NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 4/20/13

April 20, 2013

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MJ Green Arches

4/20, the Christmas for stoners, is celebrated tonight at shows including “John Flynn: Baked!”, “The Rejection Show,” and “What I Did For Drugs”

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 (“starts late enough to sleep off that hangover but ends just in time to begin a new one”) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Jhoel Walkowski & Evan Davis: The Amateur Hour

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 4:20 pm: Stellar storyteller John Flynn (Saturday Night Live, The Nights of Our Lives, host of storytelling show Oh, Hey Guys!) performs a one-man show at the UCB East Hot Chicks Room Bar about “the many years I baked ‘magical’ cookies that were enjoyed by all sorts of people, making me the most adorable drug dealer in New York” to kick off today’s UCBT celebration of 4/20: John Flynn: Baked!

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, and music from Summer & Eve, Andy Beckerman, Jason Saenz, and more celebrating 4/20 at the UCB East Hot Chicks Room Bar hosted by Hunter Nelson and Joel Weidl (no really, that’s his name): Seeds and Stems

[DISCOUNTED] 5:30 pm ($4 online using code WALLSTREET; no min.): If you’d care to catch an early comedy club show for a super-low $4 price (with no drink minimum), this one features superb improv singer Rebecca Vigil (The Vigilante), Jimmy Failla (cab driver turned stand-up; podcast Follow That Car), and more performing at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): That Comedy Show

6:00 pm ($5): Improv troupes Red, Wando, and 4Some performing at The Magnet to kick off your Saturday evening: The Rundown

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: TV & Broadway stand-up star Colin Quinn performs bits from a show he’s developing for an off-Broadway run that looks at US history “from the Founding Fathers to the Kardashians” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Unconstitutional with Colin Quinn

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo (possibly 9:00 pm only), Andrew Schulz (MTV2’s Guy Code), Dean Edwards, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

7:00 pm ($5): “Similar to regular Indie Cage Match, but…you know.” Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Stoned Indie Cage Match

7:00 pm ($8): PIT students selected at random mix it up with improv veterans at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Draft

7:30 pm ($10): Improv powerhouses Charlie Todd, Jim Santangeli, Natasha Rothwell, and more at UCB Chelsea interview an audience member about where he or she grew up and then “turn that town’s tourist attractions, landmarks, hangouts, local celebrities, urban legends, and more into a hilarious show made up on the spot:” The Curfew: Not From Around Here

7:30 pm ($10): Sharp Magnet improvisors “perform organic freeform improvisation in two mind-blowing parts; the only rule is that there are no rules:” The Weave

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): NYC comics Ted Travelstead, Stuckey & Murray, Adam Newman, Jenny Rubin, Andy Friedman, Bob Powers, and Lisa Delarios “sharing jokes written under the influence of 4/20, jokes they thought were funnier when they were high, weed-related humor, and/or just absurdity that would appeal to the pothead in us all” performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for a show hosted by Jon Friedman: The Rejection Show: 4/20 Edition

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7 online using code WALLSTREET; no min.): 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), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV, IFC), Sherrod Small (writer/performer on TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Comedy Central, VH1), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), and William Stephenson (FX’s Louie, The Chris Rock Show) performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Nikki Glaser, Big Jay Oakerson, Sherrod Small, Dan Soder, and More

8:00 pm ($8): All-gal sketch/improv troupe Vacation hosts a variety show with female sketch comics and stand-ups performing at The PIT upstairs theatre: Lady Business

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($10): UCBT improv troupe Airwolf—which includes such talents as John Frusciante, Molly Lloyd, Tim Martin, and Emily Axford, and last year crushed 15 improv groups in Cage Match, entirely owns the UCB East stage tonight—and add a special spin for 4/20—at Airwolf: Let’s Get High at Your Place

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCB Chelsea’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($10): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[$] 9:30 pm ($15): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub and now enjoying a long run at The PIT upstairs theatre: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($10): UCBT Artistic Director Nate Dern, Zhubin Parang (writer for The Daily Show), Tracey Wigfield (writer for 30 Rock), Michael Kayne (Baby Wants Candy, Diamond Lion), Aaron Jackson (Newsadoozies), and more form an improv troupe at UCB Chelsea that won this year’s prestigious Cage Match championship by springboarding scenes off interviewing an audience member, normally about his or her love life—only tonight for 4/20 it’ll instead be an interview about what great lengths some audience member underwent to get high: What I Did For Drugs

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($7 online using code WALLSTREET; no min.): 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), Russ Meneve (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV, IFC), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), and William Stephenson (FX’s Louie, The Chris Rock Show) performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Nikki Glaser, Russ Meneve, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

10:30 pm ($10): Improvisors Rick Andrews and Brason Reese team with Nick Kanellis for one night only at The Magnet to form comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): At UCB Chelsea, improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes—which includes stellar talents Ryan Karels, Morgan Grace Jarrett, Brandon Scott Jones, and more—promises to “take your stories of the tragic and depraved and scatter them into laughter:” Grandma’s Ashes Gets Dark

11:00 pm ($10): Sketch comedy from a troupe born in a Boston college and tonight performing at The PIT upstairs theatre: Astronaut Theatre

[TOP PICK] 11:30 ($5): Amber Nelson (fearless, innovative rising star; Comedy Central; sketch troupe The Prom, co-host of The Dream Show), Selena Coppock (author of new book The New Rules for Blondes), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon, Funny or Die), Taylor Ketchum, and Nick Naney share true-life longish funny tales revolving around weed at this UCB East mashup of stand-up and storytelling hosted by Alison Leiby: It’s a Long Story: 4/20 Edition

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Improv is dominated by guys…and for no good reason. A way to help remedy this situation are shows like this one, which is an open improv jam for any gal wanting to participate, at any experience level. This monthly UCB Chelsea event is helmed by the wonderful Shannon O’Neill (breathtakingly innovative, lighting-quick, and fearless improvisor/sketch comic and rising star; The Chris Gethard Show, The Stepfathers, ASSSSCAT 3000, Strangers Wanted, Ladies Night): The Lady Jam

[DISCOUNTED] Midnight ($7 online using code WALLSTREET; no min.): Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV, IFC), Maddog Mattern (Sirius Radio, Howard Stern TV; to see Maddog handle a heckler, please click here), and more performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Big Jay Oakerson, Maddog Mattern, and More

Midnight ($5—or free if you show up in a costume): “A scandalous night of down-right-sexy improv at The PIT downstairs lounge. Incorrigible performers team up to turn down the lights, slip into something a little more comfortable, and spend the good part of an hour tickling your funny boners. Beware of partial nudity, strong sexual themes, and the possibility to be dragged on stage for a not-so-wholesome game of Truth or Dare:” Yes, Yes, Yes…And

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