NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/8/11

September 8, 2011

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Adam Wade and Vanessa Bayer

Stellar storyteller Adam Wade (Big Heart), SNL jewel Vanessa Bayer (Totally J/K)...

Kate McKinnon on Ice

...and your last chance to see Kate McKinnon perform one of the best shows of the year: "Kate McKinnon on Ice"

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] 6:00 pm: New weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at the new UCBeast (Upright Citizens Brigade East Village Theatre at 155 East 3rd Street, off Avenue A) hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics drawing names from a bucket, with each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with veteran improv talents to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

7:00 pm ($5): A one-woman show by Kristen Lucas about “a small town in Oklahoma and all its infamous stereotypes, Including but not limited to Pecos Bill, men with small genital syndrome, and a fat lady stuck on her toilet seat:” Oklahoma! A Tornado Tour Through a Tiny Town

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): New one-hour show featuring “a compilation of my favorite stories and home videos that I’ve been working on for the past two years” from storytelling giant Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) happening every other Thursday at the new UCBT-East (Upright Citizens Brigade East Village Theatre at 155 East 3rd Street, off Avenue A): Adam Wade’s Big Heart

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): A rotating cast of veteran improvisors make up scenes based on the improvised monologues of the co-owner of the Magnet Theatre: The Armando Diaz Experience

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy genius Kate McKinnon concluding the run of her smash one-woman show, which features “Singing! Dancing! Ice Skating! Hoarders! Conjoined Twins! Temple Grandin!” This inventive, dynamic production is among the very best to grace the UCBT stage this year. (And if you don’t want to take my word alone, check out Jane Borden’s Time Out New York review.) Kate is the most precious of diamonds in our NYC comedy community; come see why in Kate McKinnon on Ice 

…and in the other half of this double-bill, a mini-play that pleased the college-age audience I saw it with, but that I wish wasn’t written to be so calculating and by-the-numbers (e.g., the ending was dead obvious within the first few minutes)…but is probably worth seeing if only for the genuinely fresh & funny tailor scene: Brad Sacks Gets a Handjob

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: An all-musical comedy night with rock god Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), rock siren Jessica Delfino (enjoys singing songs about her vagina, as demonstrated by her CD Dirty Folk Rock; created the hilarious and wildly popular YouTube animated short film I Wanna Be Famous; has a cool blog; to get a feel for Jessica’s amazing range and talent, please click here), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1; wrote a new song with Ben Lerman just for this show), and Dan Licata performing at The Creek’s upstairstheatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): In Megan Kellie’s one-woman oddity, “a horrible sketch show morphs into a puppet and foam driven romp that borrows prisoners but gives them back.” This hit at SketchFest NYC 2011 involves audience participation and a certain amount of improv, so every performance is different. Time Out Chicago called it “an exuberant and exciting piece of experimental theater…it sounds strange and it was:” The Pyramid Shew

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Vanessa Bayer (cast member on Saturday Night Live), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), Greg Johnson, and rap group Das Racist performing at at the new UCBT-East (Upright Citizens Brigade East Village Theatre at 155 East 3rd Street, off Avenue A) with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

9:30 ($5): Three NYC sketch troupes—Dan Hirshon, Lynn Lynn, and “a secret surprise guest”—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in a sketch revue hosted by Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Jamie Kilstein, Jen Kwok, Jason Good, Allison Castillo, and Matt Koff performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s basement lounger for The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupes The Shucks and Tesla compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Brick and Double Date compete for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

[FREE] 11:00 pm: New weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at the new UCBeast (Upright Citizens Brigade East Village Theatre at 155 East 3rd Street, off Avenue A) hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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