NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/5/10

September 5, 2010

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RG Daniels and Myq Kaplan

Loveable hosts RG Daniels (Sunday Night Stand-Up) and Myq Kaplan (The Labor Day Comedy 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] 7:30 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

[$] 7:30 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) Myq Kaplan (co-star of this summer’s Last Comic Standing) hosts Mike Vecchione, Harrison Greenbaum, Joe Larson, and Vince August performing stand-up at Carolines: The Labor Day Comedy Show

[$] 8:00 pm ($20 & 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups who may include Judah Friedlander, Christian Finnegan, Julian McCullough, Mike Lawrence, Jesse Joyce, Kurt Metzger, and Veronica Mosey performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch troupe The Cowmen, plus NYC stand-ups Luis J. Gomez, Bill Chambers, Jessica Watkins, and Josh Guarino, performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Team Submarine, Ryan Conner, Dan Carroll, and Chesley Calloway performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly extravaganza Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups performing at this free weekly gay-themed show atTherapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/15/10

February 15, 2010

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Luminous comedy couple Christian Finnegan and Kambri Crews perform 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 ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jude Destin, Jamie Roberts, Kevin Barnett, and Chris Sifflet 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): Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show, star of new TV series on TBS), Kambri Crews (stellar storyteller & author of upcoming memoir Love, Daddy), Caroline Rhea (star stand-up; HBO, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Costaki Economopoulos, Amanda Melson, Bob Powers, and musical guests Eliana Ricci and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, High Treason and Slow Burn, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stellar stand-ups A. Whitney Brown (Emmy-award winning writer and political satirist; Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central, VH1, CNN, Court TV, written for The Onion and Heeb Magazine, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Ross Bennett (Comedy Central, Showtime), Robin Fox (WE TV, XM and Sirius Radio), Mike Diflo, David Cope, and Owen Bowness performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Chris Gethard, Julie Klausner, Ben Rameaka, Jim Santangeli, Tami Sagher, and Kate Spencer tell tales of heartbreak at the post-Valentine show Love Stinks!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Kurt Braunohler (brilliant sketch comic; co-creator & co-star of TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Brent James Sullivan, and Adam Cayton-Holland—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 Sunday 2/22/09

February 22, 2009

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See tonight's Oscars with comics at a free Comix extravaganza

See tonight's Oscars and laugh at a free Comix Comedy Club extravaganza

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] an evening of Oscar-watching at the gorgeous Comix Comedy Club hosted by the luminous Kambri Crews, with free admission & chances for prizes, at Oscar Night 2009 (6:30 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar concluding his headlining run at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm),

sharp comics Jon Benjamin, Hannibal Buress, and Adam Lowitt joining comedy giants Eugene Mirman & Michael Showalter—winners of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Hosts—for their weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (8:00 pm),

typically superb stand-ups at what’s often among the funniest free productions in NYC from hosts Greg Johnson and Jacqueline Novak: President Johnson (8:00 pm),

and brilliant, lightning-quick stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker, Videos of the Month), plus sharp NYC comics Jess Wood, Matt Ruby, Charlie Gaeta, and Andy Haynes at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm).

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