NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/19/14

January 19, 2014

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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] 5:00 pm: A smorgasbord of of stand-up, comedic music, comedic dance, sketch, and more at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Chris O’Neil: Mishmash Variety Hour (and a Half)

6:00 pm ($5): NYC sketch group Cook Kid Comedy performs for 30 minutes, and then Boston sketch groupDictator’s Time Machine performs for another half hour at The Magnet theatre: Cool Kid Comedy and Here Comes the Pain

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5; show up early because this will probably be packed): Fine lineup of Dave Hill (WFMU’sGoddamn Dave Hill Show), Murderfist (award-winning ace sketch group), Larry Murphy (great voiceover actor for FOX’s Bob’s Burgers, Adult Swim), Brooke Van Poppelen (writer and/or producer for MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code, Failosophy; co-host of Dive Comedy), Noel Wells (Saturday Night Live), and sketch group Good Cop Bad Copperforming (mostly) stand-up at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium (20 Meadow Street) hosted by Brett Davis & Brian McElroy: The Macaulay Culkin Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents) tries out stand-up material every night through Friday at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Week at the Creek: Sheng Wang

[$] 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:30 pm, and 12:15 am ($14 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s lineups include Ali Wong, Gary Gulman, and Nick Griffin at the 8:45 and 10:30 shows, and Kurt Metzger, Colin Jost, and Rachel Feinstein at the 12:15 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Sunday

7:00 pm ($10 online using code CRACKED; no min.): Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up and rising star; producer for The Daily Show, former staff writer for David Letterman), Monroe Martin, Adam Brown, Gladstone, Alex Schmidt, and Derek Gaines performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street) sponsored by a comedy site: Presents Unpopular Opinion

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes superstars in the improv world such as Chris Gethard, and occasionally network TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): “Jamaal is inviting a few friends to sing songs for you. Armed with an iPhone camera, Jamaal will also show some low production-value videos that you might like” at The Magnet theatre: Born to Karaoke

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.): DJ Cipha Sounds, Bklyn Mike, Omar the Comedian, and more performing one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Cipha Sounds Don’t Get Gassed

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; Jay Leno, FOX, NBC’s Are You There Chelsea?, film Savages), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up and rising star; producer for The Daily Show, former staff writer for David Letterman), Alex Koll (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Kevin McCaffrey (writer for David Letterman; TruTV), and Jonathan Morvay performing stand-up at UCB East with host Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon): If You Build It

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): All-gal storytelling show of “true tales with feelings; so many feelings…,” tonight featuring Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, The Today Show, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another, bestselling book being made into movie Screw Everyone), Alex Kern, and Laura Willcox performing at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by devoted to hosts Caitlin Brodnick & Lisa Kleinman: Shut Up Storytelling Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Live stage readings of popular Saved By The Bell episodes, with each cast member allowed an optional 3-minute Zack Morris style “time out” for episode-specific stand-up or a fan fiction bonus scene at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Bayside Myself

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): From the producers of The Scene, improvisors—who tonight are Micah Sherman, Steve Siddell, and Kevin Cragg, and groups Team Lopez and Triple D—make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge: Act One

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing; for hilarious cartoon about LA pet owners, please click here), Michelle Wolf (staff writer for Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Greg Johnson (Sirius XM Radio), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon, host of Midnight Stand-Up), and Bill Stiteler performing at theThree of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street) hosted by RG Daniels: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Sammy Obeid, Janelle James, Subhah Agarwal, and Aikido Sticatto performing stand-up, plus music from Jean Grae and DJ Tony Trimm, at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (former staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, LouieThe Eric Andre Show, host of Comedy Night, one-hour Comedy Central specialAnimal Furnace): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Jackie Kashian (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing; for hilarious cartoon about LA pet owners, please click here), Matt Koff (writer for The Daily Show), Mark Chalifoux, Sachi Ezura, and Scott Nossen performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at Beauty Bar

9:30 pm ($8): A veteran sketch troupe performs at The PIT upstairs theatre: City Hall

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Improv from group The Internet Disagrees at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Internet Disagrees Improv

Sunday Open Mics & Open Stages

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (put your name in the bucket at 3:45), providing 3 minutes or more per comic at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 5:00 pm ($1): Sign up at 4:30 pm to do improv with experienced PIT performers at The PITdownstairs lounge hosted by Sasha Capelli, Eitan Levine, and Shaina Stigler: 10K Jam Jam

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Emmy Blotnick, Matt Nedostup, and/or Sachi Ezurafor: Sledgehammer

6:00 pm ($5): Open-mic stand-up that includes professional feedback on each comic’s 5-minute set at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Mic-Shop: Open Mic Workshop

[FREE] 10:00 pm: The only open-stage show for entire groups of improvisors and sketch comics, running weekly at UCB East hosted by Austin Rodrigues: Bring Your Own Team: Improv/Sketch Team Jam

[FREE] 10:15 pm: Open-mic show for sketch and character bits running 3-5 minutes at The Magnet hosted by Sebastian Conelli. Everyone who signs up—at 9:45 pm at the box office—is likely to get onstage: Sketch in Progress

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.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club, with MST3K-style movie night on Thursdays; 2-drink min.)

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