NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/23/09

February 23, 2009

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Please Note: This blog is on hiatus for one week, from February 23rd through March 1st.

I need the extra time to meet the deadline for a book I’ve been ghostwriting for the past four months, and to make headway with a musical for which I’ve been hired to ghostwrite the story & dialogue. (For info on my writing services, please click here.) The blog’s daily-updated comedy recommendations will resume on March 2nd, 2009.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/22/09

February 22, 2009

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See tonight's Oscars with comics at a free Comix extravaganza

See tonight's Oscars and laugh at a free Comix Comedy Club extravaganza

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] an evening of Oscar-watching at the gorgeous Comix Comedy Club hosted by the luminous Kambri Crews, with free admission & chances for prizes, at Oscar Night 2009 (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar concluding his headlining run at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm),

sharp comics Jon Benjamin, Hannibal Buress, and Adam Lowitt joining comedy giants Eugene Mirman & Michael Showalter—winners of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Hosts—for their weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

typically superb stand-ups at what’s often among the funniest free productions in NYC from hosts Greg Johnson and Jacqueline Novak: President Johnson (8:00 pm),

and brilliant, lightning-quick stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker, Videos of the Month), plus sharp NYC comics Jess Wood, Matt Ruby, Charlie Gaeta, and Andy Haynes at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 2/21/09

February 21, 2009

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Marc Maron

Marc Maron

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] one of the best and most respected stand-up comics in the biz performing a passionate one-man show about his recent second divorce: Marc Maron: Scorching the Earth (7:00 pm),

stand-ups and sketch comics at Sean Donnelly’s Lil Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

an exciting new NYC show developed at Chicago’s legendary iO theatre in which veteran improvisors create a play on the spot based on audience suggestions: New Play (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, and his own HBO special, has been called one of the best joke writers in America, and is headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Emo Philips (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines tonight and Sunday: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

sharp NYC comics—tonight including Carolyn Castiglia—at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics Kristen Schaal, Andres DuBouchet, Baron Vaughn, Rob Gorden, and more—plus free beer!—at Tom Shillue’s acclaimed Moonwork (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show who joyously declare Let’s Have a Ball (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

and a dozen NYC comedic performers, including Mindy Raf, Carolyn Castiglia, Rob Lathan, Shawn Hollenbach, and show creators Ilana & Eliot Glazer performing highly unusual acts at High School Talent Show (midnight).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/20/09

February 20, 2009

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] one of the finest improv duos to grace an NYC stage, reunited after a long hiatus: The Mantzoukas Brothers (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus sketch comedy duo Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney performing a science fiction farce, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and The Infinity Prison (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, and his own HBO special, has been called one of the best joke writers in America, and is headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Emo Philips (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm), terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Kara Buller, Poppy Kramer, Anne Necyzpor, and Mike Singer at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

ace sketch troupe Olde English—and unannounced guests—performing all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and awesome improv troupe Five Dudes (Eugene Cordero, Chris Gethard, Bobby Moynihan, Charlie Sanders, and Zach Woods) teaming up with troupe Thank You Robot for The Thank You Robot Second Anniversary Spectacular (12:20ish am).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/19/09

February 19, 2009

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Magical sketch duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Magical sketch comedy duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

hilarious sketch comedy performer Kate McKinnon (cast member of Logo TV’s The Big Gay Sketch Show) and Ryan Karels (improv troupes Krompf and Decoster) each try out new solo shows on this double-bill of The Workout (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] lightning-fast & hilarious stand-up Pete Holmes, sexy & brilliant singer/songwriter Adira Amram, razor-sharp stand-ups Joselyn Hughes, Brooke Van Poppelen, and Giulia Rozzi, darkly odd sketch troupe Murderfist, and videos from Rob Lathan and BOF, all competing to be voted the best at this ECNY Nominee Showcase (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] rising star stand-ups competing to be accepted in a prestigious Montreal festival: Just for Laughs Showcase (8:00 pm),

Dominic Dierkes (member of star comedy troupe Derrick) performing an inventive & fun one-man sketch show, and sharp sketch comedy duo Greg & Lou in a show about an art heist, in the double-bill Adventure River and Grand Theft Auto…Oh (8:00 pm),

top NYC comics at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] stand-up giants Zach Galifianakis, Pete Holmes, Bobby Tisdale, Andrea Rosen, and Shane Mauss in Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] three of the best sketch troupes in the country—magical duo Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) & Kurt Braunohler (Penelope, Princess of Pets; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Director); deliciously dark sketch duo Livia Scott & Biz Ellis as Dirty Jeans & Thunder Chief; and wonderfully inventive & hilarious sketch troupe Fearsome—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the wonderful sketch revue A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Bangs and Oscarbait, competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 2/18/09

February 18, 2009

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Carolyn Castiglia, Leslie Goshko, and Chris Gethard

Carolyn Castiglia, Leslie Goshko, and Chris Gethard

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] a prime opportunity to experience a wide range of UCBT solo performers and sketch comedy groups, with performances appearing back-to-back and running for hours—and it’s all free!—at UCBT’s Second Winter Showcase (5:00 pm),

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] a blow-out line-up—Tom Shillue (star storyteller; Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show), Shayna Ferm (brilliantly funny singer/songwriter), Carolyn Castiglia (stellar stand-up and VH1 White Rapper with amazing new show Brown Ambition), Margot Leitman (ace storyteller; Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories), Mike Drucker (writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), and Paul Oddo (Funny.com)—at a show hosted by the vivacious and razor-sharp Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves in a carnival atmosphere (complete with accordion player and alcoholic audience prizes): Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing a one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Chelsea White, Mike Lawrence, Vikki Stone, Pat Breslin, Brian Longwell, and Troy Bynam at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest stand-ups and sketch comics in NYC—national comedy stars Ted Alexandro and Paul F. Tompkins, plus adorably shocking comedy duo Gabe & Jenny, Michelle Collins, and Paul Oddo—performing in Brooklyn at a blow-out free show hosted by the hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel: Totally J/K (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus homemade cookies!—followed by a full-blown comedy show with Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1′s White Rapper, tonight performing 20 minutes from her red-hot new one-woman show Brown Ambition), Sean Crespo (Comedy Central, co-host of Drink at Work), and Erin Judge (Comedy Central)—hosted by the lovely & hilarious Margie Kment at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from genius improv duo Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and typically stellar stand-up comics who perform their sets but are periodically interrupted by the host—one of the funniest men on the planet, Doug Benson—at a very special show called The Benson Interruption (11:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/17/09

February 17, 2009

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Marc Maron

Marc Maron

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

comedians getting rid of their stuff by telling tales about the items and then selling to the highest bidder—with tonight’s superb comics including Matt McCarthy and Jen Kwok—at the way fun Auction! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Marvel Comics editor and writer Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, Trinity) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The F*cking Kennedys, Bastian, Ragnaröck, The Scam, and DeCoster—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and stellar comics Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO and Comedy Central specials), Kurt Braunohler (world-class sketch comic & comedic storyteller, comedy partner of Kristen Schaal), Brent Sullivan (Funny.com), and more at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:30 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/16/09

February 16, 2009

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Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo demonstrating why she’s one of the most respected and beloved comedic performers in entertainment history as she chats with superb interviewer Carl Arnheiter at Inside Joke (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant, passionate comedy star Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO and Comedy Central specials), Reggie Watts (genius comedic improv beatboxer, winner of 2007 Andy Kaufman award), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] Livia Scott (brilliant comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien), Matt Mccarthy (Comedy Central, Verizon FIOS guy), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Stripped Stories), Jiwon Lee (Root of All Evil), and musical group The Rich Kids performing at a free weekly variety show in Brooklyn hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

two ace Chicago-trained improvisors, Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report) and John Lutz (writer/actor for Saturday Night Live since 2004; 30 Rock), making up scenes as 2 Square (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include TV & movie star Paul F. Tompkins (host of VH1′s Best Week Ever; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, Root of All Evil, HBO), John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the biz; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien), and Andrea Rosen (fresh, razor-sharp stand-up; VH1, Comedy Central, Variety SHAC) —hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/15/09

February 15, 2009

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Baron Vaughn

Baron Vaughn

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] razor-sharp stand-ups Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, Carson Daly), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, Verizon FIOS guy), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Matt Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), and Karith Foster (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1) at the Comix Comedy Club’s inexpensive Sunday comedy show Five for $5 (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Dave Hill (HBO, VH1, Spike TV, The New York Times), and Leo Allen (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents) joining comedy giants Eugene Mirman & Michael Showalter—winners of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Hosts—for their weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

typically superb stand-ups at what’s often among the funniest free productions in NYC from hosts Greg Johnson and Jacqueline Novak: President Johnson (8:00 pm),

rising star comic Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger), J-L Cauvin (Craig Ferguson), Mo Diggs (writer for The Apiary), Nick Turner, and Ryan McKee at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] unique stream-of-consciousness comic Mike Dobbins, plus stand-ups Chris Jurek, Mike Turner, and Jay Bois at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

and brilliant storyteller Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), and stand-ups Amy Beckerman (Dykes on Mics), Adam Lehman (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and Keith Price at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 2/14/09

February 14, 2009

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Judah Friedlander breaking up on Valentine's Day

Judah Friedlander breaking up on Valentine's Day

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

three improv duos—including superb married couple Ptolemy Slocum and Shelly Stover-Slocum—making up scenes in CoupleProv (7:00 pm),

talented NYC stand-ups at Sean Sean Donnelly’s Lil Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

an exciting new NYC show developed at Chicago’s legendary iO theatre in which veteran improvisors create a play on the spot based on audience suggestions: New Play (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show who joyously declare Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s a cast member on the smash hit sitcom 30 Rock, has also performed on Jay Leno, HBO, VH1, and MTV, and is headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Judah Friedlander (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell relating their YouTube-documented romantic adventures live on stage—possibly accompanied by visits from some of the gals—on Double Date Us (8:00 pm),

sharp NYC comics at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and recently delivered a magnificent performance to capture the 2009 Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[$] an unlikely matchmaker that’s resulted in actual marriages, and even a baby: The PIT Dating Game (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a spectacular Valentine’s Day celebration of rejection and mortification, featuring some of the funniest comedic storytellers, stand-ups, and sketch comedy performers in NYC, at Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show’s Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


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