NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/30/11

September 30, 2011

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Anthony Jeselnik

One of the greatest stand-ups of all time, Anthony Jeselnik, headlines tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club...

John Gemberling and Arden Myrin

...and comedy giants John Gemberling, Arden Myrin, and more join Rob Lathan at "Stinson's Awesome Movie Night" to analyze...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

...the film classic "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

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: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekdownstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing), and Yannis Pappas (VH1) performing at Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street) at the debut of this new biweekly stand-up show hosted by Peter Ostrovski & Ilya Gofshteyn: Beautiful Comedy

7:00 pm ($5): Alexis Lambright performing a one-woman show at The Magnet about her quest to pop her cherry: Combating Adult Virginity

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): In one of the best scripted ensemble shows to grace UCB West for some time, troupe Stone Cold Fox performs hilarious parodies of off-off-Broadway theatre, as well as some of the very best sketches it’s crafted over the years, in a tight hour-long show directed by comedy genius Neil Casey (who, after also recently directing stellar one-person shows by Kate McKinnon and Mike Still, apparently can do no wrong), featuring delightful performances by Fran Gillespie, Molly Lloyd, D’Arcy Carden (watch for these three gals playing existential Truth or Dare), John Murray, Nate Smith, Brandon Scott Jones, and Jonathan Fernandez, and the writing of Leila Cohan-Miccio, Evan Greenspoon, Brandon Gulya, Matt Hunziker, Owen Parsons, and Michael Trapp: Stone Cold Fox: This Is Not Art

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Sharp improvisors at UCB East—tonight featuring guests Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers) and Ben Rameaka (Airwolf)—making up a musical on the spot: Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the box office using discount code TMAN): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, see Faye be a Green Bean by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Friday nights to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

8:00 pm ($10): An PIT improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) Anthony Jeselnik is one of my favorite stand-ups of all time, with a special gift for crafting dark and shocking short jokes, and a lightning-quick mind that allows him to play with any audience in the moment. This genius Emmy-nominated comic is a former writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon, and has also performed on Conan O’Brien, HBO, a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, and his hit comedy CD Shakespeare. Anthony is headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club along with guitar comic Nick Thune: The Greatest: Anthony Jeselnik

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): Winner of the second season of Last Comic Standing, a frequent performer on Jay Leno and VH1, and star of two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials and an hour-long Comedy Central special, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: John Heffron

8:30 pm ($7): Sketch comedy, sometimes interwoven with a live band: Citizen Models

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from UCB West’s all-star members of The Stepfathers

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC) as his cinema connoisseur character Stinson screens the notoriously awful film Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at UCB East along with top comics John Gemberling, Arden Myrin, James Adomian, and more: Stinson’s Awesome Movie Night

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1), and Aaron Berg performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

9:30 pm ($10): All-gal improv at The PIT, first from Brigid Boyle, Lorraine Cink, Leslie Collins, Danielia Donohue, and Ariel Karlin; and then from Lee Eddy, Meg Griffiths, Julia Morales, Sarah Nowak, and Mandy Schmieder, at Lucy

9:30 pm ($5): “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” at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Vigilante

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Long-form improv from troupe Casual Sex Offenders at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: CSO Improv Comedy

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Jon Gabrus, Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors at UCB West making up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute: The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:00 pm ($5): NYC comics The Brothers Hines, CJ Toledano, and Lance & Ray performing at UCB EastGentrify

11:00 pm ($5): A comedy tribute at The PIT downstairs lounge to a gal on her 26th birthday: The PIT Roast of Corinne Fisher

11:00 pm ($5): All-gal improv at The PIT from troupe Goldie and the Hawns (Jennifer Bild, Christine DeNoon, Julianne Dunn, and Brandy Mitchell), plus guest stand-up and sketch gal comics: Boneless! A Night of Women in Comedy

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before this Magnet show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

[FREE] Midnight: This show typically isn’t much fun for audience members—which is why it hasn’t been on the UCB West schedule for a long time—but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB West stage. Hosted by Maude troupe Onassis: Liquid Courage

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/29/11

September 29, 2011

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Aasif Mandvi and Beowulf Jones

It's a night crammed with top storytellers, including Aasif Mandvi at Tom Shillue's FunnyStory.biz, Beowulf Jones debuting his one-man show Disconnected...

Leslie Goshko and Christian Finnegan

...Leslie Goshko hosting her monthly extravaganza Sideshow Goshko, and Christian Finnegan at 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:

6:00 pm ($5): The auditions of three comedic one-act plays hoping to get on the UCBT schedule, and about which I know nothing except the final one is titled Red Vag of Courage. For five bucks ($1.66 per show), how can you resist this UCB West showcase?: Spank

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics drawing names from a bucket, with each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with veteran improv talents to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Beowulf Jones is best known in the comedy community as a beloved sound tech guy at The PIT; but he’s also a superb storyteller who stole the show at a Risk!appearance earlier this year. Tonight Jones performs an extended version of that winning monologue about his feelings of emotional distance , which is likely to be fascinating and memorable: Beowulf Jones: Disconnected

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Leslie Goshko (delightful storyteller/stand-up; Sirius XM, Manhattan Monologue champion) hosts this monthly storytelling show at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, off Second Avenue), with tonight’s stellar guests Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), Cammi Climaco (Ask Me Stories), and Nisse Greenberg (Drawn Out Storytelling), plus accordion playing by Dr. Michelle-Leona Godin: Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s thoroughly wonderful guests Andrea Alton (coming off her triumphant FringeNYC 2011 show The F*cking World According To Molly; for my review, please click here), Mike Dobbins (unique stream of consciousness comic), Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter and character actress), and John Flynn (superb storyteller; core member of acclaimed The Nights of Our Lives; host of Hey, You Guys at UCB East) all performing at The PIT basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) hosts this new monthly show at UCB East, with tonight’s guests Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Anton Shuford (Philly stand-up), and more: Tom Shillue’s FunnyStory.biz

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): A rotating cast of veteran improvisors make up scenes based on the improvised monologues of the co-owner of the Magnet Theatre: The Armando Diaz Experience

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Tom Kelly (warm-up Comic for The View and The Newlywed Game), Matt Koff (The Onion), Subhah Agarwal, and Carolina Hidalgo performing at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City accompanied by banjo music from Doug Goldstein and hosted by Andy Kleinman: Happy Sounds Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Emily Heller (staff writer at Rooftop Comedy), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), and “a special guest” performing UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on the UCB West stage—along with stand-ups Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1, host of Sweet), and Adam Conover, plus hilarious video clips from the Found Footage Festival—at CollegeHumor Live

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Ben Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Nate Bargatze (Comedy Central Presents), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon, host of Monsters, co-host of If You Build It and Too Cool for School), and Jim Tews performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Christian Finnegan, Ophira Eisenberg, Corey Pandolph, and Dana Rossi—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) at The PIT to share tales on tonight’s theme Innocence at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Stellar improv troupe Rogue Elephant competing with challenger Weekend of Regret for audience laughs and votes at UCB West (307 West 26th Street) for the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Swartzlander and Phooka competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/28/11

September 28, 2011

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Molly Knefel and Kurt Braunohler

Molly Knefel (above) and her brother tonight host top comics Kurt Braunohler (above), Sean Patton, and Murderfist at the monthly extravaganza "John and Molly Get Along"...

Mike Still

...and Mike Still plays out his desire to rule the world in "Dictator for 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:

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Mike Still (Death by Roo Roo, Diamond Lion) pulls out all the stops atUCB West for a dynamic one-man show packed with comedic ideas revolving around a tyrant so evil that he machine-guns the audience (twice!), with direction by fellow Roo Roo star Neil Casey:Dictator For Life

[$] 7:00 pm ($16.50, plus 2-drink min.): Sharp NYC stand-ups audition to be cast for Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch show at the upcoming New York Comedy Festival by performing their best stuff tonight at the Carolines Comedy ClubComics to Watch Auditions

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and another genius improv troupe consisting of trio Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of The Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) performs as Outlook of the Poet

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Chicago-based Sean Flannery John Hartman (called “a master storyteller” and “Best Stand-Up 2010″ by The Chicago Reader) performs a one-man show at UCB West for one night only “about the last dozen or so times he nearly killed himself by drinking, partying, or flat-out not paying attention:” Never Been to Paris

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Pointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), Kara Klenk (co-host of If You Build It), and David Cope (co-host of Hot Soup) performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street) hosted by Molly Knefel (member of superb improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel (veteran stand-up): John and Molly Get Along

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days,A Guy Thing), Allison Castillo (Comedy Central, VH1), Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Central, TBS), and John F. O’Donnell (College Humor) performing stand-up at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm ($7): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): NYC stand-ups including Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Open mic stand-up (with sign-up starting at 8:00) at Brooklyn’s Belleville (330 5th Street) hosted by Josh Guarino: The Belleville Mic

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, brilliant improvisors (and real-life couple) Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper make up a 1970s swingers party coupling and its aftermath at Key Party; and then UCBT Harold Night house troupes Dance Break and Very Good Kiss make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Jen Kwok (MTV,Role Call), Luke Thayer (Tyra, Food Network, co-host of The Living Room), Katrin Hier (Oxygen,Ladies Who Punch), and more performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[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, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, Juliet Hope Wayne, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious at UCB West, with tonight’s highly promising theme AddictionThe Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rob Cantrell is an organic and delightful pothead stand-up who’s performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and VH1, and written for High Times. This is his weekly show featuring all-new material, with tonight’s guest stand-up Jeffrey Joseph, and featuring Rob playing Sgt. Rock, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Rob Cantrell: All In

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: 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. Tonight Mike Still—who’ll soon be moving to LA—gathers some of the performers he’s most enjoyed while in NYC, including John Gemberling, The Two-Man Movie, Gramp’s, Murderfist, UCB Tourco, Rory and Craig, Jim Santangeli, As the Diamond Burns, Twelve Thousand Dollars, Bangs, Badman, and more. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a weekly show at UCB West makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house troupe Grandma’s Ashes: The Improv Jam

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/27/11

September 27, 2011

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Horatio Sanz

Comedy legend Horatio Sanz co-hosts at Sweet...

Sean Patton

...and red-hot stand-up Sean Patton performs at After Hours

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): A one-man show by Justin Peters about—wait for it—condiments. “Mitch ‘Packets’ Franco has demonstrated condiments at groceries, farmers’ markets, superstores, and gas stations in all 50 states; over the course of 25 minutes, he’ll give you the inside squeeze on how all your favorite condiments are marketed, shipped, distributed, and sold; how to seduce a checkout girl; how to tell a supermarket by its odor; and other lessons learned during his wild life in America’s grocery aisles:” Confessions of a Condiment Hustler

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), and Chris Garcia performing stand-up atUCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB West for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Very Good Kiss, Mr. Crime, Grandma’s Ashes, Sandino, and Dance Break—and at 11:00 pm improv veterans blended into never before seen one-night-only teams—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Aquarius and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy legend Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, ABC, Comedy Central’s Big LakeJimmy Fallon), Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features debuts of the one-person shows at The PIT: Niki Hart reveals the secret world of spa life in Spa!, and “a hopeless romantic tries to find love in NYC: in The Animal Takes Manhattan

10:00 pm ($5): Gary Gulman (HBO, Comedy Central), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien), Mike Lawrence (Comedy Central), and Jim Tews (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at UCB Easthosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show): It Is It

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

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

[FREE] MIdnight: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin: Tuesdays at Midnight

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 9/26/11

September 26, 2011

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For comprehensive coverage of the FringeNYC 2011 Encore Series, please click here.

Jackie Hoffman and Julie Sharbutt

Jackie Hoffman and Julie Sharbutt are among the luminous theatre stars at tonight's "Gravid Water"...

Erin Lennox and Leslie Goshko

...Erin Lennox hosts her very special monthly stand-up show "I Like You Too;" Leslie Goshko (above) and Ophira Eisenberg are among the wonderful storytellers at Adam Wade's "Whatever Happened to the Nerds?"...

Rory Scovel

..and Rory Scovel debuts a promising oddball show at The Creek with Scott Moran: "Memories From a Happy House"

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: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:30 pm ($10): The 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival kicks off its second night at The PIT with personal storytelling about being Arab-American in 2011—which is likely to be fascinating, despite the title some dunderhead gave the show: Tales From the Funnyside

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): World-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of The Adam Wade Show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts a show at The Magnet that’s “like watching the characters of The Wonder Years and Freaks & Geeks all grown up and telling coming-of-age tales of love, lost, regret, and redemption,” with tonight’s guests Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp storyteller/comic; Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), David Smithyman (Kids ‘n Comedy), and Sasha Borovinsky: Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds?

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon; host of Monsters, co-host of Too Cool For School and If You Build It), Calvin Cato (host ofThe Pre-Game Show), Thomas Dale, and Michael Cho Young performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4 minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2 hours—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 7:00 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:00 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Four improvisers form teams with comics they’ve never performed with before atThe Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Kaleidoscope

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Film, and Broadway & off-Broadway stars Cristin Milioti (30 Rock;Coram Boy, Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway), Stephen Ruddy (Skype Duet, Chekhov’s Gun), Sandy Rustin (Improv Everywhere; Fat Pig on Broadway), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night, Maladies), and Amy Warren (Adding Machine, August Osage County on Broadway) mixing it up with some of the greatest  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Stepfathers), Jackie Hoffman (The Second City; Hairspray, Xanadu, The Addams Family on Broadway), and John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, John & Scott)—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Puppetry to Melt Your Face Off, Alie & Georgia (LA mixologists behind The McNuggetini), Jeff Kreisler, and musical guest Genghis Barbie performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety with Kurt & Kristen

[$] 8:00 pm ($20): The 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival continues its second night with sketch, both live and via film clips, from Arab-American actors who’ve appeared on HBO, NBC, MTV, and CNN, and in such films as The Visitor, House of Saddam, You Don’t Mess with Zohan, The Interpreter, and Sex in the City 2, “bringing the comedy revolution from the Middle East to The PIT; it’s actually more funny than sketchy:” Sketchy Arabs

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield (co-host of Positively Awesome and The Living Room), Adam Newman (College Humor), Trevor Williams (College Humor), Selena Coppock (FOX), and Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon; host of Monsters, co-host of Too Cool For School and If You Build It) performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street) hosted by ace improvisor and aspiring stand-up Will Hines: Wheelhouse

8:30 pm ($5): A one-man show about “being part of a different world that has its own language and alphabet and style of beard…There are things I really need to show you, just so you know what’s going on, or where I’m coming from, or where Armenia actually is” at The Magnet: Openly Armenian

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Sean Donnelly (host of Lil’ Seany Boy), Alice Wetterlund, Kevin Barnett, and Andrew Short performing stand-up at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this monthly extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here), which includes customized songs about each performer: Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of UCBT’s finest in-house sketch comedy troupes Fambly(spearheaded by rising star Mamrie Hart, who’s snared nearly 185,000 visits to date with her Harry Potter YouTube viral video), plus in-house troupe Neighbor Boy (which isn’t in the same league, but features such appealing performers as Kate Hess and Tim Dunn), trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central) and Scott Moran debut an hour-long show they describe as “PeeWee’s Playhouse hosts stand-up on acid directed by David Lynch; step into a time machine that doesn’t exist and be transported to a warehouse in the middle of your mind where escaped mental patients are putting on their hit TV special—except the patients are so mental, they aren’t even mental patients at all” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Memories From a Happy House

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner & Chelsea Clarke hosting a show with guest improvisors at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street): Improv Nerds

10:00 pm ($5): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens,” hosted by Megan Gray: We Might Just Kiss

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special; Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please click here), Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; former writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO,Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien,Comedy Central) at UCB West’s 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 UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/25/11

September 25, 2011

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Patton Oswalt

Stand-up legend Patton Oswalt is slated to drop in at the Gotham Comedy Club...

8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival

...and the 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival kicks off with sketch at The PIT

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[$] 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm ($20): The 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with sketch, both live and via film clips, from Arab-American actors who’ve appeared on HBO, NBC, MTV, and CNN, and in such films as The Visitor, House of Saddam, You Don’t Mess with Zohan, The Interpreter, and Sex in the City 2, “bringing the comedy revolution from the Middle East to The PIT; it’s actually more funny than sketchy:” Sketchy Arabs

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Dan McCoy (The Daily Show), and Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’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

7:30 pm ($5): Sketch duo Two Fun Men, and Ray Munoz telling true stories about growing up in NYC, in a double-bill at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Two Fun Men and Off the Cuff

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, co-host of podcast You Had to Be There), Nore Davis, and Kate Berlant performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for comedy giant Eugene Mirman’s Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch troupes The Weirs, Jamaal Sedayao, Paul Barker, Russ Armstrong, and/or Good Morning Ladies performing new material at The Magnet: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): Comedy legend Patton Oswalt, and NYC fave Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash), are opening tonight for a show headlined by Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) at the Gotham Comedy Club: Patton Oswalt, Leo Allen, and Eddie Pepitone

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Music from the unforgettable dark comedy group The Cowmen and more at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Murderfist’s Holden McNeely & Ed Larson: Stage Fright

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Trevor Williams, and Michael Che performing stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors team up with poets at The Magnet’s Kiss*Punch*Poem

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Maureen Langan (Jay Leno, Joy Behar), Emily Epstein, and Adam Lehman performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupes not associated with a particular comedy theatre: Indie Improv Showcase

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/24/11

September 24, 2011

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For comprehensive coverage of the FringeNYC 2011 Encore Series, please click here.

Arden Myrin and Adira Amram

Arden Myrin and Adira Amram are among the stellar talents at The Party Machine....

Jester's Dead

...and "Top Gun" goes Shakespearean in the movie parody "Jester's Dead"

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

6:00 pm ($5): Terrific improv troupe Listen, Kid!, plus troupes Bobby Teenager and Scoresby, kicking off your Saturday evening at The Magnet Theater’s The Rundown

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Joe Bill, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, Kay Cannon, Christina Gausas, and other stellar performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and legendary Chicago improv institutions—at UCB West all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm ($7): Improv veterans Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft making up a play on the spot at The Magnet: Theory of Everything

7:30 pm ($10): UCBT Harold Night improv troupe Airwolf makes stuff up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Airwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s starred on two seasons of Last Comic Standing; has performed a very popular Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; was a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; was the first white comic on Def Jam; wrote for Chris Rock; played Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams; was an unlikely guest on The View; and is a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show, headlining at the Gotham Comedy Club: Rich Vos

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A writer/comic who’s currently playing Leon Black on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has performed on Saturday Night Live, FOX, Comedy Central, MTV, The Chris Rock Show, and such feature films as Pootie Tang and Mr. Deeds,headlining through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: JB Smoove

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Joe List, and Gary Vider performing stand-up at One and One (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) at Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here) and Lisa deLarios (Comedy Central) host this delightful monthly mix of stand-up and sketch, with tonight’s guests Adira Amram (fresh, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act), Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; host of Joe Mande Presents at Carolines, co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), and Chaz Kangus (rapper) performing at Brooklyn’s Union HallThe Party Machine: Slumber Party Edition

[FREE—plus FREE BEER!] 8:00 pm: A variety show of stand-up, storytelling, and sketch that’s not only free, but promises to give each of the first 25 audience members who arrive a free beer! Unfortunately, the lineup is virtually never announced in advance; but if you’d care to take a chance, join hosts Ray Combs Jr., Evan Jacobs, and Aalap Patel as they provide you a drink On the House

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCBwest’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days,A Guy Thing), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Annie Lederman performing stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Kara Klenk and Nick Turner: If You Build It

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Gary Gulman, Jon Fisch, Wil Sylvince, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

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 and now at The PIT: Political Subversities

[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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Ben Rodgers, Charlie Todd, Jim Santangeli, and other stellar improvisors interview an audience member about where he or she grew up and then create an entire show based on the mini-bio at UCBwest’s The Curfew: Not From Around Here

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($7): A sharp musical improv troupe makes up stories with song and dance based on an audience suggestion at The Magnet’s Choral Rage

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): Top Gun performed as if written by William Shakespeare. I haven’t seen it, but this sketch-based parody is likely to be great. Debuting tonight at The PIT: Jester’s Dead

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A sharp improv troupe consisting of writers for The Onion and Jimmy Fallon debuting a late night talk show—sort of—at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): The Night Night Show with Pangea 3000

[FREE] Midnight: A broad mix of comedy acts at the debut of this monthly variety show at The PIT: Late Night with Taylor Clark

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupe Hammerkatz NYU and some (presumably obscure) sketch troupe TBA compete for audience laughs and votes, with troupe Sidecar hosting, in Backyard Brawl

[FREE] Midnight: A weekly chance for you to shine, as students and veteran improvisors share the stage to form “rare and wonderful one-night-only teams,” with sign-up starting at 11:30 pm: Magnet Mixer

 For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.


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