NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/25/15

June 25, 2015

TV Alert: Mark Normand and Jason Schwartzman are on Conan O’Brien;
Seth MacFarlane is on Seth Meyers;
Richard Lewis is on The Daily Show;
Lisa Kudrow and Zach Woods are on James Corden (repeated from 5/19);
Kate Micucci, David Koechner, and Will Sasso are on @midnight;
Chris Gethard, please note Morrissey is Jimmy Fallon;
a new episode of The Chris Gethard Show is on Fusion at 10:00 pm
—and don’t forget shows from Chris’ cable access years
air every weeknight on Fusion at 3:00 am-4:00 am

Kevin Geeks Out About Aninal Attacks

A breathtaking collection of hilarious film clips from Kevin Maher when Kevin Geeks Out About Animal Attacks

Leslie Goshko and James Bewley: Wunnerful Wunnerful!

…and Leslie Goshko and James Bewley host a gala absurd tribute to Lawrence Welk at Wunnerful Wunnerful!

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] [$] 7:00 pm ($18.39 in advance online or $20 at the door): The wonderful Leslie Goshko & James Bewley host an oddball tribute to classic TV series The Lawrence Welk Show with a small army of comedic musical guests at the Ars Nova Theatre (511 West 54th Street, off 10th Avenue): Wunnerful Wunnerful!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Pete Lee (Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing) tries out material every night this week at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Week at the Creek: Pete Lee

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): A tribute to The Muppet Show via a retrospective, sketches, musical numbers, and more atThe PIT upstairs theatre written, directed, and produced by Kaitlin Fontana, Sean Reidy, and Luke Ward: We Love TV: The Muppet Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Genius improvisors Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film at the UCB East theatre: The Two-Man Movie

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm ($14 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s stand-ups include Michael Che, Kurt Metzger, Joe Machi, Nick DiPaolo, Keith Alberstadt, Carmen Lynch, Marina Franklin, Jessica Kirson, Seaton Smith, Pete Davidson, Liza Treyger, Jeff Leach, and Sean Donnelly, with three of the shows atComedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) and the 8:00 pm show at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Thursday

7:30 pm ($5): UCB improvisors from both NY and LA gather at UCB Chelsea for Coast to Coast Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($15; please note advance tickets have sold out, but there’ll be a limited number of tickets at the door): Superb comics Sasheer Zamata (instant star cast member of Saturday Night Live), Jo Firestone (exceptionally inventive and irresistible rising star; The Chris Gethard Show, radio host of WFMU’s Dr. Gameshow, live-on-stage host of Punderdome 3000, The Unexpectashow, and The Incredible Game Show Showcase), Amber Nelson (dynamic stand-up & character comic; Comedy Central; sketch group Murderfist), and host Anna Drezen (superb stand-up who blends jokes with characters & movement, sketch; one-woman show Spooky Jerks) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Beach Magic

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($24.75 via Goldstar [vs. $29 at the door]): The only FringeNYC show to ever include a barbershop quartet singing about alcohol and three rounds for each audience member (for my full review, which includes a rave for the spectacular Nicole DiMattei, please click here) is now playing as a perfect show for a date every Friday & Saturday night at the West Village’s Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, in the downstairs Huron Club): The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

8:00 pm-Midnight ($10 for the entire evening): The Magnet house improv groups Hello Laser and Junior Varsityperforming improv for an hour, followed at 9:00 pm by Junk Food (improv that embraces pure absurdity and silliness; you’ll eat it up but never feel full), at 10:00 pm by sketches from group Wendigo, and finally at 11:00 by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out

8:00 pm ($5): Jared Logan (Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing, CNN, TBS), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, HBO, VHI, FX’s Totally Biased, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Katina Corrao (HBO, Comedy Central’s Broad City, VH1, co-host of Lasers in the Jungle), Mike Dobbins (unique stream-of-consciousness stand-up), Jesse Popp (briefly back from LA), and James Patterson performing stand-up for this weekly show at Brooklyn’s Splitty (415 Myrtle Avenue) hosted by Greg Johnson (Sirius XM): Myrtle Comedy

8:00 pm ($10): A variety of comics (not announced) performing songs, characters, and/or stand-up at The PITupstairs theatre hosted by sketch/improv group Martha: All You Can Eat

8:00 pm ($5): Katie Haller & Corrine Fisher host this show consisting of almost all gal stand-ups at The PITdownstairs lounge: The Token Guy Show

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch groups Business Computer, The Uncanny Valley, Hayden & Andy, and host The Grape Dutches perform scripted comedy scenes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: A Midsummer Night’s Wet Dream.

8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($15; no min.): Stand-up Joe Praino records his first comedy album at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Joe Praino

8:00 pm ($5): Two improv house groups, Salt and Gun Club, make up scenes for an hour at Brooklyn’s The Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Avenue; take J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue or L to Lorimer Street): Salt + Gun Club

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Superb comics Aparna Nancherla, Megan Neuringer, and Johnny Meeks perform their worst–ever sketches at UCB East hosted by Justin Michael & Jacob Reed: Before You Were Funny

9:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Tim Paul that explores “sex, depression, body image, monogamy, open relationships, therapy, psychedelics, and Wellbutrin with extreme frankness and almost disturbing candor” at Brooklyn’s The Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Avenue; take J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue or L to Lorimer Street):Wellbutrin Whore

9:00 pm ($5): A short play—performed with the lights off—at The PIT downstairs lounge curated by group Forever Dog: Forever Dog Presents Two Miners Horny as Hell and Trapped in the Dark

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15): A glorious collection of hilarious film clips and live guests from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue; take the L to Bedford), with Violent Beasts as this month’s theme: Kevin Geeks Out About Animal Attacks

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [$] 9:30 pm ($7.44 online using discount code ROZZI, plus 2-drink min.): Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Lately, writer for MTV’s Girl Code, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) wants to immortalize your laughs for the recording of her first stand-up comedy album. Plus opening for Giulia are Christi Chiello, Will Miles, and Joel Kim Booster. It all happens at New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues): Giulia Rozzi Comedy Album Recording

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Storytellers Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Julian Goldhagen, host Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, owner of The Story Studio), and more tell tales revolving around the theme Wonder at The PIT upstairs theatre for one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

9:30 pm ($5): “Last year a small book was passed around the Del Close Marathon. Improvisers from around the world contributed one page at a time in what came to be DCM the Novel. Now, for the first time ever, the novel will be released to the public. Chapters will be read aloud, followed by improvisation based on the reading. Come listen to an epic tale that only drunk and sleep deprived improvisers could have come up with” at the UCB Chelsea theatre:DCM the Novel

10:00 pm ($5): Character-based sketch comedy from duo Michael Delisle & Rosie Guarino at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Rosie & Mikey Variety Hour

[FREE] 10:30 pm: “A curated hour of eclectic comedic material written in a week with no rehearsals” directed by Conner O’Malley (staff writer/performer for Seth Meyers) at Brooklyn’s The Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Avenue; take J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue or L to Lorimer Street): The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Dar Silicon returns to us from the future’s past. A renegade group of soul-warriors have been temporally reincarnated for your listening and viewing pleasure. THIS SHOW IS TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME” at UCB Chelsea: Dar Silicon Concert

11:00 pm ($5): I have no idea what this show is about, but it’s hosted by Gary Richardson, John Reynolds, and Joey Dundale at the UCB East theatre: $$$

Thursday 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: All-gal open mic at UCB East hosted by the spectacular Anna Drezen & Sue Smith: Open Michelle: Ladies Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen receiving 2 minutes—and if that goes well, maybe a hug (but not actual puppies)—at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ross Parsons & Trey Galyon: Free Puppies

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] 7:00 pm: Weekly open mic that provides 5 minutes for each audience member whose name is pulled out of a bucket to perform a true story, sketch, or characters at Brooklyn’s Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) hosted by JiJi Lee:Split Personality Open Mic Storytelling & Sketch

7:00 pm ($2, which includes a free beer or water): Open mic stand-up providing a whopping 10 minutes per comic. Email with subject line Phoning Thursday to sign up; or take a chance at lottery sign-up live between 6:45 and 7:45 at Brit Pack Studios (153 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor) hosted by Ian Fidance: Comics Phoning It In

[FREE] 7:00 pm: A weekly improv jam hosted by group Salt at Brooklyn’s The Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Avenue; take J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue or L to Lorimer Street): The Blender

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv group Hello Laser to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

9:30 pm (free for audience members, $5 or 1 drink min. for stand-ups wanting to perform): Open mic stand-up providing 7 minutes per comic (and a free recording of your set!), with order determined raffle-style. Sign up by emailing or calling (212) 253-7747, or just walk in and supply your name, to perform at theOld Man Hustle Bar (39 Essex Street) hosted by Solomon Chehebar: Peep Show Comedy Open Mic

[TOP PICK] [AMOST FREE] 11:00 pm ($1): A storytelling open mic at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Chris Booth:Bar Tales & Blowhards

[FREE] 11:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show that’s first come, first serve, with each comic getting 3 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Patrick Hastie: Beer, Booze, and Bits

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A supportively silly jam for duo improv (you’ll be paired up on the spot) in which the audience shows “Good Scene!” at the end of every scene at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by improv group Judith: Good Scene!: A Judith 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)

(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)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; shows free-$10)

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/The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; free cover Fri-Sat with code LICVIP; 2-drink min.)

 From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible 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.

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