NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 7/31/09

July 31, 2009

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Louis C.K. shows he's one of the funniest storytellers alive tonight through Sunday at Carolines
Louis C.K. shows he’s one of the funniest storytellers alive tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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:

five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb storytellers Margot Leitman, Jon Friedman, Leah Dubie, and host Anne Altman tell dating horror stories at the fun new show Misery Date (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the funniest storytellers alive, with an emphasis on tales of marriage and family, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Louis C.K. (8:00 pm & 10:30 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),

NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, providing odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy: Murderfist: Late and Dirty (11:00 pm),

sketch troupes Bleak! Comedy and The Straightmen competing for audience laughs & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

[FREE] 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 7/30/09

July 30, 2009

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David Cross performs in a star-studded show tonight at Comedy Below Canal
David Cross performs in a star-studded show tonight at Comedy Below Canal

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] Dave Hill debuting what promises to be a very special show about his popularity overseas: Dave Hill: Big in Japan (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, honing a show they’ll be performing at this August’s Edinburgh Festival: Hot Tub Variety (8:00 pm),

sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction (8:00 pm),

clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—applied to a parody of the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie comedy stars David Cross, Arj Barker, Wyatt Cenac, and Jon Glaser performing stand-up in a star-studded show hosted by Bobby Tisdale at the 92YTribeca comedy showcase Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Produce, 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 7/29/09

July 29, 2009

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Dave Attell heads an all-star group of hilarious stand-ups tonight at ComedyJuice

Dave Attell heads an all-star group of hilarious stand-ups tonight at ComedyJuice

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] brilliantly funny character actress Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) debuting her exciting new one-woman show about the entertainment biz (Five women, One f*cked up industry), plus a comedic play with music, dancing, and fisting from Mary Elizabeth Ellis & Artemis Pebdani, in the double-bill Kate McKinnon: Best Actress and Mother May I Dance with Mary Jane’s Fist? (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), Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; warm-up comic for The Daily Show; Comedy Central,VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), and JR Havlan (five-time Emmy Award-winning staff writer of The Daily Show) performing stand-up with Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show Rory Albanese at The Daily Show and Friends (8:00 pm),

[FREE] sharp NYC comics Pat O’Shea, Lisa Kaplan, Joe Pontillo, Joel Stice, Mangina, and Lisa Haim at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, Beauty Bar Comedy), Greg Barris (Heart of Darkness, MTV’s All That Rocks), and Bob Powers (author of new humor book The Terrible, Horrible, Temp-to-Perm Debacle) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted tonight by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a show featuring rejected material and the associated tales of woe from top writers and comedic performers—who tonight include Margot Leitman, Will Leitch, Eliot Glazer, and Andy Ross—at Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show (9:30 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] a not-to-be-missed monthly event, this powerhouse showcase for star stand-ups at the elegant Comix Comedy Club tonight features Dave Attell (comedy superstar; Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell, Comedy Central Presents; multiple appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Howard Stern, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; warm-up comic for The Daily Show; Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), 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), Godfrey (NBC’s 30 Rock, Comedy Central Presents, VH1; films Zoolander, Original Gangsters, Soul Plane; 7 Up Yours ads), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson), and The Greg Wilson (Comics Unleashed): Dave Attell, Pete Holmes, Christian Finnegan, Godfrey, and More at 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 7/28/09

July 28, 2009

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John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)
John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)

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] Marvel Comics writer Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir), and Marvel & DC Comics writer Ivan Brandon (Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape, Viking) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber DeCoster, Ragnaröck, The Scam, Badman, and Bastian—followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), performing at the final summer 2009 edition of 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] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues; MTV’s The State, legendary comedy troupe Stella, writer/director/star of feature film The Baxter, co-writer/co-star of feature film Wet Hot American Summer), Natasha Leggero (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Reno 911!, and The Sarah Silverman Program; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Heather Fink (MTV, Adult Swim, CollegeHumor.com, Dr. Phil, co-host of Street Meat) performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

and delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Joanne Filan, Pat Galante, and Adrienne Iapalucci at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/27/09

July 27, 2009

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Jimmy Fallon Writers 4

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 Dan St. Germain, Adam Lehman, RG Daniels, Julia Segal, Luke Cunningham, Shannon Brandt, Raquel D’Apice, Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, and Matteson Perry.—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway & TV actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Arden Myrin (Mad TV, Reno 911), Brian Patacca (Minor Gods), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] the brilliant staff writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, who are all stellar stand-ups and/or comedic performers in their own right—Anthony Jeselnik (phenomenal comic specializing in darkly shocking jokes and one of my favorite stand-ups ever), Morgan Murphy (former writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live), AD Miles (Conan O’Brien, Dog Bites Man, Reno 911, TV Funhouse, Human Giant), and Ali Waller (former writer for Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade)—performing at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends: Jimmy Fallon Edition (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Jared Logan (hilarious razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for SNL, The Onion, McSweeney’s), Blaine Perry (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There and Ochi’s Motel), and Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel) at John Morrison’s Morrison Motel (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-man show from a razor-sharp sketch comic, and a series of funny horror tales, in the double-bill Matt McCarthy and I Laughed Until I Died (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 Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) and Joe Mande (winner of the 2008 ECNY Award winner for Best Emerging Comic; co-host of live comedy show Totally J/K; author of upcoming book about hipsters from St. Martin’s Press)—guest-hosted tonight by 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) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/26/09

July 26, 2009

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John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix
John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, demonstrating why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive as he delivers a deliciously long set during this final evening of his run Headlining at Comix (7:30 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),

typically superb stand-ups at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson & Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel), Matt Goldich (Comedy Central, VH1), and Phil Hanley (Vancouver’s The Comedy Network) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ben Lerman hosting a group of sharp comics—Mo Rocca, Andrew W.K., Keith & the Girl, Myka Fox, and Rev Jen-—at a new East Village version of a classic game show: Match Game Live (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-ups Michael Kosta and John F. O’Donnell, and comedy group Ronald Reagan,performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 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, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

[FREE] and Kate McKinnon (brilliant rising star sketch comic & stand-up; cast member for three seasons and counting on Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Jodie Wasserman (Comedy Central), and Adam Lehman & Michael Brill (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) 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 7/25/09

July 25, 2009

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John Oliver, facing right
John Oliver continues his stand-up tonight at Comix

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 blowout celebration of the one-year anniversary of this show, with top NYC comics Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; 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), Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Becky Donohue (Comedy Central), and sketch duo Team Submarine 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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will demonstrate why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight and Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 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),

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),

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of Liberty (10:30 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 (12:30 am).

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