NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/5/09

August 5, 2009

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Glennis McMurray & Eliza Skinner are geniuses at making up musicals on the spot as improv duo I Eat Pandas
Glennis McMurray & Eliza Skinner are geniuses at making up musicals on the spot as improv duo I Eat Pandas

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-midnight: six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm ($5): A comedic play written by Jill Donnelly & Amy Flanagan, performed by Jill, and directed by Amy, described as “We’ve all been pushed down the stairs once or twice by a family member and fallen into a coma, right? And who hasn’t woken up a year later with amnesia? Ten characters fill in the details for one amnesiac, Jane, in a night filled with dirty tales, creepy songs, deranged siblings, dungeons and dragons, and more:” Amnesia & Attempted Murder in Upstate NY

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Phoebe Robinson, J-L Cauvin, Paul Goncalves, Jay Nog, and Kyle Fincham at a free weekly stand-up comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by the luminous Margie Kment (who’s away tonight) & Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($6): innovative TV mini-shows (no longer than 5 minutes each) that live or die by audience votes, screening tonight at the 92Y Tribeca Mainstage: Channel101: NY

[FREE] 8:30 pm: terrific stand-ups Jon Fisch (Comedy Central), Andrea Rosen (Variety SHAC), Kyle Kinane (Carson Daly), and Greg Johnson (host of The Comedians) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics Kevin McCaffrey, Adam Newman, Luke Cunningham, Pat Cassel, Ryan Reiss, and many more each trying out a one-liner in Matt Goldich’s unique show at Ochi’s Lounge: 25 Words or Less

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): an entirely improvised musical from genius comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner, and a comedic play with music, dancing, and fisting from Mary Elizabeth Ellis (the waitress on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Artemis Pebdani (foul-mouthed Artemis on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; for memorable audition video, please click here) in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Mother May I Dance with Mary Jane’s Fist?

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/13/09

July 13, 2009

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Glennis McMurray
Glennis McMurray

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans, open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—tonight including Emily Epstein, Amy Beckerman, Chesley Calloway, Maureen Langan, Will Hines, Joe DeVito, RG Daniels, Jay Bois, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Gramp’s and Thunder Gulch at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] legendary comedy star Marc Maron (a comic’s comic; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, and numerous other impressive credits), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian), Laurie Kilmartin (Comedy Central, VH1, CBS, ABC, FOX), Moe & Mary, and Jeff Kriesler at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] musical improv genius Glennis McMurray (I Eat Pandas, Conan O’Brien) taking a more serious turn tonight with the debut of what’s likely to be a highly memorable one-woman show about how we self-sabotage our lives through fear: Paralyzed by Glennis (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include legendary comedy star Marc Maron (a comic’s comic; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, and numerous other impressive credits), lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and Bob Powers (author of You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero and The Terrible, Horrible, Temp-to-Perm Debacle)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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