NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 2/13/13

February 13, 2013

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Ellena Chmielewski

Ellena Chmielewski co-writes & directs a fresh, witty mini-play about relationships: Standards & Practices…

Kurt Metzger

…and Kurt Metzger practices for his one-hour Comedy Central special—free with code METZ—at The Stand.

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Then again, if you’re staying home, watch Kroll Show at 10:30 pm, the finest sketch comedy series to grace TV in years. (The above is the show’s representation of its male 18-35 Comedy Central audience…)

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: Open-mic stand-up for 15 comics performing for 5 minutes each at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.)—with drinks at half price: Happy Hour Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up providing 3 minutes per comic at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Max Corbel & Benel Germosen: Cracking It

[FREE] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation at The PIT upstairs theatre: Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Dr. Champagne, Bloomer, Featherweight, Chet Watkins, The Wrath, Brick, Flower Girl, and Horses performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Flower Girl at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

7:00 pm ($5): Valentine’s Day tales from storytellers Pay Shay (beloved improv/sketch comic; ImprovOlympic, longtime improv instructor at The PIT) and Anita Flores, plus heartbreak-related improv from troupes The Moscow River Sharks and Vacation, all performing at The PIT downstairs lounge: True Story with The Moscow River Sharks

[FREE] 7:00 pm: This weekly 2-hour open-mic storytelling show allows each performer a full 8 minutes to tell a compelling and funny tale at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Jake Hart and guest-hosted tonight by Shawtane Bowen (Just Let It Happen, Jeesus Freaks), For this Valentine’s Day edition, Jake says “Come for knowing heartbreak only makes us stronger. Stay because people will be drunk and vulnerable:” Jake Hart’s Open-Mic Storytelling Show

7:30 pm ($5): Expanding the UCB longform improv showcased on Harold Night is this weekly show at UCB East which tonight features troupes Graceland and Spooky Ghost: Lloyd Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improvisor Ellena Chmielewski proves herself to also be a brilliant comedic writer, and a young, fresh voice about relationships, in this mini-play about modern romance at UCB Chelsea she co-wrote with John Zachary Townsend, and that holds the seeds for a longer commercial stage production and/or a series on a network like MTV. Come enjoy watching the foundation of a promising career at one of the best-scripted shows to grace UCBT in a while: Standards & Practices

…and in the other half of this double-bill, sketch troupe Boat performs 30 minutes of bits at Boat: Comedic Sketches

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 at the door, $18.88 in advance online): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Hannibal Buress (former staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show, host of Comedy Night, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace), Nikki Glaser (co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing; podcast You Had to Be There), Carla Rhodes (“rock’n’roll ventriloquist;” for shout-out from David Letterman, please click here; for act with “Keith Richards,” please click here), and musical guest Eden & John’s East River String Band performing at Brooklyn’s The Bell House hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Nick DiPaolo (star stand-up, with numerous appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Louie; Emmy-nominated comedy writer, talk show host), Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Gregg Rogell (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Louie, Comedy Central), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Showtime), and Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show), performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam): Nick DiPaolo, Gary Gulman, Gregg Rogell, and More

8:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups & storytellers Amber Nelson (fearless, innovative rising star; Comedy Central; sketch troupe The Prom, co-host of The Dream Show), Josh Homer (Comedy Central), George Gordon, Craig Mahoney, Troy Byrnum, and Barbara Gray performing at McSwiggan’s (393 Second Avenue off 23rd Street) hosted by Selena Coppock: Connotation

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

8:00 pm ($5): A romantic comedy about dating in New York City by Shawn Shafner & Amanda Miller, who perform 30 characters in this 50-minute dark farce at The PIT downstairs lounge: Please Don’t Let Me Die Alone

[TOP PICK] [FREE] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm (normally $15, but FREE if you use code METZ online): Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), who recently sparked controversy in the NYC comedy community by asking a really obvious question (which has a really complicated and nuanced answer…), practices his upcoming one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, with the lovely Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing, VH1) and Yannis Pappas as openers, at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): One Hour with Kurt Metzger

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): A double-bill of all-gal sketch comedy duos kicks off with award-winning Canadians The Templeton Philharmonic “whose surreal sketch features hideous Edwardian dresses and deadpan interpretive dance” and then concludes with NYC-based Tamsi & Samsi at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Templeton Philharmonic and Tamsi & Samsi

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Superb improvisors—and actual brothers—Will Hines and Kevin Hines make use of their intimate knowledge of each other to gracefully invent scenes (hopefully without any squabbling) at UCB East performing as duo The Brothers Hines

[FREE] 9:00 pm: JR Havlan (7-time Emmy winning writer for The Daily Show; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Half Hour, MTV, ABC), Adam Lowitt (Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Kendra Cunningham (Saturday Night Live), Luke Cunningham (Jimmy Fallon), Damien Lemon (MTV2’s Guy Code, Comedy Central), and Meghan Hanley (Curtis and Kubby Show) performing stand-up at this free weekly comedy show at Lucky Jack’s Bar (129 Orchard Street) produced by Kyle Fincham, Lance Weiss, and Brendon Fitzgibbons: Gandhi, Is That You?

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer created Broad City as a Web series, which was then picked up for development as a TV series for FX…and is also a monthly stage show at UCB Chelsea. Tonight’s theme is Adventure for this “delicately crafted hour of fun:” Broad City Live

[$] 9:45 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman, VH1, contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Modi (HBO’s The Sopranos, Comedy Central), and Sherrod Small (writer/performer on TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Comedy Central, VH1) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam): Keith Alberstadt, Greer Barnes, Dan Soder, and More

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): The instructors of UCB’s classes include some of the finest improvisors in the country. In this new weekly show a bunch of them get on stage at UCB East, along with hosts Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis: Hot for Teacher: The UCB Faculty Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rising stand-up stars—Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence, Mark Normand, Dan. St. Germain, Pat Dixon, Emily Heller, Michael Che, Joe List, and/or Nick Turner—at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: The Regulars

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor”—not to mention a monthly podcast—at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), and featuring Marcus Parks, Mark DeMayo, Jim Polk, Jimmy Failla, and Chris Laker: The New York City Crime Report

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: The wonderful Sasheer Zamata (Doppelganger, Bucky, The Prom) hosts 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. (Tonight’s scheduled guests include brilliant improvisor Silvija Ozols, delightful singer Mindy Raf, and ace stand-ups Mike Lawrence and Emily Heller; for the complete list, please click here.) Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a weekly show at UCB Chelsea makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house troupe Grandma’s Ashes: The Improv Jam

[TOP PICK] [$] 11:30 pm ($10 plus 2-item food/drink min.): A killer lineup of uncensored stand-up from Dave Attell (one of the most respected stand-ups in the biz; star of Showtime’s Dave’s Old Porn and Comedy Central’s Insomniac; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Nikki Glaser (co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing; podcast You Had to Be There), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), and Chris Distefano (Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam): The Nasty Show: Dave Attell, Big Jay Oakerson, Nikki Glaser, Kurt Metzger, and More

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