NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/1/11

February 1, 2011

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Brooklyn's Wonder Wheel

Comedic and fascinating lectures about Brooklyn tonight at Charles Star's Adult Education

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, eight improvisors trace the storylines of characters at a single event suggested by an audience member in Hell Buffalo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Brooklyn”—e.g., The Brooklyn Accent: Freakin’ A, and Dreamland is Burning: A Coney Island Centennial—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Celebrating the 50th edition of this biweekly show are Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Micah Sherman (Second City), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories),  and musical guest The Pendulum Swings (featuring Jason Trachtenberg of the wonderful Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players) performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5):Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Jon Rineman (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Brandy Crawford, Whitney Meers, and musical guest Scott Gibson performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($10): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes CAPTCHA, Very Good Kiss, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Sandino; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students chosen by chance perform with veteran improvisors—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mara Herron , Mary Kate Wise, Adam Chisnall, and Dan Frigolette performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and guest-host Boris Khaykin: Positively Awesome

9:00 pm ($5): Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films,The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Adam Morneno (a.k.a. Mr. Blue; music For Wet Hot American SummerThe Ten), and more performing atElla (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm ($5): Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Jason Good, Greg Johnson, and more performing stand-up at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): Young, adorable performers make up a musical on the spot as Zamboni Musical Improv

[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 Sunday 11/28/10

November 28, 2010

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Sean Patton, Ali Wong, and Hannibal Buress

Top stand-ups Sean Patton, Ali Wong, Hannibal Buress, and more perform tonight at Brooklyn's free Bar 4 Comedy

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): Rachel Cole and Nisse Greenberg perform sketch comedy as duo Rachel and the Elf

[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: Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman), David Waite (Comedy Central), Damien Lemon, Alex Grubard, and Jay Welch performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Young comics perform sketch comedy in Dept. of Etc.

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: A blowout lineup of top stand-ups, including Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), and Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents) performing at Brooklyn’s Bar 4 with host Yannis Pappas: Bar 4 Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kevin Mullaney interviews improvisors about the exercises and techniques they use is classes and rehearsals, with tonight’s guests include world-class improvisor & instructor Ed Herbstman (The Mantzoukas Brothers): IRC Podcast

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, and this show’s original host), Chris Doucette (Hot Gay Comics), and Yamaneika (BET) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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 Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/8/10

August 8, 2010

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My Name is Hannibal
Hannibal Buress celebrates the release of his stand-up CD “My Name is Hannibal” along with comedy giants John Oliver and Reggie Watts at his Brooklyn show Comedy 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:

[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

[$] 8:00 pm ($21.25 & 2-drink min.): An Australian comic who’s acted on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and performed stand-up on Comedy Central headlining for one night only at Carolines:James Smith

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), Nick Vatterott, Katie Crown, Sam Morril, and Annie Lederman performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: The release party for Hannibal Buress’ first comedy CD My Name is Hannibal, featuring John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; cast member of the new Electric Company;Jimmy Fallon; for video samples, please click here), Kurt Metzger, Hari Kondabolu, Rory Scovel, and George Gordon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by Hannibal: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Fourth Year Anniversary blowout show, with Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Sean Donnelly (Don’t Touch Me There, Lil’ Seany Boy), and JC Coccoli performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly extravaganza Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus A FREE BEER!] 10:00 pm: Powerhouse stand-ups bidding bon voyage to Mike Drucker, including John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand, and Zach Sims—with Mike buying everyone a free beer, and giving away his stuff so he can travel light!—at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Mike Drucker’s Going Away Party

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (comedy dynamo; MTV), Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV), and Nancy Witter (Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America) celebrating the Sixth Year Anniversary of this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy originally hosted by Adam Sank and—for the past two years, and running—hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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 Carolines: Paul Mooney

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/20/10

July 20, 2010

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Marc Maron and John Oliver

Marc Maron performs a one-man show tonight at Brooklyn's Union Hall, while John Oliver performs 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 $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:20 pm ($12): A comedy legend who’s exceptionally passionate and personally revealing, and highly respected for his observations; frequent guest on David Lettermanand Conan O’Brien; performed solo comedy special for HBO and two solo specials for Comedy Central Presents; many other TV appearances include being a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; performed a popular off-Broadway one-man show, Jerusalem Syndrome, which he then turned into a 2001 book; co-hosted Morning Sedition on Air America Radio, hosted The Marc Maron Show on LA’s KTLK-AM, and currently hosts podcast WTF; and tonight performs new material in a not-to-be-missed one-man show at Brooklyn’s Union HallMarc Maron

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Charlyne Yi (winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart; one-woman show tomorrow night at UCBT), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Ann Carr (Louie), and comedy duo Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[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

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, The Opera, Badman, Sandino, and Bastian; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Evan Morgenstern (host of Switzerland Neutral Comedy), Luke Thayer (co-host of The Living Room), George Gordon, and Laura Prangley performing at Cellar 58(58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3):John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), and Danny Solomon performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan:Punch Up Your Life

[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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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.