NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/15/10

July 15, 2010

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Shayna Ferm

Hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Shayna Ferm (above), Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, Chris O'Connor, and Livia Scott perform their spectacular new comedic musical Grease 3:Threase

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] 6:00 pm ($5): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

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): “Pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world;” and Paul W. Downs performs another one-man show, in the double-bill Billy Eichner Goes Pop! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching 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 ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work at Inside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy genius Andy Blitz, the Sklar Brothers (prepping for their headlining run this weekend at Comix), hilarious stand-up Dan St. Germaine, sketch comic Andres de Bouchet, and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield, Nick Turner, Jordan Carlos, Erin Foley, and Dan Wilbur performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), Adam Newman, and a roast for CollegeHumor’s Amir Blumenfeld—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 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

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes, Doppelganger and Bully, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/10/10

June 10, 2010

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Livia Scott

Livia Scott is one of a small army of top sketch comics performing in this year's magical SketchFest NYC

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($26.95 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): A fresh, unique comedy genius who (like Bill Burr) is one of the very finest stand-upsever in a not-to-be-missed run headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Maria Bamford

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.): A comedy force of nature—tough, smart, honest, hilarious—who (like Maria Bamford) is one of the very finest stand-ups ever in a not-to-be-missed run headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bill Burr

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-midnight ($10 per show, $40 for the whole night, $90 for entire 3-night festival): One of the finest sketch comedy festivals in the country, which will be running through Saturday—and tonight features such thoroughly wonderful comics as Livia Scott, The Harvard Sailing Team, B.O.F., Katherine Bryant & Chris O’Connor (half of Fearsome), and Tom David (ofSNL’s Franken & Davis)—at the first evening of the not-to-be-missed SketchFest NYC 10

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/16/09

December 16, 2009

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Magical comedic character performer Livia Scott headlines a line-up of deliciously fresh, razor-sharp comics tonight at Shrink

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] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightfully quirky monthly storytelling show in which comics and comedic yarn-spinners are asked to reveal aspects of themselves that are odd and unusual—and that includes such carnival elements as an accordion player, and a challenging trivia contest for someone in the audience to win a bottle of wine. Tonight’s performers are Brad Lawrence (Moth Slam Champion, 2008 FringeNYC one-man show Monsters in the Wood), Dan St. Germain (razor-sharp stand-up), DJ Hazard (American Misfits, When Stand-Up Stood Out), Tracy Rowland (Moth Slam Champion), Evan Morgenstern (host of Swiss Neutral Comedy), and thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT): Sideshow Goshko

[$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($25 & 2-item min.): Called “The Pit Bull of Comedy,” a hyperactive stand-up who’s performed on HBO, Jay Leno, Comedy Central, and numerous feature films, and headlines tonight and Thursday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Bobby Slayton

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Deliciously original and superb comedic storytellers, character actresses, and stand-ups Livia Scott, Melanie Hamlett, John Flynn, Desiree Burch, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Trevor Williams performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp sketch troupe Pangea 3000 being ironically self-deprecating, and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and BoF in This Old Thing

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Rising star Sean Patton, Chappelle’s Show writer Roger Hailes, Totally J/K’s co-host Noah Garfinkel, and more performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:30 pm ($5): Clever sketch troupe Sidecar performing bits about the end of the world, and a one-man show about extreme homophobia, in the double-bill SIDECARMAGEDDON and Brent Sullivan: Fag Life

[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 Saturday 5/23/09

May 23, 2009

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Esther Ku

Esther Ku

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] four sharp storytellers—who tonight are Tracy Rowland (consulting TV writer/producer/editor at NBC), Ryan Britt (, Peter Aguero (BTK Band), and Mr. Z (Moth GrandSlam Champion)—trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

NYC stand-ups 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),

Roman Rimer telling the true story of transitioning from gal to guy in this new one-person show: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trannies * But Were Afraid to Ask (7:30 pm),

[$] comedy club lineups that tonight include brilliant NYC stand-ups Ted Alexandro, Anthony Jeselnik, DC Benny, Greg Giraldo, and More at Comedy Cellar (7:15, 9:15 pm, 11:00 pm, and 12:45 am),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] the final edition of this free comedy show in Queens’ Long Island City, because the brilliant hosts—the three members of star sketch/improv troupe Derrick—are pursuing fame and fortune by moving to LA: This Is New York (8:00 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartly directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (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),

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

[DISCOUNTED] your chance to find out if 2008 Last Comic Standing contestant Esther Ku is really as much of a bubblehead as she appeared on TV, plus Comedy Central Presents star Kurt Metzger and other notable stand-ups performing at the Eastville Comedy Club (10:00 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),

TV & movie star Selena Luna featured on this month’s edition of Madame Katie’s House of Ladies (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] The Raspberry Brothers—Jerm Pollet, Johnny McNulty, and Aaron Glaser—making funny remarks about a Hollywood feature film screened in an actual movie theatre, with tonight’s victim being Snakes on a Plane (midnight),

[TOP PICK] and a small mob of superb comedic performers—Livia Scott, Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Andrea Rosen, John Gemberling, Elephant Larry, Rob Lathan, Adolpho Blaire, and Andree Vermeulen—and show creators Ilana & Eliot Glazer, performing highly unusual acts at High School Talent Show (midnight).

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