NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/14/11

February 14, 2011

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Michael Showalter

It's a night for couples, with Michael Showalter & friend (Whiplash)...

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal

...and Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal (Hot Tub Variety)

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: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and duo improv by friends who, by a wild coincidence, have the same name, in the double-bill The Cascade and We’re Matt Weir

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($12): At this terrific annual tradition, “Three hot New York singles will ask outrageous questions to determine which of our hilarious PITizens will be their Valentine. The winners get a date and the losers get prizes that are way too inappropriate to mention here. Two winning couples from past shows have gone on to get married and have babies!” Really, how many shows can say that?: The PIT Dating Game

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, The Tyra Banks Show), Taylor Clark, James Parkinson, Daniel Tirado, and John F. O’Donnell performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy hosted by Madcar, and featuring such talents as Jeff Hiller and Katie Schorr, about the inevirable Valentine’s Day subject: Love Sucks!

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): A small army of superb comedic writers, storytellers, and stand-ups—including Elna Baker, Adam Wade, Tom Shillue, Sara Schaefer, Seth Herzog, Ben Lerman, Katina Corrao, and Erin & Her Cello—sharing their tales of being turned down at Brooklyn’s The Bell House for this special Valentine’s Day edition of Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): The hilarious Found Footage Festival (oddball videos not to be missed), Sandra Bauled (YouTube star, MTV), and The Pajama Men (UK sketch comedy stars) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Onassis and Gramp’s, trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues), 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), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here)—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 Thursday 10/21/10

October 21, 2010

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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal performs with Kurt Braunohler and Reggie Watts tonight at hot ticket "Kristen Schaal and 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:

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 ($25): One of the funniest women alive—who’s a shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords; star of a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; and co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex—performing with such dynamite talent as Reggie Watts and her comedy partner Kurt Braunohler at NYU’s 700-seat Skirball Center: Kristen Schaal and Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8; sold out tonight, but grab tickets for the final performance next Thursday by clicking here): 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, and about which Show Business Weekly says “standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:” Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online with code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups who may include Judah Friedlander, Anthony Jeselnik, Brooke Van Poppelen, Paul Mercurio, and Rick Crom performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): W. Kamau Bell reprises his one-man show from last year’s FringeNYC, which offers some sharply comedic insights about perceptions of race: The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): The Emmy Award-winning host of Cash Cab, and a stand-up who’s performed a Comedy Central Presents special, headlining tonight through Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Ben Bailey

[$] 8:30 pm ($30 & 2-drink min.) A Last Comic Standing finalist who’s made a lasting impression —with three highly popular Comedy Central hour-long specials, and appearances on Jay Leno andJimmy Kimmel—headlining tonight through Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ralphie May

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups 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; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with comics Julian McCullough, Josh Rabinowitz, Crazy Legs Conti, BriTANick, and hosts Jeff and Streeter—at CollegeHumor Live

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/22/10

June 22, 2010

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Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler (above), Reggie Watts, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, and more perform for the filming of a concert movie in Brooklyn: Liam McEneaney's 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, Ragnaröck, Badman, Sandino, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm high-level improv students tutored by Neil Casey & Ryan Karels perform in four-person teams ala top troupeKrompf—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Negin Farsad (Nerdcore Rising, Comedy Central’s The Watch List), Mark Normand (Last Comic Standing, Hot Soup), Matt Kelly, Danny Lobell, and Selena Coppock performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[FREE] 8:30 pm ($3): Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (PBS’ The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, The BEATdown), David Angelo (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Jimmy Kimmel), and Ben Kissel performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5 at the door, $7 in advance online): Be immortalized as part of the audience of the live filming of a concert movie based on one of NYC’s best and longest-running comedy shows, Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends, tonight starring Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, and Rob Paravonian at Brooklyn’s The Bell House:Tell Your Friends: The Concert Movie

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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