NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/17/10

August 17, 2010

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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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/10/10

August 10, 2010

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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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/3/10

August 3, 2010

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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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/20/10

July 20, 2010

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Marc Maron and John Oliver

Marc Maron performs a one-man show tonight at Brooklyn's Union Hall, while John Oliver performs 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 $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:20 pm ($12): A comedy legend who’s exceptionally passionate and personally revealing, and highly respected for his observations; frequent guest on David Lettermanand Conan O’Brien; performed solo comedy special for HBO and two solo specials for Comedy Central Presents; many other TV appearances include being a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; performed a popular off-Broadway one-man show, Jerusalem Syndrome, which he then turned into a 2001 book; co-hosted Morning Sedition on Air America Radio, hosted The Marc Maron Show on LA’s KTLK-AM, and currently hosts podcast WTF; and tonight performs new material in a not-to-be-missed one-man show at Brooklyn’s Union HallMarc Maron

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Charlyne Yi (winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart; one-woman show tomorrow night at UCBT), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Ann Carr (Louie), and comedy duo Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon): 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, The Opera, Badman, Sandino, and Bastian; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Evan Morgenstern (host of Switzerland Neutral Comedy), Luke Thayer (co-host of The Living Room), George Gordon, and Laura Prangley 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 Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), and Danny Solomon 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: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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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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/22/09

September 22, 2009

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Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's Punch Up Your Life

Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's free 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:

5:00 pm & 8:00 pm (NYTVF pass): The New York Television Festival, running through September 26, has two comedy panels today: The Future of Comedy at 5:00 pm, with Brent Haynes (East Coast Senior VP of Series Development at MTV) and Debbie DeMontreux (Senior VP of Original Programming at IFC TV), running 45 min.; and Late Show with David Letterman Writer’s Room at 8:00 pm, with co-head writers Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel, moderated by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, running 75 min. For details on getting festival passes, please visit the Web site of The New York Television Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Writer David Gallaher & artist Steve Ellis, the creators of Zuda Comics High Moon (a Western comic book about werewolves that’s published on the Web), joining in on 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 Ragnaröck, Scootch, Robber Baron, The Law Firm, and DeCoster, followed by UCBT students improvising a Cops & Robbers story on the spot based on an interview with a randomly selected audience member—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Abbi Crutchfield, Luke Thayer, and Ray Ellin performing at the Conker Hill Bar, hosted by Doug Adler & Harris Bloom: Comedy at Conker Hill

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: After an August hiatus, this wonderful free weekly show triumphantly returns with TV stars Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant) and Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), plus superb comic Joe Mande (co-host of superb NYC live comedy show Totally J/K; writing book for St. Martin’s Press based on his blog Look at This Fucking Hipster) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe, and hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest comics in the country—Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Whitney Cummings (visiting from LA; HBO, ABC, FOX, Showtime), Ben Kronberg (visiting from LA; Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly), and more—performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman in Ochi’s Lounge hosting guest comics Lisa Kaplan, Calvin Cato, and Clayton Fletcher at Dykes on Mics

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