NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/5/11

January 5, 2011

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Fifty First Jokes 2011

A delightful annual gathering of NYC's comedy community, it's time again for "50 First Jokes"

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] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($10 online using discount code FJ10): For the fifth time in a row, 50+ NYC comics come together to each tell the first joke he or she has written in the new year. Expect an exuberant gathering of comedic talent…and wild partying afterwards. The scheduled lineup includes Amy Schumer, Sean Patton, Adira Amram, Myq Kaplan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Sara Schaefer, Andrea Rosen, Matt McCarthy, Ben Lerman, Ophira Eisenberg, Victor Varnado, Joe DeRosa Jared Logan, Kurt Braunohler, Mike Lawrence, Jon Friedman, Jena Friedman, Carmen Lynch, Roger Hailes, Vince Averill, Giulia Rozzi, Calise Hawkins, Matt Ruby, Mark Normand, Kurt Metzger, Brent Sullivan, Pat Dixon, Nate Bargatze, Sean Donnelly, Nick Turner, Sean O’Connor…and many, many more. There’ll be a packed house at 92Y Tribeca for this lovely coming together of NYC’s comedy community. Hosted by Claudia Cogan and John F. O’Donnell, it’s the 2011 edition of 50 First Jokes

8:00 pm ($5): A highly quirky and dark multimedia sketch show from Peter Blomquist and Jeff Wiens that doesn’t always hit the mark, but has an integrity to it that may end up haunting you; and Nicole Shabtai performing a one-woman show about “an illustrious 13-year-old socialite and notorious Upper East Side private schooler we all love to hate,” in the double-bill Franco & Billy: Diamonds of Fire and Citizen Rothstein

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A double-bill of improv genius troupes: Gavin Speiller (Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, Cage Match), and Jonathan Gabrus (The Law Firm, The Nights of Our Lives) make up a single long scene as Outlook of the Poet; and Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/5/10

January 5, 2010

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50+ comics gather to each tell the first joke he or she has written in 2010 at one of NYC's best New Year traditions: 50 First Jokes

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($6.50 online, $7 at the door): For the fourth year in a row, 50+ NYC comics gather to each tell the first joke he or she has written in 2010. Expect an exuberant gathering of comedic talent…and wild partying afterwards. For the scheduled lineup, please click here. In previous years, this event was free but super-packed with people; come and see if charging tickets for a huge venue this year makes the event better or worse… Hosted by Jiwon Lee, Claudia Cogan and John F. O’Donnell, it’s 50 First Jokes, 2010 Edition

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage —along with a guest who (unusually) hasn’t yet been announced—conduct 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 Robber Baron, The Law Firm, Ragnaröck, Badman, and Penthouse Riot,
followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Dave Hill, Morgan Murphy, and Arden Myrin—and possibly some happy surprises—performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Shane Webb, Lewis Tierney, David Prince, and Lisa Levy telling tales about their first time doing something (subject is up to them) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Rachel Axelrod’s & Evan Morgenstern’s SNC: The Virgin Chronicles

9:30 pm ($5): Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Learn the details in his one-man show Disengaged

[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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