NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 12/31/14

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New Years Eve

Happy (almost) New Year! Ring in 2015 with laughs at one or more of the comedy venues below.

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $15 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm ($25, which includes a glass of champagne—and, if you guess right, a t-shirt; this is probably sold out, but you can call (212) 989-9319 and/or arrive early to get on a waiting list, because some reservations will be no-shows): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! This evening’s yarn-spinners are Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp storyteller/comic; WNYC, Sirius XM, Huffington Post, host of Sideshow Goshko), Ed Gavagan (Moth Radio Hour), Richard Greene (Forbes, Redbook), and Martin Dockery (five-time Moth GrandSlam finalist). Come to the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) and let host Andy Christie (The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam champion, exceptionally nice guy) attempt to mislead you on New Year’s Eve at The Liar Show

[FREE] 6:00 pm-midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT upstairs theatre: Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:30 pm ($30 plus 2-drink min.): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds and very finest stand-ups in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), 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; comedy album Still Got It), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle’s Show, For the Love of the Game), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Caroline Rhea Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central), and Jared Fried performing stand-up at the Stand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY New Year’s Eve: Judah Friedlander, Mark Normand, Greer Barnes, Caroline Rhea, and More

[$] 6:30 pm ($25; no min.): Dan St. Germain (enormously likeable and rapidly rising star who has several TV shows in the works; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Half-Hour Special, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Yannis Pappas (Comedy Central Half Hour, VH1), Paul Virzi, and more performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club at 239 Third Avenue & 20th Street. (Please note The Stand has two other shows tonight, at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm, but those are both sold out): The Stand’s Early NYE: Dan St. Germain, Adrienne Iapalucci, and More

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm & 8:30 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, Jordan Rock (Comedy Central), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 plus 2-drink min.) and 10:00 pm ($92.75 plus 2-drink min.): 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; comedy album Still Got It), Michelle Wolf (rising star; staff writer for and performer on Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Dan Soder (smart, edgy rising star; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, Inside Amy Schumer, MTV’s Guy Code and Guy Court, VH1), Joe List (HBO, David Letterman, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Gary Vider (fun deadpan stand-up; for great Conan O’Brien set, please click here; for more jokes, please click here), and Ricky Velez performing at the Carolines Comedy Club: Carolines New Years Eve: Mark Normand, Michelle Wolf, Dan Soder, Joe List, and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 plus 2-drink min.) and 10:30 pm ($60 plus 2-drink min.): Terrific stand-up Pete Correale (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central one-hour special) headlines at the Gotham Comedy Club: Gotham’s New Year’s Eve with Pete Correale

[$] 8:00 pm ($40 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Gary Gulman (razor-sharp wordsmith; David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-log special), Gregg Rogell (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Louie, Comedy Central), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle’s Show, For the Love of the Game), Lenny Marcus (David Letterman, MTV), Jessica Kirson (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, VH1, Logo one-woman show My Cookie’s Gone), Zainab Johnson (Arsenio Hall, Last Comic Standing, BET’s Comic View), and Modi (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show): Comedy Cellar New Years Eve: Gary Gulman, Gregg Rogell, Greer Barnes, Lenny Marcus, Jessica Kirson, and More

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award) performs and hosts what’s likely to be an off-the-wall comedy extravaganza at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Murderfist’s New Year

[$] 9:00 pm ($30; includes open buffet and glass of champagne): NYC stand-ups David Lester, Evan Jones, Kerry Coddett, Stephen Bolles, and Joanna Briley performing at People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street) hosted by Alex Babbitt & Elsa Waithe and followed by partying through 2:00 am: New Year’s Eve Comedy Jam

[FREE; plus free champagne at midnight!] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) hosted by Nimesh Patel (Comedy Central) at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless back room (557 Manhattan Avenue, near the G subway’s Nassau Avenue stop): Broken Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($80 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Strong line-up of Dave Attell (one of the most respected stand-ups in the biz; star of Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground, Showtime’s Dave’s Old Porn, Comedy Central’s Insomniac, and two Comedy Central specials; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, The Daily Show), Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Marina Franklin (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle’s Show, For the Love of the Game), Dov Davidoff (Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, Chappelle’s Show, Chelsea Lately, Whitney, The League), Jessica Kirson (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, VH1, Logo one-woman show My Cookie’s Gone), Wil Sylvince (Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View), and Kevin Brennan performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show): Comedy Cellar New Years Eve: Dave Attell, Gary Gulman, Greer Barnes, Marina Franklin, and More

Midnight ($13.41 in advance online—please arrive by 11:45 pm for guaranteed seat): NYC comics perform stand-up in the nude (audience members can choose to be clothed or naked) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: The Naked Show

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 the Stand 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] 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 chance to perform on stage with experienced improvisors at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Bernard Maynore & Patrick Cucuta: Improdome

 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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