NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 7/24/09

July 24, 2009

About Last Night: Special kudos to Thursday’s Cage Match for putting on one of the greatest shows I ever expect to see. Musical improv troupe Veal delivered a wonderful series of scenes & songs about airplanes, and proved it deserves more appearances on the UCBT stage. And much love always to hosts Ben Rodgers and Eric Scott. But an extra special acknowledgement goes to the almost superhuman skill, timing, and comedic mastery displayed by last night’s Death by Roo Roo improv focused on, of all things, a bake-off, from Curtis Gwinn, Gavin Speiller, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, and Gil Ozeri. Guys, you are all superstars.

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John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will show why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight through Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a blow-out farewell to this weekly free show’s co-host, Cassidy Henehan, with stellar stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sean Patton, and Jesse Pop, superb sketch comedy troupes Bishop & Douch and The Straightmen, and sexy & hilarious singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm, in Brooklyn at Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School: Bon Voyage, Cassidy Henehan (8:00 pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Pat Dixon, and Danny Solomon answering personal questions on stage at Matt Ruby’s & Mark Normand’s We’re All Friends Here (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Allison Castillo (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, MTV), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories), Eddie Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Logo’s Wisecrack), Jason Saft (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

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

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, Eugene Cordero, Sue Galloway, Curtis Gwinn, Anthony King, Adam Pally, Ben Rodgers, Charlie Sanders, Eric Scott, Gavin Speiller, and Caitlin Tegart—writing and/or performing sketch comedy Beneath Gristedes (11:00 pm),

[FREE] and a free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/23/09

July 23, 2009

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UK sketch comedy stars Bishop & Douch invade UCBT tonight, joined by magical NYC sketch duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler
UK sketch comedy stars Bishop & Douch invade UCBT tonight, joined by magical NYC sketch duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

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] a much-beloved LES comedy show now enjoying a weekly run at UCBT, with typically stellar comedy guests, and full of fresh, inventive inventive sketch comedy from two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, as they host their Hot Tub Variety Show (8:00 pm),

sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction (8:00 pm),

clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—applied to a parody of the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo hosting this show featuring superb stand-up comics, with guests Jessi Klein, Tom McCaffrey, AD Miles, Nathan Fielder, and tonight’s co-host Paul Dinello, all at the 92YTribeca comedy showcase Comedy Below Canal (9:30 pm),

sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman perform a show they’ll be presenting to the world next month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] visiting UK comedy stars Bishop & Douch demonstrate their famed surreal & silly brand of humor, with stellar sketch comedy guests Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, plus often surreal stand-up Patrick Borelli, at this one-night-only event: The Bishop & Douch Invasion (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Veal, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/22/09

July 22, 2009

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Bishop & Douch, a surreal & silly UK comedy duo visiting NYC this week
Bishop & Douch, a surreal & silly UK comedy duo visiting NYC this week

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] four superb storytellers—Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV, co-host of sexy & funny Stripped Stories), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, other co-host of Stripped Stories), Mark Baltazar (The Moth; razor-sharp writer), and Peter Aguero (Conan O’Brien, The BTK Band)—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), and Ross Hyzer joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Bishop & Douch (UK comedy stars visiting NYC this week), Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim, co-host of Punch Up Your Life), Charlie Sanders (genius storytelling one-man show Minnesota Muslim; Conan O’Brien, star improv troupes Reuben Williams and C, C + C Improv Factory), and DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] world-class stand-up 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) and other sharp stand-ups at a free weekly stand-up comedy show tonight hosted by Matt Maragno and the luminous & hilarious Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, HBO, VH1, MOJO TV’s King of Miami, The Dave Hill Explosion), Jamie Lee (VH1, producer of Diamonds in the Fluff), Rob Gorden (sharp comedic storyteller), and more at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

world-class improvisor and utterly unique comic Eugene Cordero performing his special brand of silliness in a solo show, and a spoof of an old-style comedian advising newbies how to break into the biz from hilarious improvisor & sketch comic Gil Ozeri, in the double-bill Weird Birds and Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy (9:30 pm),

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/21/09

July 21, 2009

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Writers of The Incredible Hulk are interviewed at tonight's fun edition of Comic Book Club

Writers of The Incredible Hulk are interviewed at tonight's fun edition of Comic Book 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] four world-class storytellers—Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko), Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion), and Mr. Z (Moth GrandSlam Champion)—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

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 Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Marvel Comics writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente (The Incredible Hulk, Hercules, The Mighty Thor) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Penthouse Riot, Scootch, The Law Firm, and The Bishop—followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, SuperDeluxe, author of book Holy Headshot!) performing at this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Eric Slovin (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005 and Important Things with Demetri Martin; Comedy Central Presents), Joe Mande (winner of the 2008 ECNY Award winner for Best Emerging Comic; co-host of live comedy show Totally J/K; author of upcoming book about hipsters from St. Martin’s Press), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion), and Ann Carr (Comedy Central, VH1), performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/20/09

July 20, 2009

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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

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, Jared Logan, Rob Lathan, RG Daniels, Mark Normand, Luke Cunningham, Matt Ruby, Lisa Kaplan, Raquel D’Apice, Francoise Gordon, Dan Upham, Blaine Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] top comedic storytellers telling tales of being on the road, with tonight’s participants Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion who’s on a cross-country tour while living in her truck and will be performing via Webcam), Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Reno 911), Daisy Rosario (Moth Grandslam Champion), Chris Kipiniak (comic book writer and actor), and Jeff Simmerson (who tells about being a hired killer) at host Seth Lind’s Told: The Rough Guide (7:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] stand-up comedy in Brooklyn, tonight featuring sharp comedic storyteller Rob Gorden, plus stand-ups Jen Grant, Dan Boulger, Jay Welch, Ruhbin Mehta, Jacquline Kabat, Joe Fury, and Erik Bergstrom, at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly show Ed Sullivan on Acid (9:00 pm),

a comedic play about what goes in an adolescent female mind, and what appears to be an oddball sketch comedy show, in Fantasies of a 12-Year-Old Girl and O’Hooligan and the Holligans (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya) and Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/19/09

July 19, 2009

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Rich Vos
Rich Vos

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] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors—which tonight is rumored to have some extra-special guests at the 9:30 show—ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

sharp NYC stand-ups Heather Fink, Rory Scovel, Brad Steuernagel, and more at a weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson & Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[FREE] Joe DeRosa (razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), TJ Del Reno (MTV’s College Humor Show), Ari Teman (Jewlarious Magazine), and more at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[$] a stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show: Rich Vos Headlining at Carolines (10:00 pm),

[FREE] and all-gal lineup of Becky Donohue (Comedy Central), Kaitlin Colombo (Last Comic Standing, E!), and Adrienne Iapalucci performing stand-up at Brad Loekle’s gay-themed Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 7/18/09

July 18, 2009

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Jeff Seal clowning around

Jeff Seal clowning around

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:

sharp NYC comics joining hosts Pat Stango, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly at Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), 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), Hari Kondabolu (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), Adam Newman (VH1, CMT, Uber Luber Death Metal), and Chelsea White performing at a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff (8:00ish pm),

Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell relating their YouTube-documented romantic adventures live on stage—possibly accompanied by visits from some of the gals—on Double Date Us (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

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

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of LIberty (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a small mob of superb comics—tonight including Glennis McMurray (I Eat Pandas, Conan O’Brien, Gem!), Mindy Raf (brilliantly funny and sexy writer/singer; VH1’s Best Week Ever, CollegeHumor.com), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1, Adult Swim), Jeff Seal (David Letterman, Bindlestiff Family Circus)—pretending to be in a High School Talent Show (midnight),

[$] and a stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show: Rich Vos Headlining at Carolines (12:30 am).

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