NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/10/11

March 10, 2011

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Super Mario Bros

Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin reveal the worst game-based films of all time at "Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History"

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest comedic actresses in NYC, including Amy Heidt (NBC’s The Office, The Other Guys, Grease 3: Threase, Dominate Yourself) and the unsinkable Mamrie Hart (rising star; half of sketch duo Best of Friends; creator/host of Celebrity Funeral) debut a one-act comedy written by superb UCBT sketch faculty member Leila Cohan-Miccio: The Cleanse

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more, for an unforgettably hilarious journey into the deliciously awful that’s non-stop laughs—and one of my favorite comedy shows of all time: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.)  A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’s Arrested Development, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Patrice Oneal

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Jesse Falcon (Mother) and Rachel Hamilton (30 Rock, Second City) perform as duo Hamilton & Falcon

9:00 pm ($12): NYC stand-ups Hedda Lettuce (Project Runway), Adam Cozens (The Moth), Pat Candaras (Jimmy Fallon), and Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show, co-host of It Is It) performing at Comedy Below Canal

[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 a guest-host (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): Top comics and comedic storytellers joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Imposters” at one of thefinest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), and Nimesh Patel performing stand-up for delightful hosts Andrea Rosen (ace stand-up/storyteller) and Shonali Bhowmik (rockin’ singer/songwriter) for Variety SHAC

[$] 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): All-star improv troupe The Stepfathers (Michael Delaney, Chris Gethard, Will Hines, Bobby Moynihan, Shannon O’Neill, Silvija Ozols, Andy Secunda, and Zach Woods) compete with improv troupe Sunday Morning for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Short films from the NYC comedy community screened at The Magnet: Flick

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/10/11

February 10, 2011

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Super Mario Brothers movie

Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin explore the worst game-based films of all time (including "Super Mario Brothers" above) in Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($53 & 2-drink min.) Stars of In Living Color, Scary Movie, and much more headlining tonight through Saturday at Carolines: The Wayans Brothers: Marlon and Shawn

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A double-bill of vibrant improv troupes: Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupe Doppelganger

8:00 pm ($5): Young comic Cass Bugge performing a self-conscious one-woman show with the hopeful self-fulfilling title I Remember Edwina DeBooveman’s One Woman Show

8:00 pm ($5): John O’Donnell and friends improvise up a musical before your very eyes in The Traveling Musical Medicine Show

9:00 pm ($12): Terrific NYC stand-ups Eddie Brill, Carolyn Castiglia, Seth Herzog, Victor Varnado, and Liam McEneaney performing at Comedy Below Canal

[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 (throughout February) by the wonderful Brooke Van Poppelen: Comedy as a Second Language

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more, for an unforgettably hilarious journey into the deliciously awful that’s non-stop laughs—and one of my favorite comedy shows of all time: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include a blowout lineup of Michael Showalter, Heather Lawless, Ali Wong, Matt Oberg, and Todd Hanson—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Eureka!” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[$] 10:30 pm ($15 & 2-item min.)  Rough, uncensored laughs from Mike DeStefano, Big Jay Oakerson, Joe DeRosa, Russ Meneve, Bobby Kelly, and more for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Nasty Show

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Jon Gabrus, Ben Rodgers, and Gavin Speiller) competes with improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/10/11

January 10, 2011

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Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

In one of my all-time favorite shows, Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin hilariously explore the worst game-based films ever: "Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History"

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

6:30 pm & 9:00 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—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 6:30 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:00 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[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), along with guest storyteller Jim O’Grady, with improv illustrator Sharon Spell drawing scenes as they’re described and the rockin’ BTK Band following up at 9:00 pm, all at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and duo improv by Ruby Marez & Binu Paulose, who’ll play multiple characters within a single event, in the double-bill The Cascade and Rubin

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Ilana Glazer, Damien Lemon, Rob Crean, Miguel Dalmau, and Ray Marshall performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more, for an unforgettably hilarious journey into the deliciously awful that’s non-stop laughs—and one of my favorite comedy shows of all time: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount codeT80ISC): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight is the third of a four-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Rory Scovel (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central;killed at his previous Whiplash appearance…where he’s performing again tonight), Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories and Dive Comedy), Stone & Stone (Last Comic Standing), and band The Last Car performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

8:00 pm ($5): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York PostHeadless Body in Topless Bar

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Thunder Gulch and Dweeb, trying out new bits at Maude Night

10:00 pm ($5): Hip hop musical improv from Nick Brown, Don Romaniello, and Michael Short pretending to be NYC police officers: Rap Crimes Division

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show, co-star of NBC’s Community, star of Comedy Central’s New York Stand-Up Show, screenwriter, and genius stand-up comic), Rory Scovel (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central; killed at his previous Whiplash appearance), and Mike Lawrence (up-and-coming sharp stand-up)—guest-hosted by the wonderful Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star 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 Thursday 11/18/10

November 18, 2010

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Fisticuffs

Cartoonists for The New Yorker do battle with their quick wits and drawing skills at Fisticuffs...

Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

...while Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin explore the worst game-based films of all time in Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

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 ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presentsspecial, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (including Invincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such hilarious comedy stars as Lennon Parham (from LA via Skype video) and Leslie Meisel (Love Sucks a Dick…), and the show’s writer/director Chris Kelly (and barring last-minute client emergencies, I may finally get to see this tonight): Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying!; plus rounding out this double-bill, “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world:” Billy Eichner Goes Pop!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): One of comedy’s most beloved and delightful duos, married couple Mary Archbold and Pay Shay, performing as guests on a hip-hop parody show: Squirm and Germ

8:00 pm ($8): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Brilliantly talented cartoonists for The New Yorker and national comic strips compete for audience applause as they employ their quick wits and drawing skills to meet various comedic challenges in this wonderful show featuring David Sipress (The New Yorker), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball and The New Yorker), Paul Noth (Pale Force and The New Yorker), Matthew Diffee (The Rejection Collection), Zach Kanin (The New Yorker) and Drew Dernavich (The Cartoon Lounge)—plus a musical guest—all at Fisticuffs!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Kurt Braunohler, Livia Scott, Julian McCullough, Jamie Kilstein, Collette Priester & Rodney DeGiles, and more performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show produced by Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more in what’s likely to be an unforgettably funny journey into the deliciously awful: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Round 2 of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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