NYC Top Comedy Choices for Week of June 30 – July 5, 2009

June 30, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Gone Fishin

This blog is going on vacation—aside from sporadic updates—for two weeks so I can focus on book and film projects. (And by the way, if you need help with a book or screenplay, please visit my sites HyOnYourBook.com and HyOnYourScript.com.)

Daily listings will resume on July 13th.

That said, here are some quick recommendations of notable shows happening this week:

Tuesday 6/30 at 8:30 pm: Michael Showalter and Dave Hill at Jessi Klein’s & Pete Holmes’ Punch Up Your Life

Tuesday 6/30 at 9:00 pm: Pete Holmes and Victor Varnado at Seth Herzog’s Sweet

Wednesday 7/1 at 8:00 pm: Charlie Sanders in Minnesota Muslim

Wednesday 7/1 at 8:00 pm: The one-year anniversary of Sharon “Mama” Spell’s Shrink

Wednesday 7/1 at 9:30 pm: Todd Barry headlining at Carolines

Thursday 7/2 at 8:00 pm: NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler hosting Hot Tub

Thursday 7/2 at 9:30 pm: Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, and Jamie Kilstein making the news funny by riffing on topical animated political cartoons by host Scott Bateman

Friday 7/3 at 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm: Pete Holmes headlining at Comix

Sunday 7/5 at 6:00 pm: One-woman show I Wanna Be Famous at 308 Broadway from Jessica Delfino

Recommendations for next week will be posted by July 5th.

Also, more broadly, to keep up with what’s happening in NYC comedy please visit the Web sites of these stellar & inexpensive venues:

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Peoples Improv Theater

Ochi’s Lounge at Comix

The Magnet

The Creek and the Cave (Queens LIC)

Union Hall (Brooklyn)

And for comedy clubs, please visit:

Comix

Carolines

HyReviews.com Comedy Club Discounts

Finally, please buy lots of copies of Adira Amram’s just-released album Hot Jams for Teens:

Hot Jams for Teens

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/29/09

June 29, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Hot Jams for Teens
Adira Amram—with a small mob of other brilliant comedic singer/songwriters—tonight celebrates the release of her sharp new album Hot Jams for Teens

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] brilliant, sexy, and red-hot rising star Adira Amram celebrating the release of her new album Hot Jams for Teens joined by most of the finest comedic musicians in NYC in a not-to-be-missed free extravaganza: Adira’s Hot Jams for Teens Album Release Show & Party (7:00 pm),

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 Emily Epstein, Chelsea White, Lisa Kaplan, Luke Cunningham, Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway & TV actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jonathan Kaplan, Julie Sharbutt, and Kate Tellers mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Michael Delaney, Becky Drysdale, Peter Grosz, Anthony King, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] terrific stand-ups Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, host of ComedyJuice), Allison Castillo, Mike Birch, and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

tuneful comedic theatre from 2Pac: The Musical (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 John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show)—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 6/28/09

June 28, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Jessica Delfino and Ben Lerman lead an all-star cast in tonight's Match Game Live
Jessica Delfino and Ben Lerman lead an all-star cast in tonight’s Match Game 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] [FREE] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

Matt McCarthy, Roger Hailes, and other fine stand-ups at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson & Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ben Lerman hosts a stellar group of comics—Jessica Delfino, Michael Musto, Hannibal Buress, Judy Gold, Frank DeCaro, and Becky Donohue—at a new East Village version of a classic game show: Match Game Live (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, CBS, VH1), Liam McEneaney (VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central, host of Tell Your Friends), Abbi Crutchfield (delightful, energetic stand-up and character actress), and Dan Goodman at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the finest stand-up comics in the country concluding his current run tonight: Ted Alexandro Headlining at Gotham (8:30 pm),

[FREE] Chris Jurek, Dan Newbower, Jay Bois, and Peter Kassnove performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a “Battle of the Gaylebrities” as Adam Sank, the original creator/host of this gay-themed stand-up show, returns for one night only to battle the current host, Brad Loekle, for audience laughs and votes at Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 6/27/09

June 27, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Ted Alexandro
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:

[TOP PICK] four world-class storytellers—Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko), and Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion)—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

hilarious sketch performer Chris O’Connor (member of world-class sketch troupe Fearsome), and stand-ups Rob O’Reilly, Matthew Rittberg, Gabe Pacheco, Gilad Foss, Dan Goodman, and Louis Katz, joining hosts Pat Stango, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly at 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] Lauren Olson performing a one-woman show about the death of her mom that’s reportedly funny and superb in Our Condolences (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the finest stand-up comics in the country performing a deliciously long set three times tonight: Ted Alexandro Headlining at Gotham (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm),

[$] Lizz Winstead (co-creator of original The Daily Show) and Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel) Headlining at Comix (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),

[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] [$] 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),

[DISCOUNTED] Joe DeRosa (razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Amy Schumer (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), James Smith (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords), and other fine stand-ups performing at the only comedy club in the East Village, the intimate no-cover Eastville (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),

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of LIberty (10:30 pm),

raucous physical sketch comedy in the form of comedic wrestling at the no-holds-barred action of UCBW: Revengeance IV (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).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 6/26/09

June 26, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Ted Alexandro
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:

the comedy group that created the classic “Fart Spelling Bee” sketch tries out new material: Pangea 3000 (7:00 pm),

sharp stand-ups Taylor Williamson (extremely likeable zen-like comic; CBS’ Craig Ferguson), Joe Dixon, Paul Goncalves, Gilad Foss, Mo Diggs, and more at Calvin S. Cato’s show for our current economy: Nouveau Poor (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-man spoof of guides on how to break into the biz from hilarious improvisor & sketch comic Gil Ozeri, and an imagining by comedy jewel Jenny Slate of what her funeral would be like if she was rich and left all the money to her dog, in Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy and Dead Millionaire (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the finest stand-up comics in the country performing tonight through Sunday: Ted Alexandro Headlining at Gotham (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] two superb stand-ups—Lizz Winstead (co-creator of original The Daily Show; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, HBO, MSNBC, Shoot the Messenger) and Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up)—joining forces to perform tonight and Saturday night Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Lisa Kaplan (Lesbians of Laughter Tour), Mike Singer (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),

[TOP PICK] gay comics Frank DeCaro, Robin Cloud, and Tara Clancy telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases (9:30 pm),

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

[$] 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 Top Gun (midnight),

[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).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/25/09

June 25, 2009

Bill Burr

Bill Burr

Apologies; due to tech problems, I have to skip listings for Thursday, June 25th.

The issues are getting resolved, and listings for Friday will be up at midnight tonight.

Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who attended the ComedyJuice show Wednesday night. Bill Burr was a force of nature, and performed one of the most sharp, energetic, and hilarious sets I’ve ever seen.

Keep an eye on ComedyJuice; three months in a row, it’s delivered some of the finest comedy in the country.

And again, please tune in here anytime from midnight on for Friday’s listings.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/24/09

June 24, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Bill Burr
Bill Burr

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] Violet Krumbein demonstrating she’s one of the most darkly funny talents in NYC in her eerie and hilarious one-woman show Human Painkiller (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim, co-host of Punch Up Your Life), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian), and Brent Sullivan (Funny.com) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (stand-up comedy genius and star correspondent of The Daily Show), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show, cast member of upcoming HBO Kanye West show), Adam Lowitt (producer for The Daily Show, host of It Is It!), and more at a stand-up show from Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show: Rory Albanese and Friends (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Adam Newman, Team Submarine, Mike Ennis, Ray Devito, Meg Cupernall, and Dewey Banks at a free weekly stand-up comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), and Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a blowout gathering to top comedy talent—Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), brilliant stand-ups John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, VH1), Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films), and Jared Logan (hilarious razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central)—plus producers Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and Chelsea White, and free pizza & baked goods and prizes, celebrating New Young Comedians: First Year Anniversary Show (free pizza & baked goods at 8:30, show & prizes at 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] a joyous gathering of top comedy talent, including Todd Barry (brilliant wry stand-up; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, one-woman show Goodnight, O.J.), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), sketch duo Team Submarine, stand-up Christian Polanco, and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown comedy show at 10:00 pm, preceded by a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus intense free homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by Margie that have come to be known as “Stoner Cookies”—all at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

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

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] powerhouse stand-up star Bill Burr (described as “comedy’s future;” HBO and Comedy Central Presents specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien), Nick Griffin (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; 7 appearances on David Letterman), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, AMC), Eliot Chang (Comedy Central, MTV, Spike TV), Louis Katz (HBO’s Down n’ Dirty), and possibly a superstar “surprise guest” at an LA stand-up series famed for top talent dropping in unannounced and that’s 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).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,344 other followers