NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/31/10

August 31, 2010

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Todd Barry

Todd Barry (above), Adam Wade, Stuckey & Murray, and free pizza appear tonight at Deep Traffic

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] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com andRockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Reese Waters, Danny Solomon, David Cope, and a gala open mic session to bid farewell to Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge as the venue for this free weekly show hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in 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 Sandino, Ragnaröck, Badman, Bastian, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm a comedy jam mixing students with improv veterans—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Hispanic comics night, with stand-ups Gonzalo Cordova, Rojo Perez, Gina Brillon, and Sergio Chicon, “plus surprise guests from LA,” performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5—but you get free pizza from New PIzza Town!): World-class stand-up 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), world-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), and world-class comedic music duo Stuckey & Murray perform at the Magnet Theatre for Willy Appleman’s Deep Traffic

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, ; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host of Comedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1, host of Sweet), Vince Averill (co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), and Ron Babcock performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and guest-host Nick Vatterott: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jen Kwok performs a one-woman show about dreams of becoming a star through song; and a one-woman show about “after being a lesbian for over 12 years and fighting society for acceptance, she faces a bigger challenge with the acceptance of the lesbian community after falling in love with a man!,” in the double-bill She Wants to Sing and I’m Coming Out…Again

[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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For a guide to the FringeNYC 2010 Encore Series, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/30/10

August 30, 2010

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Zoey Martinson

Zoey Martinson and other luminous theatre stars collide with top improvisors 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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A one-woman show by Erin McNeely about her true-life story of being a waitress and a shoplifter…and her salvation through dance: Why I Stole Things

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Ali Wong (MTV; hilarious comedy dynamo), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Damien Lemon (host of Comedy on the Hump), Aparna Nancherla, Thomas Dale, Phil Hanley, and Yamaneika Saunders performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson (Last Comic Standing): Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of the best  improvisors in the world—Tara Copeland (Mother, Ms. JacksonThe Other Guys), Becky Drysdale (Let’s Have A Ball), Anthony King (Gutenberg The Musical, Reuben Williams), Thomas Middleditch (Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy), and Michael Patrick O’Brien (Saturday Night Live)—mixing it up with Broadway & off-Broadway stars Carson Elrod (Reckless, Noises Off), Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our TownThe Hypocrites), David Manis (Our Town, The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV), Zoey Martinson (The Clean House), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night, Little Cecily), and Amy Warren (August: Osage County, Adding Machine) as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) hosts his & Kristen Schaal’s legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show (Kristen’s tied up this week), with guests Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’sCountdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Carla Rhodes (acclaimed ventriloquist), and Sheng Wang (Comedians of Comedy tour) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Daniel St. Germain (hilarious quick-witted comic), Laura Sweeney & Bradford Scobie (comedy duo Bradford & Laura), Chris Lamberth, and musical guest Mike Doughty performing in the Lolita Bar for producer Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host ofComedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash), Nick Turner (College Humor; co-host of Too Cool for School), Anthony Devito, and Ron Babcock performing at Aces & Eights (34 Avenue A, off 3rd Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Sara Schaefer (staff blogger for Jimmy Fallon, host ofGet Off Your Knees), Matt Goldich (writer for David Letterman), John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central), and musical guest The Psychedelic Knights of Zohar performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos, tonight guest-hosted by Roger Hailes: It Is It

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Thomas Middleditch, Eliza Skinner, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, and Fran Gillespie—making up a musical on the spot at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Anthony Jeselnik (writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Stella, Variety SHAC), Kurt Metzger, and Ron Babcock—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 8/29/10

August 29, 2010

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Friends with a Benefit

A gala fundraiser featuring Rachel Maddow and Mike Birbiglia, and hosted by Adsit & Gausas: Friends with a Benefit

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 ($50 orchestra, $40 balcony): Christina Gausas & Scott Adsit (genius improv duo Adsit & Gausas) host a blowout fundraiser for the American Bird Conservancy’s efforts in the Gulf, featuring such stars as Rachel Maddow, Ira Glass, Mike Birbiglia, and Michelle Collins, plus musicians Lucy Wainwright Roche, Barkuna, and Erin McKeown, performing at Town Hall for one night only: Friends with a Benefit

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jess Wood (HBO’s Def Comedy Jam), Nick Turner (co-host of Too Cool For School), Neal Stasny, and David Cope performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jena Friedman, Sean Donnelly, Sean O’Connor, John F. O’Donnell, Jason Good, and Anton Shuford performing at Calise Hawkins’ free weekly show at The Fat Black Pussy Cat (130 West 3rd Street): S’Weird Man

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Del Harrison, Jeff Joseph, John Moses, and David Cope performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by Hannibal Buress (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Andrea Rosen, Brent Sullivan, Sean Crespo, and Adam Sokol performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly extravaganza Beauty Bar Comedy

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 8/28/10

August 28, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

Chris Gethard

Chris Gethard raises money for charity tonight via a Telethon of Shame

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] [$] 5:30 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including Lauren Olson’s tale of her mom passing away and how the people around her behaved in the aftermath: Our Condolences

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—such as today’s event involving a guy playing straight man to a video recording of himself: Evan O’Television in Double Negatives

[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 Tuesday-Saturday ($39.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

8:00 pm ($10): “A 17-person middle school talent show created and performed by two people—Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron—who like themselves more now that they’re older. A comedic tribute to the best three years of our lives, and a comedic play for anyone who ever thought it couldn’t get any better than prank calls and slow-dancing:” Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite

[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!

9:30 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

[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] [FREE] Midnight: A comedy genius, who’s currently starring in the Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake, hosting his own extravaganza—which goes beyond a stage show to have the makings of a hit MTV series—with tonight’s show devoted to insane stunts to raise money for the March of Dimes: The Chris Gethard Show: Telethon of Shame

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 8/27/10

August 27, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

John Oliver

One of the very finest stand-ups in the biz headlines tonight and Saturday at Carolines: John Oliver

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

7:00 pm ($8): “Where there is a stage and a piano, she will be there. Where there are strangers with embarrassing stories, she will be there. Where there is a group of people willing to sit and watch someone make up songs, she will be there. A one-woman musical improv journey through the lives of the audience. You tell the story, Rebecca Vigil sings the soundtrack:” The Vigilante

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): A comedy genius who’s a star correspondent on The Daily Show; and one of the very finest—and nicest—stand-ups in the biz, headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines: John Oliver

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPAUG, plus 2-item minimum): Performers, writers, and others connected to one of the most beloved comedy shows in TV history: Saturday Night Live Showcase

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

The other half of this double-bill is a one-man show that walks a challenging line between gay confessional and comic nerd celebration…and unfortunately ends up falling short on both sides. For example, I adored the name-dropping of my favorite Superman artist Wayne Boring, yet not a moment was spent following it to explain what made him so special. Plus who wants to see a show about someone “liking” Superman? If you aren’t passionately in love with the fiction—and committed to saying so, and to clearly articulating why—what’s the point? The production is nonetheless a laudable try at mixing the worlds of mainstream and genre; and if you’re not ascomics-obsessed as I am, maybe the skim-the-surface approach won’t be an issue for you at So I Like Superman: A One-Nerd Show

[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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($39.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Matt McCarthy, Aparna Nancherla, Yannis Pappas, Dean Masello, and David Cope performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Mark Normand: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] ($12) 9:00 pm: 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), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Jesse Popp, Brent Sullivan, and more performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri:Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): 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 Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host ofSideshow Goshko), Peter Aguero (Moth Grandslam Champion), and wonderful host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) performing at the Park Avenue Lounge in Freehold, New Jersey at The Liar Show

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Thomas Middleditch, Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:30 ($5): Improvisors Brigid Boyle, Emily Bryan, Nicole Cascio, Caroline Ficksman, and Alexis Saarela parodying The View in a show self-described as “Hey, Darlings! Come sit down with a cup of coffee (or perhaps a martini) and join the panel of five of New York’s most talkative and opinionated women as they discuss the week’s events, and interview alluring guests from the worlds of literature, politics, comedy, and more. Let’s talk about issues, over drinks!” This show will keep you in Focus

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Mike Duffy vs. Boat compete for audience laughs and votes in Backyard Brawl

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/26/10

August 26, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

Dan St. Germain and Jared Logan

Tonight is the UCBT debut of Dan St. Germain's & Jared Logan's sketch show They Hated Each Other...

The Princes of Persuasion

...and the final FringeNYC performance of puppet indie rock musical The Princes of Persuasion

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Very smart and very funny comics Jared Logan and Dan St. Germain teaming up to debut a two-man sketch show about history’s most infamous rivalries: They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.)  A one-of-a-kind comedy star headlining at Carolines: Gilbert Gottfried

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Star storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners in Ochi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

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): 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 “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world,” in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Billy Eichner Goes Pop!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($39.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including tonight’s final performance by pre-programmed puppets singing songs about romance and zombies: The Princes of Persuasion

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Tony Camin, Giulia Rozzi, Al Jackson, and more performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting guest female stand-ups in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

9:30 pm ($5): A new show by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru that “explores the bizarre worlds of magic, mind-reading, and mutilation; not for the faint of heart:” Strange Things

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Rogue Elephant and Tesla, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/25/10

August 25, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

Katharine Heller and Lauren Olson

Catch top FringeNYC comedy shows today from Katharine Heller ("My Dad's Crazier Than Your Dad") and Lauren Olson ("Our Condolences")

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] [$] 4:15 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including Katharine Heller delivering an unforgettable portrait of her father (for my review, please click here) at My Dad is Crazier Than Your Dad: A Scientific Inquiry

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—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including Lauren Olson’s tale of her mom passing away and how the people around her behaved in the aftermath: Our Condolences

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Typically top comics (not yet announced for tonight) join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Crespo, Cary Prusa, Andrea Gibbs, Carrie Gravenson, Peggy O’Leary, and Alison Grillo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[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 Adam Wade, Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, Carter Edwards, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s can’t-be-missed theme Regrets at the gala 50th edition of 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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


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