America's Next Top Cult

FRI // MAY 08

Caveat livestreams are presented pay-what-you-can. This show can be viewed here.

Caveat livestreams are presented as pay-what-you-can. If you're able we'd very much appreciate the cost of a ticket and a drink so we can support our staff and performers:


People are desperate to believe in something bigger than themselves, or really, anything at all that promises deliverance from these trying times, and there is one show that absolutely has the WRONG answer. 

America’s Next Top Cult is a monthly live comedy competition that lets the audience decide between three cults dreamed up by New York City’s best comedians. It’s like American Idol meets Wild Wild Country, or if the members of Heaven’s Gate had to present their doctrines to Simon Cowell.

But the audience won’t be alone on their journey; a panel of experts (including at least one actual expert on spirituality) will be on hand to poke, prod, and generally hold the aspiring cult leaders’ feet to the proverbial sacrificial fire. 

Past cults include a warlock coven that provides freelance witchcraft for small businesses, Pentecostal snake handlers who realized the snakes were the gods all along, and a struggling Michael’s Crafts store that reframed itself as a monastic order for tax purposes.

At the end of the night, the chaos comes to a rousing climax when the audience votes to decide who will be crowned America’s Next Top Cult!  

Hosted by Chuck Armstrong (The Onion, Funny Or Die) & James Hamilton (Vice News, Brooklyn Comedy Festival), every second Thursday of the month, only at Caveat.

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Going crazy yet? Craving information, but starting to feel desperate to receive it in a non-depressing way? Worried about the state of art and intelligent discussion in the time of social distancing? We got you.

Beginning this week, your favorite nerdy basement bar will host livestreams 5 nights a week with extra-special online editions of our shows. Medical advice without any bullsh*t! Wrestlemania-style debates over different scientific principles (where you can chime in)! Political science with that ever-needed dash of showmanship! If it’s smart and it’s weird and it’s entertaining, you know we’re gonna give it to you.

It’s a weird time and it may only get weirder. Hopefully some good old fashioned intelligent nightlife can help get you through it - right from the safety of your home. 

And if you’d like to contribute to the artists and keeping the venue alive, here’s a link where you can do that! We’ll split whatever comes in between making sure Caveat stays functioning and the artists on stage.

Wash your hands and keep calm: Caveat is here to keep our community comforted and our creators working.


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