NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/14/10

October 14, 2010

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Show Business Weekly says "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed" about Shayna Ferm's and Katherine Bryant Flaherty's "Grease 3: Threase"

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “You’re quite a celebrity around here. We’ve even got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You’ve got a drink named Steve?” A panel of NYC stand-ups and improvisors riff on and take apart jokes like that one in Joke Lab: Dissection of the Joke; plus a second comedy show titled The Interogation Room, all for just five bucks at Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Andrea Rosen, Tim Ellis, Eliot Glazer, Mike Camillo, and Joy Gabriel—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “In Harm’s Way” at one of thefinest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Simon Amstell demonstrates why he’s a star in the UK with a sly and sublimely hilarious one-man show that’s distinctly different from most US comedy sets, and well worth experiencing: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): “Pops” on the WB’s The Wayans Bros. headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Witherspoon

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup of top comics—Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, UK star Francesca Martinez, Jared Logan, and Mike Lawrence—performing tonight at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Star UK comic Glenn Wool, Nick Vatterott, Luke Cunningham, Ben Kissel, and more performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, C, C, & E Improv Factory and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/15/10

July 15, 2010

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Shayna Ferm

Hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Shayna Ferm (above), Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, Chris O'Connor, and Livia Scott perform their spectacular new comedic musical Grease 3:Threase

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): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world;” and Paul W. Downs performs another one-man show, in the double-bill Billy Eichner Goes Pop! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of The Penis

8:00 pm ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work at Inside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy genius Andy Blitz, the Sklar Brothers (prepping for their headlining run this weekend at Comix), hilarious stand-up Dan St. Germaine, sketch comic Andres de Bouchet, and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield, Nick Turner, Jordan Carlos, Erin Foley, and Dan Wilbur performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), Adam Newman, and a roast for CollegeHumor’s Amir Blumenfeld—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes, Doppelganger and Bully, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.