NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/24/11

July 24, 2011

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Jane Borden, James Adomian, and Carmen Lynch

Jane Borden, James Adomian, and Carmen Lynch perform at Sunday Night Stand-Up

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:

[FREE] 2:00 pm: Eddie Brill (long-time warm-up comic and booker for David Letterman), Moody McCarthy (Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel), Adam Newman (MTV, College Humor, new comedy CD Not for Horses), and John F. O’Donnell performing stand-up for a free outdoor show—yes, in the middle of a heat wave, so don’t wear much—at Tompkins Square Park, at the Old Bandshell Lawn (off 7th Street & Avenue A): Laughter in the Park

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Open

6:30 pm ($5): A show auditioning for a run at The Magnet with no description beyond this intriguing title: Old Timey Radio Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Carmen Lynch (also a finalist on Last Comic Standing), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Nick Rutherford, and Tom Dunlap performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

8:00 pm ($5): A sketch show from new and potentially filthy troupe Turboner Bigote

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s performed numerous times on David Letterman and Jay Leno, starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and starred in a second Comedy Central special titled Mitch Fatel is Magical, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club (with openers Ophira Eisenberg and Michael Somerville): Mitch Fatel

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Music from the unforgettable dark comedy group The Cowmen and more at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Murderfist’s Holden McNeely & Ed Larson: Stage Fright

[TOP PICK]  9:30 pm ($5): Improv troupe Phooka goes scripted with a sketch show about “tales of the wild and weird people, places, and events this side of Crazytown; true stories of all things that most folks only whisper about—and those who hear wish they didn’t!;” plus in the second half of this double-bill, “a magical world of female centaurs, space gladiatrixes, serpent gods, and Glenn Close as fantasy artist Julie Bell takes audience members on a ride through her life’s work and explains the strange and mundane inspirations behind her masterpieces…unleash your inner robobird!”: Phooka and Julie Bell

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Carolyn Castiglia (hilarious stand-up and white rapper; VH1, MTV), Yamaneika (BET), and Chantal Carerre (Boston Comedy Festival) performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/31/11

March 31, 2011

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Erin Lennox and the I Like You Too Show

The wonderful Erin Lennox shares her vast love with us via her new monthly comedy show "I Like You Too..."

Jane Borden

...and beloved authors Kristen Schaal, Jane Borden (above), and Kambri Crews, plus equally adored singer Adira Amram, celebrate a gal-focused Web site: The G.L.O.C. Launch Party

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] 6:00 pm ($6): A gala launch party for TheGLOC.net, a new Web site devoted to the “Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy,” featuring some of the most brilliantly talented and beloved comics in NYC—authors Kristen Schaal, Jane Borden, and Kambri Crews reading from their recent books, and Adira Amram rockin’ the house—plus prizes, free makeovers, and more: The G.L.O.C. Launch Party

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A writer/comic who’s currently playing Leon Black on HBO’sCurb Your Enthusiasm, and has performed on Saturday Night Live, FOX, Comedy Central, MTV,The Chris Rock Show, and such feature films as Pootie Tang and Mr. Deeds, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: JB Smoove

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Comedic storytelling from ace yarn-spinner Kevin Allison (cast member of MTV’s seminal The State, host of Risk!), Ali Farahnakian (SNL, owner of The PIT), and Mandy Schiemderic performing at The PIT’s basement lounge on the topic of The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to be Cool

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Jesse Falcon (Mother) and Rachel Hamilton (30 Rock, Second City) perform as duo Hamilton & Falcon

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122 (150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 9th: Tom Shillue is Supernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm ($5): Young talents’s providing a mildly amusing and overly loud sketch show about cops in The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour; and in the other half of this double-bill, a sketch show from troupe Bleak about internal disorders in Stomachtown

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), Michelle Wolf, Joe Pera, David Cope, and band The Bandana Splits (“singing songs about truth”) performing at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this new monthly extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) A comedy icon who’s performed on David Letterman over 40 times and The Tonight Show over 10 times, and did the acclaimed HBO comedy specialThis’ll Take About An Hour and Showtime special I Love You, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jake Johannsen

9:00 pm ($12): Terrific NYC stand-ups Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and a rapidly rising star; finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Mike Recine, Maureen Langan, Charlie Gaeta, and more performing at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and guest-host Jeffrey Josephs (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can get a behind-the-scenes peak—plus comics Streeter Seidell, Jeff Rubin, Adam Newman, Jamie Lee, and more—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Law Firm (which impressively trounced The Stepfathers last week to become the new reigning champion) and Standard Oil compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/1/09

November 1, 2009

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Jane Borden

The brilliant & beloved Jane Borden, who runs the superb comedy section of Time Out New York, will deliver a rare performance at Sunday Night Stand-Up

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 7:30ish pm: Typically stellar stand-ups performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Wryly brilliant stand-up Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), comedic hip-hop improv genius Reggie Watts, and more performing at this weekly event at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman (who just released a new comedy album, God Is a Twelve Year Old Boy With Asperger’s; for a fun recent Village Voice write-up, please click here): Tearing the Veil of Maya

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A rare stand-up appearance by the brilliant & beloved Jane Borden (comedy editor/reporter for Time Out New York; also writer for Saturday Night Live, New York Times Magazine), plus razor-sharp comics Sean Patton, Kara Buller, Sheng Wang, and Graham Keay performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Robert Buscemi, Phil Hanley, Peter Kassnove, Michael Kosta, and Pat O’Shea performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Jackie Monahan (Here TV’s Hot Gay Comics, Dykes on Mics), Yamaneika (BET), and Lori Sommer (Gotham Comedy Club) performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 10:00 am ($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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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