NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/28/11

September 28, 2011

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Molly Knefel and Kurt Braunohler

Molly Knefel (above) and her brother tonight host top comics Kurt Braunohler (above), Sean Patton, and Murderfist at the monthly extravaganza "John and Molly Get Along"...

Mike Still

...and Mike Still plays out his desire to rule the world in "Dictator for Life"

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 at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Mike Still (Death by Roo Roo, Diamond Lion) pulls out all the stops atUCB West for a dynamic one-man show packed with comedic ideas revolving around a tyrant so evil that he machine-guns the audience (twice!), with direction by fellow Roo Roo star Neil Casey:Dictator For Life

[$] 7:00 pm ($16.50, plus 2-drink min.): Sharp NYC stand-ups audition to be cast for Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch show at the upcoming New York Comedy Festival by performing their best stuff tonight at the Carolines Comedy ClubComics to Watch Auditions

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and another genius improv troupe consisting of trio Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of The Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) performs as Outlook of the Poet

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Chicago-based Sean Flannery John Hartman (called “a master storyteller” and “Best Stand-Up 2010” by The Chicago Reader) performs a one-man show at UCB West for one night only “about the last dozen or so times he nearly killed himself by drinking, partying, or flat-out not paying attention:” Never Been to Paris

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Pointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), Kara Klenk (co-host of If You Build It), and David Cope (co-host of Hot Soup) performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street) hosted by Molly Knefel (member of superb improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel (veteran stand-up): John and Molly Get Along

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days,A Guy Thing), Allison Castillo (Comedy Central, VH1), Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Central, TBS), and John F. O’Donnell (College Humor) performing stand-up at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm ($7): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): NYC stand-ups including Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Open mic stand-up (with sign-up starting at 8:00) at Brooklyn’s Belleville (330 5th Street) hosted by Josh Guarino: The Belleville Mic

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, brilliant improvisors (and real-life couple) Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper make up a 1970s swingers party coupling and its aftermath at Key Party; and then UCBT Harold Night house troupes Dance Break and Very Good Kiss make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Jen Kwok (MTV,Role Call), Luke Thayer (Tyra, Food Network, co-host of The Living Room), Katrin Hier (Oxygen,Ladies Who Punch), and more performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Jon Gabrus, Juliet Hope Wayne, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious at UCB West, with tonight’s highly promising theme AddictionThe Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Rob Cantrell is an organic and delightful pothead stand-up who’s performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and VH1, and written for High Times. This is his weekly show featuring all-new material, with tonight’s guest stand-up Jeffrey Joseph, and featuring Rob playing Sgt. Rock, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Rob Cantrell: All In

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: 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. Tonight Mike Still—who’ll soon be moving to LA—gathers some of the performers he’s most enjoyed while in NYC, including John Gemberling, The Two-Man Movie, Gramp’s, Murderfist, UCB Tourco, Rory and Craig, Jim Santangeli, As the Diamond Burns, Twelve Thousand Dollars, Bangs, Badman, and more. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a weekly show at UCB West makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house troupe Grandma’s Ashes: The Improv Jam

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/29/10

December 29, 2010

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Ted Alexandro

Ted Alexandro, who's one of the finest stand-ups in the country, headlines tonight at the free brother & sister show "John and Molly Get Along"

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] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (newest member of superb theatrical improv troupeNaked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel (veteran stand-up) host this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, twoComedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Jamie Kilstein (Huffington Post; co-host of Citizen Radio), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), and Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here) performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street): John and Molly Get Along

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives,author of book Weird New York), musical group The Spring Standards, and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Thursday at Carolines: Dave Attell

8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) hosting this free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show, with tonight’s guests Sagar Bhatt, Sean O’Connor, Ilana Glazer, Gabe Pacheco and Luke Cunningham performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic):Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Vicki Ferentinos, Rob Gorden, Sue Funke, Colin Dempsey, Michael Fisher, and Nate Min performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Chris Gethard, Anthony Atamanuik, Jon Gabrus, Brian Finklestein, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme Year in Review 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 Monday 10/11/10

October 11, 2010

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Simon Amstell and Nick Kroll

UK star Simon Amstell and comedy genius Nick Kroll perform tonight at Whiplash...

Molly Knefel and Brenna Palughi

...and things are heating up at the now more affordable ($15) and always wonderful theatrical improv show Naked in a Fishbowl

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: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($15 at the door on $18.50 online with discount codeFISHFAN): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see.
In last week’s show, the gals went camping, and the “into the woods” experience turned hot when Molly Knefel’s character (who’s straight) finally gave in to the insistent flirtations of Brenna Palughi—with the first few moments of the result appearing in the photo above. Seriously, how can you not come to see what happens tonight?
This show used to $35, but I asked if you guys could see it for a downtown comedy price—and you can now catch it every week for $15 using code FISHFAN at the door. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then get in the habit of attending the Soho Playhouse to experience the always fresh and surprising Naked in a Fishbowl

[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 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), with guest storyteller Ed Gavagan and improv illustrator Sharon Spell at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Brilliant singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm (currently starring in the Thursday night PIT musical Grease 3: Threase), plus stand-ups Justin McClure, Chaunte Wayans, and Josh Homer performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Thoroughly wonderful guests Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Glenn Wool (star UK comic), Andrea Rosen (fresh, hilarious stand-up and brilliant storyteller;Variety SHAC, The Nights of Our Lives), and David Angelo (writer for Jimmy Fallon) performing stand-up in the Lolita Bar for Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 online or $8 at the door): Brilliant and irresistible comedic singer/songwriter Adira Amram, world-class storyteller Tom Shillue, Andy Kaufman Award winner Blaine Kneece, and Australian visitor Zoe Coombs performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Blowout lineup with Anthony Jeselnik (writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon;Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; 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), Mark Normand (Last Comic Standing, co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and Greg Stone (Opie & Anthony) performing atAces & Eights (34 Avenue A, off 3rd Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Former & current Saturday Night Live writers and performers trained in Chicago do long-form improv at Comiskey

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, UK comedy stsrs Simon Jessi and Adam Buxton, and LA comics Hugh Moore and Matt Champagne—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien,HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on Leo’s show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills on this new stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and Erin Lennox: Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/29/10

September 29, 2010

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Rory Scovel

Rory Scovel performs stand-up tonight at Molly Gets Along

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Universal Record Database, Ben Curtis (the Dell Dude), and Serious Lunch (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon) share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (newest member of superb theatrical improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) hosts this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Susan Prekel (Comedy Central), NIck Turner (co-host of Too Cool for School), and John F. O’Donnell performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street):Molly Gets Along

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Storyteller Brad Lawrence, and stand-ups Keith Alberstadt, Kristeen von Hagen, Rachael Parenta, and Kat Herskovic, performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Treasured Time Out New York Comedy Editor Jane Borden, master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), James Harris (Adult Swim), NIck Turner (co-host ofToo Cool for School), Kara Klenk (Spike TV), and more performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill, Jeff Ross, Jordan Rubin, and more celebrate a legendary NYC weekly comedy show debuting at a new night and venue—Wednesdays at Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton Street)—hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jaw-droppingly bad commercials are the springboard for improv from UCBT house troupes Badman, Bastian, and Ragnarock, hosted by sketch troupe Sidecar, at Night of 1000 Bad Commercials

[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.