NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/31/09

May 31, 2009

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DC Benny

DC Benny

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] star stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, Rejected!), and more at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines for this final night of his NYC run: Doug Benson (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] 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] stand-ups Dan Allen (Comedy Central), Chris Sifflet (co-host of Auction!), Calise Hawkins (BET, Carolines), John Szeluga, and “special surprises” at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[FREE] typically sharp stand-ups at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-ups performing an evening of gay-themed free comedy 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, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 5/30/09

May 30, 2009

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Doug Benson

Doug Benson

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] the debut of a superb comedy concert film (that I saw when it was originally shot) with stellar stand-ups Eric André, Hannibal Buress, Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, and Baron Vaughn: The Awkward Kings of Comedy (7:00 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Leo Allen (upcoming HBO miniseries, writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005, two Comedy Central Presents specials, host of Whiplash), Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), Allison Castillo (Comedy Central, VH1, BBC), Blaine Perry & Pat Stango (hosts of Don’t Touch Me There), and Matt Ruby (host of We’re All Friends Here), and Rachael Parenta at NYC stand-ups 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),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartly directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (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 sketch comics, stand-ups, and comedic storytellers—Kevin Allison (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Reno 911, legendary MTV sketch show The State), Melanie Hamlett (stellar & unique storyteller; Moth StorySlam Champion), 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),

[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 (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] [DISCOUNTED] comedy stars Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime), Rob Cantrell, and more performing at a no-cover show (if you use code HyReviews) at the Eastville Comedy Club (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] The Raspberry Brothers—Jerm Pollet, Johnny McNulty, and Aaron Glaser—making funny remarks about a Hollywood feature film screened in an actual movie theatre, with tonight’s victim being Terminator (midnight),

[TOP PICK] three sharp NYC sketch troupes—Murderfist, Free Love Forum, and New Excitement—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the fun sketch revue A-Side/B-Side (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 5/29/09

May 29, 2009

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Billy the Mime

Billy the Mime

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:

NYC comics gathering to tell dating horror stories at the fun new show Misery Date (7:30 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] a spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style, in a not-to-be-missed one-night event at UCBT: Billy the Mime (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartly directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] the wonderful Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy) and Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy), plus Steve O’Brien, Ray Devito, and Mo Diggs, and sketch comedy troupes Bronx Cheer and Manhussy, at this free weekly show in Brooklyn hosted by Nick Turner and Cassidy Henehan: Too Cool for School (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo), Vicki Kuperman (Homo Comicus), H. Alan Scott (Sirius XM Radio), Edison Apple (Logo), 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),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (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),

two not very famous sketch comedy troupes, Bleak! Comedy and Toast Ampersand Whiskey, 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/28/09

May 28, 2009

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Doug Benson

Doug Benson

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:

a simulated book club discussion of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—mixed with improvised scenes and audience participation!—at The Bibliophiles Appreciation Consortium (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a summer musical comedy written and co-starring Leslie Korein & Marcy Jarreau, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Girl Camp (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (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 (8:00 pm),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer), Timmy Williams (member of star sketch troupe & IFC TV show Whitest Kids U’ Know), Adam Newman (CMT’s Prankville’d, VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, co-host of Street Meat), Robin Gelfenbein (funny, charming singer/songwriter; former writer for Rosie O’Donnell), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), and Sue Funke (VH1, Funny.com) performing at a weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30ish pm),

[$] Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo playing book authors offering sage advice to Jewish singles—with tonight’s interview guest Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon)— at Ronna & Beverly’s All Jew Revue (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics God’s Pottery, Baron Vaughn, Thomas Middleditch, and more at a show where a very popular comedy site’s talents come out from behind the Net: CollegeHumor.com, Live on Stage (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 Robber Baron, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/27/09

May 27, 2009

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Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro

Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro

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] 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 (7:00 pm),

sharp NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), Jamie Lee (VH1.com’s Best Night Ever, producer of Diamonds in the Fluff), Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN, host of Too Cool for School), David Angelo (David Angelo Radio Show), and Todd Montesi (Howard Stern Show), plus music provided by Joe Yoga during the Intermission (7:30 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),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] superb stand-ups Leo Allen (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005; two Comedy Central Presents 1/2-hour specials; Conan O’Brien; upcoming HBO mini-series; award-winning stellar host of NYC weekly comedy show Whiplash), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, co-author of book Holy Headshot!), Greg Johnson (co-host of The Comedians), and Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] Kumail Nanjiani (red-hot rising stand-up star; staff writer of upcoming Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, co-host of Game Bros. Live!), Dominic Dierkes (member of star comedy troupe Derrick), and Michelle Collins (VH1, MTV U, The Al Franken Show) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), Charles Star (host of Adult Education), John Knefel (writer for the The Huffington Post), and David Angelo (David Angelo Radio Show) at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups, musical comics, and sketch performers Nick Zimmerman, soce the elemental wizard, Brian Longwell, Evan Morgenstern, Fariaz, and Phat Man Dee & Tommy Amoeba at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Anthony Atamanuik, Chris Gethard, John Flynn, and Jonathan Gabrus—telling memorable tales about “Bullies” at one of the finest shows in NYC, Dave Martin’s The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] two of the finest stand-up comedy stars in the country—Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Adult Swim, The Wrestler) and Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials)—plus sharp comics Jay Larson, Ben Morrison, Jamie Kaler, and “a surprise guest” at a stand-up series that’s been immensely popular in LA and is now making an NYC 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 5/26/09

May 26, 2009

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Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan

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] witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about riding the NYC subway in the Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedian Ben Kissel (The Brain and the Beast podcast) 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, Bastian, The Law Firm, Penthouse Riot, and Robber Baron—followed by two of the best improv troupes in the country, C, C + C Improv Factory and Hot Sauce, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Jim Gaffigan (superstar who has virtually every comedy credit worth having), Leo Allen (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005; two Comedy Central Presents 1/2-hour specials; Conan O’Brien; award-winning stellar host of NYC weekly comedy show Whiplash), Chris Gethard (brilliant storyteller and improvisor; author of book Weird New York) 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] Ted Alexandro (one of the best stand-ups around; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Rob Delaney (popular LA comic visiting NYC), Dan Curry (Comedy Central; author of book Drunk on a Bike) and a special “Super High” guest at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

and sharp NYC stand-ups Giulia Rozzi, Elizabeth Simons, and Lisa Kaplan 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 5/25/09

May 25, 2009

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Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis

Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis

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] luminous Broadway, TV, and sketch actors Jeremy Bobb, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jonathan Kaplan, Ptolemy Slocum, and Shelly Stover mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher…and tonight, also Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

a comedic play about what goes in an adolescent female mind, and young performers putting on a sketch comedy show, in Fantasies of a 12-Year-Old Girl and People’s Sketch Association (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Pete Holmes (lightning-quick, organic stand-up; VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central, The New Yorker; co-host of Punch Up Your Life), Gabe & Slate (adorable and foul-mouthed comedy duo, co-hosts of Big Terrific), Rob Delaney (popular LA comic visiting NYC), and Dan Naturman (Last Comic Standing, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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