NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/14/10

September 14, 2010

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John Oliver and Justin Long

John Oliver and Justin Long are among the stars performing tonight at the 6th Anniversary of Seth Herzog's legendary comedy show "Sweet'

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): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: It’s not yet confirmed, but guests planned for tonight’s show include Wyatt Cenac, Chris Gethard, and spanish guitar player Camilla Meza performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The creative team of POOD—Geoff Grogan, Kevin Mutch, Alex Rader, and Adam McGovern—join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Opera, Sandino, Ragnaröck, Badman, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students make up a story taking place in a single location in real time (i.e., Death by Roo Roo’snear-unbeatable technique at Cage Match)—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An “all virgin” show of first-time stand-ups—presumably for audience members who enjoy pain—performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’sMy Name is Earl, Adult Swim, The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Danny Lobell (Comical Radio; for set about a plus-sized stripper and the MTA, please clickhere), and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[$] 8:30 pm ($20): Comedy giant Dave Hill and more perform at a one-night-only reunion of Ash Wednesday: “As the brainchild of improv trio Evel Cathedral (Rachel Korowitz, Stan Laikowski, and Chris Schneider), the comedy variety show ran for four years. Now, two years later, it’s back to kick cancer square in the teeth. Come on out to see old and new audience favorites, and enter to win glorious raffle prizes! All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!” at The Ash Wednesday Reunion Show: This Time It’s For Charity

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($7.50 online, $5 at the door): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Jon Glaser (long-time writer & sketch performer for Conan O’Brien; creator & star of Adult Swim series Delocated), TV & movie star Justin Long (NBC’s EdGalaxy Quest, Going the Distance, Live Free or Die Hard, the Mac in Apple Computer commercials), and “special guests” performing at The Studio at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the Sixth Anniversary of the legendary comedy show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Maureen Langan practices a stand-up set in preparation for her upcoming headlining night at Carolines, and Suzen Murakoshi performs a one-woman show about her mother’s dying, in the double-bill Maureen Langan and Breathe Love Repeat

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 8/27/10

August 27, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

John Oliver

One of the very finest stand-ups in the biz headlines tonight and Saturday at Carolines: John Oliver

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:

7:00 pm ($8): “Where there is a stage and a piano, she will be there. Where there are strangers with embarrassing stories, she will be there. Where there is a group of people willing to sit and watch someone make up songs, she will be there. A one-woman musical improv journey through the lives of the audience. You tell the story, Rebecca Vigil sings the soundtrack:” The Vigilante

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): A comedy genius who’s a star correspondent on The Daily Show; and one of the very finest—and nicest—stand-ups in the biz, headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines: John Oliver

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPAUG, plus 2-item minimum): Performers, writers, and others connected to one of the most beloved comedy shows in TV history: Saturday Night Live Showcase

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

The other half of this double-bill is a one-man show that walks a challenging line between gay confessional and comic nerd celebration…and unfortunately ends up falling short on both sides. For example, I adored the name-dropping of my favorite Superman artist Wayne Boring, yet not a moment was spent following it to explain what made him so special. Plus who wants to see a show about someone “liking” Superman? If you aren’t passionately in love with the fiction—and committed to saying so, and to clearly articulating why—what’s the point? The production is nonetheless a laudable try at mixing the worlds of mainstream and genre; and if you’re not ascomics-obsessed as I am, maybe the skim-the-surface approach won’t be an issue for you at So I Like Superman: A One-Nerd Show

[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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($39.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Matt McCarthy, Aparna Nancherla, Yannis Pappas, Dean Masello, and David Cope performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Mark Normand: Hot Soup

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

[TOP PICK] ($12) 9:00 pm: Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Jesse Popp, Brent Sullivan, and more performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri:Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Four world-class writer/performers tell personal stories. Three of them are true…but one is a pack of lies. Then the audience asks questions to try to figure out who’s fibbing. Tonight’s yarn-spinners are Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host ofSideshow Goshko), Peter Aguero (Moth Grandslam Champion), and wonderful host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) performing at the Park Avenue Lounge in Freehold, New Jersey at The Liar Show

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

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

11:30 ($5): Improvisors Brigid Boyle, Emily Bryan, Nicole Cascio, Caroline Ficksman, and Alexis Saarela parodying The View in a show self-described as “Hey, Darlings! Come sit down with a cup of coffee (or perhaps a martini) and join the panel of five of New York’s most talkative and opinionated women as they discuss the week’s events, and interview alluring guests from the worlds of literature, politics, comedy, and more. Let’s talk about issues, over drinks!” This show will keep you in Focus

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Mike Duffy vs. Boat compete for audience laughs and votes in Backyard Brawl

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/20/10

July 20, 2010

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

Marc Maron and John Oliver

Marc Maron performs a one-man show tonight at Brooklyn's Union Hall, while John Oliver performs at Punch Up Your Life

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] 7:30 pm & 9:20 pm ($12): A comedy legend who’s exceptionally passionate and personally revealing, and highly respected for his observations; frequent guest on David Lettermanand Conan O’Brien; performed solo comedy special for HBO and two solo specials for Comedy Central Presents; many other TV appearances include being a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; performed a popular off-Broadway one-man show, Jerusalem Syndrome, which he then turned into a 2001 book; co-hosted Morning Sedition on Air America Radio, hosted The Marc Maron Show on LA’s KTLK-AM, and currently hosts podcast WTF; and tonight performs new material in a not-to-be-missed one-man show at Brooklyn’s Union HallMarc Maron

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Charlyne Yi (winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart; one-woman show tomorrow night at UCBT), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Ann Carr (Louie), and comedy duo Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, The Opera, Badman, Sandino, and Bastian; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Evan Morgenstern (host of Switzerland Neutral Comedy), Luke Thayer (co-host of The Living Room), George Gordon, and Laura Prangley performing at Cellar 58(58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3):John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), and Danny Solomon performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan:Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/2/10

June 2, 2010

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For the best of genius comedic actress Kate McKinnon, click here.

W.C. Fields and John Oliver

John Oliver tonight analyzes the work of another comedy genius at a screening of W.C. Fields' classic Million Dollar Legs

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

[FREE] 7:00 pm (no cover, 2-drink min.): Delightful stand-up Phoebe Robinson, plus Akaash Singh, Andrew Schulz, and more performing at the Laugh Lounge with host Damien Lemon: Comedy on the Hump

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): Comedy superstar John Oliver (The Daily Show) and Elliott Kalan (writer/producer for The Daily Show) host and analyze a not-to-be-missed screening at 92Y Tribeca of the W.C. Fields classic comedy film Million Dollar Legs

8:00 pm ($7): Wonderful storyteller Leslie Goshko, sketch duo Team Submarine, and stand-ups Ryan Hamilton and Jesse Joyce performing at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s monthly comedy event¡Sacapuntas!

8:00 pm ($5): Real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with a scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton; and the wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers and Bear With Me

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Sean Crespo, Amy Beckerman, Matt Little, Jay Bois, Arthur Carlson, and Johanna Clearfield performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Ali Wong (hilarious human dynamo), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), and Noah Garfinkel (co-host of Totally J/K) performing stand-up at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-ups Mark Normand, Bruce Cherry, Troy Bynum, Geoffrey Kole, and Walt Murphy telling tales about their first time doing something (subject is up to them) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Evan Morgenstern’s SNC: The Virgin Chronicles

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “The most fabulous show on Earth,” hosted by Tim Gunn (John Flynn) and Tim Gunn (Michael Hartney), featuring wonderful comedic performers (both straight and gay) including comedy genius Kate McKinnon, Christine Nangle (staff writer for Saturday Night Live), superb singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, rapper Soce, and more—plus two audience members who’ll be selected to compete in a design challenge—all at The Same Sex-Tacular

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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For the best of genius comedic actress Kate McKinnon, click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/5/10

February 5, 2010

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

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Kristen Schaal debuts tonight on Comedy Central's superb TV series "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show"

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 ($10): Charming comedy duo Christina Casa and Kassi Dougherty performing as a country music group from the 70s (for sample videos, please click here) along with comedy guests at The ‘Drelles: Prime Time Variety Hour

[$] 7:30 pm pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines: Susie Essman

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A big show that’s gotten even bigger, as 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 Miami, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion) performs an expanded hour-long version of his charming and hilarious series of tales about a musical tour overseas—which was just nominated for an ECNY Award for Best One Person Show!— Dave Hill: Big in Japan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill (racing over from his one-man show directly above), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, staff writer & performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Chelsea White (MTV, CollegeHumor), and Alex Grubard, plus ace sketch troupe Trophy Dad, performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Hot Cripple, a superb and heartfelt one-woman show by Hogan Gorman about her experiences with the US health care system, legal system, and government programs for the down-but-not-out. (The performance I attended was especially memorable because a small fire broke out on the second floor of the venue. Hogan had to stop two-thirds into her monologue so the building could be evacuated; and she did so with a wry smile, telling a comforting audience member “Oh, I’ve been though a whole lot worse than this.” Three fire trucks and 30 minutes later, the fire was out…and Hogan made a quick joke about the Hot in her show’s title and then resumed performing as if nothing had happened…) Running through February, come see a New York hero in Hot Cripple

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Co9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing), Lisa Kaplan (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), Adrienne Iapalucci, Robin Cloud, and Dana LoVecchio 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

[$] 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

10:30 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[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 (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Billy Scafuri (half of comedic rap duo Snakes, founding member of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team), the delightful Andree Vermeulen (one-woman show French Toast), Ann Carr (ECNY nominee), and stand-up Dan Curry—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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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 7:00 pm ($10): Charming
comedy duo Christina Casa and Kassi Dougherty performing as a country music
group from the 70s (for sample videos, please click <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/thedrelles&#8221; target=”_blank”>here</a>)
along with comedy guests at <a href=”http://thepit-nyc.com/daily.html?y=2010&m=02&d=05&#8243; target=”_blank”>The
‘Drelles: Prime Time Variety Hour</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;7:30 pm pm
($38.25 &amp; 2-drink
min.) A
<i>Curb Your Enthusiasm</i> star and superb stand-up headlining
tonight and Saturday at Carolines: <a href=”https://www.carolines.com/#/page/play-video/34/35/susie-essman/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Susie
Essman</a></p>

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pm ($10): Superb musical duo Stuckey & Murray join raunchy comedic singer/songwriter
<a href=”http://www.cocklorge.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>Cock Lorge and his band</a> performing at his monthly show at Pianos:  <a href=”http://www.pianosnyc.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Thank Cock It’s Friday</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 8:00 pm ($10): A
big show that’s gotten even bigger, as comedy giant Dave Hill (one of the most
original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy
Central, MTV, VH1, star of <i>The King of Miami</i>,  <i>The
New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon,</i> <i>The Dave Hill Explosion</i>)
performs an expanded hour-long version of his charming and hilarious series
of tales about a musical tour overseas—which was just nominated for
an ECNY Award for Best One Person Show!—
<a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/2152&#8243; target=”_blank”>Dave Hill: <i>Big
in Japan</i></a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> <span style=”color:#5B18E7″>[FREE]</span>
8:00 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill (racing over from his one-man show directly
above), Kumail Nanjiani (<i>David Letterman,
Jimmy Kimmel</i>, staff writer & performer
for Comedy Central’s <i>Michael & Michael
Have Issues</i>), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Chelsea White (MTV, CollegeHumor),
and Alex Grubard, plus ace sketch troupe Trophy Dad, performing at Brooklyn’s <a href=”http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&aaddr=Coco+66+_66+Greenpoint+Ave_Brooklyn,+NY+11222_(718)+389-7392&gll=40729783,-73958370&restype=t&ei=lc9gSsKJGpDwlAfwotDRCQ&um=1&ie=UTF-8&f=q&fb=1&q=66+Greenpoint+Ave+Brooklyn,+NY+11222&geocode=15302056970411035727,40.729783,-73.958370&ei=o89gSpK3MIfjlAeS08TNCQ&sa=X&oi=manybox&resnum=1&ct=23&#8243; target=”_blank”>Coco
66</a> for hosts Nick Turner’s &amp; Jason Saenz’s
<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=338043145359&#8243; target=”_blank”>Too
Cool for School</a></p>

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align=center> 9:00 pm (no cover,
1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (<i>Last Comic Standing</i>), Lisa Kaplan
(here! TV’s <i>Hot
Gay Comics</i>), Adrienne Iapalucci, Robin Cloud, and Dana LoVecchio performing
in <a href=”http://comixny.com/ochislounge.aspx#back&#8221; target=”_blank”>Ochi’s
Lounge</a> at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8367442858&ref=ts&#8221; target=”_blank”>The Back Room</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 9:30 pm ($10): Some
of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius  members of <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/717&#8243; target=”_blank”>The Stepfathers</a></p>

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align=center>9:30 pm ($10): Improv duo   &nbsp;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 <a href=”http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91391&#8243; target=”_blank”><i>Swords</i> and <i>The Nathan &amp; Joe Show</i></a></p>

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align=center>10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an
audience member to craft <a href=”http://magnettheater.com/viewshow.php?showid=34458&#8243; target=”_blank”>The Made-Up Musical</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;10:30 pm ($29 &amp; 2-drink
min.): A cast member of the much-missed <i>Chappelle’s Show</i> headlining
tonight and Saturday at Carolines Comedy Club:
<a href=”https://www.carolines.com/#/page/play-video/115/92/donnell-rawlings/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Donnell Rawlings</a></p>

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align=center>10:30 pm ($5): A fun  improv show that makes up scenes based
on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: <a
href=”http://magnettheater.com/viewshow.php?showid=34528&#8243; target=”_blank”>Gimme the Loot!</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 11:00 pm ($5):
A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest &amp; sharpest
comics in NYC—who tonight are Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy
Central, MTV, VH1, <i>Awkward
Kings of Comedy</i>), Billy Scafuri (half of comedic rap duo Snakes, founding
member of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team), the delightful
Andree Vermeulen (one-woman show <i>French Toast</i>), Ann Carr (ECNY nominee), and
stand-up Dan Curry—plus
a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers
Chris
&quot;Shockwave&quot; Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I
Eat Pandas), all at <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/1885&#8243; target=”_blank”>The BEATdown</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#5B18E7″>[FREE]</span> 12:20ish am: A free
opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/518&#8243; target=”_blank”>Liquid Courage</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;12:30 am ($31.25 &amp; 2-drink
min.) A
provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor,
Red Foxx, and <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, and performed on <i>Chappelle’s
Show</i> and <i>David
Letterman</i>, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: <a href=”https://www.carolines.com/play-video/137/5/paul-mooney&#8221; target=”_blank”>Paul Mooney</a></p>

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/16/09

November 16, 2009

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Laugh for Sight

Comedy giants John Oliver, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, Robert Klein, and more perform tonight at the charity event Laugh for Sight

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 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: NYC stand-ups Sean Donnelly, Josh Homer, Adam Luicidi, Steve Bossus, and Harry Tuman performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): The talented young writer/performers of UCBT scripted comedy house troupes Slow Burn and High Treason try out their newest sketch material at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Razor-sharp Saturday Night Live writers Hannibal Burress, Bryan Tucker, and Colin Jost, and musical guest Supercute (Rachel Trachtenburg of the wonderful Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($35 & two-drink minimum): An annual charity event for eye research held at the Gotham Comedy Club, with the lineup for this year’s benefit including comedy titans John Oliver, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, Robert Klein, Bonnie McFarlane, Eddie Brill, and John Morrison: Laugh For Sight

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/28/09

October 28, 2009

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For Q&A with bestselling author Elna Baker, please click here.

For $10 tickets to amazing $20 comedy club show with John Oliver
and other brilliant stand-up stars, please click here.

John and Nathasha

John Oliver, Natasha Leggero, and other star stand-up comics perform tonight at a spectacular edition of comedy club show ComedyJuice

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 ($12 ticket; plus two-drink or $12 food min. if you sit at a table): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of upcoming TV version of The Liar Show), Andy Borowitz, Starlee Kine, Mather Zickel, and Keith Powell—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share tales on the theme “Encounters with Strangers” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Aziz Ansari (co-star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant, and one of the best stand-up comics on the planet; his razor-sharp mind and fluid, down-to-earth style are unmatched by almost any other comic working today); Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; Jimmy Fallon; cast member of the new Electric Company), Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC stand-ups RG Daniels, Karith Foster, Brian Longwell, Daniel Rockdale, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Rachel Bloom performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Thoroughly wonderful comics Aziz Ansari (co-star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant, and one of the best stand-up comics on the planet; his razor-sharp mind and fluid, down-to-earth style are unmatched by almost any other comic working today); Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; Jimmy Fallon; cast member of the new Electric Company), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Joe Mande (VH1’s Best Week Ever, co-host of Totally J/K), and Andrea Rosen (Stella, Variety SHAC) performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live), Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb writer/comics Wyatt Cenac, God’s Pottery, Megan Neuringer, Adam Newman, and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($10 online using code BLOG, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, stellar host of Whiplash), Natasha Leggero (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Reno 911!, and The Sarah Silverman Program; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Louis Katz (Carson Daly), and a spectacular unannounced special guest)—all performing at ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Q&A with bestselling author Elna Baker, please click here.

For $10 tickets to amazing $20 comedy club show with John Oliver
and other brilliant stand-up stars, please click here.