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 Friday 2/4/11

February 4, 2011

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Grease 3: Threase

The PIT's a great place to be tonight, with the return of a production Show Business Weekly described as "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:" Grease 3: Threase...

Kurt Braunohler and Adira Amram

...and Kurt Braunohler debuts a monthly comedy talk show, tonight including Adira Amram: Night of the Living

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] 7:00 pm ($7): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver sketch comedy in Good Morning, Ladies!

[$] 7:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A pioneering legendary political comic headlining tonight and tomorrow at Carolines: Dick Gregory Celebrates Black History Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): 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

8:00 pm ($10): Jordan Klepper (Steve and Jordan, Second City) and Laura Grey (Laura on Laura, Second City) “are bringing their baggage to the stage, and they’re dumping it on you” in a show that’s likely to be terrific;  and young talents doing a loud and mildly amusing sketch show as cops, in the double-bill Baggage and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable of Gentleman), and Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($5; includes free homemade baked treats!): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), Pat Stango (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There), Matt Maragno, Ray Combs, and Kevin Carlin performing stand-up at at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor) at It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups—not announced this week—performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by someone also not announced this week: Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and appreared on ABC’s The View and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Louis Ramey

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($7): Comedy veterans Laura Krafft (former writer for The Colbert Report), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show) perform an improvised play in What a Year!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): The debut of a monthly comedy talk show hosted by the wonderful Kurt Braunohler, with tonight’s guests Adira Amram (awesomely hilarious singer/songwriter), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), and the deliciously surreal Jon Glaser (Adult Swim’s Delocated): Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Three superb sketch comedy talents—Patrick Borelli, duo Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao, and trio Sidecar—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/9/10

December 9, 2010

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Pamel Murphy and Kurt Braunohler

Tonight breathtakingly talented comedic actress Pamela Murphy performs a one-woman show about disease and triumph in "The C Word," and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler practices his one-man show for the Edinburgh Festival in "The Amish Guide to Fucking"

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 ($5): Comedy troupe Sandino performs a sketch show that has something to do with reading in The Sandino Book Club: Catcher in the Rye, plus comedy troupe MADCAR performs a sketch show titled Dave n’ Brenda’s Wedding, at tonight’s double-bill installment of the audition series Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Ryan Paulson (one-man shows Pentecostal Wisconsin and I’m Uncomfortable), Lee Camp (The Huffington Post, The Green Room with Paul Provenza), Benjamen Walker (WFMU’s Too Much Information), Jo Weldon (The Burlesque Handbook), and Gemma Clarke—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Eye of the Beholder” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler “relates how he destroyed a 13-year relationship in the dumbest, most complicated way possible, with bar fights, naked men, walruses, and an audition for Sasha Baron Cohen” in the one-man show The Amish Guide to F*cking

8:00 pm ($8): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

8:00 pm ($5): Lennon Parham demonstrates her comedy genius by utterly stealing this show with just a few minutes of performance time—via Skype video from LA!—while other talented performers on stage struggle with a sadly underdeveloped script…though Marcy Jarreau somehow manages to rise above the material, and is the other standout to look for (in the scene with the mirror…); plus young talents perform a loud and mildly amusing sketch show about cops, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Hari Kondabolu (John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Jimmy Kimmel), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and Ken Schultz performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show hosted & produced by just-engaged couple Sean Crespo & Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy genius Pam Murphy proving herself to be a star in this not-to-be-missed autobiographical show that’s the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT this year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Murphy’s work, please click here); and Nicole Shabtai performing a one-woman show about “an illustrious 13-year-old socialite and notorious Upper East Side private schooler we all love to hate,” in the double-bill Pam Murphy: The C Word and Citizen Rothstein

9:30 pm ($8): “An improvised spoof on the process of rehearsing and performing a scripted play takes the audience through the table read, bits of one of the rehearsals, and the opening night performance of a play that’s never been performed before and never will be again:” The Play Format

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Star improv troupe Reuben William and UCBT Harold Night troupe Badman competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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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 CollegeHumor.com, 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 Thursday 9/23/10

September 23, 2010

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Todd Barry

Todd Barry (above with Koala bear in cuteness contest) performs tonight with Kurt Braunohler, Ben Lerman, and more at Comedy Below Canal

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

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A comic perhaps best known for his appearances on celebrity roasts, but who’s also performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and more, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Jeffrey Ross

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such stellar talents as Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel; and “seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

8:00 pm & 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($5 at the door, $5.99 per show online): NYC improv and sketch troupes—many of whom perform at The PIT—compete against each other via this unusual annual contest in which each group, regardless of specialty, will perform both improv and sketch…as well as a comedy form known as sketchprov using the Second City routine The Pad. The competition, running through Saturday, is SketchProv

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), hilarious comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, Jiwon Lee, and David Angelo performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with stand-ups Sheng Wang, Calise Hawkins, Dan Gurewitch, The Gregory Brother, and hosts Streeter and Jeff—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv troupe Rogue Elephant, which has crushed five opponents in a row, tonight competes with improv troupe Dog Court for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/9/10

August 9, 2010

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Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal

Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal tonight resurrect their legendary weekly comedy show: 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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), with guest storyteller Brad Lawrence and improv illustrator Sharon Spell at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the2007 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, 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 nab tickets for tonight’s 10th installment at the Soho Playhouse of what’s been extended to a 12-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Julia Segal, Louis Katz, Gregg Zehentner, Scott Moran, and Laura Prangley performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson (Last Comic Standing): 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): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) tonight bring back their legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show, with guests Eugene Mirman, Andea Rosen, Mike Lawrence, and John Roberts performing at Brooklyn’sLittlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (Variety’s 2010 Top 10 Comics to Watch; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; new comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Morgan Murphy (brilliant stand-up; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), Joe Derosa (Comedy Central Presents special), Mike Birch, Asie Mohtarez—plus musical guest Scott Gibson—performing in the Lolita Bar for producer Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: 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), Ali Waller (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central), and Kevin Bartini (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Adam Lowitt (producer of The Daily Show) and Matt Goldich (Comedy Central, VH1): It Is It

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Thomas Middleditch, Eliza Skinner, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, and Kevin Hines—making up a musical on the spot at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including TV & film star T.J. Miller (David LettermanOpie & Anthony; co-star of ABC sitcom Carpoolers; co-star of numerous movies including Cloverfield and Get Him to the Greek), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), and Mike Drucker (before leaving NYC)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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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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