NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/21/10

January 21, 2010

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Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan and Eliza Skinner host tonight's Finals to determine the 2009 Champion of comedic rap competition The BEATdown

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 now-rare opportunity to see the one-woman show that less than a year ago helped propel NYC comedy jewel Jenny Slate to stardom as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Jenny’s production “takes place during my funeral, if I died right now as an eccentric millionaire and left 300 million dollars to my dog;” and it shows off Jenny’s immense sweetness, darkness, and wit, with treasured moments ranging from cheese thrown with deadly force to Jenny’s unforgettable pronouncement regarding men and porn. Directed by the witty and razor-sharp John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Jenny Slate live in Dead Millionaire

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($23 online today, or $18 for Friday & Saturday, if you use code VIPJAN [otherwise $30], plus 2-item minimum):A star stand-up who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno; performed three of his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties; is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and the Opie and Anthony radio show; hosted his own radio program on NYC’s 92.3 Free FM; creates periodic Web-based free audio shows for Blog Talk Radio; and has acted on such TV shows as HBO’s The Sopranos and Lucky Louie, and was nominated twice for an Emmy award for his writing on The Chris Rock Show, headlinilng tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Nick DiPaolo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen performing her new more-or-less one-woman show: “After applying for The Greatest French Person in the World Award, Andrée uncovers a dark family secret (she may actually be…Belgian!), and is forced to decide whether or not believing in something is enough to make it true”—for a hint of how much fun you’re likely to have, view a video scene with Andrée and her real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch by clicking here; and superb sketch troupe Trophy Dad performing a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life, in the double-bill French Toast and The Worst Guy Ever!

8:00 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] 9:00 pm ($15): All all-star lineup of top stand-ups—Colin Quinn, Wyatt Cenac, and Morgan Murphy—plus musical guest Bridget Barkan, all performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC…who tonight are five winners of last year’s monthly contests, battling it out for the Championship crown in tonight’s Finals match—Carolyn Castiglia, Rebecca Drysdale, Utkarsh Ambudka, Bob Kulhan, and Michael Kayne—hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas) at The BEATdown

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Hot Sauce and The Brothers Hines battling for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (We Used to Go Out, Mother, Baby Mama) and Ed Herbstman (co-founder of the Magnet Theater) show off how breathtakingly quick-witted and skillful they are at creating scenes from air. Time Out New York named these guys Best Improv Duo of 2006. Take advantage of this one-night-only opportunity to see these improvisation comedy stars shine in an intimate setting as The Mantzoukas Brothers

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/20/10

January 20, 2010

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Leslie Goshko welcomes some of the finest storytellers in the country—Tom Shillue, Ophira Eisneberg, Adam Wade, and Andy Christie—to celebrate the one-year anniversay of Sideshow Goshko

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Thoroughly charming and razor-sharp Leslie Goshko celebrating the one-year anniversary of her delightfully quirky monthly storytelling show in which comics and comedic yarn-spinners are asked to reveal aspects of themselves that are odd and unusual—and that includes such carnival elements as an accordion player, and a challenging trivia contest for someone in the audience to win a bottle of wine. Tonight’s blowout gathering of some of the best storytellers in the country consists of Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of True Tales of College and The Adam Wade Show), Andy Christie (The New York Times; host of The Liar Show), and Leslie herself (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT), all performing in Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb writer/comics Arden Myrin (Mad TV), Myq Kaplan (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Gavin McInnes (Vice Magazine, Street Carnage), and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups/storytellers Chris Gethard (Jimmy Fallon, Weird New York), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Holy Headshot), and Sean O’Connor performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Max Silvestri and Saturday Night Live’s Jenny Slate: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Theatrical scenes made up on the spot with breathtaking skill by brilliant and passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show ($10): Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, brilliant host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Jamie Lee, RG Daniels, and Luke Younger performing stand-up at 10:00 pm, preceded by a networking event at 9:30 pm mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes, hosted by Christian Polanco: Hold for the Laughs

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/19/10

January 19, 2010

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Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU) performs at the Comix Comedy Club tonight to express her "Indignation"...

...and Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) appears at The Slipper Room to make your evening "Sweet"

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($5 online using discount code VIPJAN & 2-item min.) NYC cultural treasure Jane Borden (Comedy Editor of Time Out New York), Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU), and host Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special) perform on-the-spot rants about pop culture topics suggested by the audience at the elegant Comix Comedy Club’s Indignation with Joe DeRosa

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The wonderful Alex Zalben is busy with both a new baby and a Marvel Comics mini-series (Thor and the Warriors Four), and the delightful Justin Tyler is busy doing lord knows what, so tonight Pete LePage hosts solo—with guest DC Comics Editor Robert Joy—conducting a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Scootch, Bastian, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Penthouse Riot followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Myq Kaplan (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), and Rory Scovel (Comedy Central) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker)…and that used to be co-hosted by the equally brilliant Jessi Klein, but Jessi’s now busy as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): All-star comedy lineup, including Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Donald Glover (NBC’s Community and 30 Rock, Mystery Team), and Abby Elliott & Jullian Bell (cast member & staff writer on Saturday Night Live) performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): Bobby Tisdale (legendary co-host of seminal NYC comedy show Invite Them Up), Adrienne Iapalucci, Andy Haynes, and hosts Mike Drucker (writer for Saturday Night Live, The Onion) and Jon Clarke (writer for McSweeney’s) performing stand-up at The Writer’s Room

[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 Sunday 1/17/10

January 18, 2010

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TV & film rising comedy star Donald Glover performs stand-up tonight at Whiplash

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 (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] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci, Amanda Baramki, Damien Lemon, Mark Reiss, and Erik Bergstrom performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups John Fugelsang (former host of America’s Funniest Home Videos), MIke Drucker, Aidan Bishop, and Jeff Kreisler—plus musical guest Chris Dyas—all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Slow Burn and High Treason, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention HyReviews.com [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stellar stand-ups A. Whitney Brown (Emmy-award winning writer and political satirist; Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central), Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, BBC, Huffington Post), Julien Dionne (award-winning Canadian comic), Jennifer Grant (also a Canadian comic), and Vicki Ferentinos (one-woman show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

9:30 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors James Eason and Jessica Allen perform as a duo, and a sketch show presumably based on a very funny blog, in the double-bill Eason & Allen and Conversations with Deb

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Comedy dynamo Ali Wong, plus Joe Dixon, Scott Rogowsky, Jacqueline Kabat, Phil Murphy, Louis Katz, and Jeffrey Joseph performing stand-up at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom: Ed Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Donald Glover (TV & movie star; 30 Rock, Community, Mystery Team), Michelle Biloon (Comedy Central), and Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/17/10

January 17, 2010

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Brilliant & deliciously raunchy comedic singer/songwriter Jessica Delfino helps celebrate the release of Kong Magazine

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’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

[FREE] 7:30ish pm: NYC stand-ups (who haven’t been announced this week) performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[FREE] 8:00 pm: The Golden Globes and NYC live comedy join forces when stand-ups Adam Lehman, Jessimae, and Brad Loekle are your sarcastic hosts for the entire evening as Therapy telecasts the Awards on the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp stand-ups Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents), Dan Boulger (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), Lee Camp (writer for The Onion), Andy Haynes, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Joe Mande (Comedy Central; co-host of Totally J/K; author of upcoming book about hipsters from St. Martin’s Press), Sean Donnelly, (host of Ochi’s Motel and Lil Seany Boy), and more performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:30 pm: Brilliant raunchy singer/songwriter Jessica Delfino hosts a show at Pianos celebrating the debut of a magazine for women mixing comedy and sex: Kong Launch: Naked on the 17th

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/16/10

January 16, 2010

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Stellar NYC comics have fun with comic books at Comics Love Comics

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 Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Myq Kaplan (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Human Giant), Dan Mintz (HBO’s Lucky Louis, Comedy Central Presents, Important Things with Demetri Martin), Jake Youngmore, and show producer Matt Maragno: Comics Love Comics

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Verizon Fios guy, Front Page Films), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Pat Stango & Blaine Perry (Don’t Touch Me There), Raquel D’Apice, Morgan Venticinque, and Mark Anthony Ramirez performing in Ochi’s Lounge at 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] 8:00 pm ($10 suggested donation): Jamie Lee (who’s also the producer and host), Pat Stango, Ray Devito, Kara Klenk, Kate Berlant and Calise Hawkins performing at Karma Lounge for a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history, genius improvisors Death 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 pm ($10): Comedy duo Chris O’Neill and Paul Valenti won the Best Sketch Troupe award at the Snubfest Comedy Festival in Chicago and the New Jacks Comedy competition at Comix; and tonight will demonstrate why at The Chris and Paul Show

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): An open contest to see who can create the most shockingly funny & filthy sketch running three minutes or less. If you’re easily offended, don’t even consider attending; but if you appreciate comedy that pushes the envelope without hurting anyone (with the possible exception of prudes), you’ll applaud this wild, uninhibited breaking of taboos to get laughs. If a routine is dreadful (many will be), the festivities will be maintained by superb hosts Gil Ozeri, John Flynn, and John Frusciante at The Dirtiest Sketch in NYC Contest

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/15/10

January 15, 2010

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Comedy dynamo Shannon O'Neill plays a variety of criminally insane inmates in the debut of Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

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] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill debuting 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; and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and BoF in This Old Thing

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliant comedic singer/songwriter Mindy Raf (VH1, College Humor), Myq Kaplan (The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents), John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central), Micah Sherman, and Nick Vatterott performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for host Nick Turner’s and new co-host Jason Saenz ‘s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stellar singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and sharp NYC stand-ups Leah Dubie, Jamie Lee, Lisa Kaplan, and Chris Doucette, 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

11:00 pm ($5): Ace sketch troupe Olde English, plus comedy guests who are asked to perform entirely new material, at what might their last UCBT show for a while: Very Fresh: The Finale

11:00 ($5): NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, providing odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy…and for tonight promises all-new material: Murderfist: Late and Dirty

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, where odd things involving drunk audience members tend to happen at it heads towards 2:00 am, hosted by brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of Punch Up Your Life): Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/14/10

January 14, 2010

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The delightful Andrée Vermeulen tonight debuts her one-woman show French Toast

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 ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A one-of-a-kind comedy star headlining at Carolines: Gilbert Gottfried

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Rob Lathan and Will Hines showcase their self-published book Get Psyched! (based on Rob’s character Dr. Lanny Latham), “a 123-page guide to how getting psyched will immediately solve every problem in your life instantly — in seven easy steps!,” via readings from such top comedic talent as Adira Amram, Christina Gausas, and Tom Shillue: Get Psyched! The Book! Live!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen debuting her more-or-less one-woman show: “After applying for The Greatest French Person in the World Award, Andrée uncovers a dark family secret (she may actually be…Belgian!), and is forced to decide whether or not believing in something is enough to make it true”—for a hint of how much fun you’re likely to have, view a video scene with Andrée and her real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch by clicking here; and Nick Ross performing a show about his combating cancer, with a deliciously vibrant and adorable performance by actress Leslie Meisel as a variety of secondary characters (including the cancer itself…), in the double-bill French Toast and Highly Evolved Human

8:00 pm ($5): iO Chicago’s Lyndsay Hailey performing her critically acclaimed one-woman show 30% Chance of Hailey

8:00 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

9:00 pm ($12): Andrea Rosen, Myq Kaplan, DC Benny, Caroline Rhea, and hosts Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Celebrating the three-year anniversary of NYC’s best sexy storytelling show are thoroughly wonderful storytellers Tom Shillue and Ophira Eisenberg, plus stellar comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, performing around tonight’s theme 3 ( as in three-somes, third base, and third time’s the charm) for sensual hosts Margot Leitman’s & Giulia Rozzi’s Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($13 online using discount code VIPJAN & 2-item min.): Leo Allen is one of the most talented and beloved stand-ups in NYC. Leo’s a former long-time writer for Saturday Night Live; performed two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; performed on Conan O’Brien; is the co-host of the upcoming HBO series Funny or Die; and is the wonderful host of top weekly stand-up show Whiplash. Come see Leo perform a deliciously long set, with openers from brilliant rising stars Brooke Van Poppelen and Joe Mande: Leo Allen Headlining at Comix

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and Bangs battling for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/13/10

January 13, 2010

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Brilliantly talented comedic singer/stand-up/storyteller Jessica Delfino proves she's one of a kind hosting her monthly show Skits 'n' Tits

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Top writers and comedians joining world-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) in Ochi’s Lounge to share their favorite true campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): From a comic Time Out New York says delivers “categorically pitch- perfect one-man comedy” comes this one-man show: “When Ryan Paulson moved to New York City he was a husky boy. And he’d never had sex. Even with himself. How did this happen? Well, he grew up speaking in tongues in an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist church. But now he’s taking a crash course in sex, alcohol and self-pleasure. And it’s going pretty well…other than regularly being condemned to hell on MySpace:” Ryan Paulson: I’m Uncomfortable

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, brilliant host of hit show Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), wonderful and eternally inventive Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, brilliant host of top comedy show Whiplash), Ali Wong (hilarious & fearless human dynamo stand-up), and Kevin Barnett (stand-up from Florida) performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): From Examiner.com:” I can sell this show in 10 words or less…pasties, beautiful ladies, hysterical comedy, a house band, and beer…done. The electric trio made up of Jessica Delfino, Diane O’Debra, and Steph Sbelli (who both sing raunchy songs and perform sketch comedy) put on their smashing monthly variety show Skits n Tits that can only be described as hilarious, bad ass, and sexy. Catch some of the hottest up and coming acts in burlesque and comedy.” Tonight’s guests are stellar comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman; stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci, Jessica Kirson, Mike Amato, and Mike Lawrence; burlesque stars The Chi-Ciones, Lil Miss Lixx, and Sizzle Dizzle; and “a special celebrity guest you won’t wanna miss,” all performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at the monthly extravaganza known at Skits ‘n’ Tits

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/12/10

January 12, 2010

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Rising star Sean Patton co-headlines with Rory Scovel 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:

7:00 pm ($5): A sketch show from Chris & Rebecca Smith, two members of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team who are married to each other: The New York Smiths

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Hilary Schwartz and Rachael Parenta hosting an intriguing show at Ochi’s Lounge described as “emotionally inappropriate comedy:” Please, Someone Kill Me

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage—along with a guest who (unusually) hasn’t yet been announced—conduct a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes People People, Scootch, Bastian, DeCoster, and The Bishop followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Sheng Weng (Comedy Central), and Michelle Biloon (Comedy Central) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker)…and that used to be co-hosted by the equally brilliant Jessi Klein, but Jessi’s now busy as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($15 online using discount code RORY & 2-item min.) Three hilarious rising star stand-ups performing for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Sean Patton, Kumail Nanjiani. and Rory Scovel

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Tom Shillue (stellar comedic storyteller; Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Bobby Tisdale (legendary co-host of Invite Them Up), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting guest stand-ups (who haven’t been announced) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[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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