NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/10/10

August 10, 2010

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.

Adira Amram (above) performs tonight with Ted Alexandro, Christian Finnegan, and more at Punch Up Your Life

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] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Variety SHAC, The Nights of Our LIves), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Sean O’Connor, Jamie Lee, and James Harris performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, Badman, DeCoster, Bastian, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Rob Cantrell, Becky Yamamoto, Ben Kissel, Dan Hirshon, Todd Montesi, and Jc Coccoli performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; CD Hot Jams for Teens), Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Christian Finnegan (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 Mike Drucker (writer for SNL) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

9:30 pm ($5): Stellar storyteller Leslie Goshko, plus Darcy Burke, Amy Dixon, Joel Jones, and Jay Dixit, spin yarns at Campfire Stories

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Week of July 5 – July 12, 2009

July 5, 2009

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Lennon Parham 2
The incomparable Lennon Parham

This blog is on vacation—aside from sporadic updates—until July 13  so I can focus on book and film projects. (And by the way, if you need help with a book or screenplay, please visit my sites HyOnYourBook.com and HyOnYourScript.com.)

Daily listings will resume on July 13th.

That said, here are quick recommendations of notable shows happening this week:

Sunday 7/5 at 6:00 pm: One-woman show I Wanna Be Famous at 308 Broadway from Jessica Delfino

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm: Pete Holmes headlining at Comix

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Tom Shillue, Vanessa Hollingshead, and Jamie Kilstein at an all-star edition of stand-up comedy show Tell Your Friends

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: A superb Boston stand-up comic headlining at Comix: Doug Saulnier

Monday 7/6 at 11:00 pm: Leo Allen’s star-studded, and entirely free, stand-up comedy showcase Whiplash

Tuesday 7/7 at 8:30 pm: A not-to-be-missed killer stand-up lineup—Janeane Garofalo, John Mulaney, Joe Mande, humor author Bob Powers, and brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes—at Punch Up Your Life

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:00 pm: Lennon Parham demonstrating her comedy genius in her acclaimed one-woman show She Tried to be Normal

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:30 pm: Adam Wade gathering top storytellers to tell their Real Tales of College

Wednesday 7/8 at 9:30 pm: Todd Barry headlining at Carolines

Thursday 7/9 at 8:00 pm: NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler hosting Hot Tub Variety

Thursday 7/9 at 9:30 pm: Ace performers Shockwave, God’s Pottery, and Ben Lerman performing both their best and oddest material at A-Side/B-Side

Thursday 7/9 at 11:00 pm: Death by Roo Roo battling all comers at improv competition Cage Match

Friday 7/10 at 8:00 pm: Jenny Slate performing her delightful & hilarious one-woman show Dead Millionaire

Friday 7/10 at 9:30 pm: Artful & hilarious improv troupe The Stepfathers

Friday 7/10 at 11:00 pm: Brilliant storyteller Chris Gethard telling amazing true tales via his Magic Box of Stories

Friday 7/10 at midnight: Pete Holmes hosting the best free open-mic stand-up in NYC, Gutbucket

Saturday 7/11 at 9:00 pm: The gutsiest improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo

Saturday 7/11 at 10:30 pm: All-star improv troupe Reuben Williams

Sunday 7/12 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/12 at 8:00 pm: Marc Maron performing a condensed version of his superb one-man show—for free!—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Scorching the Earth

Also, more broadly, to keep up with what’s happening in NYC comedy please visit the Web sites of these stellar & inexpensive venues:

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Peoples Improv Theater

Ochi’s Lounge at Comix

The Magnet

The Creek and the Cave (Queens LIC)

Union Hall (Brooklyn)

And for comedy clubs, please visit:

Comix

Carolines

HyReviews.com Comedy Club Discounts

Finally, please buy lots of copies of Adira Amram’s just-released album Hot Jams for Teens:

Hot Jams for Teens

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Week of June 30 – July 5, 2009

June 30, 2009

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Gone Fishin

This blog is going on vacation—aside from sporadic updates—for two weeks so I can focus on book and film projects. (And by the way, if you need help with a book or screenplay, please visit my sites HyOnYourBook.com and HyOnYourScript.com.)

Daily listings will resume on July 13th.

That said, here are some quick recommendations of notable shows happening this week:

Tuesday 6/30 at 8:30 pm: Michael Showalter and Dave Hill at Jessi Klein’s & Pete Holmes’ Punch Up Your Life

Tuesday 6/30 at 9:00 pm: Pete Holmes and Victor Varnado at Seth Herzog’s Sweet

Wednesday 7/1 at 8:00 pm: Charlie Sanders in Minnesota Muslim

Wednesday 7/1 at 8:00 pm: The one-year anniversary of Sharon “Mama” Spell’s Shrink

Wednesday 7/1 at 9:30 pm: Todd Barry headlining at Carolines

Thursday 7/2 at 8:00 pm: NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler hosting Hot Tub

Thursday 7/2 at 9:30 pm: Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, and Jamie Kilstein making the news funny by riffing on topical animated political cartoons by host Scott Bateman

Friday 7/3 at 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm: Pete Holmes headlining at Comix

Sunday 7/5 at 6:00 pm: One-woman show I Wanna Be Famous at 308 Broadway from Jessica Delfino

Recommendations for next week will be posted by July 5th.

Also, more broadly, to keep up with what’s happening in NYC comedy please visit the Web sites of these stellar & inexpensive venues:

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Peoples Improv Theater

Ochi’s Lounge at Comix

The Magnet

The Creek and the Cave (Queens LIC)

Union Hall (Brooklyn)

And for comedy clubs, please visit:

Comix

Carolines

HyReviews.com Comedy Club Discounts

Finally, please buy lots of copies of Adira Amram’s just-released album Hot Jams for Teens:

Hot Jams for Teens

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/29/09

June 29, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Hot Jams for Teens
Adira Amram—with a small mob of other brilliant comedic singer/songwriters—tonight celebrates the release of her sharp new album Hot Jams for Teens

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] brilliant, sexy, and red-hot rising star Adira Amram celebrating the release of her new album Hot Jams for Teens joined by most of the finest comedic musicians in NYC in a not-to-be-missed free extravaganza: Adira’s Hot Jams for Teens Album Release Show & Party (7:00 pm),

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, Chelsea White, Lisa Kaplan, Luke Cunningham, Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway & TV actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jonathan Kaplan, Julie Sharbutt, and Kate Tellers mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Michael Delaney, Becky Drysdale, Peter Grosz, Anthony King, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] terrific stand-ups Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, host of ComedyJuice), Allison Castillo, Mike Birch, and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

tuneful comedic theatre from 2Pac: The Musical (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 John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.