NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/12/11

June 12, 2011

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TONY Awards

Brad Loekle jokes his way through hosting an evening of TV as his audience watches The TONY Awards at Therapy

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] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through June to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

6:30 pm ($5):Rachel Axelrod & Jay Hoskins perform an improvised show about “a rundown fairgrounds full of surprise and horror and glee. In every tent, a wonder you’ve never seen. Behind every curtain, a terrible secret. Step right up for a night of stunts, scares and hilarity” in Holy Knievel; and in the other half of this double-bill, four characters enter a temporal loop a laGroundhog Day to live the same period over and over until they get it right, from troupe Arts Camp

[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] 8:00 pm: Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), Nick Turner (host of Monsters and Too Cool for School), The Puterbaugh Sisters (SketchFest NYC 2011), Karl Hess, and Rae Sanni performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): A sketch show about time travel and unfortunate mistakes: Swartzlander: Unstuck; and in the other half of this double-bill, a one-woman show by Alexis Lambright about her quest to pop her cherry: Combating Adult Virginity

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Andrea Rosen (most hilarious pregnant stand-up alive; HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Ben Kronberg, Seaton Smith, and Travis Irvine performing stand-up in the East Village’sBeauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): A one-man show by Joe Dettmore about his life experiences “meeting a munchkin, dancing with the Lone Ranger, and touching Mohammed Ali’s bare ass” in I’m From Where You are Going

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining tonight at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: A TV night at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy as host Brad Loekle jokes through the TONY Awards: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs loungehosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

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