NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/23/10

June 23, 2010

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Seth Herzog, Kevin Allison, and Michelle Collins

Seth Herzog, Kevin Allison, Michelle Collins, and other stars reveal their TV failures tonight at Jon Friedman's The Rejection 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] 6:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) and Jim Henson’s Puppets are the guests at this evening’s live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay

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): Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1, host of Sweet), Michelle Collins (VH1), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, MTV), and Megan Neuringer (HBO, VH1) share their tales of TV material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric CompanyJimmy Fallon; for video samples, please click here), John Mulaney (writer/performer forSaturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), James Adomian (Craig Ferguson), and musical sax duo Ronald Reagon performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Kristeen von Hagen, Brian Longwell, Matt Rohr, Carrie Gravenson, Marian Rosin, and The Bridgets Fitzgerald performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film on the spot; and Deborah Gross recreates absurd and amusing conversations she’s experienced through her sharp storyteller’s perspective, in the double-bill The Two-Man Movie and Conversations with Deb

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($7.44 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): Four of the finest comedic actresses in the country—Lennon Parham, Christina Gausas, Livia Scott, and Ophira Eisenberg—take on characters they’re always wanted to play at the elegant Comix Comedy Club’s Dream Role

[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 Monday 1/11/10

January 11, 2010

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The brilliant staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Morgan Murphy (above), Anthony Jeselnik, Jon Friedman, Eric Ledgin, and Jon Rineman—perform stand-up tonight at Tell Your 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:

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Adam Wade is a hilarious storyteller who’s won the Moth GrandSlam twice, and is a record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; has written for The New York Times Magazine; and is host of True Tales of College. Tonight Adam debuts a one-man show at Under St. Marks that’s likely to be a treat: The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Rory Scovel, Nick Turner, Calvin Cato, Thomas Dale, and Michael Cho Young performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A blowout gathering of the writing staff of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—brilliant stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik, Morgan Murphy, Jon Friedman, Eric Ledgin, and Jon Rineman—plus musical guest Beth Jean, all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount code ISCFBK): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight concludes the five-night NYC run, and is sold out; but there might be a stray audience member near the box office trying to sell an extra ticket. Until May 2010, this is the last chance for New Yorkers to enjoy the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code JODY, otherwise $20): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event during this magical NYC run through Monday night: Baby Wants Candy

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): Two more of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Thunder Gulch and Gramps’, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A blowout gathering of some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, Sean Patton, Tony Camin, and Max Silvestri—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 9/23/09

September 23, 2009

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YouTube sensation Miranda Sings shares her hate mail on tonight's Rejection Show

YouTube sensation Miranda Sings shares her fan hate mail on tonight's Rejection 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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A comedic musical I’ll finally be catching tonight and am expecting to be way fun, and Mike Still, Leslie Meisel, and writer Geoff Garlock performing five terrifying sketch comedy tales that I also expect to be way fun, in the delightfully mismatched double-bill Girl Camp and I Laughed Until I Died

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15): One of the most talented, sexy, funny, and beloved rising stars to come out of the NYC comedy scene, and who’s since moved to LA but is debuting a comedic one-act play tonight at Ars Nova: Kimmy Gatewood: Make Up Break Up!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Jared Logan (who’s guest-hosting tonight), Myq Kaplan, Liam McEneaney, Sean O’Connor, and John F. O’Donnell performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar produced by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Stellar storyteller Melanie Hamlett, plus stand-ups Brent Sullivan, Lee Rubenstein, Leah Bonnema, Mick Diflo, and M. Dickson performing at a free weekly East Village show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Sean Patton (darkly smart, funny comic; Comedy Central), DC Benny (Comedy Central Presents special), and Edith Zimmerman performing at a free weekly show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by new Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate (look for Jenny tomorrow night on SNL’s Weekend Update Thursdays 8:00 pm on NBC), Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Hilarious YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (for samples of this wildly popular parody act, please click here and here), brilliant writer-comics Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Joe Mande (co-host of superb NYC live comedy show Totally J/K; writing book for St. Martin’s Press based on his blog Look at This Fucking Hipster), and more share their “very special” fan feedback at Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show: You’ve Got Hate Mail Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10-$15 suggested donation): A networking party mixing NYC theatre and comedy folks from 9:30 to 10:00 pm, and then a full-blown comedy show with brilliant storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, and stand-ups Hari Kondabolu, Amy Johnson, and Dave Greek at The Sage Theatre, hosted by Christian Polanco (taking the reins from the luminous Margie Kment, who’s now busy becoming a star in LA) at Hold for the Laughs

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

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For FringeNYC 2009 Encore Series coverage, please click here.