NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/31/09

March 31, 2009

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Hannibal Burress

Hannibal Burress

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),

[TOP PICK] five assistant editors at Marvel Comics—Alejandro Arbona, Tom Brennan, Daniel Ketchum, Lauren Sankovich, and Jordan D. White—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 Whorenado, Ragnaröck, The Scam, Bastian, and Bangs—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] TJ Miller (David Letterman, ABC’s Carpoolers, film star), Gabe Liedman & Jenny Slate (co-hosts of Big Terrific), and other stellar comics performing at this spectacular free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and Paul F. Tompkins (host of VH1’s Best Week Ever), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson), Dan Naturman (Last Comic Standing, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien), Greg Johnson (co-host of President Johnson), Nick Stevens (VH1), and more at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/30/09

March 30, 2009

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Comedy geniuses Todd Barry, Jessi Klein, and John Mulaney...

Comedy geniuses Todd Barry, Jessi Klein, and John Mulaney...

...and comedy geniuses Anthony Jeselnik, Pete Holmes, and Kumail Nanjiani

...and comedy geniuses Anthony Jeselnik, Pete Holmes, and Kumail Nanjiani will perform at The Pete Holmes Roast

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] [FREE] magical comedy duo Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) & Kurt Braunohler (Penelope, Princess of Pets; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Director), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Matt Goldich (writer for VH1’s Best Week Ever; Comedy Central), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Glenn Wool (UK-based comedy star), Sam Brown (Whitest Kids U’ Know), Adam Newman (Street Meat), Mark Normand (We’re All Friends Here), Chessley Calloway, Hilary Schwartz, videos by Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower, and more at a free weekly variety show in Brooklyn hosted by endearing dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (9:00 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] and a blowout spectacular featuring some of the finest comics in the country—Leo Allen (Roastmaster), Todd Barry, Anthony Jeselnik, Jessi Klein, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Seth Herzog, and more—honoring one of the most quick-witted, organic, and hilarious stand-ups to ever light up a stage: The Pete Holmes Roast (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/29/09

March 29, 2009

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Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein

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),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 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 DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Laurie Kilmartin (Comedy Central, VH1, Jimmy Kimmel), Brooke Van Poppelen (sketch duo Macho!), and more at the Comix Comedy Club’s inexpensive Sunday comedy show Five for $5 (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the best comics in the biz—Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Conan O’Brien since 1999), Glenn Wool (acclaimed & very likeable UK comedy star), Sean Patton (VH1; nominated for 2009 ECNY Award), and more—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),

[FREE] 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),

[FREE] star comic Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC, Adult Swim), plus John Knefel (Huffington Post), Matt Maragno (co-host of Now We’re Talking), Sarah Tollemache (Last Comic Standing), and Andy Henrickson (NBC’s Night Shift) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm).

[FREE] sharp NYC comics Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), Ross Hyzer (23/6.com), John Knefel (Huffington Post), and Jon Lang at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[FREE] and an all-gal stand-up lineup of Jenny Rubin (WE TV, The Back Room), Cara Kilduff (here TV!), Robin Fox, and Adrienne Iapalucci at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/28/09

March 28, 2009

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Glenn Wool

Glenn Wool

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] 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),

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),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[$] the longest-running cast member of Saturday Night Live (from 1995 to the present), and a comic who’s impersonated over 100 celebrities on national television: Darrell Hammond, Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] an acclaimed UK comedy star, and the winner of this past season’s Last Comic Standing: Glenn Wool and Iliza Shlesinger, Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[FREE] 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),

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

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] a musical made up on the spot from magical Chicago improv group Baby Wants Candy (10:30 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),

[TOP PICK] and rising star comics Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central) and Thomas Middleditch (genius improv troupe Baby Wants Candy) proving themselves to also be nerds by hosting this fun show about the video game industry: Game Bros. Live! (midnight).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/27/09

March 27, 2009

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Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond

Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond

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:

sharp, funny sketch troupe Secret Hospital in America’s Sweethearts (7:00 pm),

[$] the longest-running cast member of Saturday Night Live (from 1995 to the present), and a comic who’s impersonated over 100 celebrities on national television: Darrell Hammond, Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] an acclaimed UK comedy star, and the winner of this past season’s Last Comic Standing: Glenn Wool and Iliza Shlesinger, Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] a hilarious 30 Rock star as part of tonight’s lineups at Stand Up NY: Judah Friedlander and More (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb comics Kate McKinnon (hilarious cast member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Leslie Goshko (irresistible storyteller/sketch comic; Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Michael Carbonaro (Another Gay Movie), and Keith Price (Sirius OutQ Radio) 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),

odd and unsettling dark comedy from sketch troupe Murderfist (11:00 pm),

five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus (11:30 pm),

and a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/26/09

March 26, 2009

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Tom Davis' new book about his 12 years at Saturday Night Live

Tom Davis' new book about his 12 years at Saturday Night Live

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 intimate talk from the former writing partner of Al Franken about his new book, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There: Tom Davis (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] fearless and hilarious sketch comedy performer Alicia Levy performing her new one-woman show Red Carpet Ride (8:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[$] musical comedy duo Stuckey & Murray host a show with Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live 2005-2008; also wrote for Chappelle’s Show, Mad TV, The Chris Rock Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Joe Mande (2008 ECNY Award winner for Best Emerging Comic; co-host of Totally J/K), Amy Schumer (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more at Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

TV writers Laura Krafft (The Colbert Report) and Peter Grosz (The Colbert Report), and Starlee Kine (This American Life), performing improvised monologues at Three-Piece! (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, The Stepfathers and The F*cking Kennedys, competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/25/09

March 25, 2009

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Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik

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:

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

stand-up comedy plus music at Intermission (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo (comedy genius who’s currently an FBI agent on FOX’s 24), Mike Birbiglia (world-class comedy star who mixes sharp stand-up with theatrical storytelling), and Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) kicking off the debut of hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel moving their long-running comedy show to UCBT: Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] one of my favorite stand-ups of all time, Anthony Jeselnik (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central), plus a slew of other superb comics including Sean Patton, Claudia Cogan, Dan St. Germain, and Mark Normand, launching a new free weekly comedy show co-hosted by the luminous & hilarious Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Dan Curry, Leah Dubie, Emily Epstein, Robin Cloud, Joel Stice, Jeff Lawrence, and Rocco Supreme at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Curtis Gwinn, Eric Drysdale, John Flynn, and David Martin—telling memorable tales of “First Dates” at one of the finest shows in NYC, The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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