NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/31/10

March 31, 2010

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Joe Mande hosts a release party tonight for his first book "Look At This F*cking Hipster" at Totally J/K

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): Joe Mande celebrates the release of his new book Look At This Fucking Hipster with Wyatt Cenac, Reggie Watts, BEEAAAANNSSS, and more at Totally J/K Presents The Book Release Show

[FREE] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Vicki Ferentinos, Danny Leary, Matt Rohr, Roger Aylward, and Aww Shucks performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Sharp stand-ups Ali Wong, James Patterson, Greg Johnson, and Jarrod Harris performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade, Chris Gethard and his brother Gregg, Andrea Rosen, Jon Gabrus, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Siblings:” The Nights of Our Lives

[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 3/30/10

March 30, 2010

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The lovely and much-missed Joselyn Hughes graces NYC for a few days before returning to LA, performing tonight at Punch Up Your Life and Sweet

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): Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: It’s awesome ladies night, with Eliza Skinner (genius member of improv musical troupes I Eat Pandas and Baby Eats Candy; host of The BEATdown), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Sue Funke (The Treehouse, The Ultimate Experts), and Mara Herron (one-woman show Fly Girl) performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes People People, Bastian, Badman, and The Law Firm; plus one of the finest troupes in the history of improv, Death By Roo Roo; and at 11:00 pm a show with two more incredible troupes, Outlook of the Poet (improv geniuses Gavin Speiller, Ben Rodgers, and Jon Gabrus) and Convoy (top LA improvisors Alex Berg, Todd Fasen, and Alex Fernie)—all atHarold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Joselyn Hughes (much-missed lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Andrea Rosen (Stella, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Variety SHAC), Robin Ince (UK star comic; BBC’s The Office, Robin Ince is as Dumb as You), Hari Kondabolu (John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Jimmy Kimmel), and Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker) and razor-sharp Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour; for stand-up video about why Joe hates weddings, please click here): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy star Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Joselyn Hughes (lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Mike Bunin (regular on TBS’ My Boys), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Two sharp NYC stand-ups headlining for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Barris and Yannis Pappas

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/29/10

March 29, 2010

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Comedy dynamo Shannon O'Neill tonight performs her one-person extravaganza Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

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 (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: NYC stand-ups Jamie Lee, Kevin McCaffrey, Mike Lawrence, Nick Cobb, and Trevor Williams performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee forAvenue Q), Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Kevin Kelly (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night, The Brother/Sister Plays), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, Becky Drysdale, 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): 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 CompanyJimmy Fallon), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Joselyn Hughes (lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Jamie Lee (CollegeHumor.com), Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel), and Kara Klenk (performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’sTell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Sara Schaefer and Liam McEneaney performing in Brooklyn’s Union Hall for a live version of Chatroulette

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and the also wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Bear With Me

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Lifeand Gutbucket), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, wonderful host of Whiplash), Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central,Chelsea Lately, IFC), and “a special guest”—guest-hosted by the wonderful Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/28/10

March 28, 2010

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Hilarious Ali Wong preps for her upcoming Gotham Comedy show tonight at the free Electro Shock Therapy

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] 8:00 pm ($7): Superb comics Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, CBS’s Late Late Show, VH1; off-Broadway show The Marijuana-Logues), and “a special guest” performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb comics Joe Derosa (Comedy Central PresentsOpie & Anthony), Hari Kondabolou (Jimmy Kimmel), Erin Judge (Comedy Central, FringeNYC), Dan Curry (Last Comic Standing), Joe List (Comedy Central), and Robert Dean (Brooklyn’s The MacGuyver Show) performing 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 Joselyn Hughes, Mike Drucker, Jen Grant, and Damien Lemon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan), guest-hosted by Calise Hawkins: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced at the time of this writing) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Human dynamo Ali Wong (The Onion), Jackie Monahan (Dykes on Mics), and Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing 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 3/27/10

March 27, 2010

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Richard Lewis concludes his headlining run tonight at the Comix Comedy Club

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 ($15 including one drink; reservations via calling Cornelia Street Cafe at 212.989.9319 highly recommended): Four world-class writer/performers tell personal stories. Three of them are true…but one is a pack of lies. Then the audience asks questions to try to figure out who’s fibbing. Tonight’s yarn-spinners are Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories), Peter Lubell (IFC, NPR), Peter Aguero (BTK Band, Moth Grandslam), and wonderful host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) at The Liar Show

7:00 pm ($10): Fun sketch troupe Inside Joke Films (for video samples, please click here) present their latest opus: What Colored People Say in Private

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

7:00 pm ($10): 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

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups & comedic storytellers Jessi Klein, Adam Wade, Joselyn Hughes, Stuckey & Murray, Rob Gorden, and Craig Baldo—and free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and which recently won the Cage Match Championship for two years in a row!—genius improvisorsDeath by Roo Roo

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

[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

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 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

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

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): “For over four years, you have been able to count on the UCBW to bring you hot comedy wrestling action each and every Thursday night at CageMatch. For an unprecedented fifth year, UCBW will present its signature show—the grandpappy of ‘em all—WrestleSlamMania V! Rivalries have been brewing, and everything will come to a full boil when the full stable of UCBW MegaStars appears in the squared circle! Hilarious wrestling matches live on Pay-Per-View!* Get your tickets NOW! Only 14,000 seats available!:” WrestleSlamMania V

[$] 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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/26/10

March 26, 2010

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Comedy superstar Richard Lewis 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] [FREE] 7:30 pm: TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), brilliantly funny singer/songwriter/comic Shayna Ferm (member of ace sketch troupe Fearsome), stand-up Josh Comers (former writer for Conan O’Brien), stand-up Jason Saenz (co-host of Too Cool for School), sketch comedy from Steve Bossous, Roger Hailes, and Sean Donnelly, and much more at this blowout party at Karma Lounge hosted by Pat Stango & Blaine Perry: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): David Razowsky is the former artistic director of Second City LA, and has worked with such luminaries as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, and Amy Sedaris; Rachel Hamilton is a regular on 30 Rock. Tonight they’ll team up to create memorable two-person improv as Dave & Rachel

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here)—if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer; and Deborah Gross recreates absurd and amusing conversations she’s experienced through her sharp storyteller’s perspective, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! andConversations with Deb

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

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

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

11:30 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT house troupe Badman: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/25/10

March 25, 2010

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Legendary comedy star Marc Maron is among the storytellers telling hilarious tales tonight about personal tough choices at Kevin Allison's Risk!

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): “Hosted by Late Show with David Letterman writer Matt Goldich, Twenty-Five Words or Less features some of New York City’s top comedians telling their funniest one-liners. The jokes will be even shorter than this description of the show;” tonight Amy Schumer, Joe Mande, Roger Hailes, Josh Comers, Julian McCullough, Neal Stastny, and more will be at the elegant Comix Comedy Club making you laugh in 25 Words of Less

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are legendary star Marc Maron (a comic’s comic; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, and numerous other top credits), Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, co-host of superb Stripped Stories), Matt Higgins (acclaimed sketch/improv troupe Centralia), Beowulf Jones (The Sitcom), Virginia Scott (The Glass Contraption Clown Theatre), and Elon James White (This Week in Blackness)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Dilemmas: Really Hard Choices” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country:Risk!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): What’s likely to be a world-class sketch show from critically acclaimed Chicago-based veteran comics Jordan Klepper and Steve Waltien; and superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performs material better than its show’s title indicates, in the double-bill Steve and Jordan Are Standing In It and Pangea 3000 Sucks

8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a sketch show from Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller (both formerly of NYC sketch powerhouse THE ROYAL WE), who “present a brand new two-man show which serves a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Jessica Delfino (hilarious raunchy singer & stand-up; Good Morning America, FOX News, Dirty Folk Rock, host of Top Friends), Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Michael Musto (famed book author and Village Voice columnist), Frank DeCaro (The Daily Show), and Judy Gold (veteran stand-up) at an ironic version of a classic game show hosted by wonderful comedic singer Ben Lerman (Logo, Here TV!): Match Game Live!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Chris March (Project Runway), Claywoman, and surprises from host Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, Big in Japan) at The Dave Hill Explosion

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv giants The Brothers Hines (steamrolling over challengers with seven wins in a row) and star-studded troupe Reuben Williams compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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