NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 10/30/10

October 30, 2010

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Killgore

A scene from a previous production of the Halloween comedy/horror tradition concluding tonight at UCBT: "Killgore: The New Blood"

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 ($8): Daily Show producer Jimmy Donn, Black20.com performers Jessie Cantrell &, Sarah Walker, Mike & Ted O’Gorman and Pat Driscoll perform sketch comedy designed to make you “laugh, be slightly offended, laugh again, cough once or twice, recall a repressed memory, and drink:” The Dan Ryan

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($35.57 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): A star of MTV, Road Trip, and Freddy Got Fingered headlining tonight and Saturday at the Comix Comedy Club: Tom Green

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & midnight ($15): “In ancient times, an evil spirit would rise from hell every Halloween and appear incarnate at the UCB Theater…where he would soak the stage (and parts of the audience) with a ridiculous amount of fake blood. Now that demon is back, ready to unleash a gory, hopelessly bloody torrent of vengeance…and a ridiculous amount of fake blood. Fortunately, the beast only slaughters those who are rife with selfishness, greed, hatred, and a few people who just suck (though a little bit of fake blood sometimes gets on the audience). That demon’s name is Killgore.” This show is written by legendary UCB co-founder Matt Walsh and stars such comedy geniuses as Anthony Atamanuik & Neil Casey (Death by Roo Roo, Two Man Movie), and will run three times tonight and tomorrow night to celebrate Halloween. Come wearing cheap washable clothes and enjoy Killgore: The New Blood

9:00 pm ($7): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special; Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please clickhere), W. Kamau Bell (FringeNYC), and Jesse Popp (Comedy Central) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Sean Donnelly: Halloween Eve

10:00 pm ($10 at the door or online): Jena Friedman revives her dark musical comedic parody of the American Girl Dolls, which includes such brilliant talents from the NYC comedy community as Jessica Delfino, Ben Lerman, and Jena herself at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place off 1st Avenue):The Refugee Girls Revue

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[$] 12:30 am ($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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/12/09

September 12, 2009

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Genius comic Charlie Sanders performs his last NYC show before moving to LA at tonight's Reuben Williams

Genius comic Charlie Sanders performs his last NYC show before moving to LA at tonight's Reuben Williams

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 ($10): Christina Casa, who memorably played Angelina Jolie in Jen & Angie at last month’s FringeNYC, demonstrates she’s got other hilarious characters in her repertoire in the one-woman show Don’t Cry Out Loud

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC stand-ups Leo Allen, Brooke Van Poppelen, Pat Stango & Blaine Perry, Ritch Duncan, Chris Sifflet, Tom McCaffrey, David Cope, and Rachel Hastings performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[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 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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Stellar gay comics Kate McKinnon (brilliant character actress; Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Cara Kilduff (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), Lisa Kaplan (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), Brad Loekle (TruTV’s Smoking Gun Presents, host of Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour), and Edison Apple (Logo’s Laughing Matters: The Next Generation) telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 suggested donation): Hilarious, red-hot comic Baron Vaughn hosts stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Carla Rhodes, and more performing at Karma Lounge for a show produced by Jamie Lee benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest comedy troupe in NYC, genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe—which tonight features the final performance of comedy genius Charlie Sanders before Charliee moves to LA to pursue deeply deserved fame & fortune: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

10:30 pm ($5): A fun new improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Three sharp NYC sketch troupes—Team Submarine, Secret Hospital, and Classerum & Welch—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the fun sketch revue A-Side/B-Side

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/28/09

May 28, 2009

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Doug Benson

Doug Benson

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:

a simulated book club discussion of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—mixed with improvised scenes and audience participation!—at The Bibliophiles Appreciation Consortium (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a summer musical comedy written and co-starring Leslie Korein & Marcy Jarreau, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Girl Camp (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),

[TOP PICK] brilliant improvisors Tara Copeland and James Eason leading a semi-revival of legendary troupe Mother in this new Magnet show: Sleepover (8:00 pm),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer), Timmy Williams (member of star sketch troupe & IFC TV show Whitest Kids U’ Know), Adam Newman (CMT’s Prankville’d, VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, co-host of Street Meat), Robin Gelfenbein (funny, charming singer/songwriter; former writer for Rosie O’Donnell), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), and Sue Funke (VH1, Funny.com) performing at a weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30ish pm),

[$] Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo playing book authors offering sage advice to Jewish singles—with tonight’s interview guest Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon)— at Ronna & Beverly’s All Jew Revue (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics God’s Pottery, Baron Vaughn, Thomas Middleditch, and more at a show where a very popular comedy site’s talents come out from behind the Net: CollegeHumor.com, Live on Stage (9:30 pm),

[$] 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, tonight headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Robber Baron, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/20/09

May 20, 2009

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Moby

Moby

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] music superstar Moby, youngest staff writer in history of Saturday Night Live Simon Rich, stand-up Mike Weiss, and more at a live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay (6:00 pm),

[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Charlie Sanders (genius storytelling one-man show Minnesota Muslim; Conan O’Brien, star improv troupes Reuben Williams and C, C + C Improv Factory), Adam Pally (ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, star improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and Hot Sauce), Andy Christie (The New York Times; Moth GrandSlam Champion; author of book I Wasn’t Kidding; host of The Liar Show), Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion), and Ben Kissel (The Brain and the Beast podcast)—plus live accordion music by Michelle Leona, and a quiz for a free bottle of wine—at a show hosted by the razor-sharp and immensely talented Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] sharp stand-ups Roger Hailes (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Katina Corrao (VH1’s Best Week Ever, HBO, Comedy Central), Jiwon Lee (Comedy Central, AMC, ESPN), and Brent Sullivan at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN, Too Cool for School), Raquel D’Apice (The Ugly Volvo), H. Alan Scott (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and Ryan McKee (Modest Proposal magazine) at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Hardcore Boris, Sue Funke, Judy Ortiz, Pat O’Shea, and Troy Bynum at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

comics, writers, and others telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger), Donald Glover (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Derrick, Mystery Team), Gilad Foss (co-host of Night Kitchen), Matt Maragno (co-host of Now We’re Talking), Dan Mahoney, and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown stand-up comedy show at 10:00 pm, preceded by a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus intense free homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by Margie that have come to be known as “Stoner Cookies”—all at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/20/09

February 20, 2009

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

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] one of the finest improv duos to grace an NYC stage, reunited after a long hiatus: The Mantzoukas Brothers (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus sketch comedy duo Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney performing a science fiction farce, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and The Infinity Prison (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, and his own HBO special, has been called one of the best joke writers in America, and is headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Emo Philips (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm), terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Kara Buller, Poppy Kramer, Anne Necyzpor, and Mike Singer 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),

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

ace sketch troupe Olde English—and unannounced guests—performing all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and awesome improv troupe Five Dudes (Eugene Cordero, Chris Gethard, Bobby Moynihan, Charlie Sanders, and Zach Woods) teaming up with troupe Thank You Robot for The Thank You Robot Second Anniversary Spectacular (12:20ish am).

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