NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/8/09

October 8, 2009

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Cyndi Freeman

Cyndi Freeman

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 ($5): One of my very favorite comedic couples, the brilliant Mary Theresa Archbold and Pat Shay, performing a new sketch-based play in which they explore love through history to make the title of this show come true: Pat and Mary Save Their Marriage

[$] 7:30 pm ($20 & 2-item min.): A delightful comedic musical duo headlining for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Mel & El

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park debuting what’s likely to be a very fun two-person show: An Evening with Ellis & Park

[$] 8:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A unique comedy star headlining at Carolines for one night only: Gilbert Gottfried

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Stellar storyteller & burlesque star Cyndi Freeman (HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, The Moth, The Liar Show, award-winning one-woman show Greetings From Hollywood) and Mark Sam Rosenthal (Playgirl TV, Comedy Central) tell sexual tales revolving around tonight’s theme “Porn, Porn, and More Porn” accompanied by musical guest Cock Lorge at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Margot Leitman’s & Giulia Rozzi’s Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupe Classic Masculinity, which two weeks ago did the near-impossible by defeating Death by Roo Roo, tonight faces another formidable challenger, The Brothers Hines (Will Hines and Kevin Hines, who really are brothers) in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/7/09

October 7, 2009

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Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of weekly show Now We're Talking

Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of free weekly comedy show Now We're Talking

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [FREE + FREE COOKIES] 8:00: An all-star lineup of brilliant stand-ups—Anthony Jeselnik, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Liam McEneaney—celebrating this free weekly show’s move to new venue O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Genius stand-up John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show), brilliant sketch comic & storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, Risk!), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), and Claudia Cogan (VH1’s Best Week Ever) at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s stand-up showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about the year 1969 (e.g., “1969: Maybe Not Such a Big Deal”) in the Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[FREE + FREE FOOD + FREE CUPCAKES] 8:00: Celebrating host Sharon “Mama” Spell’s birthday, sharp stand-ups Emmy Rivera, Rob Gorden, Vicki Ferentinos, Sue Funke, Pat O’Shea, plus music from Colin Dempsey, and food by Emmy Rivera, and cupcakes by Vicki Ferentinos, all at Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Fine stand-ups Michelle Collins, Julian McCullough, Brent Sullivan, and Abe Smith at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics Adam Newman, Kevin McCaffrey, Luke Cunningham, Pat Cassels, Ryan Reiss, and more telling their funniest one-liners at host Matt Goldich’s 25 Words or Less

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Several musicals made up entirely on the spot by award-winning improv comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner as I Eat Pandas

[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 Tuesday 10/6/09

October 6, 2009

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Dave Hill

Dave Hill

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 artist Fred Chao (Johnny Hiro) and stand-up comic Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central) joining in on 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 Robber Baron, Penthouse Riot, Bastian, Scootch, and DeCoster, followed by UCBT students improvising a Cops & Robbers story on the spot based on an interview with a randomly selected audience member—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Comedy giants Ted Alexandro (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), and Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, HBO, VH1, MOJO TV’s King of Miami, The Dave Hill Explosion), Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Ali Waller (writer for Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Nick Stevens (co-host of AMC’s Action Pack, VH1, ESPN), and more performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): World-class stand-up 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), luminous storyteller Kambri Crews (Comix, UCBT, The PIT, The Moth, The Bitter End), Mike Drucker, Danny Lobell, Pat O’Shea, and more telling tales about their first time—with anything they choose—performing in Ochi’s Lounge at SNC: The Virgin Chronicles

9:30 pm ($5): Christina Casa, who memorably played Angelina Jolie at UCBT’s Jen & Angie (a production which was reprised at FringeNYC 2009) demonstrates she’s got other hilarious characters in her at this one-woman show: Don’t Cry Out Loud

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 10/5/09

October 5, 2009

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Barber Shark Quartet

Barber Shark Quartet

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:

6:00 pm ($5): Three fine comedic shows trying out for a run at UCBT (at a cost of $1.67 per 30-minute production!), with such talents as veteran improvisors James Eason & Jessica Allen; sketch comic Jessica Stickles; and Michael Hartney & Rachel Korowitz of sketch troupe Secret Hospital in Eason & Allen; All My Friends Are Getting Married; and Hartney & Korowitz Hit It Off

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—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Team Submarine, Luke Cunningham, Charlie Kasov, and more performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A special “rap battle” edition with Victor Varnado, Rob Cantrell, Tom McCaffrey, Liam McEneaney, Rob Paravonian, Diane O’Debra, and Shappy Seasholtz duking it out via comedic hip-hop rhymes; plus stand-up from Sean Donnelly, ventriloquist Carla Rhodes, Australian comic Marcus Ryan, and Moe & Mary, all in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—who tonight include Larry Wilmore (Senior Black Correspondent for The Daily Show; The Office; author of I’d Rather We Got Casinos), Moshe Kasher (visiting from Oakland; Comedy Central), and folks whose names I’m not allowed to mention—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 10/4/09

October 4, 2009

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TJ and Dave

TJ and Dave

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Matt McCarthy, Patrick Borelli, and Lamont Price (Boston comic visiting NYC) performing at a weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Hannibal Burress and other star comics performing at this weekly event at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific NYC comics Ali Wong, Jared Logan, Kevin McCaffrey, Trey Galyon, and Tim Warner performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (not yet announced this week) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($15 online using discount code EASYST, otherwise $20): Acclaimed Chicago-based improv duo TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi visit NYC to perform tonight at the Barrow Street Theatre: “Fans forever marvel at their technique, mental dexterity, and uncanny ability to create incredible, hour-long instant plays out of thin air (without audience suggestions):” TJ and Dave

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Kate McKinnon (brilliant character actress, stand-up, and co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Jessimae, Steve Hofstetter, and Scout Durwood performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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