NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/12/12

November 12, 2012

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Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames, author & creator of HBO’s Bored to Death, is among the luminaries raising post-Sandy funds at Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy…

Billy The Mime

…and a wryly brilliant silent comic performs as Billy the Mime

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] 6:00 pm: Cammi Climaco (co-host of Ask Me Stories) debuts this weekly hour-long open-mic storytelling show, with 6 audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 6 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge. My note to PIT management: Please give Cammi 90 minutes for this show so she can provide a proper 8 minutes per storyteller, plus a guest-host each week, so it can be competitive with other offerings—even if that means changing the show’s current name: Six By Six

6:00 pm ($5 cover for comics, no cover for audience with code HyReviews, plus 1-drink min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4 1/2 minutes per set and 20 comics crammed into 2 hours—at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club (99 MacDougal Street) for John Morrison’s Village Motel

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5.65 in advance online, $8 at the door): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 18-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Tales of the Cosmos and Whatever Happened to the Nerds?; for a sampling of Adam’s award-winning tales, please click here), along with guest storyteller Steven Berkowitz (Moth StorySlam winner), at Under St. Marks: The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

7:00 pm ($5): A variety show mixing sketch, stand-up, music, and improv (sadly, this month’s guests haven’t been announced) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by all-gal improv troupe Gypsy: The Mélange

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Four improvisers form teams with comics they’ve never performed with before at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Kaleidoscope

7:30 pm ($10; sign-up starts at 7:00 pm): Open mic for stand-ups, storytellers, singers, poets, actors, and more, with 5 minutes per performer and 25 slots available, at One and One Bar’s Downstairs Nexus Lounge (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) hosted by Nathan P., followed by a raucous afterparty with dancing & drink specials from 10:00 to midnight: Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.): Billy the Mime

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($20 at the door or $24 in advance online): Comics, storytellers, writers, and musicians—including Jonathan Ames, Amy Sohn, Elna Baker, and Dan Wilbur—gather for this fundraiser providing help to Hurricane Sandy victims at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.47 online): Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Jerrod Carmichael, Ron Funches, and Jean Grae performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) hosted by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show): Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

8:00 pm ($5): Making great use of UCB East’s previous incarnation as an indie movie theatre, tonight features screenings of select films running five minutes or less—most of them funny—crafted in the style of TV pilots. The shorts receiving the most audience votes get to continue with additional episodes, while the others are “canceled” at Channel 101

[FREE—and FREE BEER!] 8:30 pm: Heineken sponsors this free beer event featuring NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Nimesh Patel (co-host of Broken Comedy), Josh Gondelman, Sean Mallory, and Matt Fullchiron at B Bar (40 East 4th Street) produced by Libby Phillips & hosted by Ray Devito: Recess Comedy

8:30 pm ($5): At The Magnet, Oscar Montoya (Midnight Movies, Aquarius) invites some of his favorite musical improvisors to perform songs made up on the spot with him: Musical Improv Spotlight

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Hari Kondabolu (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, , FX’s Totally Biased), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Monroe Martin III, and Sean Keane performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless back room (557 Manhattan Avenue, near the G subway’s Nassau Avenue stop) hosted by Nimesh Patel, Mike Denny, and/or Michael Che: Broken Comedy

9:00 pm ($8): A one-woman show at The PIT: “Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts. And Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, even Katherine Heigel. But she isn’t. Her high cinematic hopes for her love life start to get in the way of reality on her quest for the perfect co-star:” Hopeless Romantic Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up auditions for SXSW, which is likely to feature superb comics, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Maddog Mattern: SXSW Showcase

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Lucas Brothers (Jimmy Fallon), Jermaine Fowler (FOX’s new In Living Color, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), Lil’ Rel, Jennifer Bartels, and Josh Rabinowitz performing stand-up at UCB East: Legion of Goons

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two UCB Chelsea house sketch troupes try out fresh material: The Prom (which includes such stellar talents as Sasheer Zamata, Amber Nelson, Stephen Soroka, Siobhan Thompson, and Ari Scott), and Onassis (which has seldom been strong on the writing side but includes superb actress Lauren Conlin Adams): Maude Night: The Prom & Onassis

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Twelve improv comics who are “friends of Dorothy” perform at The Magnet hosted by Andrew Fafoutakis: There’s No Place Like Home: A GLBTQ Event

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Improv students are welcomed onto the stage at The PIT downstairs lounge for this weekly open access show hosted by Gary DeNoia & Langston Belton: Base Jam

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who are no longer being announced in advance, but it’s virtually always a great lineup—at UCB Chelsea hosted by someone wonderful (while Leo Allen is in LA): Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this exceptionally supportive stand-up open-mic at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Jared Reed: Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/12/12

January 12, 2012

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Robert Mankoff, the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, is among the guests at Employee of the Month...

Billy the Mime

...and directly following at UCB Chelsea is hilarious virtuoso nonverbal storyteller Billy the Mime

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): Two shows about which I know nothing audition for a regular spot on the prestigiousUCB Chelsea schedule: Hobby & Grill: Tying the Knot and Cool Future: The 2012 World’s Fair. These might be great or awful; but at $2.50 per show, you can’t go far wrong either way. That’s part of the fun of Spank

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Nate Smith (30 Rock) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Junior Varsity to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): “If you were alive in the 70’s, you may have attended some ‘Key Parties’ where you were randomly paired with someone to go home with and engage in free spirited coitus. (Today we either stay at home alone or congregate at an improv theater.) Key Party combines the 70’s arrangement with modern anxiety, exploring the rich moments leading up to that act of coupling and the fallout that follows” at UCB East with stellar comics Jordan Klepper, Laura Grey (delightful old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm), and guest improvisors: Key Party; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv based on the iPods, CDs, and mp3 players provided by audience members, executed by superb performers Fran Gillespie, Ryan Karels, Megan Neuringer, Jesse Falcon, Silvija Ozols, Doug Moe, Lou Perez, Sue Galloway, and Emily Axford: Soundtrack USA

7:30 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet co-owner helming The Armando Diaz Experience, plus house troupes Phooka, Junior Varsity, The Boss, and Hello Laser performing improv, followed by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with Featherweight and last week’s winner competing at 11:00 pm: The Magnet’s Night Out

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Catie Lazarus hosts a show at UCB Chelsea about what it’s like to have a dreamy job, with tonight’s guests Robert Mankoff (Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Caroline Rhea Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central), Ashrita Furman (most entries in The Guinness Book of World Records), and Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC, Stinson’s Awesome Movie Night), plus and musical guests Chris Sullivan (a.k.a., Shockwave; amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown) and Arthur Lewis: Employee of the Month

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 at the box office or $28 online): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected writer/performers alive. This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate 90 minutes with a true genius of both stand-up and storytelling. This show is the latter—a carefully constructed, detail-packed theatrical tale of two people and the small, quiet moments that make up their lives. Daniel says it’s “about everything and nothing,” and that’s precisely right. After you see it, you may find it hard to not consider all the small moments lived by any person you pass by…and what the moments of your own life add up to. This one-man show played to packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is now running every day except Mondays through January 29th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes, Hot Diner and THEM, make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre for the most on-the-nose show title tonight: Improvised Musical

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Julieanne Smolinski (GQ, New York Magazine), and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Eddie Brill (over 15 years as booker & warmup for David Letterman; FX’s Louie), Marianne Schaberg, Sabrina Jalees, and more performing at Luca Lounge(222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a weekly comedy show with hosts Dan Wllber & Sean Crespo and producer Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.): Billy the Mime

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): An all-star clash between Outlook of the Poet and The Curfew as these improv troupes compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCB East hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/11/09

September 11, 2009

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Billy the Mime

Billy the Mime

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.) Don’t miss this one-night-only special event at UCBT: Billy the Mime

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($20 using code TODDB online & 2-item min.): Wryly brilliant stand-up who’s one of the very best in the biz, with performances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, and feature film The Wrestler, headlining tonight and Saturday (get additional $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who recently performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[FREE] Sharp stand-ups Colin Jost, Jamie Lee, Craig Baldo, Team Submarine, Andy Haynes, Jason Saenz, and Barry Rothbart performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-up comedy in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

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

11:00 pm ($5): Stand-ups Jamie Lee, Heather Fink, and Sean O’Connor joining sketch troupe Olde English for a monthly show that promises to deliver all-new material: Very Fresh

[FREE] 12:20ish am:A free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 5/29/09

May 29, 2009

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Billy the Mime

Billy the Mime

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:

NYC comics gathering to tell dating horror stories at the fun new show Misery Date (7:30 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] a spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style, in a not-to-be-missed one-night event at UCBT: Billy the Mime (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartly directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] the wonderful Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy) and Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy), plus Steve O’Brien, Ray Devito, and Mo Diggs, and sketch comedy troupes Bronx Cheer and Manhussy, at this free weekly show in Brooklyn hosted by Nick Turner and Cassidy Henehan: Too Cool for School (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo), Vicki Kuperman (Homo Comicus), H. Alan Scott (Sirius XM Radio), Edison Apple (Logo), and more 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),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (9:30 pm),

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

odd and unsettling dark comedy from—for better or worse—one of the most fearless sketch troupes in New York: Murderfist (11:00 pm),

two not very famous sketch comedy troupes, Bleak! Comedy and Toast Ampersand Whiskey, competing for audience laugh & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus (11:30 pm),

[FREE] a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (12:20ish am).

[$] 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, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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