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.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

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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($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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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>

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


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/16/09

November 16, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

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.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/30/09

September 30, 2009

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up; The Onion), and Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, brilliant Daily Show star John Oliver, Daily Show Executive Producer Rory Albanese, Daily Show Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt, and former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show & Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00: Uniformly wonderful stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sarah Schaefer, Eric Andre, Ali Waller, and Claudia Cogan performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC comics Ray Devito, Ilana Glazer, Bruce Cherry, Mo Diggs, Jacqueline Kabat, and Erik Bergstrom at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, The Onion), and Eliot Glazer (co-host of High School Talent Show and New York Shitty) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and sometimes SNL’s Jenny Slate: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, tonight featuring brilliant writer/performers Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), John Flynn, Cecilia Lederer, Tami Sagher, and wonderful host David Martin telling tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Weddings:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the biz; Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life); a superstar comedy guest I can’t announce, but let’s just say he’s even whiter than Pete Holmes; Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Robert Kelly (HBO, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, MTV), and Steve Hofstetter (Craig Ferguson, Showtime, VH1, ESPN)—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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/28/09

July 28, 2009

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John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)
John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)

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:

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 Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Marvel Comics writer Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir), and Marvel & DC Comics writer Ivan Brandon (Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape, Viking) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber DeCoster, Ragnaröck, The Scam, Badman, and Bastian—followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), performing at the final summer 2009 edition of this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues; MTV’s The State, legendary comedy troupe Stella, writer/director/star of feature film The Baxter, co-writer/co-star of feature film Wet Hot American Summer), Natasha Leggero (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Reno 911!, and The Sarah Silverman Program; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Heather Fink (MTV, Adult Swim, CollegeHumor.com, Dr. Phil, co-host of Street Meat) performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

and delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Joanne Filan, Pat Galante, and Adrienne Iapalucci at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/26/09

July 26, 2009

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John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix
John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, demonstrating why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive as he delivers a deliciously long set during this final evening of his run Headlining at Comix (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

typically superb stand-ups at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson & Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel), Matt Goldich (Comedy Central, VH1), and Phil Hanley (Vancouver’s The Comedy Network) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ben Lerman hosting a group of sharp comics—Mo Rocca, Andrew W.K., Keith & the Girl, Myka Fox, and Rev Jen-—at a new East Village version of a classic game show: Match Game Live (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-ups Michael Kosta and John F. O’Donnell, and comedy group Ronald Reagan,performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[$] 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 (10:00 pm),

[FREE] and Kate McKinnon (brilliant rising star sketch comic & stand-up; cast member for three seasons and counting on Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Jodie Wasserman (Comedy Central), and Adam Lehman & Michael Brill (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 7/25/09

July 25, 2009

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John Oliver, facing right
John Oliver continues his stand-up tonight at Comix

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] a blowout celebration of the one-year anniversary of this show, with top NYC comics Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Becky Donohue (Comedy Central), and sketch duo Team Submarine joining hosts Pat Stango, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly at Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will demonstrate why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight and Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of Liberty (10:30 pm),

[$] and 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 (12:30 am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 7/24/09

July 24, 2009

About Last Night: Special kudos to Thursday’s Cage Match for putting on one of the greatest shows I ever expect to see. Musical improv troupe Veal delivered a wonderful series of scenes & songs about airplanes, and proved it deserves more appearances on the UCBT stage. And much love always to hosts Ben Rodgers and Eric Scott. But an extra special acknowledgement goes to the almost superhuman skill, timing, and comedic mastery displayed by last night’s Death by Roo Roo improv focused on, of all things, a bake-off, from Curtis Gwinn, Gavin Speiller, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, and Gil Ozeri. Guys, you are all superstars.

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John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will show why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight through Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a blow-out farewell to this weekly free show’s co-host, Cassidy Henehan, with stellar stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sean Patton, and Jesse Pop, superb sketch comedy troupes Bishop & Douch and The Straightmen, and sexy & hilarious singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm, in Brooklyn at Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School: Bon Voyage, Cassidy Henehan (8:00 pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Pat Dixon, and Danny Solomon answering personal questions on stage at Matt Ruby’s & Mark Normand’s We’re All Friends Here (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Allison Castillo (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, MTV), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories), Eddie Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Logo’s Wisecrack), Jason Saft (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

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

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, Eugene Cordero, Sue Galloway, Curtis Gwinn, Anthony King, Adam Pally, Ben Rodgers, Charlie Sanders, Eric Scott, Gavin Speiller, and Caitlin Tegart—writing and/or performing sketch comedy Beneath Gristedes (11:00 pm),

[FREE] and a free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 5/16/09

May 16, 2009

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John Oliver

John Oliver

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] numerous NYC stand-ups, including Roger Hailes, Jared Logan, Dan St. Germain, and Pat Stango & Blaine Perry, telling jokes and celebrating the host’s birthday—with a party to follow—at Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

Roman Rimer telling the true story of transitioning from gal to guy in this new one-person show: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trannies * But Were Afraid to Ask (7:30 pm),

[$] comedy genius Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker) opening for TV & movie star TJ Miller (David Letterman, ABC’s Carpoolers, film star), who’s Headlining at Gotham Comedy Club (8:00 pm & 10:00 & 11:45 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smarty directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] star comics John Oliver (head correspondent of The Daily Show, genius stand-up) and Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN,Adult Swim), rising stars Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Amy Schumer, and Lucas Held, popular singer/songwriter PT Walkley, and more—plus free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] brilliant improvisors making up plays on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a comedy show about the advertising biz, tonight featuring razor-sharp comics & ad veterans (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker), John Gemberling (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, Death by Roo Roo), and Oren Brimer (SuperDeluxe.com, YouTube.com), and hosted by Greg Johnson (President Johnson) and Sam Brown (The Whitest Kids U’ Know): Ad Nauseam (midnight).

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