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She’s talkin’ bout a resolution!

A Bushwick comedienne will detail her goals for self-improvement at a New Year’s resolution-themed comedy show on Boxing Day. The host of “Next Year I Will Be Better,” at the Brick in Williamsburg on Dec. 26, hopes that making her plans public will help turn her dreams for the New Year into reality.

“My New Year’s resolutions are the same lofty goals that everyone else has: I want to exercise every day, eat healthier, save more money,” said Paige Smith-Hogan. “I thought, maybe if I host a stand-up show where I say my resolutions on stage, I will actually be able to do those things.”

Smith-Hogan plans to kick off the show by passing judgement on the resolutions of audience members. Although the show is comic, she expects that attendees will be particularly sincere about their aims, given the nature and timing of the show.

“It’s the day after Christmas, so I feel like anyone who comes is going to be really dedicated to New Year’s resolutions instead of being with their families,” she said. “This whole show is an exercise in earnestness.”

She and a squad of four other comedians will then perform short stand-up sets about their goals for 2019. Among them will be Smith-Hogan’s roommate Gabe Nathans, who has resolved to take more risks in his comedy career.

“I want to try more weird things on stage and just go for it,” he said.

Smith-Hogan said that she also has some more personal resolutions in mind, including being kinder to herself and cooking more.

“I want to do less negative self-talk. I want to write for a half hour every day. And I want to never buy lunch — I only want to pack it,” she said.

But will the funny people actually keep the promises they make themselves?

“I hope so,” said Smith-Hogan, and then corrected herself. “Yes, we’re going to!”

Only time will tell.

“Next Year I Will Be Better” at the Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave. between Lorimer Street and Union Avenue in Williamsburg, www.brooklyncc.com). Dec. 26 at 9:30 pm. $7.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 8:13 pm, December 17, 2018
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