NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/25/11

February 25, 2011

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Don’t miss hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Shayna Ferm, Livia Scott, and Chris O’Connor performing their spectacular comedic musical one last night: Grease 3: Threase

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:

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

7:00 pm ($10): An NYC improv troupe, headed by Duncan Murdoch, making up scenes following not only an audience suggestion but the riffs of an instrumental jazz quartet: FACE

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

8:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The not quite 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” Sharp improvisors make stuff up as troupe Chet Watkins

[FREE—plus chance to win a free drink!] 8:00 pm: Calvin S. Cato debuts a free weekly stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn—complete with trivia questions that may nab you a free drink—along with tonight’s guests Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, I Am Comic documentary), Jeffrey Joseph (HBO, In Living Color), Pat Rigby, Graham Keay, and Giulio Gallarotti performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue): The Pregame Comedy Show

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Showtime, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Sebastian Maniscalco

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

9:00 pm ($5): An improvised celebration of this year’s Oscar contenders: The Nominated

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Matt Oberg (Onion Sports Dome, Ugly Americans) celebrates and riffs on “The Greatest Hits of George Michael. WHAM! It’s on. Bring your Faith, your Freedom, and your Father Figures, we will do the rest with John Flynn, the karaoke video stylings of Kevin Scott, the inspired musings of Will Hines, improvisor Nate Starkey, actor Ben Schneider, the Downtown Superstar Band, and more:” Matt Oberg’s Hit Parade

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

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

11:30 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Hammerkatz and Pink Axe compete for audience laughs and votes, with troupe Sidecar hosting, in Backyard Brawl

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/11/11

February 11, 2011

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Grease 3 - Threase

Every Friday night this month you can see the production Show Business Weekly described as "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:" Grease 3: Threase

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:

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] 8:00 pm ($10): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

8:00 pm ($10): Two male sketch duos performing on a double-bill: Two Fun Men, who reportedly are all of those thingsl; and very smart and somewhat nerdy comics Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) doing a show about history’s most infamous rivalries in They Hated Each Other

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups—not announced this week—performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by someone also not announced this week: Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central hour-long special The Things We Do For Love, and performed on David Letterman and Jay Leno, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Pete Correale

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

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

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

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Geoff Garlock, Alex Scordelis, and Doug Stoley are among tonight’s guests joining “opinionated audiophile John Frusciante hosting a revolving panel of music-loving comedians, writers, and musicians for a live monthly discussion about the state of music past and present, what you should and shouldn’t be listening to, and why KISS sucks so much. It is a guarantee that your favorite band will at some point be brought up, dissected, and either praised to the rafters or dismissed with the wave of a hand that knows how to properly handle vinyl:” Break Up Your Band

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/4/11

February 4, 2011

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Grease 3: Threase

The PIT's a great place to be tonight, with the return of a production Show Business Weekly described as "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:" Grease 3: Threase...

Kurt Braunohler and Adira Amram

...and Kurt Braunohler debuts a monthly comedy talk show, tonight including Adira Amram: Night of the Living

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 ($7): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver sketch comedy in Good Morning, Ladies!

[$] 7:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A pioneering legendary political comic headlining tonight and tomorrow at Carolines: Dick Gregory Celebrates Black History Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

8:00 pm ($10): Jordan Klepper (Steve and Jordan, Second City) and Laura Grey (Laura on Laura, Second City) “are bringing their baggage to the stage, and they’re dumping it on you” in a show that’s likely to be terrific;  and young talents doing a loud and mildly amusing sketch show as cops, in the double-bill Baggage and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable of Gentleman), and Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($5; includes free homemade baked treats!): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), Pat Stango (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There), Matt Maragno, Ray Combs, and Kevin Carlin performing stand-up at at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor) at It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups—not announced this week—performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by someone also not announced this week: Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and appreared on ABC’s The View and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Louis Ramey

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($7): Comedy veterans Laura Krafft (former writer for The Colbert Report), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show) perform an improvised play in What a Year!

[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

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

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): The debut of a monthly comedy talk show hosted by the wonderful Kurt Braunohler, with tonight’s guests Adira Amram (awesomely hilarious singer/songwriter), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), and the deliciously surreal Jon Glaser (Adult Swim’s Delocated): Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Three superb sketch comedy talents—Patrick Borelli, duo Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao, and trio Sidecar—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/14/10

October 14, 2010

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Show Business Weekly says "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed" about Shayna Ferm's and Katherine Bryant Flaherty's "Grease 3: Threase"

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “You’re quite a celebrity around here. We’ve even got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You’ve got a drink named Steve?” A panel of NYC stand-ups and improvisors riff on and take apart jokes like that one in Joke Lab: Dissection of the Joke; plus a second comedy show titled The Interogation Room, all for just five bucks at Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Andrea Rosen, Tim Ellis, Eliot Glazer, Mike Camillo, and Joy Gabriel—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “In Harm’s Way” at one of thefinest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Simon Amstell demonstrates why he’s a star in the UK with a sly and sublimely hilarious one-man show that’s distinctly different from most US comedy sets, and well worth experiencing: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): “Pops” on the WB’s The Wayans Bros. headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Witherspoon

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup of top comics—Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, UK star Francesca Martinez, Jared Logan, and Mike Lawrence—performing tonight at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Star UK comic Glenn Wool, Nick Vatterott, Luke Cunningham, Ben Kissel, and more performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, C, C, & E Improv Factory and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/7/10

October 7, 2010

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Grease 3: Threase

Hilarious & beloved sketch comics including Katherine Bryant Flaherty, 7 months gloriously pregnant Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, Livia Scott, and Amy Heidt star in the long-awaited sequel "Grease 3: Threase"

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

7:00 pm ($5): Desiree Nash wrote and co-stars in a sketch show revolving around the comedic travails of dating: Check Please!

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up star Caroline Rhea and Big Terrific’s Max Silvestri join hosts Shonali Bhowmik and Andrea Rosen, who are the S and A of the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Showheadlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Nick Prueher and Mark Breese (Found Footage Festival) host a screening of a very, very bad film from 1985 “shot entirely in Galveston Texas featuring poorly-dubbed dialogue, a naive understanding of how computers work, and two musical performances by heavy metal band Panther:”Computer Beach Party

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: NYC stand-ups (no lineup is announced, so you takes your chances) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Paranoia; and the storytellers are Kambri Crews (Love, Daddy), Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin), genius musical guest Reggie Watts (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, The Electric Company), and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[$] 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): Two vibrant improv troupes, Dog Court and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/15/10

July 15, 2010

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Shayna Ferm

Hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Shayna Ferm (above), Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, Chris O'Connor, and Livia Scott perform their spectacular new comedic musical Grease 3:Threase

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 ($5): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world;” and Paul W. Downs performs another one-man show, in the double-bill Billy Eichner Goes Pop! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of The Penis

8:00 pm ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work at Inside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy genius Andy Blitz, the Sklar Brothers (prepping for their headlining run this weekend at Comix), hilarious stand-up Dan St. Germaine, sketch comic Andres de Bouchet, and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield, Nick Turner, Jordan Carlos, Erin Foley, and Dan Wilbur performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), Adam Newman, and a roast for CollegeHumor’s Amir Blumenfeld—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 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

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes, Doppelganger and Bully, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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