NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/30/09

September 30, 2009

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John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

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] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up; The Onion), and Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, brilliant Daily Show star John Oliver, Daily Show Executive Producer Rory Albanese, Daily Show Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt, and former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show & Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00: Uniformly wonderful stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sarah Schaefer, Eric Andre, Ali Waller, and Claudia Cogan performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC comics Ray Devito, Ilana Glazer, Bruce Cherry, Mo Diggs, Jacqueline Kabat, and Erik Bergstrom at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, The Onion), and Eliot Glazer (co-host of High School Talent Show and New York Shitty) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and sometimes SNL’s Jenny Slate: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, tonight featuring brilliant writer/performers 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), John Flynn, Cecilia Lederer, Tami Sagher, and wonderful host David Martin telling tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Weddings:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the biz; Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life); a superstar comedy guest I can’t announce, but let’s just say he’s even whiter than Pete Holmes; Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Robert Kelly (HBO, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, MTV), and Steve Hofstetter (Craig Ferguson, Showtime, VH1, ESPN)—all performing at ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing 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; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/29/09

September 29, 2009

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Frank Whaley

Frank Whaley

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Contributors to the Web series The Pekar Project: Editor Jeff Newelt, artists Rick Parker and Sean Pryor—and Harvey Pekar himself on the phone—joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Badman, Bastian, The Law Firm, and Penthouse Riot, followed by UCBT students improvising a Cops & Robbers story on the spot based on an interview with a randomly selected audience member—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Terrific comics Dan St. Germain (MTV), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly 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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Maeve Higgins (star Irish comic visiting NYC), Nick Weber (member of rock band Girl Problems), Frank Whaley (acclaimed actor in scores of feature films including The Doors, JFK, Hoffa, Swimming with Sharks, Pulp Fiction], and Heather Whaley (author of new cookbook Eating Your Feelings) performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 9/28/09

September 28, 2009

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Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim

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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sharp stand-ups celebrating Phoebe Robinson’s birthday at this new free weekly show at the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV stars Scott Adsit (30 Rock) and Arden Myrin (Mad TV, Reno 911), and luminous Broadway & off-Broadway actors Carla Briscoe (The Lie Down), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos), Sandy Rustin (I Love You-You’re Perfect-Now Change), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, and Anthony King—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A special “comedy reading” edition, with Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Todd Hanson (editor and writer for The Onion), Joe Garden (founding writer/editor of The Onion and co-author of New Vampire’s Handbook: A Guide for the Recently Turned Creature of the Night), Bob Powers (author of the Just Make a Choice Adventure series and The Werewolf’s Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten), and Carrie McLaren (former editor of Stay Free! magazine, co-editor of book Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture), performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($25): World-class comedic freestyle hip-hop group, using audience suggestions as a springboard for creating improvised music inspired by jazz, rap, and comedy: Freestyle Love Supreme

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Several entirely improvised musicals from award-winning comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner as I Eat Pandas

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest performers in the country—who tonight include lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion), Andrew Jeffrey Wright, and folk music star Langhorne Slim—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/27/09

September 27, 2009

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Jessica Delfino and Ben Lerman head an all-star cast for tonight's Match Game Live!

Jessica Delfino and Ben Lerman head an all-star cast at 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] 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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Brilliant stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Mike Dobbins (ECNY nominee, unique stream of consciousness comic), Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion) performing at a weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Jessica Delfino (hilarious raunchy singer & stand-up; Good Morning America, FOX News), Sara Benincasa (Sirius Radio, 236.com, MTV), Michael Musto (Village Voice), John Devore (Playboy.com, Cracked.com), Claudia Cogan (HereTV, Logo, AfterEllen.com), and Joe Garden (The Onion, The New Vampire’s Handbook) at a new East Village version of a classic game show at the Bowery Poetry Club hosted by wonderful comedic singer Ben Lerman: Match Game Live!

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC comics Joe Matarese (David Letterman, E!’s Chelsea Lately), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central), Dan Soder, Mike Lawrence, and Nick Vatterott performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups Sean Patton, Allison Castillo, Ellyn Daniels, and Jay Welch performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal lineup of human dynamo Ali Wong, Kendra Cunningham, Joanna Ross, and Adrienne Iapalucci performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/26/09

September 26, 2009

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Lenny Clarke concludes his headlining run tonight at Comix

Lenny Clarke concludes his headlining 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] [$] 6:00 pm ($10 plus $7 drink min.): Six world-class storytellers—Ophira Eisenberg (guest hosting), Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion), Melanie Hamlett (Moth GrandSlam Champion, roving adventurer), Sherri Eldin (Osbornes Reloaded), Rob Gorden (Spike TV), and Matt Bresler (NYC theatre teacher)—trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Conan O’Brien, and more joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($35 & 2-item min.): TV star of Rescue Me and Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Lenny Clarke

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups including Rob Cantrell and Ricky Reyes performing at Karma Lounge for a show hosted by Greg Barris: Heart of Darkness

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 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

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

10:30 pm ($5): A fun new improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/25/09

September 25, 2009

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Lenny Clarke headlines tonight and Saturday at Comix

Lenny Clarke headlines tonight and Saturday 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] 7:00 pm ($5): Ace musical improvisors Eliza Skinner, Peter Gwinn, and Jody Shelton trying out something new by actually scripting a monthly 30-minute musical about some aspect of New York in the debut of New York Cycle

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliant comics Pete Holmes (The Daily Show, Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, Reno 911: Miami), Stuckey & Murray (MTV, VH1, NBC, Fuse), Hari Kondabolu (CBS’ Late Late Show, Comedy Central), Matt Ruby (MTV, SXSW Festival), and BOF (ECNY Award nominee, Sketchfest NYC) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): From a comic Time Out New York says delivers “categorically pitch- perfect one-man comedy” comes this one-man show: “When Ryan Paulson moved to New York City he was a husky boy. And he’d never had sex. Even with himself. How did this happen? Well, he grew up speaking in tongues in an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist church. But now he’s taking a crash course in sex, alcohol and self-pleasure. And it’s going pretty well…other than regularly being condemned to hell on MySpace:” Ryan Paulson: I’m Uncomfortable

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($35 & 2-item min.): TV star of Rescue Me and Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining tonight through Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Lenny Clarke

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-up comics performing in Ochi’s Lounge at gay-themed show The Back Room

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[FREE] 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, hosted by the brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes (The Daily Show, Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker): Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/24/09

September 24, 2009

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The Raspberry Brothers provide their homage to Patrick Swayze tonight via running comedic commentary on Dirty Dancing

The Raspberry Brothers provide their homage to Patrick Swayze tonight via running comedic commentary on Dirty Dancing

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:

5:00 pm on (NYTVF pass): Comedy pilots from creators hoping to interest networks at a fun event runnnig through Saturday: New York Television Festival

7:00 pm on ($5): I Eat Pandas improvisor trying out sketch material: Glennis McMurray

7:00 pm ($5): Jamie Cummings & Elizabeth Blue improvising a tale about the King and his love Priscilla Presley based on the memorable TV movie Elvis & Me

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): “Alternative and mainstream comedians who don’t quite fit in” performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a monthly show hosted by Grant Gordon and the delightful Helen Hong: Odd Baggage

[$] 7:30 pm ($35 & 2-item min.): TV star of Rescue Me and Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining tonight through Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Lenny Clarke

8:00 pm ($8): One-man shows from brilliant comics Gil Ozeri (member of star comedy troupes Death by Roo Roo and Hot Sauce) and Ryan Karels (superb improv troupe Krompf) in the double-bill Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy and Don’t Honk at Me!

[$] 8:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A unique comedy star headlining at Carolines for one night only: Gilbert Gottfried

8:00 pm ($8): “Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Follow his story in the premier of this hilariously heartbreaking one man show:” The Breakup

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb improv hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme, ace stand-up Kumail Nanjiani, and many other talents at a show from highly popular comedy site CollegeHumor.com: CollegeHumor Live

[$] 9:30 pm ($15 & 2-item min.): The Raspberry Brothers continuing the tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000 by providing live comedic commentary on films, with tonight’s victim an homage to Patrick Swayze at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Dirty Dancing

[$] 10:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.): LA-based stand-up who’s performed frequently on Showtime and Chelsea Lately, headlining at Carolines for one night only: Whitney Cummings

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Death by Roo Roo—taking over this season with an all-time record-breaking 22 wins in a row (though beating last week’s opponent SMIRK by a relative whisker, garnering 89 ballets to 74)—tonight facing improv challenger Classic Masculinity in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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