd & 3rd at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, NJ. Tickets can be claimed for free here!

Derek Humphrey

Derek Humphrey is an urban hick with an uncanny wit. Born in a single wide trailer in Detroit, Derek has been a high school dropout, laborer, hotelier and veteran of the US Navy. War and hospitality were not painful enough, so he entered show business. Derek is now a New York City based comic and actor.

As a comic, he has been featured in the 2022 New York Comedy Festival, The 2021 Red Clay Comedy Fest, The 2022 New York Theater Festival and was named one of "New York's Funniest" by TBS. His acting work has been featured in the award winning play "Race: The Play: The Movie" and campaigns for Gillette, with appearances on MTV and ABC. You can follow Derek on Venmo at @humpderek.

Catch Derek taping his next special on February 4th at New York Comedy Club in New York, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Nathan Macintosh

Energetic, loud, and always funny, Nathan Macintosh is becoming one of the names to know in comedy. Most recently appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he’s also performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Conan, his own half hour special shown on The Comedy Network/CTV, and multiple Just For Laughs Galas. He can be heard regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio and CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”. His special, “Money Never Wakes” was released in the spring of 2023 to rave review from The New York Times.

Catch Nathan taping his next special on February 5th at The Comedy Cellar in New York, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Jeff Dye

Jeff Dye is a nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster, and Bigfoot enthusiast. He stars in NBC’s new comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never.” This exciting project follows the travels of Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman as Jeff creates for them the adventure of a lifetime. NBC has fast tracked season two after the show became a smash hit!

Dye has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” finished 3rd on “Last Comic Standing,” and has had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. In previous years he has starred on numerous TV projects, including “Money from Strangers,” “Girl Code,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” as well as NBC’s “I Can Do That” – a one hour comedy variety series that puts six of America’s brightest entertainers to the test as they compete to showcase their talents with breathtaking and unique acts, featuring skills they didn’t even know they had. Jeff’s latest album “Live from Madison” is exclusively playing on Sirius XM and will soon become available in wide release.

Catch Jeff taping his next special on February 9th & 10th at The Electric Jane in Nashville, TN. Tickets can be purchased here!

Matthew Broussard

Matthew Broussard is a disgraced financial analyst forced into stand up comedy. The byproduct of a Cajun chemist and Jewish microbiologist, he holds a degree in computational mathematics he always manages to bring up (just did it!) and is fully aware of how douchey he looks. His comedy is heady, self-effacing, and weirdly… educational? He's performed on the Tonight Show, Conan, Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, the Comedy Central Half Hour, and some stuff with MTV2 he doesn’t like to talk about. You can catch him in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The League, The Mindy Project, and alongside Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish in the film Here Today. He is the creator of the webcomic and puzzle app, Monday Punday.

Catch Matthew recording his next special on February 10th at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

Giulio Gallarotti

Giulio Gallarotti is a New York City based standup comedian, actor, host and podcaster. He made his Netflix stand-up comedy special debut on Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends in June 2022. His podcast, “Oops,” is regularly listed on the iTunes top charts. He has appeared on TV shows such as Peacock’s Bupkis, Hulu’s Ramy, AXS Gotham Comedy Live and MTV’s Totally Clueless/Girl Code, as well as Comedy Central and Sirius XM radio. Giulio is an avid traveler which he has documented in several projects including Places You Can Go, which he has filmed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Standup in Rwanda: It’s Not So Different. In Afghanistan, he started a school system in a rural area that now employs 9 faculty and teaches over 400 boys and girls. Giulio performs regularly at comedy clubs in NYC and across the country.

Catch Giulio taping his next special on February 16th at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL. Tickets can be purchased here!

Paul Virzi

Comedian, Paul Virzi, headlines comedy clubs across North America and hosts two weekly podcasts, “The Virzi Effect,” and “Anything Better?” co-hosted with Bill Burr, on the All Things Comedy network. Paul has performed throughout Europe and in this country's most iconic venues including, Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre and Carnegie Hall.

Paul’s second & most recent special “Nocturnal Admissions,” came out in Summer 2022 and marked Pete Davidson’s directorial debut. Paul’s debut hour-long comedy special, “Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This,” premiered on Comedy Central in November 2018 and is available to stream on CC.com. A clip from the special was featured on Comedy Central’s TikTok stand-up page on May 4, 2020 and currently has over 5 million views and 1.3 million likes.

Catch Paul taping his next special on February 24th at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL. Tickets can be purchased here!

Maximilian Spinelli

Maximilian Spinelli is an NYC-based comedian, actor, writer and all-around peach of a human being. A festival darling (his words), he presented a scripted TV pilot at the 2023 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival, Connecticut CF, Whale City CF, Rogue Island CF, and StandUp NBC. If you’re a mom on Facebook, you’ll remember he was a comedian commentator on the BuzzFeed News show “Did You See This?” for three years and if you’re HIS mom, you’ll know he was named a “Breakout Headliner” by Broadway Comedy Club in 2020. He has appeared in streaming projects on Tubi and Amazon Prime. Until recently, he co-hosted the mildly popular unsolved mysteries podcast We Were Had with two fellow comedians. He previously wrote and starred in "Marvel-less", a superhero sitcom pilot released in 2020 that won Best Web Series at the New York Film Awards and Best TV Pilot at Festigious Los Angeles.

Max has guaranteed that everyone who comes to this show will get a little kiss on the forehead. Catch him recording his debut comedy special on February 25th at New York Comedy Club in New York, NY. Tickets can be purchased here!

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