NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/30/09

April 30, 2009

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Musing on Bob Seger tonight at The PIT

Musings on Bob Seger tonight at The PIT

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 hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] acclaimed sketch, improv, and storytelling comics writers gather to create 10-minute odes to a pop star—who tonight is Bob Seger—in The Downtown Superstar Ten Minute Hour (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant improvisors Tara Copeland and James Eason leading a semi-revival of legendary troupe Mother in this new Magnet show: Sleepover (8:30 pm),

typically superb NYC comics at a free weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] star comics Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Ted Alexandro, Judah Friedlander, Anthony Jeselnik, and more performing—though not all on the same lineups—at Comedy Cellar (9:00 pm & 11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] three superb NYC sketch troupes—Harvard Sailing Team, A Week of Kindness, and Sidecar—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the very fun sketch revue A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

[$] a provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, tonight headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/29/09

April 29, 2009

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Dave Attell

Dave Attell

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 (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] new improv duo Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report) and Thomas Middleditch (genius improv troupes Baby Wants Candy and Improvised Shakespeare), and new stand-up/storytelling/sketch comedy duo Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, VH1’s Best Week Ever) and Dan Ahdoot, (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) in the double-bill Gwindleditch and Triple S (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Daily Show star correspondent John Oliver (Comedy Central’s Terrifying Times), world-class hilarious stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), Daily Show producer Adam Lowitt (host of This is It!), and more at this extravaganza created by The  Daily Show’s Co-Executive Producer Rory Albanese: The Daily Show and Friends (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] brilliant comedic singer/songwriter/actor Micah Bucey performing a tour de force series of parodies in the form of mini-musicals for his intimate and joyful monthly show The Gay Agenda (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1; recently released his first comedy CD, Lou Diamond Phillips?), Ross Hyzer (23/6.com), Ben Kissel, and Molly Knefel at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] typically terrific NYC stand-up comics at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] superb NYC stand-ups Mike Drucker, Becky Yamamoto, Sean Crespo, Mark Normand, Sue Funke, and Dan Curry at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Anthony Atamanuik, Curtis Gwinn, Joe Mande, and Jenny Slate—telling memorable tales of “Illness” at one of the finest shows in NYC, Dave Martin’s The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] a killer lineup of comedy stars—Dave Attel, Judah Friedlander, Rich Vos, Joe DeRosa, Jay Larson, and James Smith—at the NYC debut of a stand-up series that’s been immensely popular in LA and is now making a home at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: ComedyJuice (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/28/09

April 28, 2009

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Adira Amram

Adira Amram

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] Jeff Rubin & Patrick Cassels (Bleep Bloop) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Badman, Penthouse Riot, The Law Firm, The Scam, and Bastian—plus a small mob of sharp female improvisors at 11:00 pm for a show titled Suck My Dick, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Adam Lowitt (producer for The Daily Show, host of This Is It!), James Bewley, and more performing at this 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] Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker), Adira Amram (brilliantly fresh, funny, sexy singer/songwriter), Bobby Tisdale (legendary co-host of the seminal and much-beloved former NYC comedy show Invite Them Up), and more at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

and NYC stand-ups Tom Ragu, Paul Case, and Adam Lehman joining delightful hosts Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/27/09

April 27, 2009

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Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

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—tonight including Livia Scott, Emily Epstein, Hilary Schwartz, Sean Crespo, Mark Normand, Eric I, Matt Maragno, Josh Comers, Matt Ruby, Jay Bois, Matteson Perry, Aalap Patel, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents) performing what’s likely to be a mesmerizing comedic one-man show: Supernormal (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway actors Katie Finneran (Tony winner), Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jonathan Kaplan, Sandy Rustin, and Amy Rutberg mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Michael Delaney, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Anthony King…and tonight, also comedy icon Chevy Chase!—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] terrific stand-ups Christian Finnegan (two Comedy Central specials and a third airing soon, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Bobby Miyamoto (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN), John Morrison (beloved producer of comedy shows Ochi’s Motel and Morrison Motel), and musical guest The Fools at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] a free comedy show hosted by Jon Friedman featuring sharp NYC stand-ups Sean Patton, Becky Ciletti, Mark Normand, Tom McCaffrey, Peter Kassnove, and Neal Stastny at Chelsea Market’s Comedy Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] two of the most beloved comics in NYC performing deliciously long stand-up sets in a 45-minute block at an acclaimed music hall: Joselyn Hughes & Brooke Van Poppelen at Rockland (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Kumail Nanjiani (Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report), Sean Patton (VH1), and more at a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country: Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/26/09

April 26, 2009

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Leah Dubie

Leah Dubie

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] [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] [FREE] Anthony Jeselnik (one of the sharpest & funniest stand-ups comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central Presents, staff writer for Jimmy Fallon) and more at what’s often among the best free shows in NYC, hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a movie star demonstrating he’s also a top stand-up comic and killer funny impersonator in a deliciously long set that concludes tonight: Kevin Pollak Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the finest and most respected stand-up comics in the biz, famed for his passion and honesty, headlining at Carolines (at the same time but in a different room from Kevin Pollak): Marc Maron Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm),

typically some of the best comics in the biz joining comedy giant Eugene Mirman for his weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, Verizon FIOS guy, 2009 ECNY Award winner), Kevin McCaffrey (writer for David Letterman), Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, Beauty Bar Comedy), and more at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[FREE] talented NYC comics at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Chelsea Peretti (Comedy Central, TruTV, Variety SHAC), Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Leah Dubie (Comedy Central; co-host of NYC live comedy show Dykes on Mics), and more at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm),

[$] and a provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman: Paul Mooney Headlining at Carolines (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 4/25/09

April 25, 2009

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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

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 stand-ups Becky Donohue (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Shorties Watchin’ Shorties; TLC), Jiwon Lee (Comedy Central’s Root of All Evil, NBC, AMC, ESPN, Air America), Jacqueline Novak (Comedy Central Live Tour, XM Radio, CollegeHumor.com), Luke Cunningham (The Colbert Report), and more at Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

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

Lauren Olson performing a one-woman show about the death of her mom that I hear is surprisingly funny in Our Condolences (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a movie star demonstrating he’s also a top stand-up comic and killer funny impersonator in a deliciously long set tonight and Sunday: Kevin Pollak Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] brilliant stand-ups—who also happen to be staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Anthony Jeselnik (one of the finest comics in the biz; HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Morgan Murphy (former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] gay comics telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases (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 this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb stand-ups & comedic storytellers—Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Stripped Stories), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live, The Onion, McSweeney’s), Dan St. Germain (MTV), and many more—telling funny, poignant, and at times unforgettable tales about their relatives at a monthly show hosted by gorgeous rising star Sara Benincasa (CNN, MTV, The Sarah Palin Vlogs): Family Hour (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),

[TOP PICK] taking the prize for oddball event of the evening, popular masculine NYC comics—including Jared Logan,. John Morrison,and Sean Donnelly—perform comedy in drag at Madame Katie’s House of Ladies (11:00 pm),

[$] star comics Dave Attell, Lynn Koplitz, and more performing late-night shows at Comedy Cellar (11:00 pm & 12:45 am),

improv troupes Bastian and The Scam (with such stellar talents as Jeff Hiller, Tara Copeland, Jesse Falcon, and Kevin Hines) snuggle up for laughs at Saturday Night Slumber Party (midnight),

[$] and a provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/24/09

April 24, 2009

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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

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 stand-ups Desiree Burch (VH1’s Best Night Ever, one-woman show 52 Man Pickup), Jiwon Li (Comedy Central, NBC, AMC, ESPN, Air America), Dan Hirshon (Boston Comedy Festival), and more at Calvin S. Cato’s show for our current economy: Nouveau Poor (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a movie star demonstrating he’s also a top stand-up comic and killer funny impersonator in a deliciously long set tonight and Saturday: Kevin Pollak Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 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),

[TOP PICK] clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—in an all-new show based around the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] brilliant stand-ups—who also happen to be staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Anthony Jeselnik (one of the finest comics in the biz; HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Morgan Murphy (former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

brilliant comedic storyteller Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Margartet Dodge (drummer for Manson Family Singers), Danny Leary (MTV, here! TV), and more 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—for better or worse—one of the most fearless sketch troupes in New York: Murderfist (11:00 pm),

Derrick hosting two sketch comedy troupes, Bleak! Comedy and Geek Dreams, competing for audience laugh & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

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

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

[$] and a provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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