NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/9/13

November 9, 2013

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As part of NYCF, Nick Kroll and his executive producers are interviewed by Seth Meyers about Kroll Show…

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…and The PIT offers an alternative to the great New York Comedy Festival via dozens of $5 one-person shows: Solocom

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:

[TOP PICK] [$] The New York Comedy Festival features some of the best stand-ups in the world doing headlining sets in major NYC theatres such as the Beacon, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall during November 6-11. Among the stars performing tonight are John Mulaney (sold out), Anthony Jeselnik (sold out), Bill Maher (sold out), Charley Murphy (sold out tonight, tickets still available for Sunday), Jim Jefferies at Carnegie Hall, and Rhys Darby at Gotham, plus an interview with Nick Kroll (sold out, but see directly below). To explore the entire schedule, please click New York Comedy Festival

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] 4:00 pm: SNL’s Seth Meyers interviews Nick Kroll, star of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, plus Nick’s executive producers and co-writers John Levenstein & Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) at the Museum of Television and Radio. Tickets in the theatre with Nick are sold out. However, you can watch from a screening room for $15, or watch the live stream from the comfort of your home for free by clicking here at 4:30 pm (and if you think you’re hearing my laugh, you probably are, as I’ll be attending this): Seth Meyers Interviews Nick Kroll and Exec Producers of Kroll Show

[TOP PICK] 3:00 pm-Midnight ($5 per show): In the midst of the stand-up and sketch explosion that is the New York Comedy Festival, The PIT is hosting two days of solo performances. Honestly, I wish this event, titled Solocom, was scheduled for some other weekend when it wouldn’t be competing with so many other comedy events; but if you like one-person shows from folks who aren’t yet stars, this is an alternative to what NYCF is offering, with notable performers tonight including Ali Farahnakian, Katie Hartman, Keisha Zollar, Maranda Sarrow, and Brad Lawrence, running at both the upstairs and downstairs PIT theatres for just $5 per show: Solocom

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:30, and 12:15 am ($20-$24 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s lineups include TV star Dave Attell at the 7:30, 8:45, and 9:15 shows, Emmy winner Paul Mecurio at the 9:15 show, Julian McCullough at the 10:30 and 12:15 shows, and Mark Normand at the 12:15 show, with four of the shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane), and the 7:30 pm and 9:15 pm shows at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Saturday

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Anthony P. DeVito, Julia Solomon, Ron Krasnow, Sam Evans, and Rojo Perez performing stand-up, improv troupe Butts, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Peggy O’Leary: Hard, Lonely, and Vicious

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by Wil Sylvince (Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View), Maddog Mattern (Sirius Radio, Howard Stern TV; to see Maddog handle a heckler, please click here), and more—hopefully including surprise New York Comedy Festival drop-ins to make up for this weekend’s lack of advertised headliners— performing stand-up at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

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 ($16.52 in advance online, $20 at the door): A top-notch theatrical troupe that’s equally fine at compelling acting and split-second comedy uses actual material on the Web, performed verbatim, to craft laugh-out-loud scenes. This 15th edition of the series (begun in 2011) focuses on Fame at the LES’ COW Theatre (21-A Clinton Street). Tonight is your last chance to catch Blogologues: Fame – Show Us Your Tweets. #twerkingtothetop

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): A New Zealand stand-up who’s performed on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and is acclaimed for his characters and sound, headlines tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club (with openers includig Michelle Buteau): Rhys Darby

[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 at Airwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

[FREE] 8:30 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The Irish Exit (978 Second Avenue, off 52nd Street, in the back room) hosted by Gary Vider (hilarious writer & deadpan stand-up; for sample jokes, please click here): Comedy at Irish Exit

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): The comics who train, teach, and perform at UCB-NY are among the finest improvisors in the world. The UCB Touring Company consists of the cream of the crop, with the mission of showing audiences beyond those visiting UCB’s theatres in NYC and LA what improv is all about. For just this evening, however, the traveling troupe will be strutting its stuff on the UCB Chelsea stage: UCB TourCo All-Stars

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

[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 East that won this year’s prestigious Cage Match championship by springboarding scenes off interviewing an audience member about his or her love life: What I Did For Love

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: “Starting in 1982, the city of Atlanta threw an annual party called Freaknik which essentially became the largest black spring break party in the country. The party became so big and wild that the city shut it down for good in 1996. But comedians Andy Sandford, Noah Gardenswartz, and Steve Forrest are bringing Freaknik back…to Long Island City. ‘Comedy Freaknik’ will be a lot like the original Freaknik, except it’s going to happen once a month, and it will be a comedy show hosted by three white guys. That’s basically the only difference” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Freaknik

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($20): 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 West Village’s Soho Playhouse: The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($15): Comedic writers, storytellers, and stand-ups sharing their tales of failure, with tonight’s guests Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!), Matt Koff (writer for The Daily Show), Aparna Nancherla (writer for Totally Biased), Michelle Collins (FOX, MTV, VH1), and Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code, Guy Court, VH1) performing at UCB Chelsea at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney perform sharp improv at The Magnet as comedy duo Trike

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:30 pm: Stand-up from Becky Yamamoto (rave reviews from The New York Times and The New Yorker; former beard-wearing member of band Stickerbook) and musical improv from Lady Zoo at this free monthly variety show at UCB East that’s hosted by Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger) and Poupak Sepehri, and features improv jams led Yom Kippurpants, James III, and more: The Soul Glo Jam

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Songs from the delightful Camille Harris ((irresistible rising star singer/sketch comic/cutie; featured player on The Moon Show, new music album Silly Jazz), plus stand-up from Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, VHI, FX’s Totally Biased, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Sean Donnelly (David Letterman, MTV), and Jarret Berenstein at UCB Chelsea with hosts Andy Rocco & Steven Slate: Underground Americana

Saturday Open Mics and Jams

[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

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Walk-in open mic comedy show—stand-up, character, or funny story—providing 5 minutes per comic at The Fifth Estate Bar (506 5th Avenue, off 12th Street) hosted by Meghan O’Keefe: Open Mic-hael Douglas

5:30 pm ($5): Walk-in open mic, with sign-up at 5:15 pm and each stand-up performing for 5 minutes, at the Comedy Village Comedy Club (107 MacDougal Street): Comedy Village

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$15)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

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