NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 10/20/10

October 20, 2010

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Lewis Black

Marc Maron interviews Daily Show stars Lewis Black (above) and Kristen Schaal, plus a number of other comedy giants, live on stage for his hit podcast "WTF?"

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($19.33 online for this show alone, or just $21.51 for both this show and the 9:30 show, using code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum per show): Comedy legend Marc Maron interviews some of the best stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Kristen Schaal, Jessi Klein, Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, and Sam Seder—as he tapes an episode of his hit WTF podcast live on stage at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’s WTF with Kristen Schaal and More

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: A blowout “best of/DVD taping” edition of this endearingly oddball monthly show, with DTMT’s top live sketches, comedy short films, a new 3-D film (with free glasses), and “spooky Halloween surprises,” plus guests Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), musical group Fortress of Attitude, and more performing with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry at Karma LoungeDon’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Josh Fadem (rising star hilarious at both physical & verbal comedy; 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), and Gabe Delahaye (Videogum.com) join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ace comedic storytellers John Flynn and Cyndi Freeman, and NYC stand-ups Anthony DeVito, Brent Sullivan, and Joe Pontillo, performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($19.33 online using code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy legend Marc Maron interviews some of the best stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Lewis Black, Rich Vos, Mike DeStefano, and Bonnie MacFarlane—as he tapes an episode of his hit WTF podcast live on stage at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’sWTF with Lewis Black, Rich Vos, and More

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; for sample, please click here), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock; brilliant member of championship improv troupe Death by Roo Roo; Huffington Post), Justin Tyler (sketch troupe Sidecar; co-host of marvelous Comic Book Club), and Jesse Falcon (legendary improv troupe Mother; Cracked Magazine), and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme Pets (sounds harmless, but be very afraid) at The Nights of Our Lives

[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 Wednesday 9/15/10

September 15, 2010

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Mamrie Hart and Jennifer Aniston

Mamrie Hart and friends grieve for Jennifer Aniston tonight at "Celebrity Funeral"...

Marc Maron

...while Marc Maron interviews comedy giants Michael Showalter, Dave Attell, and more live on stage at Comix for Marc's hit podcast "WTF?"

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] [$] 3:00 pm ($18): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot. Please read my review by clicking here; and don’t miss this second chance provided by the FringeNYC Encore Series to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($12.89 online using code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy legend Marc Maron interviews some of the best stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Jessi Klein, Michael Showalter, Glenn Wool, and Maeve Higgins—as he tapes an episode of his hit WTF podcast live on stage at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’sWTF with Jessi Klein, Michael Showalter, Glenn Wool, and Maeve Higgins

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “It is with deepest regret and sympathy that I inform you America has lost one it’s sweetest sweethearts and greatest thespians, Jennifer Aniston. She stormed into our lives in 1993 with the film Leprechaun. While her character was accused of stealing gold, the only thing Aniston was truly guilty of was stealing our hearts. And she didn’t let go of them for the next 17 years (let’s forget about Along Came Polly). Please join Jen’s family, celebrity friends, lovers, and costars as they remember her incredible body of work, her incredible body, and the life of everyone’s favorite Friend.” Fine comedy talents join the hilarious Mamrie Hart for Celebrity Funeral: Jennifer Aniston

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists and nerds Michelle Dobrawsky, Danielle La Rocco, Alan Rice, Maxwell Shron, and host Ben Lillie become comedic storytellers at this monthly show that tonight focuses on the knee-slapping topic Carbon Dating at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC, CA, and PA stand-ups Marga Gomez, Dan Curry, Myka Fox, Lance Weiss, Randy Tonge, and Ryan Hill performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($12.89 online using code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy legend Marc Maron interviews some of the best stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Dave Attell, Pete Correale, Joe DeRosa, Kurt Metzger, and Robert Kelly—as he tapes an episode of his hit WTF podcast live on stage at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’s WTF with Dave Attell and More

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three talented sketch comedy troupes—Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, Two Fun Men, and Adam & Trevor—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Anthony Jeselnik (writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), DC Benny (HBO, Comedy Central), Jared Logan (Comedy Central, co-host of Punch Up Your Life), Vince Averill (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), and Ryan Conner (writer for SNL) performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at this new monthly show hosted by Sean Gabbert (XM Radio): Free Healthcare

[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 Wednesday 7/21/10

July 21, 2010

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

Rachel Feinstein and Jeff Garlin

Rachel Feinstein headlines tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club, while Jeff Garlin is a guest on Marc Maron's WTF at the Comix Comedy Club

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 & 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—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): Comedy legend Marc Maron hosts two live-on-stage tapings of his podcast WTFwith stars from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC’s 30 Rock, and more live at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Marc Maron’s WTF with Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, Judah Friedlander, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Charlyne Yi, winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart, will “share songs and tales of doomed love, and perhaps woo you with a little magic, if you know what I mean… wink wink;” help Charl hone her show for the upcoming Edinburgh Festival at A Little Time with Charlyne Yi

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) A hilarious observer of dating rituals and other odd behavior, and who’s currently among the top seven remaining stand-ups on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, headlining for one night only at the Gotham Comedy Club: Rachel Feinstein

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Michelle Collins, Ben Kronberg, DC Benny, and Brent Sullivan 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): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004;recurring character on 30 Rock) perform acclaimed two-man improv in 2 Square

[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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.