NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/5/11

April 5, 2011

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Eating the World

Comedic lectures in Brooklyn about "Cuisines of the World" at this month's edition of 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, 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 ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Cuisines of the World”—e.g., Defining the Sandwich: A Survey in Truth and Eating the United Nations A-Z Without Leaving NYC—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[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 Grandma’s Ashes, Very Good Kiss, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and CAPTCHA; and at 11:00 pm a spectacular double-bill that merits a separate listing (see below) but is included in this $5 admission—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Alex Koll, Emily Heller, video hounds Everything is Terrible, and musician John Foti 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

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: Tambourine and The Sound & The Fury

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): A blowout all-gal lineup: Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Jessica Delfino (enjoys singing songs about 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 clickhere), Joselyn Hughes (beloved former NYCer who now lives in LA as staff writer for Tosh 2.0 ), and Sam Okello (visiting Ugandan comic) performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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): Two of the finest improv shows NYC has to offer: Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm deliver nonstop laughs as Outlook of the Poet

[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 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 Tuesday 12/7/10

December 7, 2010

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Slang

"Slang" is tonight's topic at the smart, witty comedic lecture show 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A special show devoted to stand-up from the staff writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—in alphabetical order, David Angelo, Patrick Borelli, Eric Ledgin, Morgan Murphy, Jon Rineman, Sara Schaeffer, and Justin Shane—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Slang”—e.g., filmmaker Heather Quinlan exploring the immigrant contribution to NYC slang, playwright Jason Grote providing a tour of the great double-entendres of the Silver Age of comics,The Nation blogger Leslie Savan examining the role of pop language in our lives, and tour guide Mark Roberts making you blush with salty nautical origins of everyday words—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining 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: Eliot Chang (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately), Dave Waite (Comedy Central), Nore Davis (MTV), Lane Moore (The Onion), Jon Savoy, Shatara Curry, and Lianna Carerra performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Bastian, Ragnaröck, DeCoster, and Badman, followed by small groups of UCBT students each performing long scenes that seem to have nothing in common with each other but magically converge at the end, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Amazing musical improv troupe Free Love Supreme, stand-up Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), plus music from Camille Harris (creator of FringeNYC 2009’s Muffin Man), and comedic opera singers Carla Wesby and Nick Packard 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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, headliner at Caroline’s), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), Yannis Papas, and “secret special guests” performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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 9/7/10

September 7, 2010

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A radio host, a Time Magazine editor, and more present the darkly comedic aspects of war—including a survery of Disney's WWII cartoons—at Charles Star's "Adult Education"...

Brooke Van Poppelen and Morgan Murphy

...while Brooke Van Poppelen does stand-up at "The Moon Show" and Morgan Murphy does the same 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:

7:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “War”—e.g., WFMU’s Ken Freedman recounts America’s war propaganda highlights; Time.com Managing Editor (and a Time Magazine Executive Editor) Jim Frederick tells how toxic leadership, murder, and rape led to the catastrophic breakdown and fall of the 1st Platoon; and Constantine Von Hoffman shows excerpts of Walt Disney’s memorably racist WWII propaganda cartoons (ranging from Donald Gets Drafted to Der Fuehrer’s Face)—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-up stars Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, ; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host of Comedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’sAmerican Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), plus music from Camille Harris (creator of FringeNYC 2009’s Muffin Man) and tap dancer Hank Smith, performing at Brooklyn’sThe 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): 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 Bastian, DeCoster, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students make up a story taking place in a single location in real time (i.e., Death by Roo Roo’snear-unbeatable technique at Cage Match)—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Blaine Kneece (Andy Kaufman Award, Second City), Boris Khaykin, Subhah Agarwal, Nimesh Patel, and Kibibi Dillon 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): Morgan Murphy (The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), and more performing at theHousingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe Derosa (Comedy Central) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/2/10

March 2, 2010

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Lectures on such topics as "Why You Want a Monkey" for tonight's theme "Animal Minds, Animal Bodies" at 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about “Animal Minds, Animal Bodies” (e.g., Why You Want a Monkey: The Psychology of Primates Owning Primates) at Charles Star’s Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[FREE] 8:00 pm ($5): World-class stand-up star Ted Alexandro, superb sketch troupes Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting and Murderfist, and stand-up Mark Normand performing at the debut of this hot new comedy show at Pianos hosted by host Ben Kissel: Piñata

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up Mike Drucker (SNL, The Onion) and comics creator Bob Fingerman (From the Ashes) joining 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: DJ Hazard (American Misfits), Lee Camp (Comedy Central, The Onion), Matt Ruby (Hot Soup, We’re All Friends Here), and Del (Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza) performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Scootch, Badman, Bastian, The Law Firm, and Robber Baron, followed at 11:00 pm by a show revolving around improvised scenes taking place in the same location, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Streeter Seidel, Craig Baldo, Sean O’Connor, and DJ Mr. Blue 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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