NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/8/12

May 8, 2012

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Tom Cavanagh and Kristen Schaal

TV & movie stars Tom Cavanagh and Kristen Schaal are at Sweet…

Dave Attell

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

7:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Five full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes GoodGirl, Surfing, The Pox, Creature, The Regulars, and Sandino—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students perform as duos in Couples Skate—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Scott Adsit (30 Rock, genius co-creator of Moral Orel, half of improv superstar duo John and Scott) and Frank Tieri (Space: Punisher) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture atPianos (158 Ludlow Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Travis Irvine (Jay Leno, Huffington Post), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central, It Gets Betterish; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), Sherri Shepherd (The View), and Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Sharron Paul (College Humor) and Calvin Cole (TBS) for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live’s Rachel Dratch, Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’sDelocatedConan O’Brien), Leo Allen (former writer for SNSComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), and James McNew (Yo La Tengo, Dump) are interviewed about “their earliest creative experiences and the nuances of having a creative career” for a weekly podcast that once a month goes live on the UCB East stage with hosts Andy Beckerman & Mark Bisi: Beginnings

8:00 pm ($5): Cathleen Carr (Two Girls for Five Bucks, Birds, The Scene) and Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene) host a show featuring two-person improv teams challenged with separation anxiety—the audience is asked to scramble them and create one-night-only pairings.The established duos participating tonight are Julie Sharbutt & Zhubin Parang, Amey Goerlich & TJ Del Reno, and Cathleen Carr & Bob Kulhan at The PIT downstairs Lounge: Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento

[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: BEEES! and Mint Condition

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Tom Cavanagh (wonderful star of NBC’s much-missed show Ed; Royal Pains, Love Monkey), 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 Conchords and NBC’s 30 RockComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Will Hines (ace improv troupe The Stepfathers, treasured UCBT comedy instructor & director), Ryan Knighton (blind author from Canada; The New York Times, Esquire, Salon), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingDavid Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), George Gordon, Josh Rabinowitz, and more performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Emily Heller: The Afterlife: The Day the Music Died

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): 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), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), and Larry Bailey performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Stand-up superstar Dave Attell (newest show is Showtime’s Dave’s Old P@rn), Joe Matarese (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, podcastFixing Joe), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Showtime), Dean Edwards (SNL, Carson Daly, VH1), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Freid: ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) at UCB East with tonight’s guests Todd Bieber (razor-sharp Director of Content and Production for UCB Comedy; Commercial Interruption,Animated Stories), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), and Ratnesh Dubey: The Tony and Johnny Show

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe BEEES! 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

[FREE] 11:30 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 12/28/10

December 28, 2010

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Blizzard at NYC's Bryant Park

I know, I know; but there are warm, dry, funny shows tonight, including...

Dave Attell and Eliza Skinner

...superstar stand-up Dave Attell headlining at Carolines, and phenom improvisor Eliza Skinner at "Skinner Alive!"

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): Muscial improv genius Eliza Skinner (who’s won the ECNY Award for Best Improv twice, has won multiple FringeNYC awards, and is a star member of Baby Wants  Candy) will make up songs on the spot along with “special guests” and invaluable improv pianist Frank Spitznagel in Skinner Alive!

7:00 pm ($5): Over a dozen female improvisors—including this year’s surprise hit Doppelganger—making up scenes at Girls Gone Funny

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and Willy Appelman, Tom Costello, Ben Furnas, David Ross, and Ross Taylor make stuff up, in the double-bill The Cascade and Thunderbirds 4Life

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Thursday at Carolines: Dave Attell

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Sandino, Badman, Robber Baron, DeCoster, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm, a gala end-of-the-year improv jam open to everyone and hosted by Badman—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): Rob Paravonian (guitar-playing stand-up; for his wonderful YouTube hit, please clickhere), sketch troupe The Fools, and musical guests Mike Doughty (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien; formerly of band Soul Coughing; solo album Sad Man Happy Man), Eden & John’s East River String Band (old-time country-folk blues), and CatCatCat (alt rock) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($10): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru in Strange Things

8:15 pm ($5—with FREE PIZZA!): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host with Kristen Schaal of Hot Tub Variety), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), and contortionist Amazing Amy performing at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s variety show Deep Traffic

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV seriesPenelope: Princess of Pets; co-host with Kristen Schaal of Hot Tub Variety), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1), and weather-condition-dependent surprises performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($10): The PIT house comics tell tales about “Hating the Holidays” at the comedic storytelling show Campfire Stories

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/27/09

December 27, 2009

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Stand-up superstar Dave Attell headlines tonight through Wednesday 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] 7:30 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 ($42 & 2-item min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Wednesday (with Amy Schumer) at Carolines: Dave Attell

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Jessimae Peluso (The Tyra Banks Show, TruTV), Yamaneika (BET), and Adam Lehman (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing stand-up at a 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 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/29/09

April 29, 2009

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Dave Attell

Dave Attell

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] new improv duo Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report) and Thomas Middleditch (genius improv troupes Baby Wants Candy and Improvised Shakespeare), and new stand-up/storytelling/sketch comedy duo Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, VH1’s Best Week Ever) and Dan Ahdoot, (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) in the double-bill Gwindleditch and Triple S (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Daily Show star correspondent John Oliver (Comedy Central’s Terrifying Times), world-class hilarious stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), Daily Show producer Adam Lowitt (host of This is It!), and more at this extravaganza created by The  Daily Show’s Co-Executive Producer Rory Albanese: The Daily Show and Friends (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] brilliant comedic singer/songwriter/actor Micah Bucey performing a tour de force series of parodies in the form of mini-musicals for his intimate and joyful monthly show The Gay Agenda (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1; recently released his first comedy CD, Lou Diamond Phillips?), Ross Hyzer (23/6.com), Ben Kissel, and Molly Knefel at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] typically terrific NYC stand-up comics at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] superb NYC stand-ups Mike Drucker, Becky Yamamoto, Sean Crespo, Mark Normand, Sue Funke, and Dan Curry at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Anthony Atamanuik, Curtis Gwinn, Joe Mande, and Jenny Slate—telling memorable tales of “Illness” at one of the finest shows in NYC, Dave Martin’s The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] a killer lineup of comedy stars—Dave Attel, Judah Friedlander, Rich Vos, Joe DeRosa, Jay Larson, and James Smith—at the NYC debut of a stand-up series that’s been immensely popular in LA and is now making a home at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/10/09

April 10, 2009

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Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer

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:

[$] a former cast member of Saturday Night Live who’s also performed a Comedy Central hour-long special, appeared frequently on Conan O’Brien, co-starred in the film Half Baked, and is an acclaimed stand-up comic, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Jim Breuer (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy stars Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) and Paul F. Tompkins (host of VH1’s Best Week Ever, commentator on Countdown with Keith Olbermann) visit Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo playing book authors offering sage advice to Jewish singles at Ronna & Beverly’s All Jew Revue (8:00 pm),

comics experiencing the rush of performing with no clothes on in The Naked Comedy Showcase (8:00 pm),

stand-up comics Brad Loekle (TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents, host of The Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour), Beth Stelling (Chicago Underground Comedy), Lisa Kaplan (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] [$] a killer lineup of top national comedy stars at Stand Up NY’s late show, including 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, Dave Attell, Ted Alexandro, Jessica Kirson, and Vic Henley: Judah Friedlander and More (10:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] a sketch show (with some improv thrown in) that just won its superb stars the 2009 ECNY Award for Best Sketch Comedy Group: Derrick (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am),

[$] and 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 (12:30 am).

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