The multi-talented Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp storyteller/comic; WNYC, Sirius XM, Huffington Post, host of Sideshow Goshko) is a classically trained pianist. This evening Leslie blends comedy, storytelling, and music for an old-fashioned piano party, featuring everything from traditional standards to The Cranberries; plus special guests Jeff Kerestes (playing bass) and her Mom at An Old-Fashioned Piano Party (6:00 pm, $10 cover plus $10 drink min.; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319 because this show usually sells out; West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe at 29 Cornelia Street)…
…tonight and Sunday are your last chances to catch thoroughly delightful UK comic Josie Long performing a smart, funny, sensitive one-woman show that blends stand-up and theatre in a way that evokes both laughter and subtler emotions—and by the end virtually forces you to adore her forever. To give you a feel for Josie’s wit, in just the past week she tweeted “I ordered a Bernie Sanders t-shirt for my friend like, months ago, and it hasn’t come, and now I am disillusioned with socialism.”
You can view Josie’s 2012 one-woman show by clicking here; this one is better. Grab tickets while Josie’s still in NYC for Cara Josephine (9:00 pm tonight or 3:00 pm Sunday, $25, West Village’s Soho Playhouse at 15 Vandam Street)…
…Creepy Cat & Fat Squirrel, quaaludes, vampires, Australia’s oldest sex addict, outer space, and the NSA are among the many subjects covered in tonight’s series of short plays (running through November 7th, with each show unique) that ask you to lower your expectations: 4th Annual Bad Theater Fest (7:00 pm & 9:00 pm shows are $15 each; 11:00 pm show is $8; The PIT Loft at 154 West 29th Street)…
For tomorrow’s top comedy picks, please click here.
For many more shows, please click the following links to top NYC comedy venues:
Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling
Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world; especially strong on improv (e.g., Gravid Water, Adsit & ?), sketch (Maude Night), solo shows, and one-act comedic plays, but also hosts one of the very finest stand-up shows in the city (Aparna Nancherla’s Whiplash)
Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seater; a top comedy venue that leans a bit more towards stand-up and screenings, and on experimental shows taking big risks, than sister theatre UCB Chelsea; shows free-$10)
The PIT Striker (Upstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seater; a top venue that’s a powerful rival of UCB, and often surpasses UCB when blending comedy with music and/or theatricality; shows free-$20)
The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; spinning off from Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, brings a fiercely fresh, experimental approach to improv and sketch; shows free-$10)
Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs
Other NYC Live Shows, Heavily Marked Down via Goldstar:
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From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible BestNewYorkComedy.com…It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.
Please feel encouraged to reach out to tell me about comedy shows, submit material to my short story anthology Ghosts on Drugs, hire me for book or screenplay work, or for any other reason by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.