NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/14/10

December 14, 2010

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Anthony Jeselnik: "Shakespeare" and Hannibal Buress: "My Name is Hannibal"

Top comics with top comedy albums in 2010 perform stand-up tonight at Righteous Kill

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 ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, The Marijuana-logues), and Lane Moore (The Onion) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—includes free food, drinks, and prizes!): Fourth Anniversary show—and the last one at The PIT’s current location—featuring comics industry pros Jeff Newelt a.k.a JahFurry (comics editor of Smith, Heeb, Royal Flush; editor of Harvey Pekar Project; twitter.com/jahfurry), Mike Geszel (writer of Tribes: The Dog Years), and Seth Kushner (creator ofCulturePOP photocomix) joining 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 Bastian, Sandino, Ragnaröck, DeCoster, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film at The Two-Man Movie, plus Laura Grey, Jordan Klepper, and two guest improvisors reenact a 1970s ritual in Key Party—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink minimum): “All-virgin show” consisting of folks who’ve never performed stand-up before, with the awkwardness happening at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) enabled by delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Four top stand-ups selected by Punchline Magazine as creating one of the Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2010: Anthony Jeselnik (album Shakespeare), Hannibal Burress (album My Name is Hannibal), Myq Kaplan (album Vegan Mind Meld), and co-host Joe DeRosa (album The Depression Auction) performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 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), God’s Pottery (hilarious pretend Christian folk rock duo), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, VH1), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): “Six strangers are summoned to an unusual meeting by their mysterious host, Mr. Body. When Mr. Body is found dead, these strangers become suspects, each with their own devious motive. Who killed Mr. Body? In which room? And with which weapon?” Young talents make up comedy scenes based on a popular board game in Clue-Prov

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/8/10

August 8, 2010

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My Name is Hannibal
Hannibal Buress celebrates the release of his stand-up CD “My Name is Hannibal” along with comedy giants John Oliver and Reggie Watts at his Brooklyn show Comedy Night

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

[$] 8:00 pm ($21.25 & 2-drink min.): An Australian comic who’s acted on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and performed stand-up on Comedy Central headlining for one night only at Carolines:James Smith

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), Nick Vatterott, Katie Crown, Sam Morril, and Annie Lederman performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at theThree of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: The release party for Hannibal Buress’ first comedy CD My Name is Hannibal, featuring John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; cast member of the new Electric Company;Jimmy Fallon; for video samples, please click here), Kurt Metzger, Hari Kondabolu, Rory Scovel, and George Gordon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by Hannibal: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Fourth Year Anniversary blowout show, with 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), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Sean Donnelly (Don’t Touch Me There, Lil’ Seany Boy), and JC Coccoli performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly extravaganza Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus A FREE BEER!] 10:00 pm: Powerhouse stand-ups bidding bon voyage to Mike Drucker, including John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand, and Zach Sims—with Mike buying everyone a free beer, and giving away his stuff so he can travel light!—at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Mike Drucker’s Going Away Party

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (comedy dynamo; MTV), Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV), and Nancy Witter (Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America) celebrating the Sixth Year Anniversary of this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy originally hosted by Adam Sank and—for the past two years, and running—hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.