NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/22/09

January 22, 2009

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Sketch comedy troupe Pangea 3000

Sketch comedy troupe Pangea 3000

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] superb comedic actress Amanda Duarte performing a one-woman show about working in the entertainment biz: Lucky Pink Wonderland (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ann Carr in a one-woman show about the crap New York actresses endure, and hot Broadway actresses Sarah Litzsinger & Kate Reinders as award-winning comedy duo TASTiSKANK, in the double-bill Use It and Skanks and the City (8:00 pm),

typically superb stand-up comics at a free weekly Brooklyn show hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] world-class sketch troupe Pangea 3000, hilarious comedy duo Team Submarine, and surreal troupe Murderfist performing both their best and strangest routines in what promises to be a spectacular sketch comedy revue: A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and The Stepfathers (one of the finest improv troupes in the country) and Ben Rodgers (a lone performer who’s become an improv force of nature) delivering brilliant comedic performances while competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/14/08

November 14, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, and 30 Rock actor Anthony Atamanuik delivering another brilliant one-man show, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Pissing My Pants on Vine (8:00 pm),

a gay-themed stand-up comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

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

a sketch show (with some improv thrown in) from the superb stars of Derrick (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/13/08

November 13, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] a world-class sketch troupe and brilliant comedic storyteller provide a hilarious double-bill in Pangea 3000 and Chris Gethard (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a very popular comedy site’s talents coming out from behind the Net tonight, accompanied by stellar comics Arj Barker, Stuckey & Murray, and Donald Glover at CollegeHumor.com, Live on Stage (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and the second raucous evening of 2008 quarter-final competition at Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/12/08

November 12, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

stellar storyteller Adam Wade and comic Jake Goldman hosting a show in which comedians share their favorite campus anecdotes in True Tales From College (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb comics including Seth Herzog (VH1, Sweet), Gabe & Jenny (VH1, Bravo, CNN), Big Jay Oakerson (HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV), and Julian McCullough (Comedy Central, 2008 New York Comedy Festival award winner) at Matt Goldich’s It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia (8:00 pm),

a hilarious staged reading of a movie parody starring such wonderful comedic performers as Lennon Parham (She Tried to Be Normal), Julie Halston (The Class), David Rakoff (This American Life), and Peter Frechette (Tony Nominee) in Posteriors (8:00 pm),

comics competing for laughs based on an assigned topic in So You Think You Can Stand (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/11/08

November 11, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

comedians getting rid of their stuff by telling tales about the items and then selling to the highest bidder at Auction! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] comics creators Brian Michael Bendis (Secret Invasion), Ed Brubaker (Captain America), Matt Fraction (Iron Man), and Jeff Katz (Booster Gold) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about comic books at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Scam, Bangs, Ragnaröck, Bastian, and Whorenado—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a small mob of superb comics, headlined by legendary San Francisco comedic singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, at John Morrison’s The Morrison Motel (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and star comics TJ Miller (David Letterman, ABC’s Carpoolers, Cloverfield), Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning writer for David Letterman), Gabe & Jenny (VH1, CNN, Bravo), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien) at one of the finest and funniest shows in NYC, the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/10/08

November 10, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Sean Patton, Jiwon Lee, Emily Epstein, Mike Drucker, Matt Ruby, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

a free weekly comedy show in Brooklyn featuring stand-up, sketch, music, and more, hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining Tammy (8:00 pm),

three hours of new sketch comedy by UCBT students at Maude Night (8:00 pm & 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show), TJ Miller (David Letterman, ABC’s CarpoolersCloverfield), Baron Vaughn (MTV, VH1, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), and Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central, The Onion, opens for Sarah Silverman)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/5/08

November 5, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

The PIT presenting the first of four evenings of comedy troupes each performing both sketch and improv at SketchProv Festival 2008 (7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and 9:30 pm),

a comedy video contest sponsored by the New York Comedy Festival and hosted by one of quickest & funniest comics in the country, Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker): Web Video Cram-Off (7:30 pm),

veteran comic Judy Gold performing her new one-woman show Mommy Queerest (7:30 pm),

some of the finest stand-up comics in NYC—Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, NBC, VH1), Arj Barker (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central), and more—at a new show from a comedy giant, Eugene Mirman and Friends (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/4/08

November 4, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Mark Normand, Adam Riemer, Jeff Ragsdale, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] an election-watching event with sharp comics at the elegant Comix Comedy Club, complete with large-screen TVs, running from 6:30 pm until a winner is declared—plus a no-reservation-needed watch scheduled for downstairs at Ochi’s starting at 9:00 pm—at Televised Election Watch (6:30 pm / 9:00 pm),

a free election-watching event at The PIT in which you can follow the results with comics via radio and Internet feeds from 7:00 pm until a winner is declared at Political Science Theater 3000 (7:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The F*cking Kennedys, The Scam, The Law Firm, Bastian, and DeCoster—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and yet another long-into-the-night election watch, with comedy genius Kristen Schaal (HBO, stellar correspondent on The Daily Show), John Mulaney (world-class stand-up, Conan O’Brien, writer for Saturday Night Live), and James Adomian (George W. Bush impersonator) at one of the finest and funniest shows in NYC, the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/3/08

November 3, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Joselyn Hughes, Blaine Perry, Matt Ruby, Amy Beckerman, Jon Bander, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] innovative TV mini-shows (no longer than 5 minutes each) that live or die by audience votes at Channel101: NY (7:00 pm & 8:30 pm),

hilarious singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and stand-ups Pat Camden and Wesley Cannon, joining delightful hosts Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow at Dykes on Mics (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a sharply funny political discussion with brilliant & lightning-fast comics Mike Birbiglia (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Sleepwalk with Me), Neil Casey (Death by Roo Roo, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet), Becky Drysdale (Time Traveling Lesbian, Let’s Have a Ball), and Scott Brown (writer for Entertainment Weekly and Wired) at Anthony King’s & Kate Spencer’s Shut Up! I Hate You! (8:00 pm),

political sketch comedy, plus an Election Eve panel with pundits Eric Boehlert, Jane Hamsher, and Lee Papa, at Liz Winstead’s Shoot the Messenger (8:00 pm),

fresh, sexy, brilliant comic Jessi Klein hosting a pre-Election comedy show with such talented stand-ups as Myq Kaplan, Michael Weingartner, Reese Waters, and Robert Kelly at the biweekly Comedy Central at Crash Mansion (8:00 pm),

a new, free weekly comedy show in Brooklyn featuring stand-up, sketch, music, and more, hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining Tammy (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Kate Hess & Andy Secunda creating what’s likely to be a hilarious political parody, plus political-based improv, at Palin Family All-Star Review and Election Spectacular and The Spin (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Andy Blitz (comedy genius who’s written & performed for Conan O’Brien since 1999), and James Adomian (George W. Bush impersonator for CBS, ABC, MTV, Comedy Central)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/2/08

November 2, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] typically stellar stand-up comics joining comedy giants Eugene Mirman & Michael Showalter—winners of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Hosts—for their weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] typically stellar stand-ups at one of the funniest productions in NYC—and winner of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Variety Show—The Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy Show (8:00 pm),

sharp NYC comics at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and what promises to be a hilarious political show, hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog: An Open Letter to the Next President (10:00 pm).

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