NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 10/14/12

October 14, 2012

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Brad Loekle

After eight years, Brad Loekle concludes the longest-running NYC comedy show in a gay bar: The Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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] 3:00 pm-Midnight ($45 for an all-you-can-see festival pass, or pay-per-show): The final day of a sketch comedy extravaganza at The PIT theatres: The New York City Sketch Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 3:00 pm ($65): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) through November 26th: The Old Man and the Moon

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Emmy Blotnick, Matt Nedostup, and/or Sachi Ezurafor: Sledgehammer

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): Ace improvisors Christina Gausas & Megan Gray make up scenes for 25 minutes, and then Matt B. Weir and Matt J. Weir perform sketch for 25 minutes, at this Magnet double-bill: Gausas & Gray and We’re Matt Weir

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($20): The return of one of the funniest comedies—and finest comedic ensembles—to grace New York, and what ended up as the very best show of this year’s FringeNYC Festival, playing at the Soho Playhouse’s upstairs theatre. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this opportunity to see the Chicago-based 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, host of Crime & Punishment, notable hair), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), Amanda Baramki, and Mike Brown performing at RG’s free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:00 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s performed on Comedy Central, MTV, Oxygen, and more concluding his headlining run at the Gotham Comedy Club: Tony Rock

8:00 pm ($5): A new weekly show at The Magnet featuring sketches, jokes, interviews, and more focused on the upcoming Presidential election: The Great American Sketch Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Phil Hanley (Jay Leno), Jeff Dye, Nimesh Patel, and more performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show; one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Andy Sanford, Dave Stone, Rojo Perez, and Evan Davis performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

9:30 pm ($5): Magnet sketch comedy teams try out new material at this weekly show. Tonight it’s a double-bill: Dispacho and Breakfast for Dinner

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: After over eight years, the longest-running NYC comedy show in a gay bar will lower the curtain for the final time (but only because it’s moving to a different night, along with a different name: Testosterone on Thursdays at 11:00…). Helping bid a fond farewell with host Brad Loekle will be “some of my favorite headliners from the past eight years, special music comedy guests, and a few more surprises” at Therapy: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/10/12

June 10, 2012

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Tony Awards 2012

Brad Loekle hosts a viewing party from 7:00 to 11:00 of this year’s live broadcast of The Tony Awards

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] 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ($8): This fourth and final day of the New York Funny Songs Festival starts with a panel discussion at 2:00 pm of what it takes to make money as a comic. Scheduled guests include Janine DiTullio (head writer of Adult Swim’s Superjail), Danny Hastings (Director of Atomicus Films), David Johnston (Associate Director of ExploringTheMetropolis.org), Lisa Niedermeyer (Program Specialist at Fractured Atlas and manager for NYC Performing Arts Spaces), and D-Sharp Wilson (Director of Platinum Label Entertainment, a one stop shop for music production and studio recording. And at 4:00 pm is an awards show for the best in NYC comedic music. It all happens at Culture Fix (9 Clinton Street): New York Funny Songs Festival Finale

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm-11:00 pm: In a change of pace for this gay-themed stand-up show, host Brad Loekle and friends bring you comedic commentary on this year’s live broadcast of the Tony Awards (this comedy show starts at 7:00, the awards broadcast begins at 8:00) at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street): Electro Shock Therapy Tony Awards Viewing Party

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf):Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pete wrote a musical based on the film Desperately Seeking Susanfeaturing the music of Blondie that opened on London’s West End——and closed a month later. Whoops. Here’s how it all went down” via a one-man show by Peter Michael Marino at The PITdownstairs lounge: Desperately Seeking the Exit

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Montreal sketch troupe Uncalled For, which Plank Magazine described as “one of the most innovative and reliable sketch troupes in the country,” performs at The Magnet for one night only: Today is All Your Birthdays

[$] 8:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A veteran stand-up who’s performed on HBO, Comedy Central, and Logo, and won two Emmys as a writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, headlining through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Judy Gold

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Vidur Kapur (upcoming Showtime special Pauly-tics), Sean Donnelly (host of many shows), Barbara Holm, and Nate Fridson performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cupslounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($8): NYC stand-ups Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), Beth Hoyt, Halle Kiefer, and Mike O’Brien performing at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by “disappointing gay best friends” Mikala Bierma & Tyler Coates: IRL

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) and usually hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, LouieThe Eric Andre Show, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Luke Younger, Ryan Conner, and Matt O’Meara performing in the East Village’sBeauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson:Comedy at the Beauty Bar

9:30 pm ($5): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing sets at The PIT, and then improv troupe Before the Accident making up scenes springboarding off the material, at Daws of Jeath

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may includeyouImprov Nerds Jam

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/26/12

February 26, 2012

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The Oscars

Enjoy The Oscars tonight with snarky comics at The PIT or very gay comics at Therapy

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] [$] 1:00 pm ($15):Actor/storyteller John Grady (Blue Man Group; one-man showSpalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell; NPR; Moth champion) performs a one-man show at The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th Street, off Second Avenue) about “the peculiar and misguided true adventures of a man and his therapy dog; a tale of true love and overcoming obstacles, while staring fear in the face:” Fear Factor: Canine Edition

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

6:00 pm ($5): The debut of a sketch comedy radio show/podcast live on the UCB East stage, with tonight’s guests Kelly Hudson, Kate Riley, Riley Soloner, and Vacation Jason Killer and regulars Adam Bozarth, Dan Chamberlain, Matt Little, Taylor Moore, and Anna Rubanova: Left Handed Radio

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Are ready for something sweet and something spicy? Long form improv that will satisfy your hunger” hosted by sharp UCBT comic Andy Rocco at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Candy Taco Improv Hour

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Instead of watching tonight’s Academy Awards by yourself at home, why not see it with an audience at The PIT upstairs theatre and enjoy a bunch of comics making fun of it throughout? The latter will include J Hobart, Chris Grace, and Scott Eckert as the hosts, plus some surprise guests: The Oscar Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Instead of watching tonight’s Academy Awards by yourself at home, why not see it with a very gay audience at Therapy hosted by stand-up Brad Loekle? “To add to the drama, let’s bet on it: whoever’s Oscar ballot has the most correct predictions will win a cash Grand Prize! There’ll also be trivia drinking games, snacks to help keep you going all night, and two of Brad’s favorite muscle boys helping to serve up pure beefcake and Oscar Mayer Wiener!” It all happens at the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour: The Oscars Edition

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($35 & 2-item min.): A razor-sharp comic and pitch-perfect impressionist who’s also a movie star in such classics as The Usual Suspects headlining one more night at theCarolines Comedy Club: Kevin Pollak

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf):Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer sets on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host ofWhiplash) and more performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall guest-hosted by Greg Johnson:Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing)Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Second City), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), Sean Crespo (Conan O’Brien, The Onion), and John F. O’Donnell (50 First Jokes) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): At The Magnet, a mini-play from Chris Nester & Ross Taylor about aspiring Country Western musicians: The Oakwood Boys

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Baratunde Thurston (The Onion), Charlotte Macdonald, Alex Koll, and Kyle Bostic performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jaqi Furback, Neil Constantine, Nathan Anderson, and Mike Kaiser performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Brad Austin, Nate Fridson, and/or Adam Sokol: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may includeyouImprov Nerds Jam

10:30 pm ($5): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/4/11

September 4, 2011

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Liz Miele

Liz Miele performs stand-up at the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedyheadlining at Carolines this Wednesday; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here andhere), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Sean Donnelly (co-host of Motel Luca), and Michael Che performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($8): Sketch troupe Chocolate Cake City performing a show that evokes an immediate reaction of “Yikes!” at The PIT: Human Centipede: The Musical

[$] 8:00 pm pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Showheadlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A comic who’s performed on Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central, Showtime, Bravo, and VH1 headlining tonight and Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jessica Kirson

[$] 10:00 pm ($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 at the Carolines Comedy Club: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Liz Miele (Comedy Central; for wry, fun stand-up video, please clickhere), Karith Foster (Comedy Central, VH1), Raquel D’Apice, and Yamaneika performing stand-up at this gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/3/11

July 3, 2011

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Brooke Van Poppelen

Hilarious & hot comics Brooke Van Poppelen...

Mel and El

...Mel & El, and more rock the house tonight at The Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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:

Noon-12:00 am ($5 per hourly show; or $20 for all 12 hours, plus two free drinks!): Pre-Independence Day, The PIT hosts 12 indie improv shows in 12 hours! You can see any hour-long show for $5; or you can opt in for the whole day for $20, which includes two free drinks (beer or coffee). Noon is the kickoff for this First Annual Indie-Pendance Day

[FREE] 4:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (College Humor) and a small mob of lesser-known stand-ups performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Andy Rocco: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Dan Wilbur (writer for Onion News NetworkBetter Book Titles), Ray DeVito (co-host ofSacapuntas), Lance Weiss, and Justy Dodge performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch, stand-up, improv, and more at a comedy variety show at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by sketch troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rockin’ all-gal lineup of Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), delightful musical duo Mel & El, and Jessimae (The Tyra Banks Show) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show atTherapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/25/10

April 25, 2010

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Genius comedic chameleon Kate McKinnon performs tonight at the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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) 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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy stars Nick Kroll, Donald Glover, Chelsea Peretti, and Whitney Cummings touring the country with their top comedy perform tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Twisted Humor Tour

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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Reese Waters (Comedy Central), Rick Younger (BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo), Danny Lobell, Harrison Greenbaum, Jessie Geller, and Jason Saenz performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Rachel Feinstein, Joe Mande, Truck Hudson, and Larry Bailey performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) guest-hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Ali Waller, Mike Drucker, John Knefel, and Ross Hyzer performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Red-hot rising star Kate McKinnon (genius comedic character actress and stand-up who “gets” both verbal and physical comedy down to her bones; co-star of Logo TV’s The Big Gay Sketch Show; one-woman shows Disenchanted and Best Actress; star of numerous Web shows) and Helen Hong performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapyhosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/28/10

March 28, 2010

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Hilarious Ali Wong preps for her upcoming Gotham Comedy show tonight at the free Electro Shock Therapy

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) 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): Superb comics 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), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, CBS’s Late Late Show, VH1; off-Broadway show The Marijuana-Logues), and “a special guest” performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb comics Joe Derosa (Comedy Central PresentsOpie & Anthony), Hari Kondabolou (Jimmy Kimmel), Erin Judge (Comedy Central, FringeNYC), Dan Curry (Last Comic Standing), Joe List (Comedy Central), and Robert Dean (Brooklyn’s The MacGuyver Show) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Joselyn Hughes, Mike Drucker, Jen Grant, and Damien Lemon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan), guest-hosted by Calise Hawkins: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced at the time of this writing) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Human dynamo Ali Wong (The Onion), Jackie Monahan (Dykes on Mics), and Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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