NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 10/11/15

October 11, 2015

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On Saturday I saw Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Mitch Pileggi interviewed by Kumail Nanjiani, plus a screening The X-Files Season 10’s first episode (which is slated to air January 24, 2016 on FOX). The series return looks to be a solid one, dealing with the issues of our time—government surveillance, rise of police states, manipulation of media, etc. And most importantly, the chemistry is still there between Mulder and Scully. When asked what prompted the revival, Carter explained, “I got a call telling me David was interested in coming back.” That apparently did the trick… I won’t give anything away, but for a trailer of Episode 10.1, please click here.

This final Day #4 of Comic Con highlights include:



Star Trek

Gotham and Supergirl

Goosebumps and Mad Magazine

Sleepy Hollow 3

  • Sleepy Hollow screening, followed by a Q&A with series executive producers and cast (4:15-5:15, Main Stage 1-D)

Virtually all 150,000+ Comic Con tickets are sold out, but if you’ve already nabbed one for today, there’s a whole bunch to enjoy.

And noteworthy shows happening outside of Comic Con tonight include:

And noteworthy shows happening outside of Comic Con today include:

  • The Andy Kaufman Awards: Comics including Jo Firestone (who should easily win unless she self-sabotages), Julio Torres (who might win if he wasn’t up against Jo), and more compete for this annual award often chosen with astonishing stupidity, but hopefully this year things will go well. Hosted by Elayne Boosler, the show has sold out of seats, but you might be able to get in if you arrive early and are okay with standing ($15, UCB East at 153 East 3rd Street)
  • Make My Baby Laugh: Wonderful parents & improvisors Mary Theresa Archbold & Pat Shay challenge comics to make laught babies, toddlers, and/or other children who don’t get typical stand-up references (2:00 pm, $5, The PIT Upstairs Theatre at 123 East 24th Street)
  • Nice Tits: A one-woman comedic show by Amy Marcs about dealing with breast cancer (4:00 pm, $15, The PIT Upstairs Theatre at 123 East 24th Street)

For tomorrow’s top comedy picks, please click here.

For a day-by-day guide to Comic Con highlights,
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For many more shows, please click the following links to top NYC comedy venues:

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; especially strong on improv (e.g., Gravid Water, Adsit & ?), sketch (Maude Night), solo shows, and one-act comedic plays, but also hosts one of the very finest stand-up shows in the city (Aparna Nancherla’s Whiplash)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seater; a top comedy venue that leans a bit more towards stand-up and screenings, and on experimental shows taking big risks, than sister theatre UCB Chelsea; shows free-$10)

The PIT Striker (Upstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seater; a top venue that’s a powerful rival of UCB, and often surpasses UCB when blending comedy with music and/or theatricality; shows free-$20)

The PIT Underground (Downstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 40-seater; often more quirky & experimental than upstairs Striker; shows free-$10)

The PIT Loft
(154 West 29th Street; 50-seater; not at the level of its two sister PIT theatres, but evolving; shows free-$10)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; strong on improv, musical improv, sketch, and energy; shows $5-$10)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; spinning off from Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, brings a fiercely fresh, experimental approach to improv and sketch; shows free-$10)

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

(622 Degraw Street in Brooklyn; R to Union Street; 100-seat theatre; shows $5-$20)

Union Hall
(702 Union Street in Brooklyn; R to Union Street; 50-seat theatre; shows $5-$20)

Bell House
(149 7th Street in Brooklyn; R to 9th Street or F/G to Fourth Ave.; 200-seat theatre; shows $10-$25)

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.)

The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Other NYC Live Shows, Heavily Marked Down via Goldstar:
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The Stand

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Kinky Boots

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible…It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/21/10

April 21, 2010

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Legendary Mad Magazine Fold-In cartoonist Al Jaffee makes a rare appearance this evening at 7 Second Delay

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): Legendary Mad Magazine writer/artist Al Jaffee, author David Hajdu, singer Jeffrey Lewis, and Mallory Hagan (Miss Brooklyn) are the guests at this evening’s live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb storytellers Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien,Comedy Central, VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Robert Hurst, Brad Lawrence, and Myka Fox join thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko for her delightfully quirky monthly 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: Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Front Page Films, Jake & Amir of CollegeHumor, Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s White Rapper), and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30: NYC storytellers & stand-ups Rob Gorden, Jeff Kreisler, Sue Funke, Dan Upham, and Arthur Carlson—plus something I’m sworn to not reveal, but if I wasn’t on deadline I’d attend for it—at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blowout gathering of top comics—Dave Hill, Kumail Nanjiani, Kurt Braunohler, Moshe Kasher, and D.C. Benny—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 Tuesday 12/2/08

December 2, 2008

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

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Aalap Patel, Doug Adler, Leslie Goshko, Chanelle Futrell, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock and Moral Orel) and Jonathan Bresnan (author of MAD About Star Wars and The Art of Star Wars, Episode I) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about comic books at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Whorenado, Ragnaröck, Bangs, Bastian, and DeCoster—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a breathtaking collection of all-star comedy talent—Nick Kroll (star of ABC’s Cavemen, Conan O’Brien, MTV, VH1), Anthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central), Arj Barker (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), Robin Ince (UK’s The Office), and Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central)—at this blowout edition of one of the finest and funniest shows in NYC, Sweet (9:00 pm).

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