NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/10/12

May 10, 2012

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Mel & El

Gal duos dominate tonight: Mel & El at “Our Time of the Month”…

Stripped Stories

…and Giulia Rozzi & Margot Leitman at “Stripped Stories”

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: Carlos Kotkin (“the Adam Wade of The Moth LA”) 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 (memorably featured here): 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

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 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 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 atThe PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

7:00 pm ($5): Improv duo Steve Soroka (BoF) & Jen Curran team with improv troupe The Imposters at The PIT upstairs theatre to kick off your Evening Bliss

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) gathers comics to tell funny stories atUCB East, with tonight’s guests Noah Garfinkel (co-host of Totally J/K) and Mike Errico (acclaimed songwriter/singer): Tom Shillue’s Funny Story

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The host of stand-up show Heart of Darkness performs for 45 minutes, with guests, at UCB Chelsea for the recording of comedy album: Greg Barris: Better and Better

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

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, The Boss, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Christina Gausas directing The Subject (improvised scenes that focus on one character who never leaves the stage, while other characters from the past, present, and future come and go), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with last week’s winner battling Trike for laughs & votes: 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!

[DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.50 [vs. $15] online or at the box office using discount code BBOX): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

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

[$] 9:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  An energetic regular on Chelsea Lately who’s also appeared onJay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, and his own Comedy Central special headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jo Koy

9:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at UCB East hosted by Noah Garfinkel (while Joe Mande is on tour): Totally J/K

[$] 9:00 pm ($15): The Daily Show producers Rory Albanese and Adam Lowitt, and writers Elliott Kalan and Jenna Kim Jones, plus headliner Rob Delaney, performing stand-up at 92Y Tribeca: The Daily Show Does Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Amato (The Moth, Montreal Comedy Festival) and Selena Coppock (author of The New Rules For Blondes, host of Connotation) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “Tales From the Web”—plus music from improv beatbox genius Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm ($10): Top comedic musician Corn Mo and more performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with host Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

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 performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Airwolf won its seventh victory in a row last week—but instead of dealing a humiliating blow, it squeaked by 88-57. If the champion is starting to get cocky, this could be the chance for this week’s challenger Pig. Don’t miss the oinking as they compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neil (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), and Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes) host a showcase of female comics performing at UCB EastLadies Night: Men Welcome

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/29/11

December 29, 2011

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Mel and El

Musical comedy duo Mel & El perform at "Stripped Stories"...

Scott Blakeman

...and political comedian Scott Blakeman looks back at "The End of the Year as We Know It"

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: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s guest host Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives, The Tony and Johnny Show): Oh, Hey Guys!

6:30 pm ($5): The auditions of two comedic one-act plays hoping to get on the UCBT schedule, and about which I know nothing except they’re titled Masterpiece Platinum Presents: Murder Abbey andDeath Wears Stilettos: A Noir Comedy. But at $2.50 per show, it’s hard to go wrong at this frequently surprising and fun UCB Chelsea showcase: Spank

[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

[FREE] 6:30 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 ($10 at the door or $11.34 online): Witty political commentator Scott Blakeman performs stand-up about the year that was, and then hosts a panel with Lee Camp (Showtime’s The Green Room), Rob Taub (Onion News Network), Steve Rendall (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), and T.J. McCormack (host of FOX and Friends) at The Tank’s Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor): The End of the Year as We Know It with Scott Blakeman

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), Molly Knefel (Naked in a Fishbowl, John & Molly Get Along), Robin Gelfenbien (My Salvation Has a First Name), and Adam Lash (“once murdered a bear because it made a pass at his mama”) join terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) for a comedy variety show at The PIT basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Improv based on the iPods, CDs, and mp3 players provided by audience members, executed by such superb performers as Fran Gillespie, Ryan Karels, Megan Neuringer, Jesse Falcon, Silvija Ozols, Doug Moe, Lou Perez, Sue Galloway, and Emily Axford: Soundtrack USA; plus in the second half of this UCB East double-bill, an improv troupe attempts to abandon rules for the sake of achieving new levels of hilarity in Fuck That Shit

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet co-owner helming The Armando Diaz Experience, plus house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Phooka, and Junior Varsity, performing improv, followed by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with agame-like challenge component) with veteran Magnet performers and, for tonight only, members of the audience drawn from names in a hat at 11:00 pm: The Magnet’s Night Out

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  A comic best known for his appearances on Comedy Central celebrity roasts, but who’s also performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay LenoThe Today Show, The View, HBO, CNN, MSNBC—and even ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!—headlining tonight and Friday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jeffrey Ross

[$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special The Byrne identity headlining tonight and Friday at theGotham Comedy Club (with opener Colin Jost): Steve Byrne

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Streeter Seidell (College Humor, Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), and “a very special guest” performing UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 2:00 pm day of show; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly event 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): Rachael Mason (Late Night Republic) and David Crabb (Ask Me Stories) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host ofDive Comedy) in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “High School”—plus hot songs from delightful duo Mel & El—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm ($5): D&D-style epic fantasy improv, plus nerdy stand-up from Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) and Doug Smith—at The PIT upstairs theatre led by a Dungeon Master

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Superb improv troupes Diamond Lion and Boy Butter competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea’s raucous Cage Match

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCB East hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/3/11

July 3, 2011

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Brooke Van Poppelen

Hilarious & hot comics Brooke Van Poppelen...

Mel and El

...Mel & El, and more rock the house tonight at The Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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:

Noon-12:00 am ($5 per hourly show; or $20 for all 12 hours, plus two free drinks!): Pre-Independence Day, The PIT hosts 12 indie improv shows in 12 hours! You can see any hour-long show for $5; or you can opt in for the whole day for $20, which includes two free drinks (beer or coffee). Noon is the kickoff for this First Annual Indie-Pendance Day

[FREE] 4:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (College Humor) and a small mob of lesser-known stand-ups performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Andy Rocco: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[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: Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Dan Wilbur (writer for Onion News NetworkBetter Book Titles), Ray DeVito (co-host ofSacapuntas), Lance Weiss, and Justy Dodge performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch, stand-up, improv, and more at a comedy variety show at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by sketch troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rockin’ all-gal lineup of Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), delightful musical duo Mel & El, and Jessimae (The Tyra Banks Show) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show atTherapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/2/10

May 2, 2010

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This second annual edition of a unique beauty contest is crammed with talent, including hosts Mel & El: The Miss Fag Hag Pageant

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] 7:30 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

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($19.26 online if you use code VIPMAY, plus 2-item minimum): “A celebration of the unsung heroes of the gay community,” this annual beauty contest features 10 women competing in five categories: Evening Wear, Talent, Presenting Your Gay in Swimsuit, Gay Trivia, and Online Video Challenge, with judges John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Musto, Caroline Rhea, and Robert Verdi, plus a slew of other talent—including Kate McKinnon, Hedda Lettuce, and hosts Mel & El—all partying at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Second Annual Miss Fag Hag Pageant

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): A blowout gathering of top talent: Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion), and the wonderful Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Giulia Rozzi, David Angelo, Dan Wilbur, and David Cope performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Unannounced stand-ups performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) who may or may not be hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Murderfist, Cary Prusa, and Sean Crespo performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5; this may sell out, so buy tickets in advance online): The only live run-through for Kurt Braunohler’s new TV pilot: “Performers, writers, and producers from your favorite TV shows and improv groups compete in the most ridiculous game show of all time! Who will dominate when it comes to insulting owls and melting sticks of butter? You have to show up to see!” How can you resist? With Kurt Braunohler (master sketch comic), Eliza Skinner (Conan O’Brien, Baby Wants Candy, The BEATdown), Jeremy Beiler (Onion News Network), Gabe Gronli (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report), Ethan T. Berlin (Comedy Central, MTV), and Patrick Grant:Pointless

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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