NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/27/11

November 27, 2011

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Jena Friedman

Late Show with David Letterman writer Jena Friedman performs at Comedy Night...

Sara Schaefer

...and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Sara Schaefer performs at Sunday Night Stand-Up

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] 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm ($35 using discount code FTBBOX online or at the box office): One of my favorite FringeNYC shows (for my 2006 review, please click here) is finally enjoying a commercial run. The mostly-true tale of a man who became the toast of Paris by making music with his ass—executed by a Broadway-caliber cast, and with several memorable show-stoppers—is playing at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street): The Fartiste

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

6:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), John Frusciante (UCBT Artistic Associate Director, improv troupe Airwolf), and Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, film actor; host of Sweet) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Are ready for something sweet and something spicy? Long form improv that will satisfy your hunger” hosted by sharp UCBT comic Andy Rocco at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Candy Taco Improv Hour

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[$] 8:00 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 at the Carolines Comedy ClubPaul Mooney

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Jackie Monahan (Here TV’s Hot Gay Comics, Dykes on Mics, ), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Robert Dean, and David Foster performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): A troupe that performs a sketch show with an improv segment at the end directed byMagnet co-owner Armando Diaz: Dumbrowsky

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced, so I’m not positive this new show’s happening this week) performing at the One and One Bar (1st Street & First Avenue) for this free weekly stand-up show hosted by Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks) & Sergio Chicon: Comedy Punch

[$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s appeared frequently on David Letterman andCraig Ferguson, and starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, headlining through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Nick Griffin

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central 1-hour special), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing), and Karl Hess performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; staff writer for David Letterman), Mara Herron (Web series That Chick Mara Herron), Byron Bowers, and Rodney Laney performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Seaton Smith (Hannibal Buress is out of town, but will be back…): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced, so I’m not positive this newly revived show’s happening this week) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Brad Austin, Nate Fridson, and Adam Sokol: Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PITupstairs theatre: In These Woods

9:30 pm ($5): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Shecky Beagleman (star of indie comedy film Hacks), Naomi Ekperigin (5 Funny Females tour), and Yamaneika (TruTV, VH1) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

11:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, film actor; host of Sweet), and Josh Rabinowitz (College Humor) performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Danny Jolles: The Most Fun Show Ever

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 8/5/11

August 5, 2011

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Jimmy Fallon

I don't know how it happened either, but Jimmy Fallon is co-headlining with Bobby Slayton at the Gotham Comedy Club

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: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

7:00 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

7:30 pm ($10): Remember how your father totally screwed you up? Imagine if you were brought up by Doug Moe: Doug Moe is a Bad Dad; plus in the other half of this double-bill, the appealing Veronica Osorio makes her first attempt to fly solo by performing as five gals who win a chance to be The First Woman on the Moon

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): A special all-storytelling edition, with Ophira Eisenberg, James Adomian, Jon Friedman, and Adam Newman performing at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel, Matt Maragno, and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor): It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Carmen Lynch, Sam Morril, Team Submarine, Brandon Wardell, and Joe Pera performing stand-up at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by Mark Normand: Hot Soup

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s made a fortune from dysfunction headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Christopher Titus

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): I can’t imagine how this double-bill came to be, but two of the unlikeliest stand-ups to be on a stage together—Jimmy Fallon and Bobby Slayton—share the headlining tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jimmy Fallon and “The Pitbull”

8:30 pm ($7): Veteran improvisors Megan Gray & Louis Kornfeld team up to perform as improv duo MegaLou

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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Joe List (Comedy Central), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Greg Johnson (IFC), Lou Fernandez, and Brandon Wardell performing at Brooklyn’s Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s  Too Cool for School

9:30 pm ($10): A screening of the first five episodes of Web series Sweet Misery, followed by improv from the cast…which includes such stellar talents as Ali Farahnakian, Matt Oberg, and Steve Soroka: Sweet Misery Premiere

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1), Nora Davis, and musical group Social Hero performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge with host Laura Pringley: Too Soon

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors, including such world-class performers as the breathtakingly talented Tara Copeland, using an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Comedy genius Thomas Middleditch (when he’s not in LA), Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[$] 10:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s performed a Comedy Central Presents special and is a cast member of Ugly Americans, and has also appeared on Last Comic Standing, Showtime, and VH1, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Kurt Metzger

11:00 pm ($5): Micah Sherman celebrates his birthday by performing stand-up and having improvisors create scenes springboarding off his jokes at Micah’s Birthday

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

Midnight ($5): “A super-positive lifestyle program for teenage girls hosted by two guys with a huge passion for glossy pop music, Lisa Frank school supplies, and all that the world presents as ‘hip’ to young women during the melodramatic years of adolescence. With help from their outstanding panel of experts, Dan Chamberlain & Jason Flowers rap about entertainment, fashion, boys, and more in an effort to bring empowerment and enlightenment to the teen girl inside all of us:” Cool Show 4 Teen Girlz

[$] 12:30 am ($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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/5/10

August 5, 2010

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Morgan Murphy

Jimmy Fallon writer Morgan Murphy (above) headlines along with Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead tonight at Comix

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:

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): 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; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of new bookThe Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric CompanyJimmy Fallon; for video samples, please click here), and Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s White Rapper Miss CKC) joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): The host of the Jerry Seinfeld-produced NBC comedyThe Marriage Ref who’s appeared numerous times on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno, and has performed two Comedy Central specials (with a third in the works) headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Tom Papa

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($22.60 online if you use code VIPAUG, plus 2-item minimum): The co-creator of The Daily Show shares a double-bill with an acclaimed stand-up and writer for Jimmy Fallon, both headlining tonight only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Lizz Winstead and Morgan Murphy

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Scott Moran, and Andy Haynes performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($20): One of the finest stand-ups & storytellers in the country performs a fundraiser for The Nature Conservatory: Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk Unplugged

9:30 pm ($5): Daily Show producer Jimmy Donn, Black20.com performers Jessie Cantrell &, Sarah Walker, Mike & Ted O’Gorman and Pat Driscoll perform sketch comedy designed to make you “laugh, be slightly offended, laugh again, cough once or twice, recall a repressed memory, and drink :” The Dan Ryan

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Doppelganger and Classic Masculinity, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/11/10

January 11, 2010

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The brilliant staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Morgan Murphy (above), Anthony Jeselnik, Jon Friedman, Eric Ledgin, and Jon Rineman—perform stand-up tonight at 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:

6:30 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 John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Adam Wade is a hilarious storyteller who’s won the Moth GrandSlam twice, and is a record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; has written for The New York Times Magazine; and is host of True Tales of College. Tonight Adam debuts a one-man show at Under St. Marks that’s likely to be a treat: The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Rory Scovel, Nick Turner, Calvin Cato, Thomas Dale, and Michael Cho Young performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A blowout gathering of the writing staff of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—brilliant stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik, Morgan Murphy, Jon Friedman, Eric Ledgin, and Jon Rineman—plus musical guest Beth Jean, all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount code ISCFBK): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight concludes the five-night NYC run, and is sold out; but there might be a stray audience member near the box office trying to sell an extra ticket. Until May 2010, this is the last chance for New Yorkers to enjoy the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code JODY, otherwise $20): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event during this magical NYC run through Monday night: Baby Wants Candy

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

9:30 pm ($5): Two more of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Thunder Gulch and Gramps’, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A blowout gathering of some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, Sean Patton, Tony Camin, and Max Silvestri—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/27/09

July 27, 2009

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Jimmy Fallon Writers 4

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans, open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—tonight including Dan St. Germain, Adam Lehman, RG Daniels, Julia Segal, Luke Cunningham, Shannon Brandt, Raquel D’Apice, Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, and Matteson Perry.—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway & TV actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Arden Myrin (Mad TV, Reno 911), Brian Patacca (Minor Gods), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] the brilliant staff writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, who are all stellar stand-ups and/or comedic performers in their own right—Anthony Jeselnik (phenomenal comic specializing in darkly shocking jokes and one of my favorite stand-ups ever), Morgan Murphy (former writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live), AD Miles (Conan O’Brien, Dog Bites Man, Reno 911, TV Funhouse, Human Giant), and Ali Waller (former writer for Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade)—performing at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends: Jimmy Fallon Edition (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Jared Logan (hilarious razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for SNL, The Onion, McSweeney’s), Blaine Perry (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There and Ochi’s Motel), and Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel) at John Morrison’s Morrison Motel (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-man show from a razor-sharp sketch comic, and a series of funny horror tales, in the double-bill Matt McCarthy and I Laughed Until I Died (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) and Joe Mande (winner of the 2008 ECNY Award winner for Best Emerging Comic; co-host of live comedy show Totally J/K; author of upcoming book about hipsters from St. Martin’s Press)—guest-hosted tonight by John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 4/25/09

April 25, 2009

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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

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:

sharp stand-ups Becky Donohue (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Shorties Watchin’ Shorties; TLC), Jiwon Lee (Comedy Central’s Root of All Evil, NBC, AMC, ESPN, Air America), Jacqueline Novak (Comedy Central Live Tour, XM Radio, CollegeHumor.com), Luke Cunningham (The Colbert Report), and more at Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

Lauren Olson performing a one-woman show about the death of her mom that I hear is surprisingly funny in Our Condolences (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a movie star demonstrating he’s also a top stand-up comic and killer funny impersonator in a deliciously long set tonight and Sunday: Kevin Pollak Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] brilliant stand-ups—who also happen to be staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Anthony Jeselnik (one of the finest comics in the biz; HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Morgan Murphy (former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] gay comics telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb stand-ups & comedic storytellers—Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Stripped Stories), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live, The Onion, McSweeney’s), Dan St. Germain (MTV), and many more—telling funny, poignant, and at times unforgettable tales about their relatives at a monthly show hosted by gorgeous rising star Sara Benincasa (CNN, MTV, The Sarah Palin Vlogs): Family Hour (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] taking the prize for oddball event of the evening, popular masculine NYC comics—including Jared Logan,. John Morrison,and Sean Donnelly—perform comedy in drag at Madame Katie’s House of Ladies (11:00 pm),

[$] star comics Dave Attell, Lynn Koplitz, and more performing late-night shows at Comedy Cellar (11:00 pm & 12:45 am),

improv troupes Bastian and The Scam (with such stellar talents as Jeff Hiller, Tara Copeland, Jesse Falcon, and Kevin Hines) snuggle up for laughs at Saturday Night Slumber Party (midnight),

[$] and 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/24/09

April 24, 2009

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Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

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:

sharp stand-ups Desiree Burch (VH1’s Best Night Ever, one-woman show 52 Man Pickup), Jiwon Li (Comedy Central, NBC, AMC, ESPN, Air America), Dan Hirshon (Boston Comedy Festival), and more at Calvin S. Cato’s show for our current economy: Nouveau Poor (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a movie star demonstrating he’s also a top stand-up comic and killer funny impersonator in a deliciously long set tonight and Saturday: Kevin Pollak Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing a one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—in an all-new show based around the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] brilliant stand-ups—who also happen to be staff writers for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—Anthony Jeselnik (one of the finest comics in the biz; HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Morgan Murphy (former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), and more at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

brilliant comedic storyteller Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Margartet Dodge (drummer for Manson Family Singers), Danny Leary (MTV, here! TV), and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

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

odd and unsettling dark comedy from—for better or worse—one of the most fearless sketch troupes in New York: Murderfist (11:00 pm),

Derrick hosting two sketch comedy troupes, Bleak! Comedy and Geek Dreams, competing for audience laugh & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus (11:30 pm),

[FREE] a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (12:20ish am).

[$] and 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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