NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/26/11

June 26, 2011

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Faye Lane

The thoroughly wonderful Faye Lane performs her last Sunday show today (she's switching to Fridays at 8:00 pm) at Beauty Shop Stories...

Tracy Morgan

...and comedy superstar Tracy Morgan concludes this run tonight headlining at Carolines

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] 2:00 pm: Stand-ups Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, FOX), Karith Foster (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Showtime, VH1, IMUS in the MorningOprah), DJ Hazard (Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E), and more performing for a free outdoor show at Central Park’s Mineral SpringsLaughter in the Park

[FREE] 4:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (College Humor) and a small mob of lesser-known stand-ups performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Andy Rocco: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[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): “Clown and sideshow theatrics” at the debut of Clown Baggage; and “five females search for happiness” at the sketch show Pussy Control

[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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($60 & 2-drink min.): A co-star of 30 Rock who’s one of the most hilarious guys in the biz headlines one last night at Carolines: Tracy Morgan

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mara Herron, Chris Laker, Steve O’Brien, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Improv that flows from moment to moment, with no sweeps or tag outs—”each exit starts a new scene, while performers use devices ranging from monologues to in-scene questions to break into characters and relationships quicker and deeper”—at the debut of Scoresby

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Matt Ruby, Jen Statsky, Ken Schultz, and Adam Cozens performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch, stand-up, improv, and more at a comedy variety show at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by sketch troupe Froduce

[FREE] 8:30 pm: A monthly comedy video show “of epic proportions; this is every music head’s dream” at The Creek downstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Holden McNeely & Ed Larson of award-winning heavy metal sketch troupe Murderfist: Stage Fright

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Andy de la Tour (pioneering UK comedy star; The Young Ones), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Monroe Martin, and Damien Lemon performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Nick Vatterott: Comedy Night

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[$] 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace & Molly Austin: Vicious Cycle

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