NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 12/31/11

December 31, 2011

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New Year's Eve

Don't hesitate to laugh this New Year's Eve; there are several superb and affordable comedy shows to choose from...


...including "Murderfist's New Year" (free)...

Leslie Goshko

...and "The Liar Show" ($25, which includes free champaign)

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

[TOP PICK] [$] 5:30 pm ($25, which includes 1 glass of champaign; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! The yarn-spinners are Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp storyteller/comic; WNYC, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host ofSideshow Goshko), Ed Gavagan (Moth GrandSlam Champion), Andy Ross (written for Mad Magazine, Onion News Network), and host Andy Christie (The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam Champion) performing at the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) for this special year-end edition of The Liar Show

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Comedic storytelling at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Eugene Aston-Gonzalez: 1001 Nights

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): One of The PIT’s finest improv troupes—which occasionally includes comedy giants Kristen Schaal and/or Kurt Braunohler—performing an improv show followed by a free New Year’s Eve dance partyBig Black Car

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  NYC stand-ups Mike Vecchione, Russ Meneve, Michael Che, Vince August, and host Wil Sylvince help you usher in the New Year at the CarolinesComedy Club: Carolines New Years Eve Spectacular

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special The Byrne identity headlining tonight and Friday at the Gotham Comedy Club (with opener Colin Jost): Steve Byrne

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), Mike Yard (Comedy Central), Aaron Berg, and and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm doors, 10:00 pm-Midnight show: In probably the biggest bargain you’ll encounter for the rest of 2011, this free show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City lets you spend the final two hours of the year with ECNY Award-winning Murderfist , NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, as well as stand-up guests James Adomian, Dan St. Germain, Amber Nelson, Nick Turner, Nick Vatterott, and more, plus stellar musical guests The Cowmen, Reformed Whores, Skulk The Hulking, and more, hosted by Ed Larson & Ben Kissel: Murderfist’s New Year

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups (not announced) participate in the fake taping of a bad late-night TV comedy show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Brad SteuernagelComedians Off Of the Leash

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