February 9, 2011

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Scott Adsit and John Lutz

30 Rock stars Scott Adsit & John Lutz are one of the hottest tickets at UCBT as razor-sharp improv duo John & Scott

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Pamela Murphy’s autobiographical show is the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT in the past year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Pam’s work, please click here). Don’t miss Jane Borden of Time Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this A-List double-bill, a delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ray Devito, Carmen Lynch, Ophira Eisenberg, John Knefel, Charlie Kasov, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm:Leslie Goshko (delightful storyteller/stand-up; Sirius XM, host ofSideshow Goshko), John Flynn (stellar storyteller of The Nights of Our Lives), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon), Rob Crean, and Pat Galante performing at this free weekly show at Luca Bar (119 St. Marks Place) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically fine NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at the East Village’sAngels and Kings for this free weekly show hosted by delightful dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

9:00 pm ($5 with password Derek Walcott, otherwise $8): Sketch troupes Chris & Paul, American Candy, By the Numbers, and Jay Franklin Films, plus stand-up Calvin Cato, performing at UNDER St. Marks with host Naomi Ekperigin: Sketch Block

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-director & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious new improv duo who should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/8/10

December 8, 2010

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Scott Adsit and John Lutz

"30 Rock" stars Scott Adsit & John Lutz perform tonight as exciting new improv duo John & Scott...

Dan St Germain and Jared Logan

...and razor-sharp comedy duo Dan St. Germain & Jared Logan debut their sketch show "They Hated Each Other"

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:

6:30 pm ($5): Justin Tyler, Matt Fisher, and Alden Ford performing their favorite sketches (for a sample, please click here) as comedy troupe Sidecar: The Immaculate Collection

[TOP PICK] 7:30ish pm ($10 at the door or $12.75 online): Top storytellers telling a personal tale that in some way incorporates a lesson learned at college (for a write-up of the amazing debut, please click here)—with tonight’s lineup consisting of host Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, The Liar Show), Carter Edwards, Katherine Wessling, Peter Aguero, and Michele Carlo—performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for producer Adam Magazine’s You Went to College For That?

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing, and who’s also performed on Jay Leno and his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, headlining tonight at Carolines: Myq Kaplan

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Very smart and very funny comics Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) teaming up to debut a two-man sketch show about history’s most infamous rivalries; and an indescribable multimedia sketch show from Peter Blomquist and Jeff Wiens, in the double-bill They Hated Each Other and Franco & Billy: Diamonds of Fire

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Delightful comedic singing/songwriting duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park performing their best songs for an hour at music venue National Underground (159 East Houston Street, between Eldridge & Allen Streets): Ellis & Park

8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) hosting this free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show (lineup not yet announced) at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic): Dive Comedy

8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): Mindy Raf (brilliant musical & sketch comic), Nick Vatterot (Jimmy Fallon), Sean Donnelly (host of Lil’ Seany Boy), Evan Jacobs, and Mara Herron performing stand-up at at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor) at It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Sean Crespo, Sue Funke, Jarret Berenstein, Kara Klenk, Peter de Giglio, and Nate Min performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Larry Murphy (genius voiceover/character comic; Adult Swim’sDelocated, Assy McGee, Bob’s Burgers), Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), and Greg Johnson (Sirius Radio) performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Adsit & Gausas have virtually become legends as one of the most brilliant and passionate duos in improv comedy for making up theatrical scenes on the spot with breathtaking skill. They recently decided to refresh their palettes via other couplings; for example, Christina Gausas last month paired with Becky Drysdale, and will likely do so again early next year (keep an eye on the UCBT schedule). Meanwhile, Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-director & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) tonight buddies up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live), forming what’s likely to be another magical improv pair: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/4/10

September 4, 2010

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Judah Friedlander and Anthony Atamanuik

Judah Friedlander appears tonight at Comix for "Still Standing Up," while Anthony Atamanuik performs at the UCBT midnight show "Andy Rocco's Underground Americana"

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] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($20 plus 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups who may include Judah Friedlander, Christian Finnegan, Julian McCullough, Myq Kaplan, Mike Lawrence, Jesse Joyce, Kurt Metzger, and Veronica Mosey performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm; Last 2010 NYC Show!! ($19.50 online using discount code8PUPPET): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

8:00 pm ($8): Improvised scenes based on the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist atMissed Connections Two-Prov

[$] 8:00 pm ($53 & 2-drink min.)  A TV & film star whose credits include Undercover Brother, Deuce Bigalow, and Scary Movie 3 headlining through Saturday at Carolines: Eddie Griffin

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and the Cage Match Champion for two years in a row!—genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($7): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Brilliant storyteller/writer/improvisor Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo), superb stand-up Dan St. Germain, razor-sharp sketch comics Greg & Lou, Stephanie Streisand (Fangoria TV, Cage Match), and musical guest Danger Pin “celebrate the seedy and urbane life in America; think of us as The Prairie Home Companion, just a little more fucked up” at Andy Rocco’s Underground Americana

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/22/10

July 22, 2010

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Tracy Morgan

Comedy superstar Tracy Morgan headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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 ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—Rachel Dratch (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), James Braly (The Moth), Fiona Walsh (Galway Comedy Festival), and Jessica Grose (Slate)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Heroism: Saving the Day” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($60 & 2-drink min.): A co-star of 30 Rock who’s one of the most hilarious guys in the biz headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Tracy Morgan

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners inOchi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hilarious stand-ups Andrea Rosen, Sara Schaefer, and Michelle Collins, and raunchy storyteller Giulia Rozzi, perform along with wonderful hosts Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here):Power Suit

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of The Penis

8:00 pm ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work atInside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Top stand-ups Rich Vos, David Alan Grier, Morgan Murphy, Amy Schumer, Bonnie McFarlane, and Joe DeRosa performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman performing and hosting other gal stand-ups in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A one-man show from Michael Hartney about an obsession (which, given my comic book background, I consider utterly reasonable), and improv trio Charlie Todd (Reuben Williams), Chuck Dauble (Chuck D. & Jawnee Show), and Eric Scott (Reuben Williams), in the double-bill : So I Like Superman: A One-Nerd Show and C, C, & E Improv Factory

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Doppelganger and Sandino, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/2/09

September 2, 2009

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Scott Adsit and Tina Fey

Scott Adsit (above, with Tina Fey) & Christina Gausas create a blend of hilarious improv and thrilling theatre tonight at Adsit & Gausas

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Margie Kment (who’ll soon be moving to LA), Morgan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Jamie Lee, Craig Baldo, and Dave Rosinsky at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by the luminous Margie Kment & Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Former Saturday Night Live & Daily Show star A. Whitney Brown, plus brilliant storyteller/standup Leslie Goshko, and stand-ups Mark Riccadonna, Trevor Williams, Selena Coppock, Malaika Gordon, and Liz Simons, all performing at a free weekly East Village show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Comedy giants Eugene Mirman and Leo Allen, plus UK TV comedy star Phil Jupitus, and sharp NYC stand-ups Rory Scovel and Brent Sullivan, at a free weekly show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly—but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/13/09

February 13, 2009

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Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander

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:

a world-class improvisor and utterly unique comic trying out his special brand of silliness in a solo show (on a double-bill with character comic Nick Ross): Eugene Cordero (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s a cast member on the smash hit sitcom 30 Rock, has also performed on Jay Leno, HBO, VH1, and MTV, and is headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Judah Friedlander (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

stand-ups Amy Beckerman, H. Alan Scott, Michael Brill, Bob Smith, and Soce the Elemental Wizard at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a comedic freestyle rap contest, tonight including brilliant comics Jessica Delfino, Livia Scott, Victor Varnado, Rob Cantrell, and Billy Scafuri, hosted by genius comedic musical hosts Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), at The BEATdown (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/2/08

December 2, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Aalap Patel, Doug Adler, Leslie Goshko, Chanelle Futrell, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock and Moral Orel) and Jonathan Bresnan (author of MAD About Star Wars and The Art of Star Wars, Episode I) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about comic books at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Whorenado, Ragnaröck, Bangs, Bastian, and DeCoster—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a breathtaking collection of all-star comedy talent—Nick Kroll (star of ABC’s Cavemen, Conan O’Brien, MTV, VH1), Anthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central), Arj Barker (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), Robin Ince (UK’s The Office), and Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central)—at this blowout edition of one of the finest and funniest shows in NYC, Sweet (9:00 pm).

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