NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/31/09

August 31, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, including the FringeNYC Encore Series, please click here.

Jason Sudeikis (SNL) performs with other TV and Broadway stars tonight at Gravid Water

Jason Sudeikis (SNL) performs with other TV and Broadway stars tonight at Gravid Water

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): 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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill, Victor Varnado, Joe DeRosa, and Dan St. Germain, plus sketch duo Laura & Bradford, performing at Lolita Bar in Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV stars Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) and Scott Adsit (30 Rock), and luminous Broadway actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos), Alison Pitt (Tony nominee for The Lieutenant of Inishmore), and more mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water

9:30 pm ($5): Two comedy shows with intriguing titles trying out for a regular slot on the UCBT stage: The Movie Set and Morality Plays

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A gathering of some of the finest stand-ups in the country—who tonight are Eugene Mirman, Marc Maron, Hannibal Burress, Joe DeRosa, and Rory Scovel—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, including the FringeNYC Encore Series, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/30/09

August 30, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Michelle Buteau and other sharp comics celebrate the one-year anniversary of Brad Loekle's gay-themed Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

Michelle Buteau and other sharp comics celebrate the one-year anniversary of Brad Loekle's gay-themed Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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] [$] 6:00 pm ($10 plus $7 drink min.): Four world-class storytellers—Jim O’Grady, Mike Albo, Nancy Balbrirer, and Jeff Simmerson—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz —ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Typically stellar stand-ups performing at a weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-up star Christian Finnegan, plus sharp NYC stand-ups Jesse Pop, Rory Scovel, M. Dickson, and Catie Lazarus performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Stand-up star Christian Finnegan, plus sharp NYC stand-ups Neal Stastny, Brent Sullivan, Jason Saenz, and Anthony Devito performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly East Village show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Terrific stand-ups Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central), Jessimae (TruTV), Scott Ryan (Here! TV), Yamaneika (BET), and Karith Foster (Imus in the Morning, Comedy Central) celebrating the one-year anniversary of this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 8/29/09

August 29, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Adam Lustick & Billy Scafuri (The Harvard Sailing Team) gather brilliant NYC musical comics who rap at the midnight show Snakes

Billy Scafuri & Adam Lustick (The Harvard Sailing Team) gather brilliant NYC musical comics who rap at the midnight show Snakes

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] [$] 6:00 pm ($10 plus $7 drink min.): Four world-class storytellers—Adam Wade, John Flynn, Dina Pearlman, and Juliet Wayne—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb NYC stand-up comics Christian Finnegan (MSNBC’s Countdown, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central specials), Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Hannibal Buress (Jimmy Fallon), Pat Stango & Blaine Perry (Don’t Touch Me There), and more performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Lil’ Seany Boy

[$] 9:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

9:30 pm ($10): Sara Benincasa performing her one-woman show AGORAFABULOUS

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): All-star improv troupe Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): The hilarious Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team perform at & host this show devoted to top NYC comics who happen to be great at rapping from such genius troupes as Freestyle Love Supreme, I Eat Pandas, and more: Snakes: NYC’s Top Comedic Rappers

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday August 24 – Friday August 28, 2009

August 24, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Janeane Garofalo performs on Wednesday at Totally J/K

Janeane Garofalo performs on Wednesday at Totally J/K

Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy for August 24- 27, 2009 (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

Monday 8/24 at 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): 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

[TOP PICK] Monday 8/24 at 8:00 pm ($5): Superb 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), Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, commentator on MNBC, creator/star of Shoot the Messenger), Ritch Duncan, Gilad Foss, and more at performing at Lolita Bar in Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

Monday 8/24 at 8:00 pm ($5): UCBT house comedy troupes High Treason and Slow Burn try out their newest sketch material at Maude Night

Monday 8/24 at 9:30 pm ($5): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials, co-writer & co-star of UCBT sketch show The Steve Miller Band and Other Annoying Monsters) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004; recurring character on 30 Rock) perform two-man improv in 2 Square

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Monday 8/24 at 11:00 pm: A gathering of some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including two of my favorite stand-ups ever, comedy giants Pete Holmes and Anthony Jeselnik—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[TOP PICK] Tuesday 8/25 at 8:00 pm ($5): Comics writer Marc Bernardin (Monster Attack Network, Genius, The Authority) and comics writer/artist Porter Mason (Bassist Wanted) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

Tuesday 8/25 from 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Scootch, Ragnaröck, Penthouse Riot, Law Firm, and The Bishop—followed by UCBT students at the top 600 level performing improv as citizens of Tiny Town, all at Harold Night

[FREE] Tuesday 8/25 at 8:00 pm: Dan St. Germain and Sean Donnelly host a free stand-up show at the Legion Bar in Brooklyn with terrific guests Kumail Nanjiani, Ali Wong, Kevin McCaffrey, Mike Drucker, and Jesse Pop: Sean and Dan Need Your Help

Tuesday 8/25 at 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Ophira Eisenberg, Kendra Cunningham, and Shawn Hollenbach in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[FREE] Wednesday 8/26 from 6:00 pm to midnight: six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] Wednesday 8/26 at 8:00 pm ($5): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo and movie & Daily Show star Wyatt Cenac perform stand-up at an extravaganza hosted by the hilarious Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel: Totally J/K

[FREE] Wednesday 8/26 at 8:00: Sharp NYC stand-ups at a free weekly stand-up comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by the luminous Margie Kment & Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] Wednesday 8/26 at 8:00: Sharp NYC comics John Flynn, Chelsea White, Manson Family Singers, Rich Brooks, Rocco Supreme, and Michele Carlo at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Wednesday 8/26 at 8:30 pm: Typically superb stand-ups at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] Wednesday 8/26 at 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers Curtis Gwinn, Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, John Gabrus, and wonderful host David Martin tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Summer Jobs:” The Nights of Our Lives

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] Wednesday 8/26 at 10:00 pm ($15 online if you order before day of show, plus 2-item min.): A gathering of some of the most brilliant and hilarious stand-up comics in the country—with the lineup to be posted here as soon as it’s available—performing at this monthly comedy event that should not be missed: ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Wednesday 8/26 at 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly—but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

Thursday 8/27 at 8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

Thursday 8/20 at 8:00 pm ($8): Clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—applied to a parody of the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry

[TOP PICK] Thursday 8/27 at 11:00 pm ($5): The most winning improv troupe in UCBT history, Death by Roo Roo, tonight defends its championship against troupe Dead Presidents in a competition for audience votes and laughs: Cage Match

[TOP PICK] Friday 8/28 at 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

Friday 8/28 at 10:00 pm ($5): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] Friday 8/28 at 11:00 pm ($5): Stellar comics—Jon Gabrus, Sue Galloway, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Rodgers, Gavin Speiller, Andree Vermeulen, and Zach Woods—perform fresh sketch comedy from razor-sharp writers Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Dan Gregor, Dan Gurewitch, Anthony King, Craig Rowin, Eric Scott, Nate Smith, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu at a show directed by Will Hines and hosted tonight by superb stand-up Hannibal Burress: Beneath Gristedes

[FREE] Saturday 8/29 at 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] Saturday 8/29 at 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

More broadly, to check all comedy shows in the major low-cost NYC comedy venues, please visit these Web sites:

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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/23/09

August 23, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Sean Patton performs tonight at The Comedians

Sean Patton performs tonight at The Comedians

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz —ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Sean Patton, Jesse Pop, and more at a weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC comics at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly East Village stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: An all-lesbian stand-up night, with stellar comics Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Amy Beckerman (Dykes on Mics), Gloria Bigalow (Logo’s Laughing Matters), and more at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 8/22/09

August 22, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Daily Show correspondents Wyatt Cenac and Larry Wilmore headline tonight at Comix

Daily Show correspondents Wyatt Cenac and Larry Wilmore headline 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:

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC stand-up comics—Margie Kment, Jared Logan, Nick Cobb, Luke Cunningham, Phoebe Robinson, Pat Stango & Blaine Perry, and more—in Ochi’s Lounge performing at Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($30 & 2-item min.): Two Daily Show stars headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Wyatt Cenac and Larry Wilmore

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo

[$] 9:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

9:30 pm ($10): Sara Benincasa performing her one-woman show AGORAFABULOUS

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): All-star improv troupe Reuben Williams

12:00 am ($5): A small mob of superb NYC sketch & musical comics have fun pretending to be teens performing at High School Talent Show

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for 8/14/09-8/21/09

August 14, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

The magical and unforgettable Del Close Improv Marathon runs non-stop from tonight through Sunday

The magical and unforgettable Del Close Improv Marathon runs non-stop from tonight through Sunday

Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy for August 14- 20, 2009 (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] Friday August 14 – Sunday August 17: One of the most magical events in comedy, the annual Del Close Improv Marathon runs continuously from Friday July 14th at 4:30 pm until well after midnight on Sunday, August 17. Groups from all around the US and Canada—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Raleigh, Phoenix, Austin, Wailuku, Toronto, Calgary—will be performing in more than 150 shows, typically in 30 minute blocks, for over 50 hours.

The Marathon will include most of the finest improv troupes in the country—Improvised Shakespeare Co., Baby Wants Candy, The Swarm, Scheer-McBrayer, Horatio Sanz & The Kings of Improv, Code Duello: Hamilton & Burr, and many more—as well as performers from 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Human Giant, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

There are other comedy shows happening this weekend.

But honestly, they’re just not the Marathon.

I couldn’t cover Del Close last year, and can’t again this year, because it’s been scheduled directly opposite the opening weekend of the equally magical FringeNYC; but to get a feel for this thoroughly wonderful and unforgettable event, please read my report on the 2007 Del Close Improv Marathon by clicking here.

If you like to laugh, go to the Del Close Improv Marathon this weekend. There’s simply nothing else like it.

[TOP PICK] Monday 8/17 at 6:30 pm ($5): Two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, putting the final polish on a show they’ll be performing later this week at the Edinburgh Festival: Double Down Hearts

[TOP PICK] Monday 8/17 at 8:00 pm ($5): Typically superb stand-ups performing at Lolita Bar in Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Monday 8/17 11:00 pm:A blowout gathering of some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including comedy superstar David Cross, brilliant stand-up Ted Alexandro, and adorable Aparna Nancherla—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[TOP PICK] Tuesday 8/18 at 8:00 pm ($5): Comics writer Arvid Nelson (Zero Killer, Rex Mundi), comedian & writer John Marshall (The Electric Company, Bazooka Joe comics), and musical guest Fall On Your Sword joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

Tuesday 8/18 from 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes DeCoster, Bastian, Robber Baron, Ragnaröck, and The Scam—followed by UCBT students at the top 600 level performing improv as citizens of Tiny Town, all at Harold Night

[FREE] Wednesday 8/19 from 6:00 pm to midnight: six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] Wednesday 8/19 at 8:00 pm ($5): Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray proving they’re a genius musical improv duo by making up musicals on the spot based on an audience suggestion at I Eat Pandas

[TOP PICK] [$] Wednesday 8/19 at 8:00 pm ($15 online if you order before day of show, plus 2-item min.): Brilliant Daily Show correspondents, producers, and audience warm-ups—who often include such stars as John Oliver, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Pete Holmes, and Executive Producer Rory Albanese—performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show and Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: sharp NYC stand-ups at a free weekly stand-up comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by the luminous Margie Kment & Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jamie Lee, Dan St. Germain, Allison Castillo, Michael McMonagle, Brian Longwell, and Fariaz at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: typically superb stand-ups at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

Wednesday 8/19 at 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): superb comedic storytellers Charlie Sanders, Andrew Rosen, Catie Lazarus, and Micah Sherman telling dark tales of NYC at Eliot & Ilana Glazer’s Ochi’s Lounge show New York Sh*tty

[TOP PICK] Wednesday 8/19 at 9:30 pm ($5): Four of the most talented comedic storytellers in NYC—Elna Baker, Tom Shillue, Adam Wade, and David Rees—tell true tales of how stories they loved were turned down at a special edition of Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Wednesday 8/19 at 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly—but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

Thursday 8/20 at 8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

Thursday 8/20 at 8:00 pm ($8): 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] Thursday 8/20 at 9:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill demonstrating how smart, funny, and irresistibly loveable he is by telling stories about his musical tour in a land distinctly unlike our own: Dave Hill: Big in Japan

[TOP PICK] Thursday 8/20 at 11:00 pm ($5): Death by Roo Roo seeking to break its own historic record from last season of 17 wins in a row, tonight battling Dreadnought at improv competition Cage Match

[TOP PICK] Friday 8/21 at 6:30 pm ($5): Two stellar talents try out material in John Mulaney and Joe Mande Do Stand-Up

[FREE] Friday 8/21 at 9:00 pm: Razor-sharp and gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen hosts a free stand-up show at Brooklyn’s Bar 4, with guests Jordan Carlos (Colbert Report, Michael & Michael Have Issues), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Stripped Stories), Danny Leary, and more: BVP & BAR 4 Comedy

[TOP PICK] Friday 8/21 at 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

Friday 8/21 at 10:00 pm ($5): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Saturday 8/22 at 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, hosted by brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes: Gutbucket

[$] Saturday 8/22 at 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

More broadly, to check all comedy shows in the major low-cost NYC comedy venues, please visit these Web sites:

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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,433 other followers