NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/20/11

November 20, 2011

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The Muppets

Cherished TV & movie clips starring Jim Henson's very special creations are screened at The Muppet Vault...

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

...and Jenny Slate & Dean Fleischer-Camp, the creators of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, are at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

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] 2:00 pm ($8): To prep you for the release of the first new Muppets feature film in over a decade, hard-core Muppet fans have put together a “Best Of” show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall described as follows: “The event will kick off with a screening of the rare TV special The Muppets Go Hollywood, originally aired to mark the occasion of the Muppets’ very first movie back in 1979. Dick Van Dyke and Rita Moreno host, the Swedish Chef sings, and a good time is had by all. The fun continues with a selection of classic clips hand-picked by Muppet fans, plus a few new video treats from the Muppets’ recent media blitz that you may have missed the first time around! There will also be Muppet-themed drink specials, audience participation, cool giveaways, sing-along fun, and more:” The Muppet Vault: A Very Muppet Comeback

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 3:00 pm ($35 using discount code FTBBOX online or at the box office): One of my favorite FringeNYC shows (for my 2006 review, please click here) is finally enjoying a commercial run. The mostly-true tale of a man who became the toast of Paris by making music with his ass—executed by a Broadway-caliber cast, and with several memorable show-stoppers—is playing at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street): The Fartiste

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Improv duo The Bedtime Brothers begin by making up scenes based on an audience member’s horrible dating or break-up experience, and end with scenes springboarding off an audience-supplied movie quote; and in between invited stand-ups and sketch comics perform. It all happens at at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Love Sucks! Movies Rock!

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TVChelsea Lately, host of The Party Machine; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives), and Tony Camin (The Marijuana-Logues) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Pointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), and Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) A TV star who was a cast member of MTV’s Punk’d and is now a cast member of FX’s The League headlining one more night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Stephen Rannazzisi

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo), Mara Herron (Web series That Chick Mara Herron), Michael Che (host ofMichael Che’s Community Service), Simeon Goodson, and Yannis Pappas performing at the One and One Bar (1st Street & First Avenue) for this brand new weekly stand-up show hosted by Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks) & Sergio Chicon: Comedy Punch

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Cameron Esposito, Tim Dimond, Missy Baker, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): A troupe that performs a sketch show with an improv segment at the end directed byMagnet co-owner Armando Diaz: Dumbrowsky

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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), plus NYC stand-ups Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Damien Lemon (Russell Simmons Presents), and Michele Billoon (Chelsea Lately) performing at UCB East hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically fun mix of stellar and rising NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special)—who tonight celebrates the Two Year Anniversary of his great show: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Anthony Devito, Joel Walkowski, and Simmons McDavid performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show with brand new hosts Brad Austin, Nate Fridson, and Adam Sokol (taking over from the 7-year reign of Vince Averill & Jesse Popp): Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Rogowsky (writer for The Onion, co-host of 12 Angry Mascots) returns to The PIT to host “a unique talk show experience that needs to be experienced to be experienced. There will be plenty of bits, skits, chits and chats, and maybe that pretty girl you saw on the 6 train last night will be in the audience! It’s a big city, but you run into people,” with tonight’s thoroughly stellar guests Jenny Slate (SNL, HBO’s Bored to Death, Marcel the Shell), Dean Fleischer-Camp (creator with Jenny of YouTube smash hit Marcel the Shell with Shoes On), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’sFunny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), and Joe Randazzo (Editor in Chief of The Onion), plus musical guest The Musical Guests: Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PITupstairs theatre: In These Woods

9:30 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of the Magnet community: Flick Video Showcase

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Erin Foley (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, VH1, Logo), Rose Surnow, and Erika Wasser performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

11:00 pm ($5): The screening of two short films at UCB East (which was previously a movie theater) crammed with UCBT performers: The Rest of Caesar (starring Neil Casey, Andrew Secunda, Rob Lathan, Morgan Evans, Susan Casey, James Dwyer, Matt Starr, and Dyna Moe) and Upload(starring Morgan Evans, Abbi Jacobson, Ryan Williams, Halle Keifer, Freddi Scheib, Joe Spit, and Tim Mahoney): Two Short Film Screenings with Morgan Evans

[TOP PICK] MIdnight ($5): An unusual Sunday at midnight event at UCB Chelsea (which is sold out, but you might be able to get in if you don’t mind standing): “Pro wrestling’s hardcore legend Mick Foley returns to the UCB theatre in the first-ever post-wrestling Pay Per View comedy show! Following the WWE Survivor Series event, members of the WWE Universe, as well as fans of Mick’s comedy, can take a short walk to the UCB theatre to catch Foley’s trademark blend of wildness and warmth, wit and wisdom that turned two of his hand-written memoirs into New York Times #1 best-sellers. Foley will be fresh off his tour of the United Kingdom (many of the dates sold out months in advance) and will be raring to go in ‘the shadow of Madison Square Garden.’ Whether telling a side-splitting or cringe-inducing tale from his own life, or offering up his unique ‘what if’ scenarios gleaned from 25 years of world travel, Mick Foley will do his very best to make sure you ‘have a nice day!'”: Mick Foley Live at UCBT

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/13/11

November 13, 2011

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Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer...

Jenny Slate

...and Jenny Slate are among the comics performing at SXSW Stand-Up Showcase

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] Among the stellar events on this final day of the New York Comedy Festival are a panel discussion with the writers of Saturday Night Live (at the Paley Center) and a leisurely chat with Ricky Gervais (at the 92nd Street Y). For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[FREE] 2:00 pm: The students of David Fino’s latest improvisational puppetry graduating class show off their skills at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Puppetry for Improv

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 3:00 pm ($35 using discount code FTBBOX online or at the box office): One of my favorite FringeNYC shows (for my 2006 review, please click here) is finally enjoying a commercial run. The mostly-true tale of a man who became the toast of Paris by making music with his ass is playing at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street): The Fartiste

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game showPointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere, The Curfew), and Dan Chamberlain (sketch troupe Fambly) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing,Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphyiscal GraffitiHigh Times), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and “a special guest” performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hallhosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Damien Lemon (Carolines, Radio City Music Hall), John F. O’Donnell, hilarious dark comedy singers The Cowmen, and more performing at the Third Anniversary of RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): A troupe that performs a sketch show with an improv segment at the end directed byMagnet co-owner Armando Diaz: Dumbrowsky

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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Stellar NYC comics—Chris Gethard, Jenny Slate & Gabe Liedman, Sara Schaefer, Streeter Seidell, Nikki Glaser, and more—performing at UCB East with host Aaron Glaser: SXSW Stand-Up Showcase

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($6.17 in advance online, $5 at the door): “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor”—not to mention a monthly podcast—with tonight’s guests Jared Logan, Big Jay Oakerson, and Chemda at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), NYPD Detective Reynolds, Chris Laker, and Marcus Parks: The New York City Crime Report

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two productions audition for a spot on The Magnet’s schedule. First, a one-man show about “being part of a different world that has its own language and alphabet and style of beard…There are things I really need to show you, just so you know what’s going on, or where I’m coming from, or where Armenia actually is:” Openly Armenian; and then sketch troupe Reply All performs a show about “self-discovery, loneliness, the social pressures of growing up in this modern age, and sexually ambiguous talking cats that rape people:” The Day Terrors

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), and Jessie Geller performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy guest-hosted tonight by the show’s founder Adam Sank: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-up Adam Newman (College Humor), Emmy Blotnick (Jimmy Fallon), Matt Koff (The Onion), Michelle Wolf (co-host of Fresh), and more performing at UCB East with host Andy Rocco at Underground Americana

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/15/11

May 15, 2011

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Jenny Slate and Kumail Nanjiani

Jenny Slate and Kumail Nanjiani are focused at making you laugh tonight at "Pretty Good Friends"

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia performing a unique blend of stand-up and storytelling that’s one of the best theatrical shows in NYC. For my more detailed write-up, please click here; and then grab tickets at theBarrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) for Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and a nomination for the 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through June to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[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] 8:00 pm ($7): Jenny Slate (SNL, HBO), Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), John Roberts (YouTube star), and Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hallhosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Thomas Dale, Mad Dog Mattern, Nick Maritato, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining for one more night at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

8:00 pm ($5): “Strange, mysterious, beautiful, and disgusting, this show will dazzle you with sketch comedy… and magic!” from The Weird Sisters; plus for the other half of this double-bill, the Old Timey Radio Show

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs loungefor a free weekly show: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Stand-ups Rob Cantrell, Owen Smith, Cameron Esposito, and Brian Babylon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Damien Lemon: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Nick Vatterott, Andy Haynes, Michael Terry, and George Flanagan performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly showBeauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Adam Sank, Paul Case, Chris Doucette, Brian Barry, Shawn Hollenbach, and Jessimae gather to roast the host of this free weekly gay-themed show atTherapy on Brad Loekle’s 33rd birthday: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/24/10

June 24, 2010

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Jenny Slate

SNL's Jenny Slate is among the superb comics spinning tales of revenge at tonight's Risk!...

50 Best Jokes

...and an army of top stand-ups offer their A-list material at 50 Best Jokes

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] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Jenny Slate (SNL), Matt Gallagher (author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War), Glennis McMurray (Dream Role), Ann Carr (Comedy Central), and Keri Heidecker (Freak Magnet)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Revenge: Settling Scores Big and Small” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country:Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($33.48 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): Unforgettably hilarious co-star of NBC’s Ed, member of legendary sketch troupe & seminal MTV series The State, co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, and much more headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Michael Ian Black

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners inOchi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004;recurring character on 30 Rock) perform acclaimed two-man improv in 2 Square

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): The debut of what promises to be a very special event: Fifty of the best comics in NYC gather to each tell his or her very best joke. Expect extreme hilarity at 92Y Tribeca’s 50 Best Jokes

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman performing & hosting other comics in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Determination; and the storytellers are Brian Longwell (Edinburgh Fringe), Erin Goodwin (Off The Record), musical guest Thin Skin Johnny, and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Badman and Doppelganger, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/9/10

June 9, 2010

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Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate

Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of their Brooklyn comedy show with Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Patrick Borelli, and more at tonight's gala Big Terrific

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Comedy giant Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion) spends an hour telling charming and hilarious tales of his musical tour overseas at Dave Hill: Big in Japan

6:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): UK comic Simon Amstell performs a one-man show that’s received raves:Simon Amstell: Do Nothing

[FREE] 8:30: Stellar storytellers Kambri Crews and Peter Aguero, plus fine stand-ups Daniel St. Germain, Erin Judge, H. Alan Scott, and Dan Wilbur, performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blowout lineup, with comedy giants Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Patrick Borelli, and “a very super-special secret wonderful guest” performing stand-up at—and celebrating the 2-year Anniversary of—this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo(behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: A free sneak preview of the latest Comedy Central series—which stars UCB favorites and comedy geniuses Horatio Sanz, Chris Gethard, and Chris Parnell—hosted by Chris Gethard: Big Lake

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Sara Schaefer, Charlie Todd, Craig Rowin, Bill Grandberg, and more risk seeing a whole lot of dicks as they interact with the newest Web sensation at Chatroulette Live!

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/4/09

September 4, 2009

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For FringeNYC 2009 Encore Series coverage, please click here.

For photo & video mini-profile of Jenny Slate, please click here.

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

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 ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) playing five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and ace sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing all-new routines, in the double-bill Best Actress and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[TOP PICK] [FREE] A CD release party for superb stand-up Rob Cantrell, with performances by such other superb comics as Victor Varnado, Tony Camin, and Yannis Pappas, at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan (AfterEllen), Adam Lehman (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), William Mullin (PTown Favorite), Monrok (Winner of California’s Funniest Females), and more performing at Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight are Baron Vaughn, Becky Drysdale, John Dixon, Diane O’Debra, and Nate Shelkey—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

[FREE] 12:20ish am:A free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage

[$] 12:30 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/3/09

September 3, 2009

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Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

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:

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

8:00 pm ($8): “Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Follow his story in the premier of this hilariously heartbreaking one man show:” The Breakup

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jessica Delfino (back from her UK tour!), Tami Sagher (writer for 30 Rock), Eric Slovin (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central Presents), and short filmmaker Edmond Hawkins joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($10 with code SETH online & 2-drink min.): Who but the wonderful Seth Herzog (VH1’s Best Week Ever, Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) would kick off the description of his debut show at Comix as “kind of the night you wish you could have at a comedy club all the time”—effectively pissing at every other show playing at that club? Seth is a dynamic performer and engaging stand-up; plus he’s friends with most of the top comedy talent alive, so there’s no telling who’ll be dropping in for Seth Herzog’s Night of Fun

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Death by Roo Roo tonight facing a challenger of equal brilliance—C, C, & C Improv Factory, the 2007 Season Cage Match Champion—in a battle for audience laughs and votes of such mammoth proportions the gods themselves will be watching Cage Match

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