NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/29/10

July 29, 2010

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

There are just three NYC performances left this year of the greatest improv troupe in the world: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Hosts John Frusciante and Will Hines tape their podcast live on stage, with tonight’s guest a living legend: UCBT Podcast with Matt Walsh

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

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 ($12.90 online, $12 at the door): 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] 8:00 pm ($5): UCBT-LA’s late night sketch/music variety show performing for one evening only here in NYC. Come catch a small army of young talent at The Midnight Show

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): One of the cast members of the seminal In Living Color headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Tommy Davidson

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Top stand-ups Todd Barry and Myq Kaplan (it’s more than worth the price of admission if Todd spends even a minute dissecting Myq’s current starring role on Last Comic Standing), and more performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door—but buy in advance, because every performance will sell out): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. There are three NYC performances left—tonight at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Friday at 7:00 pm atFIT, and Saturday at 7:15 pm as part of the spectacular Del Close Improv Marathon—with each evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The wonderful Matt Besser, who’s a founding member of the world-renowned and enormously influential Upright Citizens Brigade, is joined by such equally brilliant comics as Horatio Sanz (SNL, ABC) and Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central’s upcoming Big Lake) for a very special annual show in which top comics live out their roadie fantasies by impersonating favorite musicians and performing their songs at The Greatest Concert Ever

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by troupe Badman: Jammin’ with Ralph

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/27/10

July 27, 2010

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Blaine Swen

Comedy genius Blaine Swen performs tonight through Thursday at the Hudson Guild Theatre with his all-star Improvised Shakespeare Company

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door—but buy in advance, because every performance will sell out): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight begins a week-long NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two of the finest improv troupes in NYC performing back to back: The Stepfathers and The Law Firm

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Myq Kaplan (kicking ass on this season’s Last Comic Standing), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Tom Shillue (Comedy Central Presents; host of Tell), and DC Benny (Comedy Central Presents)—performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central), Greg Stone (Opie & Anthony), Liam McEneaney (host of Tell Your Friends), and Andy Haynes performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the finest improv troupes in NYC performing back to back: Death by Roo Roo and Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door): 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

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Improv veterans welcome UCBT students at all levels to perform with them at The Lottery

[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 Tuesday 8/11/09

August 11, 2009

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Improvised Shakespeare Co., a genius comedy troupe that's making improv history, performs tonight through Thursday

Improvised Shakespeare Co., a genius comedy troupe that's making improv history, performs tonight through Thursday

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): NYC’s fearless and darkly disturbing heavy metal version of a sketch comedy troupe: Murderfist: Christ is Alive!

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): One of the very finest troupes in improv history, visiting NYC for just this week, Chicago’s awesomely inventive and hilarious Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm-11:00 pm ($5): Three full hours of improv for only five bucks; and in this extra-special Time Machine edition in preparation for the Del Close Marathon, four fabled improv teams that seldom perform anymore are reunited this one evening only—Creep, Arsenal, Dillinger, and fwand—all at Harold Night Time Machine

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Marvel Comics artist Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir: The Mark of Cain) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The reunion of a legendary improv troupe acclaimed for its uniformly brilliant members’ lightning-quick verbal reflexes and wit: The Swarm

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15 online with code EWKN, plus 2-item min.): A red-hot rising stand-up star who’s a writer & performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; appeared on SNL and The Colbert Report; and won the 2009 ECNY Awards for both Best Male Stand-Up and Best One-Person Show (Unpronounceable; for my review, please click here; to get a feel for his style, please click here) performing for the first time at the top of the bill of an acclaimed NYC comedy club: Kumail Nanjiani Headlining at Comix

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with legendary improvisors in NYC this week for the Del Close Marathon…but only if your name gets selected by The Lottery

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For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/18/09

May 18, 2009

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Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere and author of new book Creating a Scene

Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere and author of new book Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans, open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—tonight including Emily Epstein, Dan St. Germain, RG Daniels, Mark Normand, Myq Kaplan, Luke Cunningham, Aalap Patel, Blaine Perry, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [$] genius improvisors delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (8:00 pm).

[TOP PICK] stellar stand-ups Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central), Laura Krafft (The Colbert Report, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Marijuana-Logues), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1), and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Slow Burn and High Treason at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-up comedy in Brooklyn, tonight featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Mark Normand, Chelsea White, Adrienne Iapalucci, Jason Saenz, Jeff Ceruuli, and Erik Braunsteen at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly show Ed Sullivan on Acid (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and stellar improvisor Charlie Todd (Reuben Williams, C, C + C Improv Factory, Cage Match) hosts the book release show & party for his famed prank collective that stages surprise improvised events at improbable public locations: Improv Everywhere (9:30 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/17/09

May 17, 2009

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

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] sharp stand-ups Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; Comedians of Comedy, Comedy Central; former long-time writer for Jimmy Kimmel), Eric Slovin (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005; Comedy Central Presents), Sean O’Connor (VH1, NPR’s This American Life), and more at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[FREE] terrific comics Donald Glover (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Derrick, Mystery Team), Adam Newman (CMT’s Prankville’d, VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, co-host of Street Meat), and more at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[$] a charity event to honor “the unsung heroes of the gay community:” The First Annual Miss Fag Hag Pageant (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Marijuana-Logues), Phil Hanley (visiting from Vancouver; upcoming comedy special on CTV), and Andy Haynes (Last Comic Standing) at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [$] and brilliant improvisors making up plays on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/24/09

January 24, 2009

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Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by colored brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] razor-sharp improvisors making up plays on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (5:00 pm and 10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] four sharp storytellers—tonight including hilarious Margo Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories) and Rob Gorden (Spike TV)—trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

an exciting new NYC show developed at Chicago’s legendary iO theatre in which veteran improvisors create a play on the spot based on audience suggestions: New Play (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show who joyously declare Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

sharp NYC stand-ups at a free comedy show guest-hosted tonight by the hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics Demetri Martin (star of new Comedy Central show Important Things), Andres du Bouchet (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, FOX), Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Dan Allen (Comedy Central), and folk rock band Brazz Tree—plus free beer!—at Tom Shillue’s acclaimed Moonwork (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the Cage Match record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and has now taken over UCBT’s prestigious prime-time Saturday night slot—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

a star sketch comedy group—with a popular TV series on IFC—performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Whitest Kids U’ Know (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home and, tonight, an open bar!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

and a dozen NYC comedic performers, including Mindy Raf, Carolyn Castiglia, Rob Lathan, Shawn Hollenbach, and show creators Ilana & Eliot Glazer performing highly unusual acts at High School Talent Show (midnight).

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