NYC Talent Show is a weekly performance art cabaret where lunatics and the truly talented are indecipherable from one another. Started in 2009 by Victor Varnado and the late great Diane O'Debra, the show has featured performers like Hannibal Buress, Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Jonathan Ames, Tony Kay, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Marina Franklin, and sometimes, very little clothing.


"A rapt (audience) beheld a tap dancer in red tights and a black tutu, moving her hands with erotic flair to Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time." - THE NEW YORKER

"They held it down" - BUSHWICK DAILY

A Message From Your Host:

Welcome to true lovers of art, daring performers, and visiting tourists yearning for a glimmer of excitement in their lives, I am Philopygus T Handsome, the master of ceremonies at the NYC Talent Show. For close to two decades, we've showcased the talents of performers who, like myself, color outside the lines. Prepare for an evening where the outrageous, the astonishing, and the downright hilarious collide.