NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/26/11

January 26, 2011

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Donald Glover and Todd Barry

Donald Glover performs tonight at "Totally J/K," while Todd Barry headlines at "John and Molly Get Along"

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 at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), Donald Glover (co-star of NBC’s CommunityDerrick, Mystery Team), and Joe Wengert (VH1, The Onion, Reuben Williams) join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (member of superb improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel (veteran stand-up) host this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests 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), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Jamie Kilstein (Conan O’Brien), Luke Cunningham (MTV), and Trey Galyon performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street): John and Molly Get Along

[TOP PICK] 8:00 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 write-ups in The New York Times by clicking here andhere, 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

8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) hosting this free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show, with tonight’s guests not yet announced (for potential update, please click here) performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mara Herron, Brian Longwell, Sue Funke, Carrie Gravensonm Cary Prusa, and Joel Stice performing at this free weekly show at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), Rachael Robbins (scream queen in such B-movies as Vampire Lesbian Kickboxers), and Paul Case (HereTV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) for a free weekly gay-themed comedy show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade, Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme Music at The Nights of Our Lives

[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 Saturday 5/22/10

May 22, 2010

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Donald Glover

Headlining NBC star Donald Glover (above) performs tonight with powerhouse stand-ups Sean Patton and Hannibal Buress at the elegant Comix Comedy Club

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] [$] 6:00 pm ($15 including one drink; reservations via calling Cornelia Street Cafe at 212.989.9319 highly recommended): Four superb writer/performers tell personal stories. Three of them are true…but one is a pack of lies. Then the audience asks questions to try to figure out who’s fibbing. Tonight’s yarn-spinners are Johanna Clearfield (SNL’s Weekend Update), Sharon Spell (Shrink), Brad Lawrence (Monsters In The Wood), and Gabrielle Selz (The New York Times) joining wonderful host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): A musical about “a pious Pope framed for a crime he didn’t commit…betrayal, Holy War, foot-stompin’ musical numbers” and everything else it takes “to entertain the Hell right out of you” in Pope: The Musical

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[$] 7:30 pm pm ($41 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining for one night only at Carolines: Susie Essman

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NY stand-ups, not announced, performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.78 online if you use code VIPMAY, plus 2-item minimum): A young veteran comic who’s a star improvisor and sketch performer for comedy troupe Derrick; co-star of the feature film Mystery Team; former staff writer for 30 Rock; and co-star of NBC sitcom Community, headlining tonight with powerhouse openers Sean Patton and Hannibal Buress at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Donald Glover

8:00 pm ($10): NY stand-ups Jamie Lee (who’s also the producer and host), Baron Vaughn (in one of his final NYC appearances before moving to LA), Phoebe Robinson, and more performing atKarma Lounge for a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff

8:00 pm ($5): Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller performing a two-man sketch show designed as a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and the Cage Match Champion for two years in a row!—genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups & comedic storytellers Demetri Martin, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, Ophira Eisenberg, Tom Shillue, and Joe Bolster—and free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount codeFBKISC): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight is the third of a five-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($31.25, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the finest stand-ups alive—with appearances on HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, and feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead—headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Todd Barry

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount codePISANO, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): A special one-night-only parody of Lost, packed with top comedy talents: Dharma Station

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): One of the most fascinating performers in comedy hosting his own extravaganza—which goes beyond a stage show to have the makings of a hit MTV series—tonight celebrating his birthday!: The Chris Gethard Show

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/9/10

May 9, 2010

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TV & movie star Donald Glover performs tonight at Tearing the Veil of Maya

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 ($7): Donald Glover (co-star of NBC’s Community and feature film Mystery Team and Derrick) practices his upcoming headlining set at Comix, plus Adam Cayton-Holland, performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Eric Andre (HBO, Comedy Central, TBS), Jon Fisch, Mark Normand, Scott Moran, Sarah Tollemache, and Jay Miller performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Unannounced stand-ups performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) who may or may not be hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Ross Hyzer, Dan Enfield, David Cope, and John F. O’Donnell performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (human dynamo; MTV, VH1), Emily Epstein, and Scott Ryan performing 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 Sunday 1/17/10

January 18, 2010

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TV & film rising comedy star Donald Glover performs stand-up tonight at Whiplash

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 (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—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci, Amanda Baramki, Damien Lemon, Mark Reiss, and Erik Bergstrom performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups John Fugelsang (former host of America’s Funniest Home Videos), MIke Drucker, Aidan Bishop, and Jeff Kreisler—plus musical guest Chris Dyas—all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Slow Burn and High Treason, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[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): Stellar stand-ups A. Whitney Brown (Emmy-award winning writer and political satirist; Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central), Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, BBC, Huffington Post), Julien Dionne (award-winning Canadian comic), Jennifer Grant (also a Canadian comic), and Vicki Ferentinos (one-woman show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

9:30 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors James Eason and Jessica Allen perform as a duo, and a sketch show presumably based on a very funny blog, in the double-bill Eason & Allen and Conversations with Deb

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Comedy dynamo Ali Wong, plus Joe Dixon, Scott Rogowsky, Jacqueline Kabat, Phil Murphy, Louis Katz, and Jeffrey Joseph performing stand-up at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom: Ed Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Donald Glover (TV & movie star; 30 Rock, Community, Mystery Team), Michelle Biloon (Comedy Central), and Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 12/2/09

December 2, 2009

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Brilliant comedy trio DC Pierson, Donald Glover, and Dominic Dierkes return to NYC tonight to promote their first feature film, which debuts in NYC this weekend: Derrick Presents Mystery Team Live!

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Carl Arnheiter interviewing the editors and staff writers who create a beloved pseudo newspaper: Inside Joke with The Onion

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Ali Wong, Billy Reno, Matt Little, Bruce Cherry, and Jermaine Fowler performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wonderful comics Reggie Watts, Joe Mande, Adam Lowitt, and Maeve Higgins performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): One of the sharpest and most talented comedy groups to ever grace UCBT returns to plug its feature film Mystery Team, which is enjoying its NYC debut this weekend: Derrick Presents Mystery Team Live!

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