NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/9/09

September 9, 2009

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The luminous Margie Kment, about to move to LA, performs one last time with such stand-ups stars as Anthony Jeselnik and Ali Wong at Margie's weekly NYC show Now We're Talking

The luminous Margie Kment, about to move to LA, performs one last time with such stand-up stars as Anthony Jeselnik and Ali Wong at Margie's weekly NYC show Now We're Talking

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.): Top writers and comedians—who tonight are Ed Gavagan, Margot Leitman, John Flynn, and Kate Tellers—join world-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) in Ochi’s Lounge to share their favorite true campus anecdotes at Real Tales of College

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: The final appearance for a while of the luminous Margie Kment on this show she founded, as in about a week Margie is moving to LA; plus star comic Anthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central, staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and one of the finest stand-ups in the country), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up), Andy Haynes, and Aaron Friedman performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar that Margie will tonight be handing over to Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Former Saturday Night Live & Daily Show star A. Whitney Brown, plus Myq Kaplan, Amy Beckerman, Sara Jo Allocco, Anthony DeVito, Matt Little, and Shawn Pearlman, all performing at a free weekly East Village show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Terrific stand-ups Jamie Kilstein, Gabriel Delahaye, Jesse Popp, and Jack Kukoda, plus hilarious video clips from the Found Footage Festival, at a free weekly show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by new SNL cast member Jenny Slate and her pals Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): From Examiner.com:” I can sell this show in 10 words or less…pasties, beautiful ladies, hysterical comedy, a house band, and beer…done. The electric trio made up of Jessica Delfino, Diane O’Debra, and Steph Sbelli (who both sing raunchy songs and perform sketch comedy) put on their smashing monthly variety show Skits n Tits that can only be described as hilarious, bad ass, and sexy. Catch some of the hottest up and coming acts in burlesque and comedy.” Tonight’s guests include stand-up comics Heather Fink and Sarah Tollemache; burlesque performers Chi-Ciones, Suspicious Package, Lil Miss Lixx, and Akyno; and at midnight the band Hank and Cupcakes, which will rock the house for an all-night afterparty! Plus PBR is sponsoring drink specials and raffle prizes. It’s all happening in The Bowery Poetry Club at the monthly extravaganza known at Skits n Tits

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/20/09

May 20, 2009

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Moby

Moby

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] music superstar Moby, youngest staff writer in history of Saturday Night Live Simon Rich, stand-up Mike Weiss, and more at a live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay (6:00 pm),

[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Charlie Sanders (genius storytelling one-man show Minnesota Muslim; Conan O’Brien, star improv troupes Reuben Williams and C, C + C Improv Factory), Adam Pally (ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, star improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and Hot Sauce), Andy Christie (The New York Times; Moth GrandSlam Champion; author of book I Wasn’t Kidding; host of The Liar Show), Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion), and Ben Kissel (The Brain and the Beast podcast)—plus live accordion music by Michelle Leona, and a quiz for a free bottle of wine—at a show hosted by the razor-sharp and immensely talented Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] sharp stand-ups Roger Hailes (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Katina Corrao (VH1’s Best Week Ever, HBO, Comedy Central), Jiwon Lee (Comedy Central, AMC, ESPN), and Brent Sullivan at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN, Too Cool for School), Raquel D’Apice (The Ugly Volvo), H. Alan Scott (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and Ryan McKee (Modest Proposal magazine) at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Hardcore Boris, Sue Funke, Judy Ortiz, Pat O’Shea, and Troy Bynum at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

comics, writers, and others telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger), Donald Glover (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Derrick, Mystery Team), Gilad Foss (co-host of Night Kitchen), Matt Maragno (co-host of Now We’re Talking), Dan Mahoney, and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown stand-up comedy show at 10:00 pm, preceded by a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus intense free homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by Margie that have come to be known as “Stoner Cookies”—all at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/25/09

March 25, 2009

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Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik

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] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

stand-up comedy plus music at Intermission (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo (comedy genius who’s currently an FBI agent on FOX’s 24), Mike Birbiglia (world-class comedy star who mixes sharp stand-up with theatrical storytelling), and Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) kicking off the debut of hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel moving their long-running comedy show to UCBT: Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] one of my favorite stand-ups of all time, Anthony Jeselnik (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central), plus a slew of other superb comics including Sean Patton, Claudia Cogan, Dan St. Germain, and Mark Normand, launching a new free weekly comedy show co-hosted by the luminous & hilarious Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Dan Curry, Leah Dubie, Emily Epstein, Robin Cloud, Joel Stice, Jeff Lawrence, and Rocco Supreme at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Curtis Gwinn, Eric Drysdale, John Flynn, and David Martin—telling memorable tales of “First Dates” at one of the finest shows in NYC, The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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