NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/30/10

November 30, 2010

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Sara Schaefer

The luminous Sara Schaefer (above), world-class stand-up Ted Alexandro, and more perform tonight at Seth Herzog's 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] 6:30 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central’s Big Lake; author of Weird New York; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives) is one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country. Chris is reviving his wonderful one-man show for one night only, and it should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories

[TOP PICK] 8:00 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), Jamie Kilstein (Conan O’Brien), Chris DeLuca (creator/writer/star of Spike TV’s MoCap LLC), Charles Star (host of Adult Ed), and musical guest Supercute (Rachel Trachtenburg’s band, just returned from a European tour opening for Kate Nash) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Dan McNamara (hilarious animated Web series The Bear & The Cloud, sketch troupe Upset Triangle), and—via phone—comics creator Marjorie M. Liu (X-23, Dark Wolverine), 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: The debut of an an-female stand-up show hosted by Amy Beckerman (Dykes on Mics), with tonight’s guests Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter; check out Mindy’s character Leibya Rogers here and here and here), Cara Kilduff (Here TV), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Amy Albert (Edinburgh Comedy Festival), and Irene Bremis performing at The Sullivan Room (218 Sullivan Street): It’s Herlarious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: South-Asian stand-up night, with Sagar Bhatt, Ruhbin Mehta, and Dan Nainan 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 DeCoster, Badman, Bastian, Ragnaröck, and The Opera, followed by small groups of UCBT students each performing long scenes that seem to have nothing in common with each other but magically converge at the end, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC, Maxim and Cosmo Radio; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Kurt Metzger, and Damien Lemon performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the finest stand-ups in the world, and who recently delivered a perfect set at Carnegie Hall opening for Louis C.K.; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/29/10

November 29, 2010

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Brenna Palughi

Brenna Palughi will burn up the stage tonight at the wonderful theatrical improv show Naked in a Fishbowl

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($15 at the door on $18.50 online with discount code FISHFAN): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see.

In last week’s episode, Brenna Palughi punched out a guy Molly Knefel’s character was dating—cutting Molly down to just one boyfriend, and making Brenna a candidate for Molly’s now-vacant #2 spot. (No video exists because of technical difficulties; but it was rapid-fire, intimate, and among the girls’ best ever.)

Although every episode is a wonderful theatrical event, readers of this site no longer have to pay theatrical prices; you can see this show for a mere $15 by mentioning code FISHFAN at the door. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then get in the habit of attending the Soho Playhouse to experience the always fresh and surprising Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Yamaneika Saunders (BET), Kate Hendricks, and Mike Recine 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): Improv crashes into classic theatre scenes at this amazing show featuring some of the very best improvisors and theatrical actors in NYC, which tonight includes Anthony King (UCBT Artistic Director), Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Michael Delaney (The Other Guys), Tara Copeland (The Other Guys), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jennifer Grace (Our Town), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park), and more: Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 online or $8 at the door): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Chris Rozzi (Outre Island), and Kambri Crews (Love, Daddy) performing at Brooklyn’sLittlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Four sharp comedic talents each performing a monologue, with Matt Higgins (Centralia), Katie Northlich (four-time National Monologue Champion), Shawn Williams (National Monologue Champion), and Walter Murphy: The PIT-ologues

8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Erik Bergstrom (Grimmer Tales), and Danny Kallas (visiting from Chicago) performing at the White Rabbit (145 East Houston Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

8:30 pm ($5—with FREE PIZZA!): NYC stand-ups Streeter Seidell, Adam Newman, and Team Submarine, and musical guest Mike Doughty, performing at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s variety show Deep Traffic

9:30 pm ($5): A musical sketch comedy show revolving around Broadway, plus a loud and mildly amusing sketch show about cops, in the double-bill Sing Out, Louise! and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Todd Barry, Chris Gethard, and more—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on Leo’s show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills on this new stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and Erin Lennox: Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/28/10

November 28, 2010

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Sean Patton, Ali Wong, and Hannibal Buress

Top stand-ups Sean Patton, Ali Wong, Hannibal Buress, and more perform tonight at Brooklyn's free Bar 4 Comedy

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 ($5): Rachel Cole and Nisse Greenberg perform sketch comedy as duo Rachel and the Elf

[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: Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman), David Waite (Comedy Central), Damien Lemon, Alex Grubard, and Jay Welch performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Young comics perform sketch comedy in Dept. of Etc.

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: A blowout lineup of top stand-ups, including Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), and Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents) performing at Brooklyn’s Bar 4 with host Yannis Pappas: Bar 4 Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kevin Mullaney interviews improvisors about the exercises and techniques they use is classes and rehearsals, with tonight’s guests include world-class improvisor & instructor Ed Herbstman (The Mantzoukas Brothers): IRC Podcast

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, and this show’s original host), Chris Doucette (Hot Gay Comics), and Yamaneika (BET) performing at 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/27/10

November 27, 2010

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Pat Baer

Pat Baer hosts the semi-finals and finals of tonight's exciting & hilarious 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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 & 11:00 pm ($25): Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim bring their surreal cult hit Adult Swim sketch comedy show to the stage tonight at the Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway at 44th Street): Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) Stephen Glover of Jackass headlining at the Carolines Comedy Club: Steve-O

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:00 pm ($10): The semi-finals and finals of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

9:00 pm ($7): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

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

[$] 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 11/26/10

November 26, 2010

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Pat Baer

The invaluable Pat Baer hosts the quarter-finals of tonight's dynamic 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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): Round 3 of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) Stephen Glover of Jackass headlining at the Carolines Comedy Club: Steve-O

8:00 pm ($10): All-gal NYU comedy group Katie Helde, Rachel Wenitsky, Anni Weisband, and Heather performing sketch comedy as Lady People

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

9:30 pm ($8): Improvised scenes based on the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist at Missed Connections Two-Prov

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): Round 4 of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

[$] 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 11/25/10

November 25, 2010

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Thanksgiving

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in NYC live comedy are sparse, as most of the usual suspects are dark for Thanksgiving. If you aren’t at home with loved ones, though, here are a few  shows to consider:

[$] 7:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) Stephen Glover of Jackass headlining at the Carolines Comedy Club: Steve-O

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: NYC stand-ups James Adomian (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing) , Travis Irvine (Jay Leno), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio, host of Lil’ Seany Boy), and more performing for this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[$] 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 this blog’s typically more extensive listings, please tune in here again on Friday.

Meanwhile…

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/24/10

November 24, 2010

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Pamela Murphy

Unique and beloved comedic actress Pamela Murphy performs a one-woman show tonight about disease and triumph in The C Word

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Real-life siblings Will Hines (The Stepfathers) and Kevin Hines (Reuben Williams) perform stellar improv as The Brothers Hines; and in the other half of this double-bill, Nicole Shabtai performs a one-woman show about “illustrious a 13-year-old socialite and notorious Upper East Side private schooler we all love to hate” as Citizen Rothstein

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Patrick Borelli (Jimmy Fallon), Sara Benincasa (Comedy Central, YouTube star), Joe DeLuca (Comedy Central), Lance Weiss, and Cindy Cornelson performing at the East Village’sAngels and Kings with guest host Alexis Guerreros: Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from the hilarious Pam Murphy about breast cancer (which I’ll be eagerly attending tonight); and Geoff Garlock and Emily Strachan are friends bonded by their love of Randy Quaid who attend an epic Quaid-con, in the double-bill Pam Murphy: The C Word and Gettin’ Quaid

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