NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 10/4/10

October 4, 2010

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Reggie Watts

Brilliant improv beatboxer Reggie Watts performs 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:

[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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($21 at the door or $25.50 online with discount codeFISHFAN): My #1 pick for the 2007 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, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, 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. Two memorable moments from last week were Brenna suddenly kissing Molly, which no one expected, and which clearly shook new troupe member Molly. This was contrasted later in the show when Brenna illustrated a point about breasts by exposing hers to long-time member Lynne, who calmly responded with interested clinical appreciation. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then nab tickets for tonight’s installment at the Soho Playhouse of Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stands-up Danny Lobell, Annie Lederman, Alec Sobel, and John Moses performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: 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): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special; Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please click here), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), and UK comic Aidan Bishop, and “a possible surprise guest” performing stand-up in the Lolita Bar for Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 online or $8 at the door): The Found Footage Festival (hilarious amateur video clips), Stuckey & Murray (superb comedic music duo), Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central), and Claudia O’Doherty (oddball UK comic who kinda grows on you…but Kristen, for god sakes don’t let her do the smoke routine) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Steven Benaquist (Spike TV), Phil Hanley, George Gorden, and Alex Grubard performing at Aces & Eights (34 Avenue A, off 3rd Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Gorilla Gorilla and Stone Cold Fox, 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 tonight’s guest  Erik Tanouye (Bastian)—making up a musical on the spot at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Louis Katz (HBO’s Down & Dirty, Comedy Central), and Sheng Wang (Comedy Central)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on Leo’s show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills on this new stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and Erin Lennox: Fresh

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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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/12/10

May 12, 2010

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Colin Quinn headlines at the debut of Liam McEneaney's Rent Party

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] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Star stand-up Colin Quinn and Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon) performing at the debut of a new monthly comedy show at The Bowery Poetry Club hosted by Liam McEneaney: Rent Party

8:00 pm ($5): A large cast of talented comics performing very silly stage acts at Eliot & Ilana Glazer’s High School Talent Show

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Jena Friedman, Keith Alberstadt, Nick Zimmerman, Brian Longwell, Emmy Rivera, and Kat Herskovic performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Mike O’Connell (hilarious YouTube starJimmy Kimmel), Jon Glaser (Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock, star of Adult Swim’s Delocated), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central), and Rory Scovel performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Theatrical scenes made up on the spot with breathtaking skill by brilliant and passionate improvisors who have become one of the best comedy duos in the biz—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report), a.k.a. Adsit & Gausas

[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 Monday 4/12/10

April 12, 2010

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Judah Friedlander parties tonight at Comix while Kristen Schaal blows the roof off 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): 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) at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Calvin Cato, Ray Marshall, David Lee Nelson, and Beth McGregor performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.44 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): A gathering of superb stand-ups—Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, Godfrey, Nick DiPaolo, Brooke Van Poppelen, Russ Meneve, and Sherrod Small—performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, Godfrey, Nick DiPaolo, Brooke Van Poppelen, and More

[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; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, Whiplash), Dave Hill (alternative comedy genius; HBO, The New York Times, The Dave Hill Explosion), and Mike Doughty, plus musical guests Eden & John’s East River String Band and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing material better than its show’s title indicates, plus the wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and Bear With Me

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up) and Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up)—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 Monday 2/22/10

February 22, 2010

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Star comedic storytellers Tom Shillue and Adam Wade perform 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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious stand-up bit about being bisexual, please click here), Sean Donnelly, Hari Kondadbolu, Adam Pateman, and Pat O’Shea 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): Blowout comedic storytelling edition with stars Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade Show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Joey Gay (finalist in NBC’s Last Comic Standing), and musical guest Michelle Leona all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Kevin Kelly (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night, The Brother/Sister Plays), Lori Myers (Our Town, Mother Courage and Her Children), and Amy Rutberg (The Divine Sister, The Jazz Age), mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Becky Drysdale, Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, and Tami Sagher —as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A sneak peek at a new animated series from Comedy Central, with brilliant voiceover actors and writers Larry Murphy, Kurt Metzger, Randy Pearlstein, and Matt Oberg, and host Julian McCullough: Ugly Americans

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Reggie Watts, God’s Pottery, Amanda Melson, and Nate Bargatze—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 2/15/10

February 15, 2010

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Luminous comedy couple Christian Finnegan and Kambri Crews perform 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 ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jude Destin, Jamie Roberts, Kevin Barnett, and Chris Sifflet 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): 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, star of new TV series on TBS), Kambri Crews (stellar storyteller & author of upcoming memoir Love, Daddy), Caroline Rhea (star stand-up; HBO, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Costaki Economopoulos, Amanda Melson, Bob Powers, and musical guests Eliana Ricci and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, High Treason and Slow Burn, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention HyReviews.com [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stellar stand-ups A. Whitney Brown (Emmy-award winning writer and political satirist; Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central, VH1, CNN, Court TV, written for The Onion and Heeb Magazine, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Ross Bennett (Comedy Central, Showtime), Robin Fox (WE TV, XM and Sirius Radio), Mike Diflo, David Cope, and Owen Bowness performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Chris Gethard, Julie Klausner, Ben Rameaka, Jim Santangeli, Tami Sagher, and Kate Spencer tell tales of heartbreak at the post-Valentine show Love Stinks!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Kurt Braunohler (brilliant sketch comic; co-creator & co-star of TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Brent James Sullivan, and Adam Cayton-Holland—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 2/8/10

February 8, 2010

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Superb stand-ups Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, and Hannibal Buress reunite after their fun "Awkward Kings of Comedy" concert film at tonight'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:

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 performs his monthly show at Under St. Marks that’s likely to be a treat, with guest storyteller Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories): The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele, Michael Terry, Sean O’Connor, Erik Rivera, and Tirrell Abraham 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 reunion of the superb stand-up comics in the concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy, with Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), and Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), plus Hari Kondadbolu (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), and wonderful musical guest Jessica Delfino, all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman performing sketch comedy following an acclaimed run at last August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Fun political outrage from Janeane Garofalo, Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), and Jeremy Scahill (Democracy Now, The Nation), plus musical guest Jack Dishel (The Moldy Peaches), all performing at Citizen Radio LIVE!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including guest host Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; recent killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Jessi Klein (brilliantly fresh, organic stand-up; staff writer for Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), John Mulaney (brilliant & lightning-fast stand-up; Conan O’Brien, staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Tig Notaro (Comedy Central Presents, The Sarah Silverman Program; for stand-up video about Tig’s name, please click here), and Gabe Liedman (co-host of Big Terrific)—performing at Whiplash

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

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