NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/3/11

February 3, 2011

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Ted Alexandro and Dick Gregory

Comedy giants of their generation: Ted Alexandro headlines tonight at Comedy Below Canal, while Dick Gregory headlines tonight and tomorrow at Carolines

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:

[$] 7:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A pioneering legendary political comic headlining tonight and tomorrow at Carolines: Dick Gregory Celebrates Black History Month

[$] 8:00 pm ($15 & 2-item min.)  Two pillars of NYC’s comedy community headline for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Jon Friedman and Giulia Rozzi

8:00 pm ($5): John O’Donnell tells lots of comedic stories in his long-running one-man show The O’Donnellogues

9:00 pm ($12): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; delivered perfect set recently at Carnegie Hall; upcoming appearance this month on David Letterman), Ben Lerman (witty & raunchy singer/songwriter), Sherrod Small (VH1’s Best Week Ever), Tom Papa (The Marriage Ref), and host Shawn Hollenbach performing stand-up at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and (throughout February) by the wonderful Brooke Van Poppelen: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): 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), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), and Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central) joining delightful hosts Andrea Rosen and Shonali Bhowmik for Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): A unique sports-themed stand-up, sketch comedy, and interview show hosted by Scott Rogowsky and Neil Janowitz that features both professional sports stars and comics doing sports-themed comedy—with tonight’s guests New York Jet Eric Smith and comedian Matt Mccarthy: 12 Angry Mascots

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Jon Gabrus, Ben Rodgers, and Gavin Speiller) competes with improv troupe Dreamboat for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of the Magnet community: Flick Video Showcase

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/23/10

September 23, 2010

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Todd Barry

Todd Barry (above with Koala bear in cuteness contest) performs tonight with Kurt Braunohler, Ben Lerman, and more at Comedy Below Canal

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:

7:30 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

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A comic perhaps best known for his appearances on celebrity roasts, but who’s also performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and more, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Jeffrey Ross

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such stellar talents as Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel; and “seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

8:00 pm & 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($5 at the door, $5.99 per show online): NYC improv and sketch troupes—many of whom perform at The PIT—compete against each other via this unusual annual contest in which each group, regardless of specialty, will perform both improv and sketch…as well as a comedy form known as sketchprov using the Second City routine The Pad. The competition, running through Saturday, is SketchProv

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), hilarious comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, Jiwon Lee, and David Angelo performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with stand-ups Sheng Wang, Calise Hawkins, Dan Gurewitch, The Gregory Brother, and hosts Streeter and Jeff—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv troupe Rogue Elephant, which has crushed five opponents in a row, tonight competes with improv troupe Dog Court for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/1/10

July 1, 2010

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Dave Hill and Janeane Garofalo

Comedy giants Dave Hill and Janeane Garofalo perform tonight at Comedy Below Canal

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] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning), tonight 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

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): “Some people have amazing stories of wild nights and daring feats. Others have to make it all up. Andy Ross hosts the city’s best stand-ups and storytellers, some presenting written characters, others just characters themselves” in Ochi’s Lounge at Real Characters

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): Comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo RooRogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) perform as one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC:Outlook of the Poet; and two more improv masters, Zach Woods (NBC’s The Office, Reuben Williams) and luminous comedic chameleon Lennon Parham (CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose, Reuben Williams) perform as duo Skinny Business

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($37.50 online or at the box office using discount codeALIEN): Sharp comics and 80 Henson puppets collaborating on a show that’s partly scripted and partly improvised: Stuffed and Unstrung

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup with movie & TV star Janeane Garofalo, comedy genius Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), John Roberts (YouTube star), and Matt Goldich (David Letterman, Comedy Central) at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), 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), Tony Camin, and Amy Miles joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of comedy group Variety SHAC

[$] 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 vibrant troupe troupes, Doppelganger and. Belgian Rattlesnake, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/27/10

May 27, 2010

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Todd Barry

Todd Barry is among the star stand-ups performing at Wyatt Cenac's Comedy Below Canal

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:

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Showheadlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

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): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Wonderful stand-ups Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, and John Fugelsang performing at 92Y TribecaComedy Below Canal

[$] 9:30 pm ($19.33, plus 2-item minimum): An irresistable stand-up and comedic actor—and the Verizon FIOS guy—performing with some of his superb comic friends (not announced) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Matt McCarthy Stand-Up Comedy Show

9:30 pm ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Pangea 3000, Rue Brutalia, and Adam & Trevor 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

[$] 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 improv troupe titans, Reuben Williams and Death by Roo Roo, will make the heavens shake as they compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/22/10

April 22, 2010

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Comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac headline tonight at Comedy Below Canal

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 are Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas, The BEATdown), Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko), Martin Dockery (The Surprise), Cyndi Freeman (Stories at the Creek), and Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “The End: When Something, Anything, Is Over” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

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): Brilliantly funny writer/singer 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 click here) invites her best friends to perform with her—who tonight include superb comics and musicians Livia Scott, Andrea Rosen, Ben Lerman, Diane O’Debra, Frank Peffercorn, and Juliet Jeske—at a rock ‘n roll party of a show at The Slipper Room that’s likely to be a blast: Besties

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): TV & movie comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac, plus Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show), and musical guests Spec Boogie and DJ Brainchild, performing at 92Y Tribeca: Comedy Below Canal

[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 Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Middleditch, Matt McCarthy, and more—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Reuben Williams and The Stamp & Coin Club compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/28/10

January 28, 2010

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Comedy stars including Amy Schumer and Michael Ian Black celebrate a one-liner humor Web site at WitStream Live

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] 6:00 pm ($5): A live taping of a comedy podcast that’s garnered over a million downloads, hosted by Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show): Comedy Death-Ray Radio Live

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Long believed lost, Salvador Dali’s surrealist variety show deemed too unhinged for television has been unearthed and can at last be seen! Hosted by Dali and his co-host the crucified Jesus, the show will feature surreal guests, celebrities, performance art, offbeat musical acts, melting clocks, and weirdness.” Yes, it sounds way odd; but performers include such brilliant comics as Dave Hill, Kate McKinnon, John Gemberling, and Gil Ozeri in assorted bit parts of Salvador Dali’s Danza Macabre

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 ($12): A spectacular collection of TV comedy stars and top stand-ups—Michael Ian Black, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Myq Kaplan, and more—who are contributors to a new one-liner comedy site all performing at WitStream Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant comedic singer/songwriter/stand-up Jessica Delfino, hilarious musical comic & storyteller Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), Negrin Farsad (MTV), John Knefel (Huffington Post), Shawn Hollenbach (The Back Room), and musical guest Eytan Mirsky all performing at Bar on A (170 Avenue A off East 10th Street) for a biweekly show hosted by lovely dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): It all comes down to this: After a year of fierce comedy combat, tonight’s Finals contest between improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and The Brothers Hines will determine the annual Cage Match Champion, as these groups battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/24/09

December 24, 2009

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Brilliant comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry headline a superb lineup of comics at The 12th Night of Chanukah

Most comedy venues are dark tonight for Christmas Eve (or to celebrate Senate passage of the health bill); but here’s one show of special note:

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry, plus brilliant comics Sean Patton, Jon Glaser, Joe Mande, and Rob Paravonian, perform stand-up at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal for a show with a playful attitude: The 12th Night of Chanukah

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