NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/2/11

March 2, 2011

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Kristen Schaal with doll

Kristen Schaal performs tonight at Totally J/K...

Erin Lennox's "I Like You Too" Show

...and Erin Lennox hosts a new show with an unusual sensibility

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

7:00 pm ($5): Alan Starzinski performing a musical all by himself in the one-man show One Mansical

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Assorted improv troupes performing at The Magnet, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Mike Destefano (Last Comic Standing finalist this past summer, Comedy Central Presents), Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon), Dan Curry (Onion News Network), and “a mystery guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of UCBT’s funniest sketch comedy & stand-up performers at an all-you-can-watch revue: UCBT’s I’m Cool Showcase

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety), Lady Rizo (reportedly unforgettable), Mike Recine, Annie Lederman, and Adam Conover performing at the 11th Street Bar(510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this new once-in-a-while extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[$] 8:00 pm & 9:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): A comic who describes himself as “growing up in a family with anxiety disorders and addiction” but having a “unique ability to embody abstract personas, along with child-like playfulness” headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bob Dibuono

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Eli Olsberg, Katina Corrao, James Harris, Jason Saenz, and David Cope performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Usually terrific NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings for this free biweekly show hosted by delightful dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Will Hines (The Stepfathers, The Chris Gethard Show), Kristeen von Hagen (Comedy Central), Jenn Dodd, Nate Min, Raquel D’Apice, and Jarret Berenstein performing at this free weekly show at Luca Bar (119 St. Marks Place) hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Gabe Delahaye (Videogum.com), and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/11/11

January 11, 2011

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Joe Mande

Joe Mande headlines tonight at the Carolines Comedy Club

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($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: Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

7:00 pm ($5): Six improvisors play themselves on stage (similar to Naked in a Fishbowl) in Self Image; and in the second half of this double-bill, eight improvisors trace the storylines of characters at a single event suggested by an audience member in Hell Buffalo

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($16.50 & 2-drink min.): An exceptionally smart comic who’s performed on Comedy Central and VH1, co-hosts Totally J/K, and is the author of Look at This F*cking Hipsterheadlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Joe Mande

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected comics alive. I’ll be catching his life-affirming show about suicide and more on 1/12, but sight unseen am reasonably sure it’s amazing. It’s running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; 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 (star storyteller; Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Kambri Crews (storyteller & author of upcoming memoir Love, Daddy), and more performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb veteran improvisors—Tara Copeland, Matt Higgins, and Matt Oberg—performing as new  troupe HugeTown

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes CAPTCHA, Grandma’s Ashes, Sandino, Badman, and Standard Oil; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students chosen by chance perform with veteran improvisors—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman), Rae Sanni, Jeff Wesselschmidt, and more performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Rob Delaney, Josh Weinstein, and Ben Boult performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Robert Kelly, Kara Klenk, Jason Good, and more performing stand-up at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[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

For my all-time favorite oddball comedy videos, please click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/11/10

August 11, 2010

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.

Glenn Beck

A stellar cast, including Kristen Schaal and Chris Gethard, tonight read Joe Mande's screenplay adaptation of Glenn Beck's novel The Overton Window

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

6:30 pm & 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 ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such stellar talents as Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel; and “seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: TV & film star T.J. Miller (David LettermanOpie & Anthony; co-star of ABC sitcom Carpoolers; co-star of numerous movies including Cloverfield and Get Him to the Greek), superb storyteller Cyndi Freeman, and NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Myka Fox, Bruce Cherry, Garry Hannon, and Dave Ritz performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jenny Slate (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Ali Wong (comedy dynamo; MTV), Mike Lawrence, and Jake Young performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($5): “Glenn Beck’s new bestselling political thriller, The Overton Window, was so inspiring to comedian Joe Mande that he sat down and rewrote the story for the big screen. Come watch as Mande and a few of his friends read the script on stage for the first time in hopes of getting a movie deal”—with such stellar talents as Kristen Schaal, Chris Gethard, John Gemberling, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, and Will Hines: A Reading of Joe Mande’s Screenplay Adaptation of Glenn Beck’s Novel

[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 take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/31/10

March 31, 2010

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Joe Mande hosts a release party tonight for his first book "Look At This F*cking Hipster" at Totally J/K

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): Joe Mande celebrates the release of his new book Look At This Fucking Hipster with Wyatt Cenac, Reggie Watts, BEEAAAANNSSS, and more at Totally J/K Presents The Book Release Show

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

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Vicki Ferentinos, Danny Leary, Matt Rohr, Roger Aylward, and Aww Shucks performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Sharp stand-ups Ali Wong, James Patterson, Greg Johnson, and Jarrod Harris performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[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, Chris Gethard and his brother Gregg, Andrea Rosen, Jon Gabrus, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Siblings:” 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.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/25/09

March 25, 2009

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Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik

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] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

stand-up comedy plus music at Intermission (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo (comedy genius who’s currently an FBI agent on FOX’s 24), Mike Birbiglia (world-class comedy star who mixes sharp stand-up with theatrical storytelling), and Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) kicking off the debut of hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel moving their long-running comedy show to UCBT: Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] one of my favorite stand-ups of all time, Anthony Jeselnik (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central), plus a slew of other superb comics including Sean Patton, Claudia Cogan, Dan St. Germain, and Mark Normand, launching a new free weekly comedy show co-hosted by the luminous & hilarious Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Dan Curry, Leah Dubie, Emily Epstein, Robin Cloud, Joel Stice, Jeff Lawrence, and Rocco Supreme at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Curtis Gwinn, Eric Drysdale, John Flynn, and David Martin—telling memorable tales of “First Dates” at one of the finest shows in NYC, The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/11/09

March 11, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Todd Barry

Todd Barry

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:

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the funniest men in the world performing a deliciously long, wry headlining set at Carolines: Todd Barry (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] two of NYC’s best rising comedy stars, Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger) and Joe Mande (Totally J/K, Workdays with Maury), performing long stand-up sets at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Baron Vaughn & Joe Mande (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing a one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb comics Kurt Braunohler (sketch comedy master, frequently in partnership with Kristen Schaal), Andres du Bouchet (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, FOX’s Talkshow with Spike Feresten), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, VH1, Variety SHAC), and Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, Bravo) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] superb NYC stand-ups & sketch performers Jason Trachtenberg, The Bitter Poet, Dan Allen, Katina Corrao, E.J. Murphy, and Seth Madej at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] three popular NYC sketch troupes—Elephant Larry, BriTANick, and Rue Brutalia—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the very fun sketch revue A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


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