NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/13/11

July 13, 2011

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Rich Vos and Mindy Raf

Rich Vos and a fun mix of other comics tell stories for host Tom Shillue at Carolines, while brilliant singer/songwriter Mindy Raf is a Comedy School Dropout

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

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($11 & 2-drink min.): Star yarn-spinner Tom Shillue hosts a storytelling show with performances by an endrearing mix from our comedy community spectrum: Rich Vos, Kurt Braunohler, John Flynn, and Swords, all for one night only at—of all places—the Carolines Comedy Club: Tom Shillue’s FunnyStory.biz

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers ofThe Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm form one of the finest comedy troupes in NYC as Outlook of the Poet; plus in the other half of this double-bill, Chelsea Clarke & Brandon Gardner perform as the duo Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter; VH1), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Abbi Crutchfield (MTV, VH1), and Annie Lederman (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Typically terrific NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Carla Rhodes (acclaimed ventriloquist), Calvin S. Cato (Game Show Network), Boris Khaykin (Comedy Central’s Atom TV), Kristeen von Hagen (Showtime’s Comics Without Borders), and Rae Sanni performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

9:15 pm ($5 if you say the code Not Guilty, What? at the door): Stand-up Adam Newman (College Humor), The People Sketch Association, and “a mystery guest from Toronto” performing at UNDER St. Marks for Sketch Block

9:30 pm ($5): A new UCBT sketch show by Ryan Karels: Radio Rogue; and in the other half of this double-bill, a mini-play that pleased the college-age audience I saw it with, but that I wish wasn’t written to be so calculating and by-the-numbers (e.g., the ending was dead obvious within the first few minutes)…but is probably worth seeing if only for the genuinely fresh & funny tailor scene: Brad Sacks Gets a Handjob

[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

[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 in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 10/24/10

October 24, 2010

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The Drop Dead Gorgeous Zombie Beauty Pageant

Tonight the East Village's Beauty Bar hosts The Drop Dead Gorgeous Zombie Beauty Pageant

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): Sketch comedy from young talents Anne Fidler, Erin Merrill, Kevin Young, Paul Travisano and Tyler Foltz: Citizen Models

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Bridget Fitzgerald plays a dancer on her way to the top in this one-woman show “full of fun characters, frolicking times, a damn good soundtrack—and, yes, there will be dance,” performed at Queens Long Island City’s The Creek and the CaveBridget Fitzgerald: Dance Machine

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Typically superb stand-ups (not yet announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliantly funny writer/singer Jessica Delfino (enjoys singing songsabout her vagina, as demonstrated by her CD Dirty Folk Rock; created the hilarious and wildly popular YouTube animated short film I Wanna Be Famous; has a cool MySpace page, and an even cooler blog; to get a feel for Jessica’s amazing range and talent, please click here), UK stand-up star Glenn Wool, Jamie Kilstein (host of Citizen Radio), Greg Stone, and Bob Hansen performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.44 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): NYC stand-ups Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson), Kyle Grooms (Chappelle’s Show, Last Comic Standing), Jamie Roberts (MTV, Law & Order: CI), Victor Cruz (Comedy Central, Law & Order: SVU), Justin McClure, and Andrew Schulz performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Sunday Night Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado, Calise Hawkins, Kevin Barnett, Keith Albersadt, and Gabe Pacheco performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (writer for 30 Rock and SNL): Comedy Night

9:30 pm ($5): Superb improvisor Pay Shay and his friends make up scenes that jibe with live music from NYC singer/songwriters at Hammer Throw

[FREE] 10:00 pm: A special event for Halloween that’s taking the place of Beauty Bar Comedy for tonight only: The Drop Dead Gorgeous Zombie Beauty Pageant

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Liz Miele (Comedy Central, Carolines), Jessimae (Tyra Banks Show), and Chantal Carrere performing stand-up at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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