NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/20/15

May 20, 2015
David Letterman

David Letterman, one of the greatest and most seminal performers in comedy history, hosts his final Late Show at 11:35 pm on CBS

Borat

Rena Smaha and Her Monkeys

Matt Damon Does Matthew McConaughey

Cher, Part 1  Cher, Part 2

Sonny & Cher Reunion, Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

Sam Kinison’s First National TV Appearance

Harvey Pekar’s Penultimate Appearance  Harvey’s Final Appearance

Harmony Korine’s First Appearance  More Harmony Korine

Madonna

Drew Barrymore Flashes Dave

Dave’s October Surprise  Dave’s Follow-Up

Dave on 9/11

Most Recent Episodes

David Letterman

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-midnight: Six free hours of improvisation—including Julie Sharbutt & Langston Belton as duoCoyote at 7:00 pm, and PIT owner Ali Farahnakian & friends at 10:25 pm—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm-11:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): Four hours of improv from eight groups—plus a free improv jam at 6:00 pm—at The Magnet theatre: Magnet Megawatt

7:00 pm ($10): A monthly sketch show that takes you to “an alternative reality filled with unique characters, curious tales, and odd occurrences” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Blunderbuss

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Nathan Macintosh (Family Channel) tries out material tonight through Saturday at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Week at the Creek: Nathan Macintosh

7:30 pm ($5): Expanding the long form improv showcased on UCB Chelsea’s Harold Night is this weekly show of house groups at the UCB East theatre: Lloyd Night

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:45 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:45 pm, and 11:30 pm ($14, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s stand-ups include John Mulaney, Dave Attell, Mark Normand, Joe Machi, Ryan Hamilton, Nick Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Seaton Smith, Sam Morril, and Sherrod Small, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) except the 8:00 pm show at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Strong lineup of Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; host of WFMU’s The Goddamn Dave Hill Show; HBO, Comedy Central, NPR, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, book Tasteful Nudes, comedy album Let Me Turn You On), Joe Machi (Jimmy Fallon; breakout star of the most recent season of Last Comic Standing), Justy Dodge (co-host of Married to Comedypodcast and Too Much Information on comicalradio.com; “I was kind of a tomboy growing up. Like, I had Barbies, but only because my Ninja Turtles needed bitches;” for dark bio video, please click here), Mick Diflo, Kristin Manna, Erik Monical, and Brooke Arnold performing stand-up at the Producer’s Club (358 West 44th Street) produced by Henry Cruz & Keith Fuerstenberg and hosted by Lisa Corrao: Train Wreck Stand-Up: Dave Hill, Joe Machi, Justy Dodge, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5; sold out of seats, but you might be able to get in if you arrive early and are okay with standing): Ellie Kemper & Christina Gausas used to perform duo improv together. Tonight they do so again at theUCB Chelsea theatre: Kempsas

8:00 pm ($3, or FREE if you’re a gal and arrive before 8:15 pm): Michelle Wolf (star stand-up who’s also staff writer for and performer on Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Emmy Blotnick (staff writer for @midnight; MTV’s Nikki and Sara Live, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Yassir Lester (staff writer for HBO’s Girls), Nick Ruggia, and Matt Schwartzer performing stand-up, plus sketch group Package Deal, all at Bunga’s Den (137 West 14th Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues) hosted by Boris Khaykin, Corinne Fisher, Justin Perez, and/or Ashley Morris: Club Comedy

[$] 8:00 pm ($15; no min.): In this unusual show, stand-ups take suggestions from the audience and then make up a set on the spot, with tonight’s brave comics Janeane Garofalo, Jessica Kirson, Big Jay Oakerson, Matteo Lane, Anthony DeVito, Akaash Singh, and Casey Balsham performing at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street) hosted by Robby Slowik: Stand-Up on the Spot with Janeane Garofalo, Jessica Kirson, Big Jay Oakerson, and More

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Dan Wilbur, Frank Terranova , Liz Barrett, Chris Doucette, and Molly Austin performing for this free weekly show at the East Village’s Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street, between Second and Third Avenues) hosted by Becky Yamamoto, Kendra Cunningham, and/or Negin Farsad: Comedy School Dropout

[FREE] 9:00 pm: It’s a very rare week off for Lucky Jack’s Pub, but Lance Weiss & Brendon Fitzgibbons will be back as usual next week with Gandhi, Is That You?

[TOP PICK] 9:15 pm ($5): The instructors of UCB’s classes include some of the finest improvisors in the country. In this new weekly show a bunch of them get on stage at UCB East, along with hosts Doug Moe and/or Ben Rameaka:Hot for Teacher: The UCB Faculty Show

9:30 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea theatre, AJ Patton and Timmy Wood perform duo sketch comedy as Hype Squad

…and in the second half of this double-bill, the talented Natasha Vaynblat (improv group What I Did For Love, sketch group Absolutely) performs a smart, funny one-woman show mixing sketches about the types of teachers she’s encountered with video tales of her own experiences during four years as an NYC public school teacher, directed by the wonderful Leslie Meisel: United Federation of Teachers

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5; no min.): Stand-ups who’ve worked on and/or performed on David Letterman—Eddie Brill, Jon Fisch, Adam Newman, Pete Lee, Chris Distefano, Sean Donnelly, and more—do the sets from when they were on the show and also share behind-the-scenes anecdotes at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street) followed by a viewing upstairs of David Letterman’s final show: Love for Letterman: A Tribute Show

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

[TOP PICK] 10:15 pm ($5): Improvisors pair up as scene-inventing duos for one night only at the UCB East theatre hosted by comedy giants Natasha Rothwell (staff writer for Saturday Night LIve) & Dan Hodapp (Jimmy Fallon, co-star of smash FringeNYC show Tail! Spin!): Couples Skate

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a monthly show at UCB Chelsea makes possible, hosted by the charming Jackie Jennings (The Chris Gethard Show, improv group Smalls): School Night

Wednesday Open Mics & Jams

5:00 pm ($5): Two-hour open mic for 20 stand-ups performing for 5 minutes each, with sign-up online here, at theStand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 5 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Kaity Neagle & Irene Hartmann: Ragtag Team Open Mic Stand-Up

6:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, running 2 1/2 hours. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Sign up at 5:45 pm for the opportunity to make up scenes at The Magnet with veteran improvisors: Magnet Improv Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

11:00 pm ($3): Open mic stand-up show, with each comic whose name is selected from a bucket getting on stage for 3-5 minutes (depending on the number of comics) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Jenn Welch & Will Neville: The Guilt Trip

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show, with each comic whose name is selected from a bucket getting on stage for 3 1/2 minutes, at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Benel Germosen: Chocolate Wednesday

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your chance to perform on stage with experienced improvisors at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Bernard Maynore & Patrick Cucuta: Improdome

[FREE] 11:15 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house group Bucky and DJ Cipha Sounds: The Improv Jam

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

The PIT
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$20)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; shows free-$10)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil/The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; free cover Fri-Sat with code LICVIP; 2-drink min.)

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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 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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