NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/12/12

July 12, 2012

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Mel and El

Ophira Eisenberg is this month’s guest of comedic musical duo Mel and El

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] 6:00 pm: Tami Sagher (30 Rock, Mad TV, Psych, staff writer for How I Met Your Mom) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

6:30 pm ($5): Two shows about which I know nothing audition for a regular spot on the prestigious UCB Chelsea schedule: Fox News Channel Presents: Fox ‘N Kidz! and Lonely People. These might be great or awful; but at $2.50 per show, you can’t go far wrong either way. That’s part of the fun of Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another) joins a delightful comedic singing duo (according to Molly, “really smart, funny, talented, awesome people with great bods; Molly is bitter, heavily medicated and she reads poetry”) performing at 92Y Tribeca for an intimate hour of music and more: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Hello Laser to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingHarold and Kumar 2), Robert Dean, and Team Submarine performing at UCB East produced by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, and David Cope: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mamrie Hart is a rising star who somehow manages to be razor-sharp and immensely warm & accessible at the same time—and is always worth catching. Mamrie and her superb comedy partner Stephen Soroka tonight perform puns, wild facial expressions, dance, rock trivia, audience pranks, murder reenactments, and more as sketch duo BoF: Friends Without Benefits

…plus in the other half of this double-bill, “Matt Hobby & Mary Grill have a love deeper than one thousand really deep oceans. Through storytelling and sketch comedy, Matt & Mary show you the characters who helped them on their journey from fiancés to newlyweds:” Tying the Knot

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill atThe PIT downstairs lounge: The East Side Orphan Riot and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Phooka, and Junior Varsity performing improv, followed at 10:00 pm by by Alex Marino directingEvents (improv that explores a single event through flashbacks, dashes, and other time-bending techniques), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with agame-like challenge component), featuring North Coast against Old Timey Radio Show: The Magnet’s Night Out

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Jermaine Fowler (cast member of FOX’s new In Living Color), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC), Kate Hendricks, and Zach Broussard performing at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced by 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The host of NYC comedy show Heart of Darkness performs an hour of stand-up (with musical guest The Mast) at UCB ChelseaGreg Barris: Better and Better

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge for The Scene

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Grandma’s Ashes last week chased improv troupe Out of the Woodsback in, winning 116-43. Tonight it battles Captain America’s partner Bucky as these two teams compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Will Meatloaf commit the gluttonous sin and eat himself? Or will he sleep on it? That’s up to you! You, the audience, decide who plays Meatloaf. Throughout the show, you will also decide when we belt out into an improvised Meatloaf song! So come on out for this fully improvised suicide saga where you play the biggest role of all! Because we will do anything for laughs, but we won’t do that” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Meatloaf Might Eat Himself

11:00 pm ($5): “Secret movie screenings of movies you probably haven’t seen and/or should see again” at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) hosted by Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers), JD Amato (Harold Night), and Mike Roth (Two Boots Video): Secret Movie Show Presented by Two Boots Video

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/2/11

June 2, 2011

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Mel & El

Musical comedy duo Mel and El sing and dance at "Our Time of the Month"...

Michael Showalter

...and Michael Showalter performs at Variety SHAC

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:

7:00 pm ($5): A smart sketch troupe, consisting of writers for The Onion, trying out new material:Pangea 3000

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($15): A delightful comedic singing duo (according to Molly, “really smart, funny, talented, awesome people with great bods; Molly is bitter, heavily medicated and she reads poetry”) performing at 92Y Tribeca an intimate hour of music and more: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stellar storytellers Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents) and John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge, with young hosts Michelle Markowitz & Bryan Rucker who say they’re Failing Our Twenties

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz directs “veteran Magnet performers throwing down for an improv revue featuring classic long forms such as the montage, monoscene, time dash, and maybe even a little freeze tag:” Old School

[$] 8:00 pm ($49 & 2-drink min.) A TV and movie star who first earned fame on Chappelle’s Showheadlining through Sunday at Carolines: Charlie Murphy

8:00 pm ($5): A new UCBT sketch show by Ryan Karels, and another by Leah Gotcsik & Marty Johnson, in the double-bill Radio Rogue and Somebody’s in the Doghouse

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 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), Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Andrea Rosen (most hilarious pregnant stand-up alive; HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), and Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, host of The Rejection Show) joining delightful singer/host Shonali Bhowmik for Variety SHAC

9:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors—tonight including Neil Casey and Jeff Hiller— make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s downstairs lounge in The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien; warm-up comic for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) performing stand-up at The PIT for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Curfew and Boy Butter competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

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