NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/24/11

November 24, 2011

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Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies, an Australian unfazed by US-specific holidays, headlines tonight at the Carolines Comedy Club

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] 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] [$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jim Jefferies

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), and more performing stand-up for the Thanksgiving edition of this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Loungehosted tonight by comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] [$] 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 the Carolines Comedy Club: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 10/1/10

October 1, 2010

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Jim Jefferies

Australian stand-up star Jim Jefferies headlines at Carolines tonight through Sunday

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] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): Marc Bonnée, member of acclaimed sketch troupe Drop Six, goes solo with this show consisting of character bits and one-man sketches loosely tied to the theme of excess: Too…

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): From the UK’s Cambridge University comes acclaimed UK sketch troupe Cambridge Footlights, performing an hour-long show at UCBT for one night only: Good for You

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($32.40 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): The co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken, and star of HBO’s Mantastic, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Behrendt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Rachel Hamilton shares “tales from the frontlines of Internet dating” in the debut of her one-woman show Love.com

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Luke Cunningham (The Colbert Report), and Neal Stastny performing stand-up at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Mark Normand: Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) An Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show, and creator & star of the new HBO Web series Got No Game, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Paul Mecurio

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($35 & 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 tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

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

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight are comedy giant Dave Hill (The Dave Hill Explosion), Billy Scafuri (member of award-winning comedic rap group Snakes and award-winning sketch troupeThe Harvard Sailing Team), Streeter Seidell (iconic fearless writer/performer for College Humor), Jen Dunlap (College Humor), and Chaz Kangas (My Hoodie)—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 one of my favorite monthly shows: The BEATdown

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/5/10

March 5, 2010

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Jim Jefferies continues his headlining run through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club

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] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

7:00 pm ($5): Disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests: BoF in This Old Thing

7:30 pm ($10): Superb musical duo Stuckey & Murray and stellar storyteller Margot Leitman join raunchy comedic singer/songwriter Cock Lorge and his band performing at his monthly show at Pianos: Thank Cock It’s Friday

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Razor-sharp, adorable, irresistible comedic storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko) spins yarns about her childhood in her one-woman show Vodka Shoes

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 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 tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.78 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A charismatic correspondent for The Daily Show on his way to stardom headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Wyatt Cenac

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life; and Deborah Gross recreates absurd and amusing conversations she’s experienced through her sharp storyteller’s perspective, in the double-bill Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever and Conversations with Deb

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ace sketch comic & storyteller Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, host of top storytelling show Risk!), and superb stand-ups Brooke Van Poppelen (ECNY nominee for Best Stand-Up; Carolines, Comix; Maxim Radio, Cosmo Radio, Chicago Public Radio; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), and Rob Gorden (host of SpikeTV’s Geek Ray Vision) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely 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

9:30 pm ($10): Improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan following up winning the recent SketchProv Tournament with this PIT run, and veteran improv duo formerly known as Project:Projekt, in the double-bill Swords and The Nathan & Joe Show

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—Ray Devito, Margot Leitman, Jessie Richardson, Jason Saenz, and Jim Santangeli—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme), and red-hot rising star and stellar BEATdown substitute host Baron Vaughn (while Eliza Skinner is in LA), all at The BEATdown

11:00 ($5): Improvised one-act plays by four experienced improvisors relatively new to NYC: superb Austin comedic actress Lee Eddy, Ben Sterling (Start Trekkin’), Caitlin Sweet (Topanga), and Jeremy Lamb (Out of Bounds Comedy Festival): The Hypotheticals

11:00 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/4/10

March 4, 2010

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Star Australian stand-up Jim Jefferies headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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 ($29 & 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 tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An entirely improvised hour from the staff of one of the best-crafted comedy shows on TV: The Colbert Report Writers

8:00 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] [$] 9:00 pm ($12): Star stand-ups Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive, and amazingly still getting better and better), Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Scott Moran, Wayne Federman, and Hari Kondabolu performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Razor-sharp, adorable, irresistible comedic storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko) spins yarns about her childhood in her one-woman show Vodka Shoes

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($12.89 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Kumail Nanjiani (red-hot hilarious stand-up and writer; David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Kyle Kinane (Comedy Central, NBC) headlining along with host Jared Logan at the elegant Comix Club for one night only: Kumail Nanjiani and Kyle Kinane

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Todd Barry and Kurt Braunohler, plus musical guests Supercute, join the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and Scootch—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/13/09

September 13, 2009

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Very special Aussie stand-up Jim Jefferies concludes his NYC headlining run tonight at Carolines

Very special Aussie stand-up Jim Jefferies concludes his NYC headlining run tonight at Carolines

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who recently performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, completing his NYC run tonight headlining at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: A blowout gathering of wonderful comedy stars, including Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Timmy Williams (co-star of sketch troupe & IFC TV series Whitest Kids ‘U Know), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC, Adult Swim, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Luke Cunningham, and Danny Solomon performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Jamie Lee, Mark Normand, Brian Longwell, and Matt Baetz performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly East Village stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Watching and making fun of tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, directly followed by sharp comics Jackie Monahan, Allison Castillo, Adam Lehman, and William Mullin performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/10/09

September 10, 2009

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Stellar Aussie stand-up Jim Jefferies headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

Stellar Aussie stand-up Jim Jefferies headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Jamie Cummings & Elizabeth Blue improvise a tale about the King and his love Priscilla Presley based on the memorable TV movie Elvis & Me

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($20 using code TODDB online & 2-item min.): Wryly brilliant stand-up who’s one of the very best in the biz, with performances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, and feature film The Wrestler, headlining tonight through Saturday (get additional $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): “Alternative and mainstream comedians who don’t quite fit in” performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a monhly show hosted by Grant Gordon and the delightful Helen Hong: Odd Baggage

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who recently performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

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

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): World-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; host of True Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Jenna Brister (The Moth), and sensual hosts Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi tell sexual tales revolving around tonight’s theme “My Place or Yours?”, accompanied by world-class raunchy comedic singer/songwriter Jessica Delfino, at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm ($8): “A magical and sometimes drunken hazy vision of a wonderful fairy tale adventure,” created on the spot by improvisors: The Princess Tea Party

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Death by Roo Roo—taking over this season with an all-time record-breaking 20 wins in a row—tonight facing improv challenger The Stamp & Coin Club in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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