NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/10/12

November 10, 2012

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Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan (above), Robin Williams, Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Susie Essman, Morgan Murphy, Michael Showalter, Hannibal Buress, and Nikki & Sara are among the stars performing tonight as part of the New York Comedy Festival

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] November 7th-11th: Among the stellar events at this year’s New York Comedy Festival are shows by comedy titans Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Pete Holmes, Colin Quinn, Kevin Hart, Brian Regan, the Wayans Brothers, and lots more, as well as interviews with such giants as Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams. For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK]  [DISCOUNTED] November 7th-12th ($7 off most shows if you use discount code FANS online): A gathering of many of NYC’s best storytellers—who tonight participate in The Gotham Storytelling Panel Discussion and The Story Collider—packed into five evenings at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue): The First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($65): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) through November 26th: The Old Man and the Moon

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show (“starts late enough to sleep off that hangover but ends just in time to begin a new one”) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Jhoel Walkowski & Evan Davis: The Amateur Hour

6:00 pm ($5): Improv troupes Florence and Sad Kids at The Magnet kicking off your Saturday evening: The Rundown

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A comedy quiz show full of heavily researched quirky facts in which comedy contestants get points if their answers are correct but get more points if their answers are “quite interesting” at UCB East created & hosted by Katey Healy-Wurzburg: The Fascinator

7:00 pm ($8): Stand-up, sketch comics, and improv groups mix up their regular routines; plus host Kissing Disease performs an improvised monoscene based on an audience member’s suggested obstacle at The PIT upstairs theatre: Kissing Disease Tries Something

7:00 pm ($5): At this PIT downstairs double-bill, Dan Hodapp & Natasha Rothwell “bring more than five years of improv collaboration to stage for an evening of bold, committed characters and probably a fart joke for good measure” as Hodapp & Rothwell, and then all-gal improvisors Alexis Saarela, Brigid Boyle, Elizabeth Findlay, and Ashley Ward perform as troupe Taco Supreme

[$] 7:30 pm ($15): An LA-based stand-up performs for an hour at UCB Chelsea as part of the New York Comedy Festival: An Evening With Jerrod Carmichael

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): At The Magnet, improv grandmasters Ed Herbstman and Armando Diaz, ace improvisor Christina Gausas, and Ed’s wife & brilliant writer Melanie Hoopes make up scenes as Connect 4; and in the other half of this double-bill, Rebecca “Bex” Sohn performs a one-woman showcase of a variety of characters “ranging from sexy cop to sexually repressed substitute teacher to frustrated psychic” at Live Bex Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.17 in advance online, $10 at the door): Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), and Josh Gondelman (Laughing Skull Festival winner) performing sets and then being interviewed about their personal lives at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Matt Ruby & Mark Normand (who says “all these guys were hand-picked because they’re funny and have some serious problems; when you read this lineup you’re gonna be like ‘oh yeah, that guy is a mess'”): We’re All Friends Here

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door; SOLD OUT online, but there might be some standing room standby tickets): Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here) and Lisa deLarios (Comedy Central) host this delightful monthly mix of stand-up and sketch, with tonight’s guests Michael Showalter, Dave Hill, Debbie Shay, Gabe Leidman, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall as part of the New York Comedy Festival: The Party Machine

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($60 & 2-drink min.) The co-stars of In Living Color and The Wayans Bros. headlining tonight and Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Marlon and Shawn Wayans

8:00 pm ($10): Two of the most respected PIT improv troupes performing on this weekly double-bill—and occasionally with comedy giants Kristen Schaal and/or Kurt Braunohler participating: Big Black Car and The Baldwins

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($10): Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC’s Do Whatever), Jamie Lee (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Rob O’Reilly (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Jane Borden (former Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), and Jerrod Carmichael performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Kara Klenk: If You Build It

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCB Chelsea’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Maddog Mattern (to see Maddog handle a heckler, please click here), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

9:00 pm ($5): “Ashley Rebecca King and Gregory von Portz present a post-dinner poolside party for their hippest and most sophisticated friends. Menthol-cool musical stylings and intellectual discourse abound as you are treated to a floor show with a carefully chosen set list, curated by the world’s foremost cover-band artists, that changes monthly. Dip in; it’s never the same dive twice. For tonight’s entertainment: Life: A Retrospective” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Moon Pools

9:00 pm ($7): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($20): The return of one of the funniest comedies—and finest comedic ensembles—to grace New York, and what ended up as the very best show of this year’s FringeNYC Festival, playing at the Soho Playhouse’s upstairs theatre. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this opportunity to see the Chicago-based 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub and now enjoying a long run at The PIT upstairs theatre: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Stand-up Ron Krasnow is turning 40. To make him feel worse about that, a mob of comics gather to roast him, including Jeffrey Joseph, Amber Nelson, Erik Bergstrom, Anthony Devito, Nick Turner, and Mike Recine. It’s all happening at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Roast of Ron Krasnow

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($15): LA-based Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, former staff writer for Jimmy Fallon) graces NYC for an hour at UCB Chelsea as part of the New York Comedy Festival: An Evening With Morgan Murphy

[TOP PICK] 10:30 ($8): NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, which doesn’t always ht the mark but provides odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy—and in 2010 won the ECNY Award for Best Sketch Group—performing at The PIT downstairs lounge: Murderfist: Late and Dirty

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): UCBT improv troupe Airwolf—which includes such talents as John Frusciante, Molly Lloyd, Tim Martin, and Emily Axford, and this year crushed 12 improv groups in a row at Cage Match, entirely owns the UCB East stage tonight at Airwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

10:30 pm ($7): Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney performing at The Magnet as comedy duo Trike

11:00 pm ($8): A young all-guy improv troupe making stuff up at The PIT upstairs theatre: Gentlemen Party

Midnight ($5): “Jason Saenz and Riley Soloner have invited the worst people in NYC to come and talk about their sh*tty situations in front of a studio audience in hopes that they can better themselves and turn their lives around. HAHAHA! Just kidding! We’re exploiting these people of ratings! This month’s episode: Stop Bullying Me, You F@cking Asshole!” featuring nearly two dozen comics performing at UCB Chelsea, including Rob Lathan, Nicole Byer, Zach Broussard, and Caitlin Brodnick: Late Night Trash

[FREE] Midnight: A small army of comics pay homage to the cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture Show at The PIT upstairs theatre: Rocky Whorer PIT-ure Show

[FREE] Midnight: Mike Dobbins is a unique stream of consciousness comic (for an interpretive dance of his breakup, please click here). Tonight he shares his special perspective on life at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Mike Dobbins Blows Your Little Mind

[FREE] Midnight: A weekly chance for you to shine at The Magnet, as students and veteran improvisors share the stage to form “rare and wonderful one-night-only teams,” with sign-up starting at 11:30 pm: Magnet Mixer

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/9/12

November 9, 2012

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Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari

Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, and Pete Holmes are among the stars performing tonight as part of the New York Comedy Festival

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] November 7th-11th: Among the stellar events at this year’s New York Comedy Festival are shows by comedy titans Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Pete Holmes, Colin Quinn, Kevin Hart, Brian Regan, the Wayans Brothers, and lots more, as well as interviews with such giants as Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams. For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK]  [DISCOUNTED] November 7th-12th ($7 off most shows if you use discount code FANS online): A gathering of most of NYC’s best storytelling shows—which tonight are Oh Hey Guys and The Liar Show—packed into five evenings at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue): The First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups happen at 5:45-6:00 pm) at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Erin Lennox and Eli Sairs: The Orphanage

7:00 pm ($10): Sketch comedy at The Magnet in which “A young businessman makes a startling confession to his potential employer, a flash-in-the-pan movie star reveals to the world what he is really like in person, and God learns a valuable lesson: not everyone is perfect—not even Himself:” Citizen Models

7:00 pm ($10): A stand-up who’s appeared on Jimmy Fallon headlines tonight at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: NIck Turner

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Nate Dern and Paul Oddo: The Friday Night Hot Chicks Mic

[$] 7:30 pm ($15): A stand-up who’s performed at the Just For Laughs festival does an hour tonight at UCB Chelsea as part of the New York Comedy Festival: Hobo Apocalypse: An Evening with Ben Roy

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($15): Comedy giant Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, Ugly Americans, VH1’s Best Week Ever, podcast You Made It Weird, staff writer for NBC’s Outsourced, The New Yorker; co-star of the hilarious Front Page Films) in a too-rare NYC appearance, plus Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another), Hari Kondabolu (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, , FX’s Totally Biased), Jane Borden (former Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), and Michael Che (IFC’s Bunk, Comedy Central), performing stand-up, and musical group Summer & Eve, at UCB East hosted by Time Out New York Comedy Editor Matthew Love: Time Out Live

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Joe Zimmerman (Rooftop Comedy), Dave Stone (Adult Swim’s Squidbillies), Andy Sanford (TBS), and TJ Young “deliver an original brand of humor that’s deeply rooted in stand-up and lightly blended with avant-garde elements of music, sketch and improv.” This bearded quartet’s credits include the album Cardio Mix from Comedy Central Records; and tonight they perform at The PIT upstairs lounge: The Beards of Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($65): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) through November 26th: The Old Man and the Moon

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($60 & 2-drink min.) The co-stars of In Living Color and The Wayans Bros. headlining through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Marlon and Shawn Wayans

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City downstairs lounge: Mic and Cheese

8:30 pm ($7): Long-form improv at The Magnet from troupe Brick

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from comedy geniuses Chris Gethard and Shannon O’Neill, plus stellar comics Silvija Ozols, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Will Hines, and Connor Ratliff, performing at UCB Chelsea—the all-star members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Sharp improvisors at UCB East—Fran Gillespie, Michael Kayne, Amber Petty, Tim Martin, Ashley Ward, Morgan Phillips, and Winston Noel—making up a musical on the spot (formerly named Diamond Lion): KOSMOS Musical Improv

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Great lineup of TV & movie stars Janeane Garofalo (9:00 pm only), Todd Barry, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm: Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; I recently saw him sing beautifully and then smash three dozen plates to pieces; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City, 2012 Andy Kaufman Award), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and more performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Fort Useless (36 Ditmars Street) hosted by George Flanagan: Spit Take Friday

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($10): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!, host of Nearly Naked Lady Comedy Hour), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Joe List (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Ben Roy, and Jason Kanter performing stand-up at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Say Anything

10:00 pm ($10): A comedy group that makes up a musical on the spot at The PIT upstairs theatre after a friendly greeting: Hello

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors at The Magnet using an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Fran Gillespie, Jon Gabrus, Sue Galloway, Matt Fisher, Craig Rowin, Nate Lang, and other superb improvisors at UCB Chelsea making up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute: The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

10:30 pm ($5): NYC comics (not announced) performing at UCB East hosted by Emily Axford, D’Arcy Carden, Alden Ford, Brandon Scott Jones, and/or Justin Tyler: Gentrify

11:00 pm ($8): Sketches from young and forlorn comics at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Meredith Hackman: The Saddest Sketch Show

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before this Magnet show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups—sometimes stellar ones—pushing boundaries for a show designed for looseness and experimentation at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker: Permission to Fail

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Terrific comics Matt Koff, Reid Faylor, Erik Bergstrom, Emmy Blotnick, Paul Oddo, and Jake Young debating various topics, mixed with stand-up from Mike Lawrence and Michael Che at UCB East hosted by Michael Shawki, Jeff Wesselschimdt, and/or Dan Licata: The Great Debate

[FREE] Midnight: This show might not be much fun for audience members, but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. Plus it’s hosted by members of Maude troupe Fambly, typically including such wonderful talents as Nicole Byer and Veronica Osorio: Liquid Courage

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/7/12

November 7, 2012

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais—above, delighted at President Obama’s victory—is among the stars kicking off this year’s New York Comedy Festival

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] November 7th-11th: Among the stellar events at this year’s New York Comedy Festival—which begins tonight—are shows by comedy titans Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Pete Holmes, Colin Quinn, Kevin Hart, Brian Regan, the Wayans Brothers, and lots more, as well as interviews with such giants as Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams. For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK]  [DISCOUNTED] November 7th-12th ($7 off most shows if you use discount code FANS online): A gathering of most of NYC’s best storytelling shows—which tonight are Martin Dockery’s The Surprise and And I Am Not Lying—packed into five evenings at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue): The First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($65): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) through November 26th: The Old Man and the Moon

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up hosted by Cody Hess at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Listen! The Open Mic

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5 at the door or $6.17 online): TV & Broadway stand-up star Colin Quinn performs a brand new show looking at US history “from the Founding Fathers to the Kardashians” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Unconstitutional with Colin Quinn

[FREE] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation at The PIT—starting downstairs at 6:00, then upstairs from 7:00 on—for PIT Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm ($8): “Desperation, dictatorship, and punches to the testicles are just some of the themes in the second run of the sketch show written by Gabe Capone (National Scandal) and Ryan Darden (Nuns on the Run). It’s silly, cerebral, and unapologetically dark” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Gabe and Ryan’s Facebook Timeline

7:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Nintendo, Dr. Champagne, The Wrath, Featherweight, Horses, Chet Watkins, Bloomer, and Brick performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Bloomer at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

7:30 pm ($5): Expanding the UCB longform improv showcased on Harold Night is this weekly show at UCB East which tonight features troupes Huxtable and City Mouse: Lloyd Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Murderfist, Stone Cold Fox, and more performing at UCB Chelsea to represent Best of New York’s Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 at the door or $26.87 online): TV & Broadway stand-up star Colin Quinn and a few of his friends perform stand-up at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Crowd Work with Colin Quinn

8:00 pm ($5): A sketch show (for a well-crafted sample, please click here), with some stand-up thrown in, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Dane Hanson: The Dane Hanson Show

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically terrific NYC comics (not announced) performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) typically hosted by Gabe Liedman and/or Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): The comics who train, teach, and perform at UCB-NY are among the finest improvisors in the world. The UCB Touring Company consists of the cream of the crop, with the mission of showing audiences beyond those visiting UCB’s theatres in NYC and LA what improv is all about. For just this evening, however, the traveling troupe—which includes brilliant comics Gavin Speiller, Neil Casey, and Fran Gillespie—will be strutting its stuff on the UCB East stage: UCB TourCo All-Stars

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Selena Coppock (author of upcoming book The New Rules for Blondes), Nick Cobb (Comedy Central), Ryan Reiss (The Howard Stern Show), Amy Albert (Tony and Tina’s Wedding), Sergio Chicon (Comedy Central), and Jeremy Pinsly performing stand-up at this free weekly comedy show at Lucky Jack’s Bar (129 Orchard Street) produced by Kyle Fincham, Lance Weiss, and Brendon Fitzgibbons: Gandhi, Is That You?

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “It’s Judgment Day, and Chuck Black can’t wait to meet Jesus! But things seem to go terribly awry when he has a crisis of faith. Who can blame him? All his pals seem a bit more interested in getting presents from ChristCo than trying to save their souls. And don’t even get Chuck started on Mocha Mint Mel, the know-it-all atheist with two moms.” This mini-play by Matt Fried is at The PIT downstairs lounge: A Charlie Brown Apocalypse

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer created Broad City as a Web series, which was then picked up for development as a TV series for FX…and is also a monthly stage show at UCB Chelsea. Tonight’s theme is The State of the Union for this “delicately crafted hour of fun:” Broad City Live

[$] 9:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) The stars of a popular MTV2 show perform live on stage for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: MTV2’s Guy Code

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Killer line-up of rising stand-up stars—Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence, Mark Normand, Dan. St. Germain, Pat Dixon, Emily Heller, Michael Che, Joe List, and Nick Turner—at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: The Regular Suspects

[FREE] 10:30 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

[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’s scheduled guests include Matt Koff, Julia Wiedeman, Adam Conover, and guest host Charla Lauriston; for the complete list, please click here.) Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a weekly show at UCB Chelsea makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

11:00 pm ($5): A variety show with stand-up, sketch, storytelling, magic, and more at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Andrew Tavin & Gabriel Laks: Phantasmagoria

[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 Wednesday 11/9/11

November 9, 2011

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Dirty Jokes

Over 30 NYC stand-ups will tell the filthiest jokes they know at The Dirty 30...

2011 New York Comedy Festival

...and that's just one of the dozens of events at this year's New York Comedy Festival

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] November 9th-13th: Among the stellar events at this year’s New York Comedy Festival—which begins tonight—are shows by comedy titans Louis C.K. (11/10 and 11/12 at the Beacon Theatre), Tracy Morgan (11/11 at the Beacon Theatre), Bill Burr (11/11 at Carnegie Hall), andSarah Silverman (11/12 at BAM); shows by comedy stars Wanda Sykes (11/10 at Town Hall),Michael Ian Black (11/10 at Bowery Ballroom), Glenn Wool (11/10 at UCB East), Kumail Nanjiani(11/11 at UCB East), Bill Maher (11/12 at the Beacon Theatre), Norm MacDonald (11/12 at Town Hall), and Kathy Griffin (11/12 at Carnegie Hall); three panels on the art of comedy writing & performing(11/12 at UCB East), plus a panel discussion with the writers of Saturday Night Live (11/13 at the Paley Center); and a leisurely chat with Ricky Gervais (11/13 at the 92nd Street Y). For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up providing four minutes per comic, with “15 people chosen randomly through e-mail, and five walk-ins; and a guaranteed spot to anyone who performs in character as a famous explorer” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Comedic Exploration Club of Long Island City, West

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($13): The Story Pirates take stories written by New York City elementary schoolchildren, “enhance” them with adult language and themes, and them perform the heck out of them using music, puppets, and “a David Bowie-style tribute to a good Hebrew School education.” With tales ranging from the shame of chronic bedwetting, to the tender love between the Devil and some guy she met at Starbucks, the Story Pirates have blown the minds of over 100,000 second graders (sans the narrative enhancements), and lots of adults in their “After Dark” version—which is what they’ll be performing tonight at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Story Pirates After Dark

7:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Grappler, Horses, Leviathan, The Wrath, Featherweight, Brick, Dunk, and Chet Watkins performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Dunk at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[$] 7:00 pm ($16.50 plus 2-drink min.) Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), 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), Emily Heller (staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Sam Morril, Michael Che, Josh Rabinowitz, Daryl Wright, and Kevin Bigginson are among the NYC stand-ups slated to perform tonight, with host Jeffrey Ross, at the Carolines Comedy Club: Comics to Watch

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar are first up as the fiercely energetic & entertaining all-gal improv troupe Doppelganger; and then genius improvisors Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of The Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) perform as Outlook of the Poet

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.47 in advance online): Top comics and writers sharing memorable tales of their material being turned down—with tonight’s guests Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), and Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer (Web seriesBroad City)—at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) for Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest sketch troupes in NYC—Pangea 3000, Murderfist, Stone Cold Fox, BriTANick, and more—perform at UCB West hosted by BoF: Best of NY Sketch

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus FREE PIZZA for first 30 people, from Artichoke Pizza!] 8:00 pm: Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter/character actress; VH1); Livia Scott (comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, beloved sketch troupe Meat), Matt Graham (Conan O’Brien, World Champion Scrabble Player), Nimesh Patel, and musical guests Channing & Quinn performing at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), Phil Hanley performing stand-up at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City for this weekly show hosted by Nick Turner & tonight’s special co-host (and birthday boy) Matt McCarthy: Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 9:00 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 then UCBT Harold Night house troupes Deckard and Still Mike make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion; co-author of The New Vampire’s Handbook), Keith Albertsadt (David Letterman; contributing writer to SNL), Bridget O’Neill (Purge, Moth Slam Winner), and musical guest The Pendulum Swings performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

9:00 pm ($5 if you mention code Vintage, otherwise $8): Fine sketch duo Chris & Paul, musical comedy troupe People with Teeth, sketch troupe City Hall, and more at Under St. MarksSketch Block

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Brandy Barber (Bust MagazineLate Night Republic) and Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling sexy true tales at UCB West for tonight’s special “Best Of” event—plus hot songs from Thin Skin Jonny—at the finest sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories: Best Of Edition

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game showPointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner) performs a one-man show at UCB East about his dating experiences: The Amish Guide to Fucking

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups have been instructed to tell the filthiest jokes they know. The 30+ scheduled participants include Sean Patton, Tom Shillue, Elna Baker, Murderfist, Adira Amram, James Adomian, Glenn Wool, Sara Schaefer, Brooke Van Poppelen, Joe DeRosa, Matt McCarthy (on his birthday!), and lots more (for the complete list, please click here). Comics aren’t always known for following orders, so it’s anybody’s guess how consistently filthy the show will be; but whatever happens, it oughta be interesting. This special event at UCB West is hosted by John F. O’Donnell: The Dirty 30

[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 Friday 11/5/10

November 5, 2010

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Rosie O'Donnell and Margaret Cho

Rosie O'Donnell and Margaret Cho are among the stand-up stars performing at tonight's gala New York Comedy Festival...


Patrice Oneal and Joel McHale

...and so are Patrice Oneal and Joel McHale

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-on:Too many NYCF events to list individually tonight, but visit the schedule to find shows by Rosie O’Donnell (Town Hall), Patrice ONeal (NYU Skirball Center), Margaret Cho (Beacon Theatre), Joel McHale (Carnegie Hall), and more at the spectacular New York Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Paul Brittain (Saturday Night Live) and Jet Eveleth (The Reckoning) resurrect their acclaimed sketch show, which consists of their favorite scenes resulting from improv performed at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago: Ted and Melanie

[$]  7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($51.25, plus 2-drink minimum): Former Man Show host and current Internet sensation headlining tonight and Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Adam Carolla

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($25.95 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): A co-star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? who’s also performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and his own Comedy Central Presents special: Greg Proops

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), plus stand-ups Barry Rothbart (Comedy Central), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, Second City), Raj Desai (Comedy Central), and Matt Ruby (co-host of We’re All Friends Here) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon):  Hot Soup

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Barry Rothbart (Comedy Central), Sheng Weng (Comedy Central Presents), Mike Lawrence (Montreal Comedy Festival), Matt Goldich (Comedy Central), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), and Danny Solomon performing at Brooklyn’s Red Star (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($7): Rachel Hamilton shares “tales from the frontlines of Internet dating” in the debut of her one-woman show Love.com

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight include phenomenal improvisors Becky Drysdale, Tara Copeland, Peter Gwinn, and Victor Varnado—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/8/09

November 8, 2009

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Louis CK HBO Special

Louis C.K. is among the stars topping off the final day of the New York Comedy Festival

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

[FREE] 7:30ish pm: Typically stellar stand-ups (who haven’t been announced this week) performing stand-up at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm: Star comics Louis C.K. (one of the finest stand-ups ever), Andy Samberg, and Bill Maher are each performing headlining or one-man shows on this final day of the New York Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Star comics—tonight including Michael Showalter (Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, The State, Stella)—performing stand-up at this weekly event at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman (who just released a new comedy album, God Is a Twelve Year Old Boy With Asperger’s; for a fun recent Village Voice write-up, please click here): Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb NYC stand-ups Pete Holmes, Roger Hailes, Jackie Monahan, and Morgan Venticinque performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Roger Hailes, Abbi Crutchfield, Pat O’Shea, Ryan Conner performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Helen Hong (VH1, WE network), Adrienne Iapalucci (VH1), and Marc Maietta (Here TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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