NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 10/19/10

October 19, 2010

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Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: Punch Up Your Life

Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: 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:

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and Willy Appelman, Tom Costello, Ben Furnas, David Ross, and Ross Taylor make stuff up, in the double-bill The Cascade and Thunderbirds 4Life

[$] 7:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): Winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Maureen Langan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Molly Knefel (member of dynamite improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl), John Knefel (The Huffington Post; for stand-up video about tracking falafel sales to catch terrorists, please click here), and Ben Kronenberg (performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Southpaw Downstairs Lounge DownSouth (125 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope), hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Leslie Goshko (stellar storyteller; Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon), and “clowning from Kinky & Boon’s Live Radio Show” at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Patrick Meaney (director of documentary Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Justin Akin (improv teams Big Black Car and Action Pals) join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture atComic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, Sandino, DeCoster, Ragnaröck, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students studying under improv genius Neil Casey using an audience suggestion to make up an entire move (a la Neil’s and Anthony Atamanuik’s hilarious Two Man Movie)—all at Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): Sketches on topics from the 18th century—ranging from George Washington to Frankenstein—by Kelly Buttermore & Greg Wilker in Kelly & Greg Present 1776

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An all-gal lineup of NYC stand-ups Myka Fox, Cara Kilduff, Adi Blotman, and Gibran Saleem 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): The final installment of one of NYC’s truly great stand-up shows, which helped propel its original brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes to NBC comedy staff writing jobs (at SNL and Outsourced). Bringing down the curtain tonight is a blowout lineup: Jim Gaffigan, Josh Fadem, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/17/10

August 17, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

John Mulaney

John Mulaney performs tonight at Punch Up Your Llife

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:Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, twoComedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Rachel Shukert (author of Everything is Going To Be Great), JC Coccoli (stand-up from LA), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Loungeguest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (star finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central), Jon Gabrus (genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet, genius storytelling showThe Nights of Our Lives, College Humor), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central),  and Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, Citizen Radio) performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak with host Jordan Clifford: The Moon Show

[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 The Opera, Robber Baron, Badman, Bastian, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students mix it up with improv veterans—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, Citizen Radio), Jen Kwok, Danny Solomon, Nore Davis, and Randy Epley 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): John Mulaney, Kurt Braunohler, Margot Leitman, and Matt Maragno 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

[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

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/3/10

August 3, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of this past weekend’s magical Del Close Marathon, please click here.

T.J. Miller

TV & film star T.J. Miller (above right) performs tonight with Sara Schaefer, Julian McCullough, 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: Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of upcoming Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host ofStripped Stories), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), and John F. O’Donnell performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, host of Sweet), hilarious musical duo Stuckey & Murray, and more performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak with host Jordan Clifford: The Moon Show

[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 The Opera, Sandino, DeCoster, Bastian, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Becky Yamamoto, Jason Saenz, Kibibi Dillon, and Jason Verlaine 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): TV & film star T.J. Miller (David LettermanOpie & Anthony; co-star of ABC sitcom Carpoolers; co-star of numerous movies including Cloverfield and Get Him to the Greek), Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), and Hari Kondabolu (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central) 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

[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 coverage of this past weekend’s magical Del Close Marathon, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/18/10

May 18, 2010

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Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes hosts his weekly NYC show for the final time before moving to LA: 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] 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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliantly original & hilarious singer/songwriter Adira Amram, plus Mike Ennis, Kareem Green, Carrie Gravenson, and Daniel Mahoney, performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer:Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Opera, Sandino, DeCoster, Bastian, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film) and C, C, & E Improv Factory (Charlie Todd, Eric Scott, Chuck Dauble, and the spirit of Charlie Sanders in LA)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($3): Kumail Nanjiani, Myq Kaplan, Matt Goldich, Charles Star, and Sheng Wang performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted—for the last time!—by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker—and moving to LA to be a staff writer on new TV comedy Outsourced): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Sam Brown (The Whitest Kids U’ Know), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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.