NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/24/14

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TV Alert: South Park returns tonight at 10:oo pm on Comedy Central

Elna Baker

Brilliant storyteller Elna Baker and more tell tales on the theme Back to School at The Nights of Our Lives

Doctor Who

…and burlesque collides with classic TV science fiction at Cherry Pitz’s Hotsy Totsy Doctor Who Tribute

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-midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT upstairs theatre: Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): Four hours of improv from eight groups—plus a free improv jam at 6:00 pm—at The Magnet theatre: Magnet Megawatt

7:00 pm ($10): Feline-based sketch comedy from duo David Frasure & Jenn Welch at The PIT downstairs lounge:CATS! Sketch Fever

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Stand-up Jon Laster hones a long set tonight and Thursday at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Week At the Creek: Jon Laster

7:30 pm ($5): Expanding the UCB longform improv showcased on Harold Night is this weekly show at UCB Eastwhich tonight features house groups Witch, Boombox, and Rizzo: Lloyd Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers Elna Baker, Adam Wade, Peter Aguero, Jake Hart, and wonderful host Dave Martin tell tales that are brutally honest and hilarious on this month’s theme Back to School at the UCB Chelsea theatre: The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A burlesque tribute to Doctor Who at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) spearheaded by Cherry Pitz (a.k.a. sharp storyteller Cyndi Freeman): Hotsy Totsy Burlesque Tribute to Doctor Who

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm, 9:45 pm, and 11:30 pm ($14, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s comics include a strong lineup of Ted Alexandro, Hannibal Buress, Ryan Hamilton, Greer Barnes, Lenny Marcus, and Monroe Martin (hosting) at the 8:00 show, and another solid lineup of Dave Attell, Paul Mecurio, Jena Friedman, Nick Griffin, Keith Alberstadt, and Wil Sylvince (hosting) at the 11:30 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [FREE] 8:00 pm (reportedly FREE online [though it didn’t work for me this morning] or at the door using discount code LCS; no min.): Both up-and-coming and veteran NYC stand-ups audition for the next season of the highly problematic NBC series Last Comic Standing—which on the downside this year dismissed such top comics as Mark Normand and MIke Lawrence, but on the up side “discovered” Joe Machi…but then idiotically threw Joe away too. See if LCS gets its act together this time at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Auditions (1 of 2) for Season 9 of Last Comic Standing

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ophira Eisenberg, Adam Newman, Josh Gondelman, Mehran Khaghan, and Lawson Leong are “stand-ups who throw their set lists out the window for a night of wild riffing. Comics premiere a story that they’ve never told anyone, improvise a stand-up set based on an audience suggestion, or rant off the cuff. Also expect freestyling and musical improv in an anything goes atmosphere that makes for a one-of-a-kind experience” atThe Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1; for sample of Carolyn as white rapper, please click here), plus powerhouse improv singer Rebecca Vigil and her bandThe Vigilante, and Kid Lucky (MTV) on beatbox: Rifftown

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Mark Normand (hilarious red-hot rising star; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Liz Miele (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Damaged), Myka Fox, Mick Diflo, Daniel Tirado, Chris Williams, and Derek Humphrey performing stand-up at the Producer’s Club (358 West 44th Street) produced by Henry Cruz & Keith Fuerstenberg and hosted by Brittany Sherrod: Train Wreck Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($10): Blaise Allysen Kearsley (host of the How I Learned storytelling series), Veronica Osorio (web seriesPursuit of Sexiness, sketch group (212)), Jonah Bayer (Sound Advice, Going Off Track), and Robert Dean (Comedy Central) being interviewed and/or performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by James Bewley: Dale Radio Live

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, comedy CDs Small, Dork, and Handsome. Vegan Mind Meld, and Meat Robot), Andrew Norelli (Jimmy Kimmel), Bill Dawes (Broadway’s Bronx Bombers), Del Harrison (BET), Charlie Gaeta (contributing writer for SNL’s Weekend Update), John Frusciante (College Humor, improv group Airwolf), Luke Thayer (The Food Network’s Food Detectives), and Martin Morrow performing at this free weekly stand-up show at Lucky Jack’s Pub (129 Orchard Street) produced by Kyle Fincham, Lance Weiss, and Brendon Fitzgibbons: Gandhi, Is That You?

[TOP PICK] 9:15 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] 9:30 ($5): Renowned comedy chameleon and sketch comic Livia Scott (Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, VH1, feature film National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie) spearheads this multimedia sketch comedy show at the UCB Chelsea theatre: The Livia Scott Sketch Program

9:30 pm ($10): Nimesh Patel (Comedy Central, co-host of Broken Comedy), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Comedy Central Half Hour, MTV, ABC; clash with Roseanne on this season’s Last Comic Standing led to #gofuckyourselfBen), and Lynn Bixenspan performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Griffin Newman and/or Andrew Tavin: The Awooga Comedy Hour

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [FREE] 8:00 pm (reportedly FREE online [though it didn’t work for me this morning] or at the door using discount code LCS; no min.): Both up-and-coming and veteran NYC stand-ups audition for the next season of the highly problematic NBC series Last Comic Standing—which on the downside this year dismissed such top comics as Mark Normand and MIke Lawrence, but on the up side “discovered” Joe Machi…but then idiotically threw Joe away too. See if LCS gets its act together this time at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Auditions (2 of 2) for Season 9 of Last Comic Standing

[FREE] 10:00 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

[TOP PICK] 10:15 pm ($5): The UCB Touring Company consists of some of UCB’s finest improvisors who show audiences beyond those visiting UCB’s theatres in NYC and LA what improv is all about. For this monthly show, however, the traveling troupe will be strutting its stuff on the UCB East stage: UCB TourCo

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): An entire late night talk show pilot built around one comic, with tonight’s superb starring host Morgan Grace Jarrett (Broad City; improv groups Grandma’s Ashes and The Living Room) at the UCB Chelseatheatre: Night Late…with Morgan Grace Jarrett

Wednesday Open Mics & Jams

5:00 pm ($5): Two-hour open mic for 20 stand-ups performing for 5 minutes each, with sign-up online here, at theStand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 5 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Kaity Neagle & Irene Hartmann: Ragtag Team Open Mic Stand-Up

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic stand-up for 15 comics performing for 5 minutes each at Queens LIC’s Laughing DevilComedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.)—with drinks at half price: Happy Hour Open Mic

6:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, running 2 1/2 hours. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Sign up at 5:45 pm for the opportunity to make up scenes at The Magnet with veteran improvisors:Magnet Improv Mixer

6:30 pm (no cover, 1-drink min. for comics): Walk-in open mic providing 7 minutes per stand-up at the Phoenix Bar(447 East 13th Street) hosted by Lisa Harmon: Lisa’s Clubhouse

10:15 pm ($5): Randomly selected UCBT students perform with UCBT improv veterans at the UCB East theatre: The Lottery

[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

11:00 pm ($3): Open mic stand-up show, with its 90 minutes split evenly among the comics who throw their names into a bucket, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Eagle Witt: Amateur Night At The Mercury

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your chance to perform on stage with experienced improvisors at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Bernard Maynore & Patrick Cucuta: Improdome

[FREE] 11:15 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house group Bucky and DJ Cipha Sounds: The Improv Jam

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)

The PIT
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$20)

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.)

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible BestNewYorkComedy.com. He is literally the only person in NYC providing daily summaries of what’s happening comedy-wise. It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive…It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

Please feel encouraged to reach out to tell me about comedy shows, hire me for book or screenplay work, or for any other reason by emailing me at hy@hyreviews.com.

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