NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/13/12

May 13, 2012

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Sean Patton

Comedy treasures Sean Patton and…

Hannibal Buress

…Hannibal Buress perform at Comedy Night…

Colin Quinn

…and TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn is at Comedy at the Beauty Bar

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Danny Kallas, Kate Hendricks, and Kenny DeForest performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  An energetic regular on Chelsea Lately who’s also appeared on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, and his own Comedy Central special headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jo Koy

8:00 pm ($5): Matt B. Weir & Matt J. Weir perform an hour of sketch comedy at The Magnet theatre: We’re Matt Weir: Hot Nights

8:00 pm ($7): Katina Corrao, Eliza Skinner, and Kevin Barnett performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall guest-hosted tonight by Greg Johnson: Pretty Good Friends

8:00 pm ($8): NYC stand-ups Emmy Blotnik, John Early, Gabe Liedman, Bobby Finger, and Mike Lacher at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by “disappointing gay best friends” Mikala Bierma & Tyler Coates: IRL

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer sets on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Nore Davis, Mike Troy, Josh Gondelman, and Danny Kallas performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, 2012 Comedy Awards’ “Best Club Comic,” one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn, Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), and more performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing sets at The PIT, and then improv troupe Before the Accident making up scenes springboarding off the material, at Daws of Jeath

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

9:30 pm ($5): “When Charlie Tickertape is cozily nestled in his converted cabinet-drawer bed, and Irv Newberg has fallen asleep on a giant pile of money, they dream about Tim Allen, butlers who are brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, Ronald Reagan, and Paris Hilton. It’s Listen, Kid!’s first-ever sketch show:” Listen, Kid! Presents Hollyweird Dreams

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks), Rachael Parenta (Gawker.com, contributor to book What Was I Thinking?: Bad Boyfriend Stories; for sample video, please click here), and H. Alan Scott (one of coemdy’s finest cookie bakers) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street) hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/17/11

April 17, 2011

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Dave Hill and Anthony Jeselnik

Two of the greatest comics ever: Dave Hill (Pretty Good Friends) and Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Night)

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BIRBIG): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central specialWhat 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

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and a nomination for the 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through April 24th to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

7:00 pm ($5): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York PostHeadless Body in Topless Bar

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star ofThe King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Andrea Rosen (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’sStella, Variety SHAC, stellar one-woman show Ding, Dong, Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), and Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall guest-hosted by Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central, Hot Tub Variety): Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Very funny NYC stand-ups Mark Normand, Jared Logan, Andy Rocco, and Erick Hellwig performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show hosted by Chris Grace and Sean Donnelly: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Danny Lobell (host of Comical Radio), Anthony P. Devito, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; Jimmy Fallon,Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), 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), Nick Turner (host of Monsters andToo Cool for School), Elon James White, Damien Lemon, Will Miles, and musical guest Darling Cait performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Musical improv from troupe 10 Pound Alley

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Paul Case (HereTV’s Hot Gay Comics), M. Dickson, and Yamaneika performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle (TruTV): Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs loungehosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 4/10/11

April 10, 2011

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Amy Schumer and Wyatt Cenac

Stars Amy Schumer, Wyatt Cenac, and more will make you laugh at "Comedy Night"

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] [$] 4:00 pm & 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; twoComedy 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

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and a nomination for the 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through April 17th to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): Genius improvisor/actor Ed Herbstman is interviewed, and stand-up Nick Vatterott performs, for the audition of new show Late Night Show with Josh Friedman; and on the other half of this double-bill, a stand-up comic will deliver eight minutes of his or her best material, and then a team of improvisers “will delve deep into the nuances of that act in a series of improvised scenes,” in the intriguing new show Improvised Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Barry Rothbart, Raquel D’Apice, and “a super secret guest on a really funny network TV show” performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Conan O’Brien and his ownComedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club: Dwayne Perkins

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, TV & movie rising star Amy Schumer, the hilarious and too-rarely-seen Heather Lawless, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Joe Mande: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Becky Yamamoto, Jordan Carlos, Mo Welch, Brad Austin, and Nore Davis performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno

9:30 pm ($5): Nate Starkey and Chris Grace performing improv as duo Starkey & Grace

[$] 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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: “Bawdy gals” night with Jessimae (Tyra Banks Show), Hilary Schwartz (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad), and Justy Dodge (Carolines) performing stand-up at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle (TruTV): Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/30/11

January 30, 2011

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Adira Amram

Unique & hilarious singer/songwriter Adira Amram will be performing at Hannibal Buress' Comedy Night

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:

6:00 pm ($5): “Edwina Debooveman is a handsome woman with a rich memory unaffected by her constant intake of muscle relaxers. With the help of a financial backer, a talented creative team, a rolodex of contacts to fill the house, and a flimsy show premise she will be performing her own one woman show” at I Remember: Edwina Debooveman’s One Woman Show; plus in the second half of this double-bill, a show auditioning at The Magnet with no description whatsoever and an instantly forgettable title (good luck with that…): Riot Act

7:00 pm ($5): Christina Casa debuts a one-woman show that intriguingly explains “Some candy is good & some candy is bad & some candy is full of Satan’s razor blades forged by 10,000 tortured souls in the bowels of the underworld. Hooray!” directed by Lorie Steele: Eat the Candy

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Rory Albanese (Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Jamie Kilstein (Conan O’Brien), Reese Waters, and more performing at this free LES stand-up show at Pianos hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show): It Is It

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): “Live music and some amazing actors perform new school radio drama, complete with sound effects.” Created and starring Melanie Hoopes, with performer genius Ed Herbstman (Melanie’s husband), Arthur Aulisi, Jenny Bacon, and Kelly Park, plus tonight’s musical guest composer Konrad Meissner, in a show that’s getting buzz (and barring mishaps, I’ll finally see it tonight): Laurie Stanton’s Sound Diet

8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (not yet announced, but you might find an update by clicking here) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.)  A long-time cast member of MAD TV headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bobby Lee

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing stand-up at The PIT for a free weekly show typically hosted by Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK]  [FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant & hilarious musical guest Adira Amram, plus superb stand-ups Dan St. Germain, Mike DeStefano, Godfrey, and Ryan Hamilton, all performing at Brooklyn’sKnitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Mike Dobbins (unique stream of consciousness comic), Sean Donnelly (host ofLil’ Seany Boy), Nick Turner (host of Too Cool for School), and Mike Birch performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (College Humor), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Sarah Tollemache (Last Comic Standing), and Kevin Barnett (host of Round Table of Gentlemen) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups compete for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes, plus there’s an escalating challenge component—atMagnet Inferno

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (comedy human dynamo who’s always worth catching; MTV), Rachael Parenta (Gawker.com), and Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/16/11

January 16, 2011

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John Mulaney and Sean Patton

Treasured New York stand-ups John Mulaney (Comedy Night) and Sean Patton (Sunday Night Stand-Up)

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] 4:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected writer/performers alive. This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate 90 minutes with a true genius of comedy. Please note this is a sprawling, detail-packed theatrical show, not stand-up…and not for every taste. But whether you’re ultimately grabbed by the story or not, it’s worth experiencing if only for Daniel’s lightning-quick flashes of humor. For example, at the performance I attended a woman sitting in the front row had the incredible gall to start reading. Daniel sweetly responded, “Ooh, that’s a subtle yet effective form of criticism. I’m certainly not cross with you, just too nosy about what you’re reading to plow on. Look, you’re still reading. What a lack of faith you have in live entertainment.” Place your faith in Daniel, check out the write-up in The New York Times, and catch this show running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

6:30 pm ($5): Two new shows—with no descriptions but cool titles—auditioning at The Magnet:Stand Up & Sing and Lizards & Snakes

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), and Scott Moran performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge:Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing, MTV, Logo, here! TV), Rob Stern (Comedy Central), and Andy Haynes performing stand-up at The PIT for a free weekly show hosted by Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[$] 8:00 pm ($46.50 & 2-drink min.): An acerbic stand-up star who’s appeared on Oprah, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, The View, and many other TV shows—and several films, to boot—headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Sommore

8:00 pm ($5): An improvised date, and a sketch show about the weird, audition at The Magnet:Double Date and Top Gunzz

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: 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), Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Ben Lerman (delightful raunchy comedic singer/songwriter), Rob Shapiro (at his best, fast-talking hilarious stand-up who comes off as one step away from being homeless), and Jermaine Fowler performing at Brooklyn’sKnitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Nothing announced this week, but check Vince Averill’s Facebook page later today in case there really is a stand-up tonight (as there usually is) in the East Village’s Beauty Barat Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy tonight hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

For my all-time favorite oddball comedy videos, please click here.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/19/10

December 19, 2010

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Morgan Murphy and Hannibal Buress

Stand-up stars Morgan Murphy, Hannibal Buress, and more perform at a blowout holiday edition of Comedy Night

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18 online using discount code FAYB ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this brief revival on Sundays this December to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Nikki Glaser (film I Am Comic), Jamie Kilstein (Huffington Post; co-host of Citizen Radio), Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Jamie Machi, and Gabe Pacheco performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Blowout holiday show with Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, member of legendary improv troupe The Swarm), Tim Warner, Sean O’Connor, and Jeffrey Joseph performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by the wonderful Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Brent Sullivan, Chris Jurek, Ryan Conner, and Alex Grubard performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jessimae (Hometown Comedy Tour), Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV; original host of this show), and Brian Barry (Star Search finalist) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy tonight hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/8/10

August 8, 2010

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My Name is Hannibal
Hannibal Buress celebrates the release of his stand-up CD “My Name is Hannibal” along with comedy giants John Oliver and Reggie Watts at his Brooklyn show Comedy Night

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[$] 8:00 pm ($21.25 & 2-drink min.): An Australian comic who’s acted on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and performed stand-up on Comedy Central headlining for one night only at Carolines:James Smith

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), Nick Vatterott, Katie Crown, Sam Morril, and Annie Lederman performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: The release party for Hannibal Buress’ first comedy CD My Name is Hannibal, featuring John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; cast member of the new Electric Company;Jimmy Fallon; for video samples, please click here), Kurt Metzger, Hari Kondabolu, Rory Scovel, and George Gordon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by Hannibal: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Fourth Year Anniversary blowout show, with Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Sean Donnelly (Don’t Touch Me There, Lil’ Seany Boy), and JC Coccoli performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly extravaganza Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus A FREE BEER!] 10:00 pm: Powerhouse stand-ups bidding bon voyage to Mike Drucker, including 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), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand, and Zach Sims—with Mike buying everyone a free beer, and giving away his stuff so he can travel light!—at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Mike Drucker’s Going Away Party

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (comedy dynamo; MTV), Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV), and Nancy Witter (Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America) celebrating the Sixth Year Anniversary of this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy originally hosted by Adam Sank and—for the past two years, and running—hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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