NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 9/6/10

September 6, 2010

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Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn performs tonight at Whiplash

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:

7:30 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): Genius Death by Roo Roo improvisors Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik create an epic film on the spot; plus real-life siblings Will & Kevin Hines perform vibrant improv, in the double-bill The Two-Man Movie and The Brothers Hines

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 online or $8 at the door): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; co-creator & co-star of UK TV seriesPenelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) host their legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show, with tonight’s guests Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special;Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please click here), Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, College Humor), and Mike Amato performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central), Andy Haynes (Last Comic Standing), Sean O’Connor (This American Life), and Scott Boxenbaum (LA Improv), and more performing at Aces & Eights (34 Avenue A, off 3rd Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: 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), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; host of Entertaining the Bartender), and Gary Vider (performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos produced by Adam Lowitt and Matt Goldich: It Is It

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Thomas Middleditch, Eliza Skinner, Mike Still, and tonight’s guest Birch Harms—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), and Andy Haynes (Last Comic Standing)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/21/09

January 21, 2009

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Hold for the Laughs

Margie Kment, Myq Kaplan, and Pete Holmes: Hold for the Laughs

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

a mysterious new show in which comics talk about God: True Religion (7:30 pm),

fine NYC stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Moody McCarthy, Emmy Rivera, Christina Cataldo, and Arthur Carlson trying out new material at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

30 Rock actor and stellar storyteller Anthony Atamanuik delivering a fascinating autobiographical show about his doing massive drugs while writing children’s television, plus “a one-man family sitcom,” in the double-bill Pissing My Pants on Vine and Sertainly Seth (8:00 pm),

comics, writers, and others telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus homemade cookies!—followed by a full-blown comedy show with Pete Holmes (one of the quickest minds & funniest stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), James Smith (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and Becky Ciletti —hosted by the lovely & hilarious Margie Kment at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/30/08

November 30, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy legend Jim Gaffigan performing the final evening of his smash hit NYC run at Town Hall: The Sexy Tour (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] typically stellar stand-ups at one of the funniest productions in NYC—and winner of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Variety Show—The Greg Johnson Show (8:00 pm),

fine NYC comics Joey Gay, Dan Fontaine, Jesse Popp, and Mike Lawrence at RG Daniels’ Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

sharp NYC comics at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and four talented stand-ups describing themselves as “foul-mouthed females”—Jessimae Peluso, Jill Twiss, Diana Saez, and Yameneika—at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/29/08

November 29, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

an improv troupe with a theatrical approach: Stray (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] four hours of semi-finals and finals competition at the raucous conclusion of Pat Baer’s wonderful 2008 3-on-3 Improv Tournament (8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, & 11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy legend Jim Gaffigan performing the next-to-final evening of his current smash NYC run at Town Hall: The Sexy Tour (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Kevin Allison (member of legendary sketch troupe The State) in a one-man show: F*** Up (8:00 pm),

a co-star of Comedy Central’s The Root of All Evil, with appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, etc., headlining tonight and Saturday at Comix: Andy Kindler (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

a small mob of talented comics telling funny, poignant, and at times unforgettable tales about their relatives at the gorgeous Sara Benincasa’s Family Hour (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show: The Complete Performer (10:30 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/28/08

November 28, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] Kevin Allison (member of legendary sketch troupe The State) in a one-man show: F*** Up (8:00 pm),

a gay-themed stand-up comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

a one-man show mixing comedy and magic: BalloonFREAK (9:30 pm),

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

Derrick hosting two sketch comedy troupes, Chubby Skinny Kids and Rue Brutalia, competing for audience laugh & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

and a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/27/08

November 27, 2008

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in NYC live comedy are…hang out with loved ones!

All of the usual suspects are dark tonight.

But please tune in here again on Friday.

Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving!

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/26/08

November 26, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] Violet Krumbein demonstrating she’s one of the most darkly funny talents in NYC, and Thomas Middleditch (member of genius improv troupe Baby Wants Candy) showing off a myriad of comedic characters via a dynamic one-man show, in a don’t-miss double-bill: Human Painkiller and Littlebitch (8:00 pm),

comics competing for laughs based on an assigned topic in So You Think You Can Stand (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Chelsea Peretti (Comedy Central, Variety SHAC), John Gemberling (star of Fat Guy Stuck in Internet), and Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central) in Brooklyn at the hilarious Joe Mande’s & Noah Garfinkel’s Totally J/K (9:30 pm),

and an improvised imagining of what goes on at a lesser-known parade, The Macy’s Day Before Thanksgiving Day Parade (9:30 pm).

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