NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/30/10

April 30, 2010

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Comedy legends Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo headline tonight and Saturday 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] 7:00 pm ($10): Delightful sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park returning to the PIT stage, with tonight’s guests Sandra Bauleo (MTV pilot The John Roberts Show; YouTube star as country singer Sandy Belle), The Chris & Paul Show (very fun sketch duo), and Phil Yanos (of the band Dangaru, on guitar) all performing In the Moment

7:00 pm ($10): An NYC improv troupe, headed by Duncan Murdoch, making up scenes following not only an audience suggestion but the riffs of an instrumental jazz quartet: FACE

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): Two comedy legends, Janeane Garofalo and Marc Maron, headline tonight and Saturday at a not-to-be-missed event at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.): Billy the Mime

[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

[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

11:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy troupes HammerkatzNYU vs. Inside Joke Films compete for audience laughs and votes in Backyard Brawl

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: 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 4/29/10

April 29, 2010

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Comedy giants Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo tonight perform a live taping at the Comix Comedy Club of Marc's podcast WTF

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:

7:30 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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): Two comedy legends, Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo, taping an episode of Marc’s podcast live on stage at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’s WTF with Janeane Garofalo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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; plus real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with a scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers

8:00 pm ($8): Elizabeth Blue performing a new one-woman show: Am I Blue

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy giant 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, The Dave Hill Explosion) spends an hour telling charming and hilarious tales of his musical tour overseas at Dave Hill: Big in Japan

[$] 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): A battle of improv titans tonight when Reuben Williams competes with The Stepfathers for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/28/10

April 28, 2010

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Andrea Rosen and Anthony Atamanuik will tell breathtakingly honest & hilarious tales of their crushes at The Night of Our LIves

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A blowout gathering of wonderful comics—Dave Hill, Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Kurt Braunohler, Becky Yamamoto, and international hula hoop artist Miss Saturn—performing at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street between Broome and Grand Streets; take the B/D subway to Grand Street) hosted by brilliant comedic singer/songwriter Adira Amram and her musical group The Experience, with Adira thoroughly living up to the title of her new monthly show: Electric!

8:00 pm ($5): “A new one-hour rant about everything evil” from terrific stand-up Jamie Kilstein: No War, No God, No Nickelback

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30: Superb NYC storytellers Andy Christie and Peter Aguero, stand-ups Dan Hirshon and Jacqueline Kabat, and musical guests Dana Lishs & Colin Dempsey and The Bridgets Fitzgerald, all performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on this past Saturday’s Weekend Update, please click here), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host ofTotally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Canadian comic Sabrina Jalees, and Jay Larson—performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik, Andrea Rosen, John Flynn, MIchael Hogen, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s can’t-be-missed theme “Crushes:” 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 4/27/10

April 27, 2010

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John Mulaney, hot off his first appearance on SNL's Weekend Update, performs tonight at Punch Up Your Life

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): MC Chris (animator, voice artist, writer, and producer for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim) joins 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: NYC stand-ups Robin Cloud, Shawn Hollenbach, Rich Kiamco, and Matt Militello performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Ragnaröck, Badman, DeCoster, Bastian, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm Decoster “improvises brand-new classic plays by legendary playwrights who don’t exist,” plus stellar improv troupe The Law Firm: The People’s Court—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Jesse Popp, Jay Larson, Giulia Rozzi, Ryan Conner, and Michael Terry performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO, Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Ian Edwards (HBO, Conan O’Brien, SNL), Jay Larson (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, AMC), and “a very special guest co-host” performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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 4/26/10

April 26, 2010

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Spectacular Tony-nominated actress Allison Pill helps crash improv into classic theatre scenes at tonight's 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 (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 Ali Wong, Yannis Pappas, Sheng Wang, Luke Cunningham, Dan Soder, Nore Davis, and Damien Lemon 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 Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Lori Myers (Our Town, Mother Courage and Her Children), Tony-nominated Allison Pill (The Miracle Worker, Milk, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), and Andrée Vermeulen (one-woman show French Toast) mixing it up with some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, Tami Sagher, and Zach Woods—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

8:00 pm ($5): Fine stand-ups Nick Thune, Aidan Bishop, Ritch Duncan, Bradford Scobie, and Laura Sweeney, plus musical guest Chris Dyas, performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

9:30 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing material better than its show’s title indicates; plus an all-white musical about fast food that claims to “give new life to the most popular songs of Tupac Shakur. Join us for a romp through all the themes held most dear to Tupac’s heart: economic oppression, dreams deferred, and mall food courts,” in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and 2Pac: The Musical

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including comedy legend Marc Maron, Ian Edwards, and Joe Mande—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/25/10

April 25, 2010

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Genius comedic chameleon Kate McKinnon performs tonight at the 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] 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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy stars Nick Kroll, Donald Glover, Chelsea Peretti, and Whitney Cummings touring the country with their top comedy perform tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Twisted Humor Tour

8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (lineup not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Reese Waters (Comedy Central), Rick Younger (BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo), Danny Lobell, Harrison Greenbaum, Jessie Geller, and Jason Saenz performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Rachel Feinstein, Joe Mande, Truck Hudson, and Larry Bailey performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) guest-hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Ali Waller, Mike Drucker, John Knefel, and Ross Hyzer performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Red-hot rising star Kate McKinnon (genius comedic character actress and stand-up who “gets” both verbal and physical comedy down to her bones; co-star of Logo TV’s The Big Gay Sketch Show; one-woman shows Disenchanted and Best Actress; star of numerous Web shows) and Helen Hong performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapyhosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 4/24/10

April 24, 2010

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30 Rock writer Tami Sagher and comedy genius Ed Herbstman tonight debut hot new improv duo The Sagher Sisters

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 ($10): Brilliant improvisor Thomas Middleditch (Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy, The Law Firm) and Matt Oberg (Big Black Car) team up for one night only as improv duo Bergditch 2010

[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] [$] 8:00 pm ($45-$75): One of comedy’s funniest angry white men performing at the New York City Center: Lewis Black: In God We Trust

8:00 pm ($5): Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller performing a two-man sketch show designed as a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and the Cage Match Champion for two years in a row!—genius improvisors Death 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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount codePISANO, 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 last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

[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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($5): “Second City veteran and 30 Rock writer Tami Sagher teams up with her twin sister Margot” (actually, comedy genius Ed Herbstman) as not-to-be-missed improv duo The Sagher Sisters

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri are stellar members of world-class sketch troupeThe Harvard Sailing Team; and they’ve now branched out to form comedic rap duo Snakes…which recently won the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Musical Group! Check out their debut album, which can be downloaded from BillyandAdam.com, and then join them and their delightfully unusual guests at Snakes: FutureSex/LoveSnakes

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