NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/2/10

September 2, 2010

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Lennon Parham

TV star Lennon Parham performs tonight at UCBT's "Oh My God, I Heard You're Dying!"

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 ($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 a one-man show about being a gay comic book reader, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and So I Like Superman

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($19.50 online using discount code8PUPPET): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

[$] 8:00 pm ($53 & 2-drink min.)  A TV & film star whose credits include Undercover Brother, Deuce Bigalow, and Scary Movie 3 headlining through Saturday at Carolines: Eddie Griffin

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): 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 NYC stand-ups Jay Welch, Julianna Forlano, Ron Babcock, and Benari Poulten performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show produced by Carol Hartsell and hosted by Dan Wilbur & Sean Crespo: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): 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) and Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, ; Comedy Central,Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host of Comedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal) joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[$] 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, Rogue Elephant and Kickable Dog, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Week of July 5 – July 12, 2009

July 5, 2009

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Lennon Parham 2
The incomparable Lennon Parham

This blog is on vacation—aside from sporadic updates—until July 13  so I can focus on book and film projects. (And by the way, if you need help with a book or screenplay, please visit my sites and

Daily listings will resume on July 13th.

That said, here are quick recommendations of notable shows happening this week:

Sunday 7/5 at 6:00 pm: One-woman show I Wanna Be Famous at 308 Broadway from Jessica Delfino

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm: Pete Holmes headlining at Comix

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Tom Shillue, Vanessa Hollingshead, and Jamie Kilstein at an all-star edition of stand-up comedy show Tell Your Friends

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: A superb Boston stand-up comic headlining at Comix: Doug Saulnier

Monday 7/6 at 11:00 pm: Leo Allen’s star-studded, and entirely free, stand-up comedy showcase Whiplash

Tuesday 7/7 at 8:30 pm: A not-to-be-missed killer stand-up lineup—Janeane Garofalo, John Mulaney, Joe Mande, humor author Bob Powers, and brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes—at Punch Up Your Life

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:00 pm: Lennon Parham demonstrating her comedy genius in her acclaimed one-woman show She Tried to be Normal

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:30 pm: Adam Wade gathering top storytellers to tell their Real Tales of College

Wednesday 7/8 at 9:30 pm: Todd Barry headlining at Carolines

Thursday 7/9 at 8:00 pm: NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler hosting Hot Tub Variety

Thursday 7/9 at 9:30 pm: Ace performers Shockwave, God’s Pottery, and Ben Lerman performing both their best and oddest material at A-Side/B-Side

Thursday 7/9 at 11:00 pm: Death by Roo Roo battling all comers at improv competition Cage Match

Friday 7/10 at 8:00 pm: Jenny Slate performing her delightful & hilarious one-woman show Dead Millionaire

Friday 7/10 at 9:30 pm: Artful & hilarious improv troupe The Stepfathers

Friday 7/10 at 11:00 pm: Brilliant storyteller Chris Gethard telling amazing true tales via his Magic Box of Stories

Friday 7/10 at midnight: Pete Holmes hosting the best free open-mic stand-up in NYC, Gutbucket

Saturday 7/11 at 9:00 pm: The gutsiest improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo

Saturday 7/11 at 10:30 pm: All-star improv troupe Reuben Williams

Sunday 7/12 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/12 at 8:00 pm: Marc Maron performing a condensed version of his superb one-man show—for free!—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Scorching the Earth

Also, more broadly, to keep up with what’s happening in NYC comedy please visit the Web sites of these stellar & inexpensive venues:

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Peoples Improv Theater

Ochi’s Lounge at Comix

The Magnet

The Creek and the Cave (Queens LIC)

Union Hall (Brooklyn)

And for comedy clubs, please visit:


Carolines Comedy Club Discounts

Finally, please buy lots of copies of Adira Amram’s just-released album Hot Jams for Teens:

Hot Jams for Teens

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/5/09

February 5, 2009

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Carolyn Castiglia

Carolyn Castiglia

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by colored brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] the biggest bang for the buck this evening—three hours packed with UCBT solo performers and sketch comedy groups for a mere $5, including brilliantly funny character chameleons Lennon Parham, Kate McKinnon, and Thomas Middleditch—at the annual UCBT’s Winter Showcase (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant stand-up and white rapper Carolyn Castiglia performing a one-woman show that’s likely to be spectacular—please read my interview with Carolyn by clicking here, and then come see the debut of Brown Ambition (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] genius movie & TV star Kristen Schaal (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, correspondent for The Daily Show), genius stand-up comic Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), stellar writer/performer Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim), and more, plus an after-show birthday celebration for Max, at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

kinetic new sketch troupe The New Deal in A False Sense of Social Security (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy genius Zach Galifianakis, plus Joe Mande, Jacqueline Novak, Amy Miles, and Amy Sohn joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety Shac (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Hot Sauce and Bastian, competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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