NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/16/11

May 16, 2011

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Naked in a Fishbowl

Wonderful improvisors who normally appear in pricey theatres tonight launch an easily affordable run at The PIT: "Naked in a Fishbowl"

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] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Gabe Pacheco, Erik Bergstrom, Sean Donnelly, Ken Schultz, Freddy Sheffield, and Steve Macone performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pubhosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. This show was previously a wonderful theatrical event that cost $18 and up. Don’t miss this run starting tonight at The PIT that allows you to catch the gals for a mere $10: Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Pamela Murphy’s autobiographical show is written & performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing. For video samples of Pam’s work, please click here; and for a plea for your patronage from Pam’s pooch Sadie, please click here and here. Don’t miss Jane Borden of Time Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this double-bill, Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) do a show about history’s most infamous rivalries that includes putting God on stage and hitting on Her for a date: They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Mike Phirman (Comedy Central Presents), Cameron Esposito, and musical guest Pearl and the Beard performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5—includes FREE PIZZA!): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents), and musical guest Grace McLean performing at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s Deep Traffic

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Arbuckle, trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): Kelli Porterfield performs a one-woman show about five residents of Joplin, MO:Mirror Mirror On The Wall

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Gabe Pacheco, Jaqi Furback, Neil Constantine, Luke Thayer, Megan Hanley, and Scott Schlesindger performing at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), TV & movie star TJ Miller, and Mike Phirman (Comedy Central Presents)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/25/10

August 25, 2010

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Katharine Heller and Lauren Olson

Catch top FringeNYC comedy shows today from Katharine Heller ("My Dad's Crazier Than Your Dad") and Lauren Olson ("Our Condolences")

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] [$] 4:15 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including Katharine Heller delivering an unforgettable portrait of her father (for my review, please click here) at My Dad is Crazier Than Your Dad: A Scientific Inquiry

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—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($18): FringeNYC is one of the most delightful annual events in NYC, and it’s happening for the rest of August; to learn lots more, please click here. Be sure to check out the Festival’s superb comedy shows—including Lauren Olson’s tale of her mom passing away and how the people around her behaved in the aftermath: Our Condolences

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Typically top comics (not yet announced for tonight) join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Crespo, Cary Prusa, Andrea Gibbs, Carrie Gravenson, Peggy O’Leary, and Alison Grillo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade, Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, Carter Edwards, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s can’t-be-missed theme Regrets at the gala 50th edition of The Nights of Our Lives

[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 6/7/10

June 7, 2010

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Naked in a Fishbowl

Wonderful improvisor/actresses return to the Soho Playhouse for a 10-week Monday night run at Naked in a Fishbowl

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything that they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Lauren Seikaly, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then grab tickets for tonight’s debut at the Soho Playhouse, kicking off a 10-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Sabrina Jalees (Comedy Now special, Just for Laughs Festival), Kara Klenk (SpikeTV, Comedy Central’s Atom.com), Sam Morrill (Carolines, Comix), Mick DiFlo, and Billy Procida performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno), Ali Waller (former staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Allison Castillo, and Jesse Joyce—plus musical guests The Fools—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jane Borden (invaluable NYC treasure as Time Out New York comedy editor), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Nimesh Patel, Willy Appelman, and “a special headlining mystery guest” performing stand-up at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted byDaily Show producer Adam Lowitt: It Is It

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Birbiglia (flat-out one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on Late Show with David Letterman andLate Night with Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me) is preparing his one-man show for the Just for Laughs Festival—which means you can see a performance worth at least $40 for $5. Seats are sold out; but if you don’t mind standing, come and enjoy Mike Birbiglia: 60 Minutes of New Stories

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight featuring a blowout lineup with Anthony Jeselnik (comedy genius; writer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, SuperDeluxe, author of book Holy Headshot!), and Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; host of Sweet)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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