NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/21/11

August 21, 2011

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Matt McCarthy

NYC stand-ups including Matt McCarthy...

Ophira Eisenberg

...and Ophira Eisenberg celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Vince Averill's Beauty Bar Comedy

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] [FREE] 2:00 pm: Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central Presents, Showtime special, VH1), Gina Yashere (Conan O’Brien, regular on Jay Leno, Showtime one-hour special Skinny Bitch), and more performing for a free outdoor show at Mineral Springs in Central ParkLaughter in the Park

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Improv duo The Bedtime Brothers begin by making up scenes based on an audience member’s horrible dating or break-up experience, and end with scenes springboarding off an audience-supplied movie quote; and in between invited stand-ups and sketch comics perform. It all happens at at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Love Sucks! Movies Rock!

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[$] 8:00 pm ($30.50 & 2-drink min.) The co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken, and a comic who’s performed on HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno, headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Greg Behrendt

8:00 pm ($5): Auditions for a show at Beaver Area High School: Beaver Drama; and in the other half of this double-bill, sketch troupe The Disappointments perform their best material to date in 100 Years of Ballitude

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Steve Hofstetter (Craig Ferguson), Jon Savoy, Daniel Carroll, Alex Grubard, and Tony Lajeune performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), Greg Johnson, Katina Corrao, Adam Sokol, and Chris Jurek performing at the East Village’s Beauty Bar to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Vince Averill’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of the Magnet community: Flick Video Showcase

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Brad Loekle celebrates the Third Year Anniversary of hosting this gay-themed show at Therapy with special guests, giveaways, and sup rises: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two master improvisors: Ed Herbstman & David Razowsky

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/11/11

July 11, 2011

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Michael Showalter

Star Michael Showalter performs stand-up at Matt McCarthy's "Marking Out"...

Baby Wants Candy

...while world-class troupe Baby Wants Candy makes up a musical on the spot in a rare performance at UCBT

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] 7:00 pm ($5): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of The Adam Wade Show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), along with guest storyteller Andy Ross, with improv illustrator Sharon Spell drawing scenes as they’re described and the rockin’ BTK Band following up at 9:00 pm, all at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue): The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Stellar stand-ups Marina Franklin (developing into one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with an uncommonly gentle, graceful style that’s pure joy; Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, VH1, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend) and Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Deathand Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction) telling jokes, and then having improvisors make up scenes springboarding off the material, at Daws of Death

7:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

7:00 pm & 9:30 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—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 7:00 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:30 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Micah Sherman & Nick Vatterott, Sarah Tollemache, Richard Mercier, Jason Kanter, Dan Carroll, and Jono Zalay performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event by catching this special near-free edition (vs. the usual $20 ticket price) of Baby Wants Candy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), Sara Benincasa (Sex and Other Human Activities podcast, host of Family Hour), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), and JC Coccoli (MTV, VH1, G4) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; host of Joe Mande Presents at Carolines, co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show), and musical guests Toys & Tiny Instruments performing at The Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall (20 West 29th Street) hosted by Matt McCarthy (TV, movies, commercials, you name it): Marking Out

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of UCBT’s very finest house sketch comedy troupesDweeb,spearheaded by brilliant writer/actress Amy Heidt (new UCBT sketch show The Last Resortwith Jeff Hiller) and writer/actor Steve Soroka (sketch troupe BoF with Mamrie Hart); plus in the other half of this double-bill house troupe Thunder Gulch, which has devolved to a pale shadow of its former self in terms of material, but includes such talents as Leslie Meisel and Amber Nelson—all trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Comedy genius Chris Gethard—who’s one of the rare masters of both improv and stand-up—plus Micah Sherman, Jesse Popp, Maddog Mattern, and Yannis Pappis, in a show “where improv and stand-up bleeds in and out of each other. One comedian starts with stand-up. Soon he or she is joined by a second comedian—and the two improvise scenes inspired by the first comic’s stand-up. Eventually the first comic leaves and the second comedian performs stand-up. When that set is over, her or she’s joined by the first comedian and a third comedian. The three improvise scenes inspired by the second comedian’s set. Then comedians one and two exit, and the third comedian performs his/her set until being joined by comedians one, two and a new fourth comedian…and so on. The process continues till we run out of comedians stashed backstage.” It’s all the brainchild of Nick Vatterott, who hosts this bold & messy new format at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Klusterphuck

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Four sharp comedic talents each performing a monologue, with Matt Higgins (Centralia), Katie Northlich (four-time National Monologue Champion), Shawn Williams (National Monologue Champion), and Walter Murphy: The PIT-ologues

9:30 pm ($5): “A drama written by teen Jerome McDonough that teaches teens about the evils of alcohol abuse. A talented and twistedly funny group of adults (the Marumsco Valley Players) will present the hard-hitting play, stage directions and all—while under the influence!:” Alky

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live;Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, TBS’ Lopez Report, Comedy Central), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Jesse Popp (co-host of NYC’s Beauty Bar Comedy for over seven years, and now moving to LA to write forConan O’Brien)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien,Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/6/10

July 6, 2010

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Adira Amram and Matt McCarthy

Adira Amram (above left) and Adam Wade are among the stars at Brooklyn's The Moon Show; and Matt McCarthy (above right) headlines tonight at Carolines

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 [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful comics Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host ofReal Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1,The Onion), plus non-comedic musical guest Camille Harris, performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak with host Jordan Clifford: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Ali Wong (hilarious comedy dynamo), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, Variety SHAC), and Jena Friedman (Entertaining the Bartender; check out Jena’s latest video here) performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’sAmerican Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here): Get Off Your Knees

[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 DeCoster, Bastian, Ragnaröck, Sandino, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students at all improv levels getting a chance to perform on stage with improv veterans—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Red-hot stand-up Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Crede And Kane (Phaea Crede And Alex Kane), Damien Lemon (host of Comedy On the Hump), and Ramtin Taheri performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($3): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Jamie Kilstein, Karith Foster, and Monrok performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($16.50 & 2-drink min.): A beloved stand-up & comedic actor who’s best known as the Verizon FIOS guy, but has also performed on Comedy Central and AMC, co-stars in hilarious Front Page Films videos, and recently released his first comedy CD Come Clean, headlining tonight only at Carolines: Matt McCarthy

[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 Sunday 5/30/10

May 30, 2010

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Matt McCarthy

Superb stand-ups Matt McCarthy (above), Brooke Van Poppelen, and more perform at Beauty Bar Comedy

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:

[$] 7:30 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC comics Ben Kronberg, Charlie Gaeta, Ben Kissel, Grant Gordon, Dan Cartwright, and Dan Enfield performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Razor-sharp stand-ups Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, comedy CD Come Clean), Ben Kissel, John Knefel, and Nick Vatterott performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Star Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Reese Waters, Dino Vigo, and more performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) guest-hosted by Victor Varnado: Comedy Night

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Michelle Buteau, Keith Price, and Yameneika performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] Midnight ($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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/14/09

July 14, 2009

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Matt McCarthy
Matt McCarthy

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:

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 Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

Hilary Schwartz and Rachael Parenta hosting an intriguing show described as “emotionally inappropriate comedy: Please, Someone Kill Me (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] award-winning graphic novel writer/artist Neil Kleid (The Big Khan) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Scootch, Bastian, Ragnaröck, Badman, and Penthouse Riot—followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films), AD Miles (head writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Greg Johnson (host of The Comedians) performing at this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, HBO, host of Whiplash), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian), and more performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

and delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Carolyn Castiglia, Chesslee Calloway, and Wes Cannon at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/17/09

February 17, 2009

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Marc Maron

Marc Maron

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:

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 Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

comedians getting rid of their stuff by telling tales about the items and then selling to the highest bidder—with tonight’s superb comics including Matt McCarthy and Jen Kwok—at the way fun Auction! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Marvel Comics editor and writer Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, Trinity) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The F*cking Kennedys, Bastian, Ragnaröck, The Scam, and DeCoster—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and stellar comics Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO and Comedy Central specials), Kurt Braunohler (world-class sketch comic & comedic storyteller, comedy partner of Kristen Schaal), Brent Sullivan (Funny.com), and more at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:30 pm).

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