NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/18/10

August 18, 2010

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Jeff Garlin (above left) hosts a night of stellar stand-up, with guests including Jessi Klein and Amy Schumer, at Jeff Garlin's Combo Platter

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

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

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jess Wood, Paul Mecurio, Aparna Nancherla, Jay Bois, and Mike Cotayo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), and Dave Holmes performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri:Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Patrick Borelli, Becky Yamamoto, Andy Haynes, JC Coccoli, Aparna Nacherla, and Andrew Shultz performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman:Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention HyReviews.com [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Sharp stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Jamie Kilstein, Stephen Kruiser, Frank Vignola, Harry Terjanian, Brian Longwell, and Julia Gorin have fun with politics at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Politicas to the Left of Me, Politics to the Right of Me

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Jessi Klein, Amy Schumer, and more at a show hosted by the equally wonderful co-star of HBO’s Curb Your EnthusiasmJeff Garlin’s Combo Platter

[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 Friday 3/26/10

March 26, 2010

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Comedy superstar Richard Lewis headlines tonight and Saturday at Comix

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] [FREE] 7:30 pm: TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), brilliantly funny singer/songwriter/comic Shayna Ferm (member of ace sketch troupe Fearsome), stand-up Josh Comers (former writer for Conan O’Brien), stand-up Jason Saenz (co-host of Too Cool for School), sketch comedy from Steve Bossous, Roger Hailes, and Sean Donnelly, and much more at this blowout party at Karma Lounge hosted by Pat Stango & Blaine Perry: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): David Razowsky is the former artistic director of Second City LA, and has worked with such luminaries as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, and Amy Sedaris; Rachel Hamilton is a regular on 30 Rock. Tonight they’ll team up to create memorable two-person improv as Dave & Rachel

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here)—if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer; and Deborah Gross recreates absurd and amusing conversations she’s experienced through her sharp storyteller’s perspective, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! andConversations with Deb

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

11:30 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT house troupe Badman: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 12:30 am ($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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/26/10

February 26, 2010

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Hilarious and thoroughly loveable stand-up star Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiams) headlines tonight and Saturday at Carolines

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 ($5): Comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo Roo, Rogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) comprise one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC, and they’ll demonstrate that tonight as troupe Outlook of the Poet

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

7:00 pm ($10): “After leaving what she thought was the perfect marriage, Mandy Schmieder now finds herself stuck in limbo. Is it really over? This is her quest to find the answer. Told through the eyes of a band of characters who guide her on this journey through an expressionistic purgatory of…” Separation Anxiety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here); if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer. Plus Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser perform a sketch show written by written by Leila Cohan and by Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and This is About Smith

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): A comedy superstar from Curb Your Enthusiasm headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines: Jeff Garlin

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($34.57 online if you use code VIPFEB, plus 2-item minimum): A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’s Arrested Development, headlining through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Patrice Oneal

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

9:30 pm ($10): Improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan following up winning the recent SketchProv Tournament with this PIT run, and veteran improv duo formerly known as Project:Projekt, in the double-bill Swords and The Nathan & Joe Show

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): Hilarious sketch duo Chris O’Neill and Paul Valenti describe themselves as “vaudeville gold for a 2009 crowd.” Whatever. They’re funny. Especially the bit with the nose. Come catch their latest material tonight at The Chris and Paul Show Presents: Abduction

11:00 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

11:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Bleak Comedy and HammerkatzNYU compete for audience laughs and votes in Backyard Brawl

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/23/10

February 23, 2010

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Comedy giant Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) performs at a blowout edition of Seth Herzog's Sweet

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): Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show) and Dash Shaw (IFC’s The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An “all-Asian” night with stand-ups Jen Kwok, Vidur Kapur, Hari Kondabolu, and Shawn Pearlman performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Ragnaröck, Robber Baron, DeCoster, The Law Firm, and People People followed at 11:00 pm by a show revolving around improvised scenes taking place in the same location, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): A killer lineup of Jeff Garlin, Elna Baker, and Kurt Braunohler performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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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