NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/30/12

August 30, 2012

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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:

Ted Alexandro

Ted Alexandro headlines at Eastville…

Jen Kwok

…and Jen Kwok debuts her musical comedy show Kwok & The Balls

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Glennis McCarthy is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): Two TV mashup parodies—Bob Fosse Presents: Law & Order SVU: The Musical! and America’s Next Great Person—audition for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage: Spank

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe The Boss to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): At this UCB East improv double-bill, first ace all-gal troupe Doppelganger makes up scenes based around audience tattoos in Doppelganger Gets Inked; and then Sandino—which includes Don Fanelli, Brandon Gulya, and Kate Riley—interviews an audience member about some puzzle and then acts out scenes providing an unexpected answer: Sandino: Unsolved Mysteries

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mamrie Hart is a rising star who somehow manages to be razor-sharp and immensely warm & accessible at the same time—and is always worth catching. Mamrie and her superb comedy partner Stephen Soroka tonight perform puns, wild facial expressions, dance, rock trivia, audience pranks, murder reenactments, and more as sketch duo BoF: Friends Without Benefits

…plus in the other half of this double-bill, “Matt Hobby & Mary Grill have a love deeper than one thousand really deep oceans. Through storytelling and sketch comedy, Matt & Mary show you the characters who helped them on their journey from fiancés to newlyweds:” Tying the Knot

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Band Ko-Lition plays music to inspire made-up scenes by superb improvisors from The Story Pirates, iO, Second City, UCB, etc.—plus Mike Doughty performing a monologue—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Beauty Love Truth

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: The East Side Orphan Riot and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Rick Andrews directing The Weave (organic freeform improv “with no rules”), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component), featuring last week’s winner against another talented improv troupe: The Magnet’s Night Out

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 [vs. $25] online or at the box office using discount code BBOX): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Mike Yard (Comedy Central), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

9:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups Colin Jost, Michelle Wolf, Roger Hailes, Nick Vatterott, Lucas Brothers, and Sean Crespo performing at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jen Kwok (Comedy Central, MTV, Date an Asian) performs songs, stories, and sketches while backed by The Balls, her “brave and hairy band” in Kwok & The Balls; and in the other half of this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre, Tim Girrbach & Rodney Umble perform comedic hip-hop as duo Squirm & Germ

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupe Good Dad, comprised of such superstars as Neil Casey, Fran Gillespie, and Jon Gabrus, triumphed over The Brothers Hines last week, but Will & Kevin put up a valiant fight; the final score was 113-81. Tonight Good Dad will try to not trip over Greasy Lake as these two teams compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/7/12

June 7, 2012

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Shouting at the Screen

Wyatt Cenac and hip-hopper Donwill are back to dissecting ridiculous films by Shouting at the Screen…

New York Funny Songs Festival

…and Jessica Delfino, Carolyn Castiglia, and Jen Kwok are among the stellar comedic talents at the first-ever New York Funny Songs Festival

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] 6:00 pm: Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (memorably featured here). Scheduling permitting, I can hardly wait to hear the story Chris has to tell at Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm:Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

6:30 pm ($5): Two shows I know nothing about—and that, frankly, both sound kinda dumb: What Is Wrong With You Humans? and Our First Orgy—audition for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. If you’re feeling adventurous…: Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Mortified

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe The Boss to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival is kicked off by stellar NYC comedic singers Jessica Delfino, Mindy Raf, Jen Kwok, The Reformed Whores, Rob Paravonian, Molly Pope, and host Myka Fox at 7:30; and then Ben Lerman, Barbara Holm, Boris Khaykin. Soce, Killy Dwyer, and host Giulia Rozzi at 9:00. Both shows are at the Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street), with more shows at other venues; click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, Livia’s Castle of Enchantment), Jess Dweck (Jimmy Fallon), Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), and more pay homage to film classic Jaws at UCB East, with host Aaron Glaser: Cinerama: A Comedy Variety Show for Film Nerds

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star headlining through Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Susie Essman

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo that’s become one of the very best attractions at UCB Chelsea and should not be missed: John & Scott

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: East Side Orphan Riot and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes Phooka, Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Charlie Whitcroft directing Jazz Freddie (improvised scenes that focus on show the past, present, and future of one character and then spirals into an exploration of the character’s world), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improv troupe SidViscous performs a change-of-pace scripted comedic play about “what happens when a gay single father gets caught in a lie and has to pretend his daughter is his wife whenever these mobsters are around, but can’t let his ex-wife or the private investigator she’s hired find out what he’s up to” at The PIT upstairs theatre: My Daughter, My Wife

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), and Michael Che performing stand-up at UCB East with Dan as host/headliner: Bad at the Good Times

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and/or comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Eric Slovin (former writer for Saturday Night Live, writing partner of Leo Allen), and Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo) performing at UCB Chelsea with the lone remaining NYC member of the SHAC, the lovely Shonali Bhowmik (ace singer/songwriter): Variety SHAC

9:30 pm ($8): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, co-host of Pirate Party and The Shinebox), Jessimae Peluso, Gonzalo Cordova, Sabrina Jalees, Frank Pfefferkorn, Stephanie Holmes, and Jonesy performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with hosts Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: The Stand-Up Comedy Showcase

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge for The Scene

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Sharp improvisors from UCBT, The Magnet, The PIT, and/or more try their hand at stand-up at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Improvisers Standing Up

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($9; or FREE COVER if you show up 30-60 minutes early and buy $9 worth of snacks/drinks): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes street in this delightful series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a ridiculous movie and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s reRun (147 Front Street, between Pearl & Jay Streets), with tonight’s film a happy surprise: Shouting at the Screen

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival continues with Myq & Micah, Carolyn Castiglia, Killy Dwyer, Rachel Parenta, and more at The Dressing Room (75A Orchard Street); for other shows running through Sunday, click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Julia Wiedeman (fierce, fearless talent; fabulous one-woman show Naked People), Laura Willcox, and Olivia Henderson telling comedic tales at UCB East hosted by Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion; acclaimed as “adorable”) and Caitlin Brodnick (Moth StorySlam winner): Shut Up: An All-Female Storytelling Show

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Last week Airwolf renamed troupe Nobody’s Token to just Token, utterly crushing it 112-36. It was the 11th victory in a row for this juggernaut of the skies; and tonight Airwolf will set its claws on Hoops, a UCB East Lloyd improv troupe that includes such talents as Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger) and Caitlin Bitzegaio (fine UCBT writer/director). It’s West Side vs. East Side tonight competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

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