NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/2/11

January 2, 2011

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Faye Lane

Faye Lane continues expanding her fan base for her award-winning one-woman show "Beauty Shop Stories"

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18 online using discount code FAYB ): 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—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this brief revival on Sundays this December to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[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 ($20 at the door): Mike Birbiglia (flat-out one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me) is honing his newest material—which means you can see him perform for just $20. Tonight’s show has sold out of advance tickets, but there might be some available at the door at Brooklyn’s Union HallMike Birbiglia: An Evening of New Stories

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Eric Andre (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, TBS’ Lopez Report, Comedy Central), Barry Rothbart (LA’s Comedy Death Ray), Brendan McLaughlin, Jon Savoy, and Michael Grinspan performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Peter Kassnove, Brad Steuernagel, Dave Rosinsky, and Nick Vatterott performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapyhosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/21/10

December 12, 2010

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Faye Lane

"A teeny weeny bean" who pleads "Eat me! I'll be good for you!" is among the many joys of this revival of the smash hit FringeNYC 2010 comedy enjoying a brief run Sundays at 5:00 pm: Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18 online using discount code FAYB ): 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—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this brief revival on Sundays this December to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[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 & 10:30 pm ($46.50 & 2-drink min.): A comedy superstar headlining tonight and Sunday at Carolines: D.L. Hughley

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12 at the door or online—except advance sales have sold out): Annual holiday blowout edition, with thoroughly wonderful comics Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Jon Glaser, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman. If you already have a ticket, you’re set. If not, and you’re okay with taking a risk, you can try for a stand-by line at Pretty Good Friends: Holiday Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV), Mike Vecchione (Comedy Central Presents), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), Michael Che (host ofRoundtable Of Gentlemen podcast), and Yannis Pappas performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1), Erin Jackson, Damien Lemon, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (writer for 30 Rock and SNL): Comedy Night

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Allison Castillo (VH1, Comedy Central), Giulia Rozzi (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing; co-host of Stripped Stories and Dive Comedy), and M. Dickson performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy tonight hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/9/10

September 9, 2010

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Jay Oakerson

Big Jay Oakerson performs tonight both at Comix in "Funny in Philly" and at Carolines in "Dirty Minds"...

Faye Lane

...and one of the very finest comedies of FringeNYC 2010 tonight begins a limited encore run: Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

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, plus 2-item minimum): Stand-ups who got their start in Philly—comedy giant Jay Oakerson, Joe DeRosa (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central), Mike Pomranz (writer for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and Atom.com), Keith Robinson (David Letterman, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Richie Redding, and host Helen Hong—performing for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A TV & film star whose credits include Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah and Bulworth; hosting BET’s Hollah! and Comic View; and appearing on ABC’s The View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Politically Incorrect, and Showtime’s Laffapalooza, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Sheryl Underwood

8:00 pm ($5): “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; and young talents do a sketch show about cops, in the double-bill The Paul Downs Syndrome and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show) and Eliot Glazer (author of upcoming Web site & bookWhen My Parents Were Awesome) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com) in telling tales on tonight’s theme “Love Triangles”—plus comedic songs from Jen Kwok (NBC’s Stand-Up For Diversity)—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($20 & 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups Wyatt Cenac (correspondent forThe Daily Show), Joe DeRosa, Julian McCullough, Dean Edwards, Jamie Kilstein, and host Carmen Lynch performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) Some of the raunchiest shock comics in the biz—Adrienne Iapalucci, Kurt Metzger, Mike Vecchione, and headliner Jay Oakerson, performing stand-up through Sunday at Carolines: Jay Oakerson’s Dirty Minds

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv troupe Rogue Elephant, which has crushed three opponents in a row (last week, by 104 to 24), tonight competes with improv troupe Sheldrake Boothroy for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/23/10

August 23, 2010

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Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

One of the very best FringeNYC 2010 comedies concludes its run tonight: Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

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: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Lauren Seikaly, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then nab tickets for tonight’s final installment at the Soho Playhouse of an initial 12-week Monday night run (and then an open-ended run starting in late September): Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Phoebe Robinson, Kevin McCaffrey, Kyle Daniel, Kendra Cunningham, Calvin Cole, and Jayson Cross performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub guest-hosted by Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing): Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): 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; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) host their legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show, with guests Livia Scott, Leo Allen, and Greg Barris performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Carole Montgomery, Jamie Kilstein, Ali waller, Ray DeVito, and more performing in the Lolita Bar for producer Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:45 pm ($18): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 is a 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 the finest Fringe performance of Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Young talents doing a sketch show about cops, and Peter Blomquist and Jeff Wiens performing an all-new multimedia sketch show, in the double-bill The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour and Franco & Billy: Diamonds of Fire

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress, Marina Franklin, and TJ Miller—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 8/4/10

August 4, 2010

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Faye Lane

World-class storytellers Faye Lane (above), Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Christie, Jim O'Grady, and Ben Lillie tonight share lessons learned—plus free vodka!—at You Went to College for That?

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): Zoe Jarman performs a one-woman show about a junior in high school dealing with “distracted classmates, frazzled teachers, and insane family members as she attempts to form an afterschool club;” and improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm form one of the finest comedy troupes in NYC, in the double-bill Mr. Bradshaw is a Flipping Dipstick and Outlook of the Poet

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Kristeen von Hagen, Athena Reich, Katrin Hier, Kat Herskovic, Jeff Cerulli, and Jennifer Murphy performing at this free weekly show—celebrating its 100th edition!—hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 7:30 open bar with free Absolut Brooklyn Vodka, 8:15 pm show ($10): The debut of a monthly comedy show in which top storytellers tell a personal tale that in some way incorporates a lesson learned at college—with tonight’s blowout lineup consisting of world-class storytellers Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Faye Lane (performing red-hot show Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories at this month’s FringeNYC 2010), Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion, host ofThe Liar Show) Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Huffington Post), and Ben Lillie (The Story Collider)—performing at Brooklyn’s Union HallYou Went to College For That?

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Thoroughly wonderful comics Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Ali Wong (hilarious comedy dynamo; Comedy Central), Mike Patrick O’Brien (SNL), Jen Kwok ( Atom.com), and Mike Amato (Huffington Post) performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s become one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Adam Lowitt (Producer for The Daily Show, co-host of It Is It!), and Rory Scovel 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] [$] 9:30 pm ($20): One of the finest stand-ups & storytellers in the country performs a fundraiser for The Nature Conservatory: Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk Unplugged

[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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