NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/16/12

September 16, 2012

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Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman (above) and Bobby Tisdale host stars who are likely to includie…

Daniel Kitson

…comedy genius Daniel Kitson on this final day of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm-11:00 pm ($10-$20): A comedy shorts screening and a top comics showcase, in Brooklyn’s Union Hall and Bell House, for this final evening of the Fifth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Emmy Blotnick, Matt Nedostup, and Sachi Ezurafor: Sledgehammer

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($8): Comics and other artists present their actual work from high school and earlier—video, poetry, plays, short stories, songs, etc.—at The PIT’s upstairs theatre curated by Chris Aurilio : Some of Our Early Work

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A unique organic talent who’s a regular guest on Conan O’Brien, and co-stared in the Comedians of Comedy tour and Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Brian Posehn

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’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

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): “Magician Michael Feldman pulls back the curtain, giving you a glimpse into the secret worlds of sleight-of-hand performers and psychic charlatans” at The PIT’s upstairs theatre: The Importance of Being Gullible

[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), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Adam Newman (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor, comedy CD Not for Horses), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting), and Charlie Kasov (MTV’s Guy Code) performing at RG’s free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5):Sketch comedy from a Magnet team directed by Chet Siegel and with a nerdy Jewish name: Darth Vader Ginsburg

8:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Herschel and Gameface

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Kate Hendricks, Zach McGovern, Joe Zimmerman, and Rob Haze performing 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): Magnet sketch comedy teams try out new material at this show with the on-the-nose title Magnet Sketch Teams

[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

[$] 10:00 pm (call 212.757.4100 for cover price, plus 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Comedy Central, and has some fine bits about cigarettes and pedophiles, headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Mike Recine

[FREE] 10:00 pm:Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, TruTV, Tyra Banks), Allison Castillo , and Hadiyah Robinson performing stand-up for 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 Friday 9/14/12

September 14, 2012

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Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Sarah Silverman and Daniel Kitson are among the stars at this year’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups happen at 5:45-6:00 pm) at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Erin Lennox and Eli Sairs: The Orphanage

7:00 pm ($5): Improv at The Magnet that flows from moment to moment, with no sweeps or tag outs—”each exit starts a new scene, while performers use devices ranging from monologues to in-scene questions to break into characters and relationships quicker and deeper:” Scoresby

7:00 pm ($8): Young improvisors at The PIT downstairs lounge make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Shady Bunch

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Nate Dern and Paul Oddo: The Friday Night Hot Chicks Mic

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm-11:00 pm ($15-$20): Top comics from NYC and elsewhere gather tonight for two different shows, in Brooklyn’s Union Hall and Bell House, for this weekend’s Fifth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): The UK’s renowned Cambridge University is known for great scholarly achievement…but also a comedy troupe named The Footlights that helped launch the careers of John Cleese (Monty Python), Hugh Laurie (House), Emma Thompson (Love Actually), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), and more. The 2012 edition of this group performs tonight at UCB Chelsea as part of a world tour: Cambridge Footlights: Perfect Strangers

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A unique organic talent who’s a regular guest on Conan O’Brien, and co-stared in the Comedians of Comedy tour and Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Brian Posehn

[FREE] 8:00 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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City downstairs lounge: Mic and Cheese

8:30 pm ($7): Five veteran improvisors make stuff up at The Magnet as troupe Lead McEnroe

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Killer great lineup of TV & movie stars Janeane Garofalo (9:00 pm only), Ted Alexandro (possibly 9:00 pm only), Christian Finnegan, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from comedy geniuses Chris Gethard and Shannon O’Neill, plus stellar comics Silvija Ozols, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Will Hines, and Connor Ratliff, performing at UCB Chelsea—the all-star members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Sharp improvisors at UCB East—Michael Kayne, Amber Petty, Ashley Ward, Morgan Phillips, and Winston Noel—making up a musical on the spot: Diamond Lion

9:00 pm ($5): Oscar Montoya (host of deliciously bad cinema) and Jen Tullock (Second City) wrote & perform a duo sketch show about “a night at gay rehab for renewal, self-discovery, and occasional break dancing” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Pray It Away with Oscar & Jen

9:30 pm ($10): A PIT improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Formerly titled Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy—until a “cease and desist” order arrived from the attorneys at EMI Music—this show marches on with terrific comedic musical performers at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ben Lerman and Tim Dimond: Radio Shack: A Comedy Musical Showcase

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Fran Gillespie, Jon Gabrus, Sue Galloway, Matt Fisher, Craig Rowin, Nate Lang, and other superb improvisors at UCB Chelsea making up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute: The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

10:30 pm ($5): NYC comics (not announced) performing at UCB East hosted by Emily Axford, D’Arcy Carden, Alden Ford, Brandon Scott Jones, and/or Justin Tyler: Gentrify

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before this Magnet show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, top Maude sketch troupe Gramp’s, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups—sometimes stellar ones—pushing boundaries for a show designed for looseness and experimentation at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker: Permission to Fail

Midnight ($5): Comics (not announced) debating various topics, mixed with sketch and who knows what else, at UCB East hosted by Michael Shawki, Jeff Wesselschimdt, and Dan Licata: The Great Debate

[FREE] Midnight: This show might not be much fun for audience members, but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. Plus it’s hosted by members of Maude troupe Fambly, typically including such wonderful talents as Nicole Byer and Veronica Osorio: Liquid Courage

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/18/11

September 18, 2011

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Marc Maron

Comedy legend Marc Maron...

Michael Showalter

...and TV & movie star Michael Showalter are among the top comics at this final night of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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 (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Improv duo The Bedtime Brothers begin by making up scenes based on an audience member’s horrible dating or break-up experience, and end with scenes springboarding off an audience-supplied movie quote; and in between invited stand-ups and sketch comics perform. It all happens at at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Love Sucks! Movies Rock!

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm-11:00 pm ($20): Top comics from NYC and elsewhere gather tonight, via two different shows in Brooklyn’s Bell House, for the final day of the Fourth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Thoroughly brilliant comics James Adomian (Last Comic Standing), John Gemberling (Adult Swim, Death by Roo Roo), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Death By Roo Roo, Two-Man Movie), and Craig Rowin (Please Give Me One Million Dollars) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’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): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, VHI, High Times), Jordan Carlos (MTV), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon; host of Monsters, co-host of Too Cool For School and If You Build It), Nick Packard (Mystery Team), and Michael Antonnuci (sketch troupe Bleak Comedy) performing stand-up at UCB East 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): The Most Fun Show Ever

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

[$] 8:00 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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Louie Katz (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Matt Ruby (MTV, co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), and Chesley Calloway (co-host of Comedy as a Second Language) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch troupes The Weirs, Jamaal Sedayao, Paul Barker, Russ Armstrong, and /or Good Morning Ladies performing new material at The Magnet: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Ben Kronberg, Phil Hanley, John F. O’Donnell, and Ken Reid celebrating Mark Normand’s birthday at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

9:30 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of The Magnet Theatre comedy community: Flick Video Showcase

11:00 pm ($5): A sketch show at UCB East 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) describing itself as follows: “World’s elite, please join us for this month’s conference of The Order of the Owl. The Order’s two leaders, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Jared from Subway, will oversee presentations from the secret rulers of our world order, the true Power behind the Throne. Learn how The Order of the Owl has been pulling strings of late and how we are planting seeds for future machinations. BYO wine and cheese:” Order of the Owl: Illuminati Conference to Rule the World

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/17/11

September 17, 2011

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Ted Alexandro

World-class stand-up Ted Alexandro headlines tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club...

John Hodgman

...and John Hodgman is among the stars at tonight's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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 weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm-11:00 pm ($10-$20): Top comics from NYC and elsewhere gather tonight, via five different shows in Brooklyn’s Bell House and Union Hall, for this weekend’s Fourth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Joe Bill, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, Kay Cannon, Christina Gausas, and other stellar performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and legendary Chicago improv institutions—at UCB West all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm ($7): Improv veterans Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft making up a play on the spot at The Magnet: Theory of Everything

7:30 pm ($10): UCBT Harold Night improv troupe Airwolf makes stuff up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Airwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): One of the very finest stand-ups in the country who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, andThe View, starred in two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials, and frequently opens for Louis C.K., headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ted Alexandro

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Nick Vatterott, Michael Che, Jason Good, and a “super secret guest” (am not sure, but am guessing he’s pale and his last name sort of rhymes with “Laugh-Again”) performing stand-up at One and One (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) at the return of Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Ben Lerman (sly, raunchy comedic singer/songwriter), 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), Pat O’Shea (host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), and George Gordon performing at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ray DeVito, Ben Kronberg, Nick Cobb, and Tim Dimond: Shoot the Shite

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCBwest’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, wonderful comedic singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm, and stand-ups Dan Soder, Sheng Wang, and Damien Lemon performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Kara Klenk and Nick Turner: If You Build It

9:00 pm ($7): Sharp improvisors from a sharp comedy town beyond NYC and Chicago: ImprovBoston Mainstage

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Dean Edwards, David Foster, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub and now at The PIT: Political Subversities

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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Comedy from a duo that walks the line between sketch and stand-up, plus tonight’s stand-up guest Danny Soloman, performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Team Submarine and Friends

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Ben Rodgers, Charlie Todd, Jim Santangeli, and other stellar improvisors interview an audience member about where he or she grew up and then create an entire show based on the mini-bio at UCBwest’s The Curfew: Not From Around Here

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($7): A sharp musical improv troupe makes up stories with song and dance based on an audience suggestion at The Magnet’s Choral Rage

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is on the ground in New York City, and he’s assembled a team of investigative experts to uncover the biggest conspiracy yet. The New World Order might keep Conspiracy Theory off the air, but we take the action outside the ring and straight to the people…because the they can cancel a TV show, but they can’t cancel the truth,” with James Adomian as Jesse Ventura, Anthony Atamanuik as David Icke, John Gemberling as Sirhan Sirhan, plus Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien), Henry Zebrowski (Murderfist), and Zach Broussard doing crazy shit at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura

[FREE] Midnight: UCB West Harold Night house improv troupes Very Good Kiss and Mr. Crime making stuff up past their bedtime at Saturday Night Slumer Party

[FREE] Midnight: A weekly chance for you to shine, as students and veteran improvisors share the stage to form “rare and wonderful one-night-only teams,” with sign-up starting at 11:30 pm: Magnet Mixer

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/16/11

September 16, 2011

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Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2011

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival started as an inside joke, but it's running strong after four years as a fun Brooklyn gathering of top comedic talent. For the full schedule, please click the poster above.

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-midnight ($10-$20): Top comics from NYC and elsewhere gather tonight, via four different shows in Brooklyn’s Bell House and Union Hall, for this weekend’s Fourth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekdownstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

7:00 pm ($7): Sketch comedy at The Magnet from two friends who, by a wild coincidence, have the same name: We’re Matt Weir

7:00 pm ($5): Kelli Porterfield performs a one-woman show about five residents of Joplin, MO: Mirror Mirror On The Wall

7:00 pm ($5): Young musical improv performers make up a song-and-dance show on the spot at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Hey You Guys

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): In one of the best scripted ensemble shows to grace UCB West for some time, troupe Stone Cold Fox performs hilarious parodies of off-off-Broadway theatre, as well as some of the very best sketches it’s crafted over the years, in a tight hour-long show directed by comedy genius Neil Casey (who, after also recently directing stellar one-person shows by Kate McKinnon and Mike Still, apparently can do no wrong), featuring delightful performances by Fran Gillespie, Molly Lloyd, D’Arcy Carden (watch for these three gals playing existential Truth or Dare), John Murray, Nate Smith, Brandon Scott Jones, and Jonathan Fernandez, and the writing of Leila Cohan-Miccio, Evan Greenspoon, Brandon Gulya, Matt Hunziker, Owen Parsons, and Michael Trapp: Stone Cold Fox: This Is Not Art

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Superb improvisors making up a musical on the spot at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Diamond Lion

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[FREE] 8:00 pm:Three sketch teams compete, with the winner decided by combining audience votes with that of a panel of judges. And while the votes are being tallied, a well-known sketch troupe outside of the competition will perform. Tonight’s show is part of a 15-team sketch tournament at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Arena Sketch League Semi-Final, Round One

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($7): Storytellers Jeff Simmermon (NPR’s This American Life), Anna Sale (WNYC Reporter), Steve Zimmer (two-time Moth GrandSlam Champion), Bernie Somers (Moth GrandSlam Champion), and host Adam Wade Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) tell exceptionally fine comedic tales at The Magnet: Super Stories

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): One of the very finest stand-ups in the country who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and The View,starred in two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials, and frequently opens for Louis C.K., headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ted Alexandro

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Top comics and writers sharing memorable tales of their material being turned down—tonight including Dan St. Germain (WWE rejections), Joe Mande (Twitter celebrity feud rejections), Brooke Van Poppelen (her mom’s rejected Survivor audition tape) , and Jill Morris & Johnny McNulty (rejections from their book Please Fire Me)—all at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) for Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from UCB West’s all-star members ofThe Stepfathers

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Dean Edwards, David Foster, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15): An award-winning sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar situations & rituals on their head (for a video about how boys will be girls, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

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

[FREE] 10:00 pm:Three sketch teams compete, with the winner decided by combining audience votes with that of a panel of judges. And while the votes are being tallied, a well-known sketch troupe outside of the competition will perform. Tonight’s show is part of a 15-team sketch tournament at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Arena Sketch League Semi-Final, Round Two

10:00 pm ($5): Aaron Glaser and Lee Rubenstein each perform a 30-minute stand-up set at The PIT’s downstairs lounge, with guest host Danny Jolles, at The 30/30 Club

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Jon Gabrus, Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at UCB West’s The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard, Don Fanelli, and Michael Kayne as improv troupe Sabonis, plus stand-ups Nathan Barnatt, and Ben Kissel & Kevin Barnett, and more performing atUCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Gentrify

11:30 pm ($10): improvisers Bianca Casusöl as Madam Ant, Nina Klemow as Fanny Price, and Alex Marino as Larry Lazlo use burlesque dancing to tell a story “and titillate the audience with some seductively fun choreographed burlesque numbers” at The Magnet: Whisky Tango Foxtrot: Burlesque Improv Revue

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

[FREE] Midnight: This show typically isn’t much fun for audience members—which is why it hasn’t been on the UCBT schedule for a long time—but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB West stage. Hosted by Maude troupe Onassis: Liquid Courage

[$] 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 9/17/10

September 17, 2010

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Tommy Tiernan and Daniel Kitson

Irish stand-up star Tommy Tiernan headlines tonight and Saturday at Comix, while genius British comic Daniel Kitson performs at this weekend's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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): 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

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Blanca Dominguez (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, It’s Not Just Latins), and Phil Nee (The Colbert Report; winner of Showtime’s Funniest Person in America Contest), plus musical guest The Summer Replacements, performing at Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Eric Vetter: No Name and A Bag O’ Chips

7:00 pm ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm ($10): Both NYC and international comedy stars performnig at this second night of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 on ($26.95 online with discount code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): An Irish comedy star who’s performed on David Letterman, and has two platinum-selling comedy DVDs (Cracked: Live at Vicar Street and Loose) headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Tommy Tiernan

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world,” in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Billy Eichner Goes Pop!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele (Comedy Central Live at Gotham), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), and Harry Terjanian (MTV), plus the usual sketch comedy gang and band Fortress of Solitude, all performing at Karma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful UK comedy star Glenn Wool, and NYC stand-ups Molly Knefel, Giulia Rozzi, and Kevin Barnett, performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) at host Matt Ruby’s Hot Soup

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction), Rob Cantrell (CBS, Marijuanalogues), Casey Jost & Jay Miller (Jimmy Fallon), Matt Ruby (MTV, host of Hot Soup), and Brandie Posey (visiting from LA) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Neal Stasny’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($18): 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. Please read my review by clicking here; and don’t miss this second chance provided by the FringeNYC Encore Series to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other talented improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Dru Johnston, Noah Forman, and Alex Demers springboard off an audience suggestion to improvise an entire silly and energy-charged play in 40 minutes; especially keep an eye on Demers, who has a wild Sean Penn quality that makes you think he might explode into violence or insanity at any moment, adding to the edgy quality of The New Deal

Midnight ($5): Keisha Zollar hosts this new comedy variety show featuring stand-up, sketch, improv, video, dance, and music: Soul Glo

[$] 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 Thursday 9/17/09

September 17, 2009

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Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, and other comedy giants tonight kick off the four-evening gala Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2009

Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, and other comedy giants tonight kick off the four-evening gala Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2009

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 ($5): Wonderful storyteller Margot Leitman debuting a one-woman show, and Eddie Brawley debuting a one-man sketch show, all for a mere five bucks: Losing It and Brawley

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb neurotic comic Jon Friedman, superb disturbingly dark comic Jena Friedman, and CEO comic Andy Nibley performing stand-up and then getting analyzed by host Lisa Levy at the unique show Stand Up, Lie Down

7:00 pm ($5): Jamie Cummings & Elizabeth Blue improvising a tale about the King and his love Priscilla Presley based on the memorable TV movie Elvis & Me

[$] 7:30 pm ($24 & 2-item min.): Acclaimed stand-up who’s a regular guest on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern (over 50 appearances!); hosts his own radio show on Howard 101 and the comedy series Special Sauce on STARZ,; has done two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials: and is headlining tonight through Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Fitzsimmons

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($20): Comedy giants Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, Jon Benjamin, and many more perform killer stand-up at the opening night party of a four-evening Brooklyn extravaganza: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

8:00 pm ($8): “Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Follow his story in the premier of this hilariously heartbreaking one man show:” The Breakup

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, Chris March (Project Runway), and musical guest Bronte’s Inferno at a sold-out show hosted by brilliant alternative comic Dave Hill (which is sold out of seats, but if you don’t mind standing, come and enjoy with a boisterous packed house): The Dave Hill Explosion

9:30 pm ($5): “It’s 1941, and three Broadway producers are desperate for a hit. When a suggestion for the theme of a show comes in the form of a suggestion from the audience, the three brainstorm a musical, writing and performing scenes on the fly.” Starring musical improvisors Rob Schiffmann and Stefan Schick (both of Chicago City Limits and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical), Jeff Scherer (Chicago City Limits, Secret Hospital), and a guest improvisor joining Scherer, Schiffmann and Schick

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Death by Roo Roo—taking over this season with an all-time record-breaking 21 wins in a row (and thoroughly crushing last week’s opponent by garnering 130 ballets to 10)—tonight facing improv challenger SMIRK in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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