NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 10/28/11

October 28, 2011

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Amy Schumer and Marina Franklin

Ace stand-ups Amy Schumer and Marina Franklin perform at the Eastville Comedy Club...

Halloween H20

...and comedy giants Horatio Sanz, Andy Blitz, Arden Myrin, and Leo Allen join Rob Lathan in analyzing the amusingly terrible film "Halloween H20" at Stinson's Awesome Movie Night

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: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Morgan Venticinque (Jimmy Fallon; for set about cops and fast food, please click here), Nick Ruggia (A&E), and Justy Dodge (Comical Radio) performing at Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street) at this biweekly stand-up show hosted by Peter Ostrovski & Ilya Gofshteyn: Beautiful Comedy

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($7): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver comedy as sketch troupe Good Morning, Ladies in this show charmingly titled Fuck You, I’m Reasonable

7:00 pm ($5): At this PIT double-bill, award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords, while all-gal improvisors Alexis Saarela, Brigid Boyle, Elizabeth Findlay, and Ashley Ward perform as troupe Taco Supreme

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Comedy duo Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney perform new sketches atUCB West, as well as host stand-up and improv guests: BriTANicK: The Monthly Mankerthon

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Sharp improvisors at UCB East—tonight featuring guests Fran Gillespie (The Law Firm), Morgan Jarrett (Gramp’s), Terry Withers (Still Mike), and Jaime Hazan—making up a musical on the spot: Diamond Lion

8:00 pm ($10): A PIT improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello; plus in the other half of this double-bill, troupe Epic Beards

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, is a cast member of the NBC sitcom Whitney (starring the wonderful Whitney Cummings), and has performed on Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy (to view his set, please clickhere) and TBS’ Glory Daze, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club:Chris D’Elia

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($20 [vs. $25] online or at the box office using discount code BOOK): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Eight small improv teams compete as part of a 32-team tournament at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by James Ferrarella: The Arena Small Team Tournament, Round 3

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($7): The winning team that created Pope!: An Epic Musical (a big hit at last year’s FringeNYC) and The Spidey Project (a media sensation) is now honing a pirate musical atThe Magnet about “the dashing young hero Declan as he seeks out the vicious Martin La Foe, the second most famous pirate ever,” with book and lyrics by Justin Moran & Jon Roufaeal, and music by Adam & Matt Podd. See it for a mere seven bucks before it moves to theatrical houses for $18 and up: Nightfall on Mirango Island

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from UCB West’s all-star members ofThe Stepfathers

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC) as his cinema connoisseur character Stinson screens the highlights of a notoriously awful film—which tonight isHalloween H2O—at UCB East along with comedy geniuses Horatio Sanz, Andy Blitz, Arden Myrin, and Leo Allen: Stinson’s Awesome Movie Night

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 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): Amy Schumer (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Fallon), Marina Franklin (developing into one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with an uncommonly gentle, graceful style that’s pure joy; Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, VH1, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors at The Magnet using an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Very funny comics James Adomian, Henry Zebrowski & Murderfist, Jared Logan, Jeffery Joseph, Nick Vatterott, John Roy, and more performing spooky characters at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Gallery of Evil with Maximilian Blanc

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Jon Gabrus, Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors at UCB West making up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute: The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): Top Gun performed as if written by William Shakespeare. I haven’t seen it, but am guessing this sketch-based parody at The PIT upstairs theatre is hilarious: Jester’s Dead

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced performing at UCB East hosted by Emily Axford, D’Arcy Carden, Alden Ford, Brandon Scott Jones, and/or Justin Tyler: Gentrify

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before this Magnet show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

[FREE] Midnight: 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

[FREE] Midnight: This show typically isn’t much fun for audience members—which is why it hasn’t been on the UCB West schedule for a long time—but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCBT stage. Hosted by Maude troupe Onassis: Liquid Courage

[$] 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 the Carolines Comedy ClubPaul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/30/11

August 30, 2011

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For comprehensive coverage of the FringeNYC 2011 Encore Series, please click here.

Anthony Jeselnik and Andy Blitz

Comedy geniuses Anthony Jeselnik (Joe Mande Presents at Carolines) and Andy Blitz (Tell Your Friends)

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Comedy veterans and Magnet students team up to perform musical improv at The Program

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($5.50 & 2-drink min.) Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; former writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; comedy CD Shakespeare), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), and more performing at the Carolines Comedy Club with host Joe Mande: Joe Mande Presents at Carolines

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Andy Blitz (comedy genius best known for being an Emmy-nominated and long-time writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien; has also written for Comedy Central’s Important Things, MTV’s Human Giant, etc.; a thoroughly unique stand-up whose sets—ranging from talking peanut butter to jet-flying cats—tend to be unforgettable), Vanessa Bayer (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion), Wayne Federman (former head monologue writer for Jimmy FallonJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), and Eric Patrick performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics creators joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Mr. Crime, Sandino, American Cousin, and Grandma’s Ashes—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): “What really goes on inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl from Long Island who’s obsessed with sleepaway camp, Madonna, and everything that her sexually promiscuous older sister does?” A one-woman show by Ali Bernstein: J.A.P.

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rebound and BEEES!

9:30 pm ($5): Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup andWe’re All Friends Here), and Andy Haynes performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/12/11

April 12, 2011

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John Mulaney and Andy Blitz

Comedy geniuses John Mulaney and Andy Blitz will make you helpless with laughter tonight at "Sweet..."

Dan St. Germain

...and rising star Dan St. Germain headlines for one night only 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:

7:00 pm ($5): Six improvisors play themselves on stage (similar to Naked in a Fishbowl) in Self Image; and in the second half of this double-bill, Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make, in The Cascade

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($16.50 & 2-drink min.)  A quick-witted rising star who’s performed onJimmy Fallon, MTV, and College Humor headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dan St. Germain

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Comics creators Jonathan Lang, Michael Lapinski, and Christopher Mangun (the guys behind Feeding Ground) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($49.50): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Very Good Kiss, Standard Oil, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Dybbuk; and at 11:00 pm a superb double-bill that merits a separate listing (see below) but is included in this $5 admission—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rebound & BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Andy Blitz (comedy genius best known for being an Emmy-nominated and long-time writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien; has also written for Comedy Central’s Important Things, MTV’s Human Giant, etc.; a thoroughly unique stand-up whose sets—ranging from talking peanut butter to jet-flying cats—tend to be unforgettable), Todd Womack (cast member of Barely Political, visiting from LA), and Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up, and co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here) performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Hosts Justin Tyler & Alden Ford (sketch troupe Sidecar) and stand-up David Cope, plus guests David Smythian, Andrew Rosen, and Jon Tyler, will answer “first time” questions from the audience leading to improv and stand-up riffs at Campfire

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupe Doppelganger

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/1/10

June 1, 2010

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Andy Blitz

Fresh, unique comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central) delivers his special version of stand-up tonight at Punch Up Your Life

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about “Unconventional Wisdom” (e.g., Turning Jail Into Joy and Jogging with Jesus at the Reanimation Library) at Charles Star’s Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: World-class storyteller Kevin Allison (Risk!, The State), plus stand-ups Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Bobby Miyamoto (Craig Ferguson), Mark Normand (Hot Soup), and Raquel D’Apice performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Decoster, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) and The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($3): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien; writer for Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin); Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), Mike Lawrence, and “a special surprise guest” performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO, Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour) and Nick Turner (Too Cool for School): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new bookLook at This F*cking Hipster), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/20/10

April 20, 2010

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Smokin' hot rising star Brooke Van Poppelen (above) performs with comedy genius Andy Blitz and more tonight at Sweet

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Sketches on topics from the 18th century—ranging from George Washington to Frankenstein—by Kelly Buttermore & Greg Wilker in Kelly & Greg Present 1778

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Industry guests join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliantly funny musical comics Mindy Raf and Stuckey & Murray, plus stand-ups Harry Terjanian, Joanne Filan, and Josh Sankey, performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Opera, Sandino, Monstro, Bastian, and Badman; and at 11:00 pm improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film at The Two-Man Movie, plus stellar improv troupe The Law Firm: The People’s Court—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Comedy giants Eugene Mirman and Christian Finnegan, Daily Show Producer Adam Lowitt, Moshe Kasher, and Brent Sullivan performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker) and razor-sharp Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour; for stand-up video about why Joe hates weddings, please click here): Punch Up Your Life

8:30 pm ($5): One-person shows from Chrissie Mayr and Joel Jones in the double-bill Hope and Life Insurance

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), red-hot rising star Brooke Van Poppelen, Josh Pais, Arden Myrin, Clarke Mcfarlane performing atThe Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Red-hot stand-up Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), fearless comedy troupe Murderfist (winner of the 2010 ECNY Awards for Best Sketch Group), and Seena Jon join hosts Ben Kissel and Ed Larson in Two Wandering Wads

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/5/09

April 5, 2009

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Rich Vos

Rich Vos

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] [FREE] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a blow-up gathering of star comics—Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Conan O’Brien since 1999), Rich Vos (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, Tough Crowd, The View), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Bonnie McFarlane (David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, HBO)—at what’s often among the funniest free productions in NYC, from hosts Greg Johnson and Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (8:00 pm),

typically some of the best comics in the biz joining comedy giant Eugene Mirman for his weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), Keith Alberstadt (Last Comic Standing; contributing writer for SNL’s Weekend Update and National Lampoon), Jamie Lee (VH1, Collegehumor.com, Life & Style), and Nick Cobb (AMC) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm).

[FREE] talented NYC comics at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] superb comics Kate McKinnon (hilarious cast member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Brian Barry, and Zach Toczynskiat a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm),

[$] and 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, tonight concluding his headlining run at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/29/09

March 29, 2009

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Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein

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] [$] one of the best and most respected stand-up comics in the biz performing a passionate one-man show about his recent second divorce: Marc Maron: Scorching the Earth (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] razor-sharp stand-ups Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Laurie Kilmartin (Comedy Central, VH1, Jimmy Kimmel), Brooke Van Poppelen (sketch duo Macho!), and more at the Comix Comedy Club’s inexpensive Sunday comedy show Five for $5 (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the best comics in the biz—Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Conan O’Brien since 1999), Glenn Wool (acclaimed & very likeable UK comedy star), Sean Patton (VH1; nominated for 2009 ECNY Award), and more—joining comedy giants Eugene Mirman & Michael Showalter, winners of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Hosts, for their weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

[FREE] typically superb stand-ups at what’s often among the funniest free productions in NYC, from hosts Greg Johnson and Jacqueline Novak: President Johnson (8:00 pm),

[FREE] star comic Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC, Adult Swim), plus John Knefel (Huffington Post), Matt Maragno (co-host of Now We’re Talking), Sarah Tollemache (Last Comic Standing), and Andy Henrickson (NBC’s Night Shift) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm).

[FREE] sharp NYC comics Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), Ross Hyzer (23/6.com), John Knefel (Huffington Post), and Jon Lang at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[FREE] and an all-gal stand-up lineup of Jenny Rubin (WE TV, The Back Room), Cara Kilduff (here TV!), Robin Fox, and Adrienne Iapalucci at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/23/09

March 23, 2009

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Long-time Conan O'Brien writer Brian Kiley...

Long-time Conan O'Brien writer Brian Kiley...

Andy Blitz

...and long-time Conan O'Brien writer Andy Blitz

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a show showcasing rejected material by top writers and comedic performers who were then rejected again by Jon Friedman when submitting to his recently-published book Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled—plus performances and readings from contributors who were actually accepted into the book—at a special free edition of The Rejection Show (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] some of the most lightning-quick & hilarious stand-up comics in the country—including Anthony Jeselnik (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; HBO, Comedy Central), Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), Big Jay Oakerson (HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV), and many more—relating tales of when they used to support their art by working as waiters: Service Not Included! (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a going-away party for Brian Kiley (brilliant writer for Conan O’Brien since 1994; David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Christian Finnegan (two Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Jason Reich (four-time Emmy winner for The Daily Show), Joe Garden (Features Editor for The Onion; co-author of The Devious Book for Cats), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Jessica Delfino (brilliantly funny and stunning rising star comedic writer/singer), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Dan St. Germain (MTV), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and more performing at a free weekly variety show in Brooklyn hosted by endearing dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from genius improv duo Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include as guest-hosts magical comedy duo Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) & Kurt Braunohler (Penelope, Princess of Pets; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Director), plus guests Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Conan O’Brien since 1999), Seth Herzog (VH1’s Best Week Ever, host of Sweet), and Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central, VH1, host of Tell Your Friends)—at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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