NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/23/15

June 23, 2015

TV Alert: Seth MacFarlane is on The Daily Show;
Lauren Graham and Colin Quinn are on Conan O’Brien;
Lauren Lapkus, Ashley Tisdale, and Ryan Pinkston are on @midnight;
Inside Amy Schumer‘s spectacular Season 3 continues with
Episode 8, “Foam,” on Comedy Central at 10:00 pm—
note the earlier, more prestigious timeslot in the wake of both
the show (rightfully) receiving an Emmy nomination for
Outstanding Writing and Amy herself evolving into a superstar;
plus see directly below

Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero: Another Period

The delightful Natasha Leggero & Riki Lindhome debut their Comedy Central series at 10:30 pm: Another Period

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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Pete Lee (Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing) tries out material every night this week at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Week at the Creek: Pete Lee

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-11:00 pm ($7 for the whole evening): In this 4-hour extravaganza, seven of The Magnet’s improv groups make up musicals based on audience suggestion, creating epic stories on the spot using song and dance:Magnet Musical Megawatt

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Comics creators join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates (and if you can’t make it, watch in online here): Comic Book Club

7:00 pm ($5): Improv group Lovers, plus friends, interview an audience member (maybe you) about heartbreak and then springboard scenes off it at The PIT downstairs lounge: Lovers and Friends

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Four of UCB’s premiere weekend long form improv groups—Goat, The Curfew, What I Did For Love, and Grandma’s Ashes—perform at the UCB Chelsea theatre for Harold Night Pre-DCM Special Edition #1

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s stand-ups include Michael Che, Joe Machi, Marina Franklin, Jessica Kirson, Rachel Feinstein, Robert Kelly, Pete Davidson, Lenny Marcus, and Sean Donnelly, with all three shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane):Comedy Cellar Tuesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door at $11.59 online): Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Half Hour, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, comedy album Sadamantium), Phoebe Robinson (Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, Broad City, MTV’s Girl Code, Totally Biased, co-host of Blaria Live), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Lately, writer for MTV’s Girl Code,VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories), Rob Haze, and Greg Warren performing stand-up at Brooklyn’sUnion Hall hosted by Joe Zimmerman (Comedy Central Half Hour): Deep-er-ness: Mike Lawrence, Phoebe Robinson, Giulia Rozzi, and More

8:00 pm ($10): Aparna Nancherla (one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with a delightfully wry style and lightning-quick mind; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Meltdown, Last Comic Standing, @midnight, Totally Biased, opens for Tig Notaro), Eddie Brill (former booker for David Letterman), Jeff Maurer (writer for HBO’s Last Week Tonight), Betsy Carroll, David Feldman, and Noah Gardenswartz performing stand-up at Subject NYC (188 Suffolk Street) hosted by Scott Sharp: Subject Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Five Asian female comics representing Korea, Japan, China, Philippines, and India (which is in South Asia) perform sketch, music, and more at The PIT upstairs theatre: AzN PoP

8:00 pm ($5): A one-woman show by Kerstin Porter “about love, and how a girl viewed it after growing up on Disney,Princess Bride, and Delilah’s Radio Show” at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Girl with Love in Her Window

8:00 pm ($5): Yik Yak, Joel Walkowski, and Edward Dominguez performing at UCB East hosted by Bill Stiteler & Tony Zaret: School Drools

[FREE] 8:00ish pm: Jason Saenz (Comedy Central, sketch group Onassis, co-host of Late Night Trash), Luke Mones, Mary Houlihan, Ian Fidance, Alyssa Limperis, and Alison Zeidman performing stand-up for this new weekly show at Brooklyn’s Halyards Bar (406 Third Avenue) produced by Tovah Silbermann, Jenn Welch, and Katie Hannigan and hosted tonight by Tovah Silbermann: Placeholder Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A whole bunch of NYC stand-ups perform at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City typically hosted by Peggy O’Leary: Creek Cave Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; host of WFMU’s The Goddamn Dave Hill Show; HBO, Comedy Central, NPR, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, book Tasteful Nudes, comedy album Let Me Turn You On), Brooke Van Poppelen (co-host of TruTV’sHack My Life; writer and/or producer for a slew of MTV shows; also performed on HBO, Comedy Central, VH1), and Ambrosia Parsleya performing stand-up and/or music performing at the HiFi Bar Back Lounge (169 Avenue A) hosted by Shonali Bhowmik & Christian Felix: We Don’t Even Know: Dave Hill, Brooke Van Poppelen, Shonali Bhowmik, and More

[FREE] 8:30 pm (reserve your free spots by clicking here): Typically terrific stand-ups (for the line-up, usually posted by 1:00 pm, please click here) performing stand-up at The Irish Exit (978 Second Avenue, off 52nd Street, in the back room) produced every Tuesday by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Gary Vider, and Sachi Ezura: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Michelle Wolf (star stand-up who’s also staff writer for and performer on Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Calise Hawkins (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for Playboy.com), Josh Gondelman (HBO’s Last Week Tonight, The New Yorker), and Doug Smith performing at Threes Brewing (333 Douglas Street) hosted by Claudia Cogan & Brendan McLaughlin: Soft Spot

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($7): Typically superb stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (long-time Jimmy Fallon staff comic; NBC’s 30 Rock, Comedy Central’s@midnight, VH1’s Best Week Ever, CBS): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing for this free weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Robert Dean, Sachi Ezura, and/or Steve O’Brien: Comedy at Alligator Lounge

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($20 at the door or $22.09 online; the latter is recommended as this show frequently sells out): Kyle Schaefer, Nick Abeel, and foley artist Kelsey Didion perform a spectacular live shot-for-shot stage version of Jurassic Park at The PIT upstairs theatre directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker: Hold On To Your Butts…Jurassik Parc

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Storyteller/comics Aparna Nancherla (one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with a delightfully wry style and lightning-quick mind; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Meltdown, Last Comic Standing, @midnight, Totally Biased, opens for Tig Notaro), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up and rising star; producer for The Daily Show, former staff writer for David Letterman), Maeve Higgins (co-host of I’m New Here, Can You Show Me Around?), and Risa Sarachan (Inconvenient Interviews) share true tales for this confessional storytelling show at UCB East hosted by the extraordinary Ruby Karp: HelloGiggles: Aparna Nancherla, Jena Friedman, Maeve Higgins, and More

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Sean Donnelly (David Letterman, Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing, MTV), Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, and Luke Mones performing stand-up at the Kings County Bar (286 Seigel Street; take the L to Morgan) hosted by Mike Lewis & Tom Hathaway: The Party

[TOP PICK] 9:45 pm ($5): Four of UCB’s premiere weekend long form improv groups—The Stepfathers, Airwolf, The Law Firm, and Bucky—perform at the UCB Chelsea theatre for Harold Night Pre-DCM Special Edition #2

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5; no min.): This super-affordable weekly stand-up club show tonight features Nick DiPaolo (star stand-up, with numerous appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Louie; Emmy-nominated comedy writer, talk show host), Ari Shaffir (Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Down and Dirty, Comedy Central, National Lampoon, hour-long set Passive Aggressive), Guy Branum (razor-sharp stand-up; head writer/performer on G4’s X-Play; regular panelist on Chelsea Lately), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing; Inside Amy Schumer, HBO, The Apprentice,opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Chris Distefano (David Letterman, Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code), and Danny Palmer performing at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): $5 Funnies: Nick DiPaolo, Ari Shaffir, Guy Branum, Rachel Feinstein, Christian Finnegan, and More

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: “Mike Guild knows everything about movies and films. He will take you through the landscape of the cinema, along with comic guests to discuss everything going on the weird landscape that is Hollywood—plus everyone in the audience will win a unique prize” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Movie Night With Mike

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Luis J. Gomez, Dave Smith, and other NYC stand-ups performing live on stage for this podcast show at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Legion of Skanks

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A mix of superb and up-and-coming stand-ups (not announced) performing at this free weekly show at UCB East hosted by Matteo Lane (Comedy Central): Chemistry

Tuesday Open Mics & Jams

5:00 pm ($5): Two-hour open-mic for 20 stand-ups performing for 5 minutes each, with sign-up online here, at theStand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): Open mic sketch that allows you to either perform a sketch with your own performers or bring in pages for the audience to perform at The PIT Green Room, followed by feedback on your bit from PIT “sketch-perts:” Pens & Pencils

6:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, running 2 1/2 hours. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types providing 2 minutes for each performer (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Tim Unkenholz: Butt Factory

[TOP PICK] [ALMOST FREE] 6:15 pm ($1): In this delightful weekly open-mic show, each comic has 3-5 minutes to try out a character-based bit (e.g., for a solo show, sketch, or audition) at The PIT downstairs lounge, hosted by Jamie Aderski: Personality Disorder Character Jam

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Weekly stand-up open mic, with walk-ins tossing names into a hat and set length determined by the number of comics who show up, at Bunga’s Den (137 West 14th Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues) hosted by Jimmy LeChase and/or Justin Perez: Townies Open Mic

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Weekly stand-up open mic (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street) hosted by Dustin Drury: This Is Happening Open MIc

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly two-hour open mic storytelling show allows each performer 8 minutes to tell a compelling and funny tale at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Jake Hart and a guest co-host: The Dump

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Weekly open mic for any kind of act (with sign-up starting at 7:30) at Brooklyn’s Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) hosted by Joe Crow Ryan: Goodbye Blue Monday

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Open mic stand-up that’s first come, first serve (signup starts at 8:30) and provides each performer 5 minutes—or 4 minutes plus 2 minutes of feedback!—at the Producer’s Club (358 West 44th Street): Train Wreck Open Mic Stand-Up

11:00 pm ($3): A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly walk-in open mic stand-up providing 3 minutes for each comic whose name is pulled from a bucket at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Michelle Slonim: Rapid Fire

[ALMOST FREE] 11:00 pm ($1): A weekly improv jam for students at all levels to work on their skills at The PITdownstairs lounge hosted by Elke Reid and David Frasure: Study Hall

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

The PIT
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$20)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; shows free-$10)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil/The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; free cover Fri-Sat with code LICVIP; 2-drink min.)

 From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible BestNewYorkComedy.com. He is literally the only person in NYC providing daily summaries of what’s happening comedy-wise. It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive…It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

Please feel encouraged to reach out to tell me about comedy shows, hire me for book or screenplay work, or for any other reason by emailing me at hy@hyreviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/20/10

March 20, 2010

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Riki Lindhome & Kate Micucci will be brilliant, sexy, and irresistibly fun tonight at the Comix Comedy Club as star music comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates

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 ($3): Stand-ups doing comic book related material at one of NYC’s best comic book stores, Jim Hanley’s Universe, with tonight’s superb guests including Ali Wong, Dan St. Germain, Mike Drucker, and Jesse Pop, hosted by Vito Delsante and Matt Maragno: Comics Love Comics

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Chelsea White, the delightful stand-up who wowed the entire NYC comedy community with her wonderful videos at last week’s ECNY Awards, tonight guest-hosts with Aalap Patel, and performs with stand-ups Nick Turner, Matt Wayne, Meg Cupernall, Matt Maragno, Kevin Carlin, and Jeff Maurer in Ochi’s Lounge. To see why you don’t want to miss Chelsea, please click here; and then come check out tonight’s Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($27.50 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are an adorably silly, super-smart , and super-talented comedy folk duo for whom the word irresistible was probably invented. The gals are very deservedly “blowing up”  in the biz, having recently appeared on such network TV shows asScrubsJay Leno, and Carson Daly…and should not be missed. If you don’t yet know why, please check out their videos by clicking here; and then treat yourself to the immense pleasure of seeing Riki and Kate tell stories, exchange spontaneous banter, and sing live—with their opening act one of the finest stand-ups in the country, Jessi Klein (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central)—at the elegant Comix Comedy Club via their stage names Garfunkel & Oates

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.50, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the most skilled, funny, and beloved stand-ups in the country—and a personal favorite—who’s a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, has performed repeatedly on Conan O’Brien and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and won the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: John Mulaney

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and which recently won the Cage Match Championship for two years in a row!—genius improvisorsDeath by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 ($8): NYC’s heavy metal version of a comedy troupe—and which recently won this year’s ECNY Award for Best Sketch Group—doesn’t always hit the mark but provides odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy: Murderfist: Late and Dirty

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri are stellar members of world-class sketch troupeThe Harvard Sailing Team; and they’ve now branched out to form comedic rap duo Snakes…which recently won the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Musical Group! Check out their debut album, which can be downloaded from BillyandAdam.com, and then join them and their delightfully unusual guests at Snakes: FutureSex/LoveSnakes

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/19/10

March 19, 2010

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome rock the Comix Comedy Club tonight and Saturday as stellar musical comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates

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): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hilarious film clips from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca, which tonight is summed up by this trailer; this has entirely sold out, but grab tickets for subsequent shows now while they’re still available so next month you can enjoy an event like tonight’s Kevin Geeks Out About Sharks

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.50, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the most skilled, funny, and beloved stand-ups in the country—and a personal favorite—who’s a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, has performed repeatedly on Conan O’Brien and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and won the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: John Mulaney

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($27.50 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are an adorably dark comedy folk duo who have appeared on such network TV shows on Scrubs and Jay Leno (to check out their videos, please click here); and they’re headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club via their stage names Garfunkel & Oates

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here)—if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer; plus two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Variety SHAC), Tony Camin (Comedy Central, VH1), Barry Rothbart (MTV), Jay Bois, and Jimmy Merritt, plus sharp sketch troupe Sidecar, performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($10):Stellar storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, host of Risk!), Patrick Borelli (Comedy Central), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien) performing at the Luca Lounge (200 Avenue B) with lovely producer/host/ECNY winner Carol Hartsell, Sean Crespo, and more: Shark at Work

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Jon Gabrus is a rugby player from Long Island who loves to drink, which is the perfect trifecta for getting into ridiculous and dangerous situations. Come drink along with Gabrus as he shares some of his beer-soaked tales, like the time he ate a dead snake, or cooked a fork on a barbecue and branded himself…twice. There will plenty of drinking games, lots of audience participation, and an appalling lack of shame. His bartender, special guests, and his lack of self-control will join forces to create a night Jon probably won’t remember:” Blackout Drunk

11:00 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard, Shannon O’Neill, and other top comics—plus musical guest Owen Biddle of The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s band)—interact with the newest Web sensation atChatroulette Live!

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 10/12/09

October 12, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For cherished moments from David Letterman, please click here.

Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome as musical duo Garfunkel & Oates

Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome as musical duo Garfunkel & Oates

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—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Joe Devito, Tom McCaffrey, Dan Mahoney, Mike Sheehan, Jonathan Powley, and David Felsen performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Anthony Jeselnik (genius dark comedy stand-up; writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), David Javerbaum (writer for The Daily Show; co-writer of Cry-Baby: The Musical and A Colbert Christmas; will read from his new book What to Expect When You’re Expected), Jena Friedman (Entertaining the Bartender), Alan Lebetkin, and more performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Riki Lindhome (Last House on the Left) and Kate Micucci (Scrubs) deliver an evening of comedic songs in this sold-out-of-seats show (though if you’re okay with standing, come and enjoy), including their hits Pregnant Women Are Smug and F*ck You, as musical duo Garfunkel & Oates

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—who tonight include Garfunkel & Oates (see directly above), Noah Garfinkel (Totally J/K), and Brendan Burns—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For cherished moments from David Letterman, please click here.


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