NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/7/10

October 7, 2010

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Grease 3: Threase

Hilarious & beloved sketch comics including Katherine Bryant Flaherty, 7 months gloriously pregnant Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, Livia Scott, and Amy Heidt star in the long-awaited sequel "Grease 3: Threase"

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Desiree Nash wrote and co-stars in a sketch show revolving around the comedic travails of dating: Check Please!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up star Caroline Rhea and Big Terrific’s Max Silvestri join hosts Shonali Bhowmik and Andrea Rosen, who are the S and A of the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Showheadlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Nick Prueher and Mark Breese (Found Footage Festival) host a screening of a very, very bad film from 1985 “shot entirely in Galveston Texas featuring poorly-dubbed dialogue, a naive understanding of how computers work, and two musical performances by heavy metal band Panther:”Computer Beach Party

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: NYC stand-ups (no lineup is announced, so you takes your chances) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Paranoia; and the storytellers are Kambri Crews (Love, Daddy), Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin), genius musical guest Reggie Watts (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, The Electric Company), and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[$] 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, Dog Court and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/15/10

July 15, 2010

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Shayna Ferm

Hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Shayna Ferm (above), Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, Chris O'Connor, and Livia Scott perform their spectacular new comedic musical Grease 3:Threase

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] 6:00 pm ($5): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world;” and Paul W. Downs performs another one-man show, in the double-bill Billy Eichner Goes Pop! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of The Penis

8:00 pm ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work at Inside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy genius Andy Blitz, the Sklar Brothers (prepping for their headlining run this weekend at Comix), hilarious stand-up Dan St. Germaine, sketch comic Andres de Bouchet, and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield, Nick Turner, Jordan Carlos, Erin Foley, and Dan Wilbur performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), Adam Newman, and a roast for CollegeHumor’s Amir Blumenfeld—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes, Doppelganger and Bully, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/11/10

February 11, 2010

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World-class comedy troupe Fearsome (Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, and Katherine Bryant)...

...and musical comedy duo Stuckey & Murray perform (with clothes) at A-Side/B-Side

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] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include legendary sketch & stand-up comic Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), acclaimed world-class storyteller Mike Daisey (called “the master” by The New York Times), stellar raunchy storyteller Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Peter Lubell (The Moth), and Juliet Wayne (The Moth)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Obsessions” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing a one-woman extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and BoF in This Old Thing

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers—with tonight’s participants star storyteller Adam Wade, wonderful stand-up & storyteller Brooke Van Poppelen, Jenn Wehrung, Jasmin Singer, Todd Rosenberg, Julia Wright, Boni Joi, and Julianna Forlano—produced in New York by Anne Altman and Julia Wright, with tonight’s theme geared for Valentine’s Day: Mortified: Heartbreak Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of the best comedy troupes in NYC—Fearsome, Stuckey & Murray, and Elephant Larry—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and The Big Ass Movie—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/4/10

February 4, 2010

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Two of the funniest and most endearing sketch comics in the biz, Katherine Bryant and Chris O'Connor, co-star tonight in The Worst Guy Ever

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): Two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life; and superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performs all-new material, in the double-bill Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever and Pangea 3000 Sucks

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Stellar comedic storytellers Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents) and Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories) and veteran stand-up Caroline Rhea joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of comedy group Variety SHAC

10:00 pm ($5): The wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) and musician Vic Ruggerio join sketch comics The Upset Triangle

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Having won the Championship for two record-breaking years in a row, Death by Roo Roo takes it easy for a while as two other vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and The Law Firm—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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