NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/1/13

January 1, 2013

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a joyous, wondrous, and hilarious 2013

The usual cornucopia of comedy choices will return tomorrow, when all
NYC comedy venues reopen. Meanwhile, the following are notable New York City comedy shows for New Year’s Day (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $):

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($24 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno), and Sam Morril performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Judah Friedlander, Nick Griffin, and More

[$] 8:00 pm ($20 plus 2-drink minimum): A stand-up who’s performed on Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Ryan Hamilton

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by the wonderful Joe Pera, Dan Licata, and Charles Gould: Dan + Joe + Charles’ Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC’s Do Whatever), Godfrey (Comedy Central Presents, Louie, 30 Rock, VH1; films Zoolander, Original Gangsters, Soul Plane; 7 Up Yours ads), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[$] 10:30 pm ($24 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Modi (HBO’s The Sopranos, Comedy Central), Brian Scolard, and Sam Morril performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Myq Kaplan, Greer Barnes, and More

[$] 12:15 am ($24 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Uncensored stand-up from Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Chris Distefano (Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code), Andrew Schulz (MTV 2’s Guy Code), and Wil Sylvince (Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: The Nasty Show: Big Jay Oakerson, Greer Barnes, and More

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/4/12

September 4, 2012

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Sean Patton

World-class stand-up Sean Patton headlines at ComedyJuice…

Emily Heller

…and Emily Heller’ performs at both ComedyJuice and The AfterLife

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: Open-mic sketch that allows you to either perform a sketch with your own performers or bring in pages for the audience to perform at The PIT downstairs lounge, followed by feedback on your bit from PIT “sketch-perts:” Pen & Pencils

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Nick Lowe (Senior Editor in charge of Marvel’s X-Men titles) and Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor in charge of Marvel’s Avengers titles) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-Midnight ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, each of four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Legend and Atticus at 7:00 and The Montels and BEEES! at 8:30; followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe BEEES! to make up stories in song on the spot: Magnet Tuesday Musical Megawatt

7:00 pm ($5): Improv troupe 1-800-LONDON will make up scenes tonight based on the stand-up and storytelling of one its members who has an accent and somehow got into the US without a visa at The PIT downstairs lounge: 1-800-LONDON Goes Salsa Dancing

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, The Pox, and Good Girl at this first half (see 9:15 pm for more) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jamie Lee, Selena Coppock, Adam Conover, and Josh Gondelman share true-life longish funny tales at this UCB East mashup of stand-up and storytelling: It’s a Long Story

[TOP PICK] 8:00ish pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Andy Haynes (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Hadiyah Robinson (The Mo’Nique Show), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), and Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon) performing on this week’s topic Haunted at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by George Gordon: The Afterlife: Haunted

8:00 pm ($10): Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo; winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award), Dave Thunder (2011 Andy Kaufman Award finalist), and Mollie Merkel (2011 Andy Kaufman Award semi-finalist) performing stand-up at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Andy Kaufman Fun House

8:00 pm ($8): A house sketch troupe performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (for an update, please click here) performing at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, notable hair): Crime & Punishment

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Johnny Romance, Bucky, and The Regulars—plus advanced improv students mash up forms LaRonde and Montage by starting with a series of unlikely pairings and then ending “somewhere deep inside a pile of hilarious character” for a hybrid form called LaRONTAGE—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neill (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes), and/or Brandon Scott Jones (top sketch troupe Stone Cold Fox, red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes, top comedic play Death Wears Stilettos) host a showcase of female comics at UCB East who tonight include Melanie Hamlett (storytelling), Candy Slice (sketch), Emily Tarver (stand-up), and Emily Axford (musical performance): Ladies Night: Men Welcome

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Sean Patton (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; 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), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Stephanie Simbari (Joe Rogan Podcast), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/31/12

July 31, 2012

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Steve Rannazzisi

Steve Rannazzisi of FX’s “The League,” Al Madrigal, Christian Finnegan…

Kurt Metzger

…and Kurt Metzger are among the stand-ups at tonight’s ComedyJuice

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] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-Midnight ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, each of four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Atticus and Mint Condition at 7:00 and BEEES! and The Montels at 8:30; followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe The Montels to make up stories in song on the spot: Magnet Tuesday Musical Megawatt

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Hoops, Kinsey, and GoodGirl at this first half (see 9:15 pm for more) of Harold Night

8:00 pm ($8): Head writer & director Jen Curran (Harvard Sailing Team, The Baldwins, Jen & Steve) and a dozen other talents perform brand new sketch comedy at The PIT upstairs theatre: Big Business

8:00 pm ($5): Young improvisors at The PIT downstairs lounge make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Shady Bunch

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo; winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award), and “a special guest” performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: Eulogy

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Spooky Ghost, Graceland, and The Pox—plus at 11:00 pm advanced improv students make up scenes based on “the news and the fears of today” in a form called The Current—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), and Tony Zaret perform at UCB East hosted by Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) who’ll perform a dark mix of improv and sketch that’s uniquely The Tony Show

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Al Madrigal (correspondent for The Daily Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno), Steve Rannazzisi (creator/co-star of FX’s The League; Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d), Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Ugly Americans, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing), Brendon Walsh (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and Ari Shaffir (HBO’s Down and Dirty) performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

10:00 pm ($8): “Improvising from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, kicking ass, and hoping each time that the next kick ass jump will be the kick ass jump home” from troupe IRTE at The PIT downstairs lounge: IRTE: That Kick Ass Time Jump Show

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/3/12

July 3, 2012

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Julia Wiedeman and Eric Andre

Don’t miss what may be the last chance in a long while to see Julia Wiedeman in her memorable sketch show Naked People; and catch frenetic anarchy from the wonderful Eric Andre headlining at the Gotham Comedy Club for ComedyJuice

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] 6:30 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea, a witty and ultimately exhilarating exploration of baring it all by fabulous long-time nudist Julia Wiedeman. Julia is a charismatic actress whose star is just starting to rise, and is well worth catching even beyond the enjoyment of her playful beauty. Check out promo videos here and here and here, and then run to see what may be the last performance for quite a while of Naked People

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

7:00 pm ($5): Improv piano wizard Frank Spitznagel working with both veteran and student musical improv performers at The Program

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes GoodGirl, Johnny Romance, and Bucky at this first half (see 9:15 pm for more) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): One of my favorite people, Julie Sharbutt—who’s performed with some of the greatest improvisors alive at UCBT’s Gravid Water—goes for improv gold herself with comedy partner Cathleen Carr (Birds, The Scene, Dos Experimentos) as they “hope to establish themselves as the leading voices in contemporary South Boston crime noir improv comedy. Watch them, along with special guests Bob Kulhan and Joe Schiappa, unspool a suspenseful, heavily-accented mystery thrilla” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Mystic Improv

8:00 pm ($8): Newest PIT house sketch troupe National Scandal performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: MInt Condition and Rosencrantz

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Erin Judge (Comedy Central; new album So Many Choices), Josh Gondelman, Katie East, Brendan McLaughlin, and “special guests” performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Erin Judge: The Afterlife: Independence

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, The Regulars, and Sandino—plus four separate three-person groups of advanced students each perform one long scene in a form called The Three-Hander—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, videos, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre with Jeffrey Joseph and hosts Ron Krasnow & Joel Walkowski: The Short Bus

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; creator and co-star of genius new Adult Swim series The Eric Andre Show; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, Comedy Central, FOX, TBS), John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Bryan Callen (The Hangover, The Hangover 2, Warrior, Comedy Central, Mad TV, Entourage), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Freid: ComedyJuice

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe Mint Condition to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/25/09

November 25, 2009

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Janeane Garofalo performs with such comedy giants as Nick Kroll and Anthony Jeselnik tonight at ComedyJuice

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 in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A hilarious comedic performer trying out her new one-woman show: Jill Donnelly

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) plays five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and foreign-born Greg Tuculescu (member of stellar sketch troupes Quiet Library and Stone Cold Fox, and superb improv troupe The Law Firm) performs a one-man show, in the double-bill Best Actress and F@#&ing Foreigners!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A small army of UCBT performers—well, 18 of them, including such stellar talents as Jeff Hiller, Gil Ozeri, and Jill Donnelly—performing an annual improv tradition: The Macy’s Day Before Thanksgiving Day Parade

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($15 online using code LAFF, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent—tonight featuring thoroughly wonderful stand-ups Janeane Garofalo, Nick Kroll, Anthony Jeselnik, Kumail Nanjiani, and host Sean Patton—all performing at ComedyJuice

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/28/09

October 28, 2009

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For Q&A with bestselling author Elna Baker, please click here.

For $10 tickets to amazing $20 comedy club show with John Oliver
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John and Nathasha

John Oliver, Natasha Leggero, and other star stand-up comics perform tonight at a spectacular edition of comedy club show ComedyJuice

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 ($12 ticket; plus two-drink or $12 food min. if you sit at a table): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of upcoming TV version of The Liar Show), Andy Borowitz, Starlee Kine, Mather Zickel, and Keith Powell—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share tales on the theme “Encounters with Strangers” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Aziz Ansari (co-star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant, and one of the best stand-up comics on the planet; his razor-sharp mind and fluid, down-to-earth style are unmatched by almost any other comic working today); Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; Jimmy Fallon; cast member of the new Electric Company), Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC stand-ups RG Daniels, Karith Foster, Brian Longwell, Daniel Rockdale, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Rachel Bloom performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Thoroughly wonderful comics Aziz Ansari (co-star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant, and one of the best stand-up comics on the planet; his razor-sharp mind and fluid, down-to-earth style are unmatched by almost any other comic working today); Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; Jimmy Fallon; cast member of the new Electric Company), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Joe Mande (VH1’s Best Week Ever, co-host of Totally J/K), and Andrea Rosen (Stella, Variety SHAC) performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live), Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb writer/comics Wyatt Cenac, God’s Pottery, Megan Neuringer, Adam Newman, and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($10 online using code BLOG, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, stellar host of Whiplash), Natasha Leggero (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Reno 911!, and The Sarah Silverman Program; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Louis Katz (Carson Daly), and a spectacular unannounced special guest)—all performing at ComedyJuice

[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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For Q&A with bestselling author Elna Baker, please click here.

For $10 tickets to amazing $20 comedy club show with John Oliver
and other brilliant stand-up stars, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/29/09

July 29, 2009

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Dave Attell heads an all-star group of hilarious stand-ups tonight at ComedyJuice

Dave Attell heads an all-star group of hilarious stand-ups tonight at ComedyJuice

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

[TOP PICK] brilliantly funny character actress Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) debuting her exciting new one-woman show about the entertainment biz (Five women, One f*cked up industry), plus a comedic play with music, dancing, and fisting from Mary Elizabeth Ellis & Artemis Pebdani, in the double-bill Kate McKinnon: Best Actress and Mother May I Dance with Mary Jane’s Fist? (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (stand-up comedy genius and star correspondent of The Daily Show), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show, cast member of upcoming HBO Kanye West show), Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; warm-up comic for The Daily Show; Comedy Central,VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), and JR Havlan (five-time Emmy Award-winning staff writer of The Daily Show) performing stand-up with Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show Rory Albanese at The Daily Show and Friends (8:00 pm),

[FREE] sharp NYC comics Pat O’Shea, Lisa Kaplan, Joe Pontillo, Joel Stice, Mangina, and Lisa Haim at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, Beauty Bar Comedy), Greg Barris (Heart of Darkness, MTV’s All That Rocks), and Bob Powers (author of new humor book The Terrible, Horrible, Temp-to-Perm Debacle) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted tonight by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a show featuring rejected material and the associated tales of woe from top writers and comedic performers—who tonight include Margot Leitman, Will Leitch, Eliot Glazer, and Andy Ross—at Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show (9:30 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] a not-to-be-missed monthly event, this powerhouse showcase for star stand-ups at the elegant Comix Comedy Club tonight features Dave Attell (comedy superstar; Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell, Comedy Central Presents; multiple appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Howard Stern, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; warm-up comic for The Daily Show; Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Godfrey (NBC’s 30 Rock, Comedy Central Presents, VH1; films Zoolander, Original Gangsters, Soul Plane; 7 Up Yours ads), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson), and The Greg Wilson (Comics Unleashed): Dave Attell, Pete Holmes, Christian Finnegan, Godfrey, and More at ComedyJuice (10:00 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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