NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 10/19/10

October 19, 2010

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Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: Punch Up Your Life

Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: Punch Up Your 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:

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 Willy Appelman, Tom Costello, Ben Furnas, David Ross, and Ross Taylor make stuff up, in the double-bill The Cascade and Thunderbirds 4Life

[$] 7:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): Winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Maureen Langan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Molly Knefel (member of dynamite improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl), John Knefel (The Huffington Post; for stand-up video about tracking falafel sales to catch terrorists, please click here), and Ben Kronenberg (performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Southpaw Downstairs Lounge DownSouth (125 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope), hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Leslie Goshko (stellar storyteller; Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon), and “clowning from Kinky & Boon’s Live Radio Show” at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Patrick Meaney (director of documentary Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Justin Akin (improv teams Big Black Car and Action Pals) join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture atComic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, Sandino, DeCoster, Ragnaröck, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students studying under improv genius Neil Casey using an audience suggestion to make up an entire move (a la Neil’s and Anthony Atamanuik’s hilarious Two Man Movie)—all at Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): Sketches on topics from the 18th century—ranging from George Washington to Frankenstein—by Kelly Buttermore & Greg Wilker in Kelly & Greg Present 1776

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An all-gal lineup of NYC stand-ups Myka Fox, Cara Kilduff, Adi Blotman, and Gibran Saleem performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): The final installment of one of NYC’s truly great stand-up shows, which helped propel its original brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes to NBC comedy staff writing jobs (at SNL and Outsourced). Bringing down the curtain tonight is a blowout lineup: Jim Gaffigan, Josh Fadem, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[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 Tuesday 9/7/10

September 7, 2010

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A radio host, a Time Magazine editor, and more present the darkly comedic aspects of war—including a survery of Disney's WWII cartoons—at Charles Star's "Adult Education"...

Brooke Van Poppelen and Morgan Murphy

...while Brooke Van Poppelen does stand-up at "The Moon Show" and Morgan Murphy does the same at "Punch Up Your 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:

7:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “War”—e.g., WFMU’s Ken Freedman recounts America’s war propaganda highlights; Time.com Managing Editor (and a Time Magazine Executive Editor) Jim Frederick tells how toxic leadership, murder, and rape led to the catastrophic breakdown and fall of the 1st Platoon; and Constantine Von Hoffman shows excerpts of Walt Disney’s memorably racist WWII propaganda cartoons (ranging from Donald Gets Drafted to Der Fuehrer’s Face)—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-up stars Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, ; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host of Comedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’sAmerican Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), plus music from Camille Harris (creator of FringeNYC 2009’s Muffin Man) and tap dancer Hank Smith, performing at Brooklyn’sThe Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join 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, DeCoster, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students make up a story taking place in a single location in real time (i.e., Death by Roo Roo’snear-unbeatable technique at Cage Match)—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Blaine Kneece (Andy Kaufman Award, Second City), Boris Khaykin, Subhah Agarwal, Nimesh Patel, and Kibibi Dillon performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Morgan Murphy (The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), and more performing at theHousingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe Derosa (Comedy Central) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/17/10

August 17, 2010

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.

John Mulaney

John Mulaney performs tonight at Punch Up Your Llife

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:Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, twoComedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Rachel Shukert (author of Everything is Going To Be Great), JC Coccoli (stand-up from LA), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Loungeguest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (star finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central), Jon Gabrus (genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet, genius storytelling showThe Nights of Our Lives, College Humor), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central),  and Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, Citizen Radio) performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak with host Jordan Clifford: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join 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 The Opera, Robber Baron, Badman, Bastian, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students mix it up with improv veterans—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jamie Kilstein (Comedy Central, Citizen Radio), Jen Kwok, Danny Solomon, Nore Davis, and Randy Epley performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): John Mulaney, Kurt Braunohler, Margot Leitman, and Matt Maragno performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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For Hy’s coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/10/10

August 10, 2010

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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.

Adira Amram (above) performs tonight with Ted Alexandro, Christian Finnegan, and more at Punch Up Your 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:

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Variety SHAC, The Nights of Our LIves), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Sean O’Connor, Jamie Lee, and James Harris performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join 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 Monstro, Badman, DeCoster, Bastian, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Rob Cantrell, Becky Yamamoto, Ben Kissel, Dan Hirshon, Todd Montesi, and Jc Coccoli performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; CD Hot Jams for Teens), Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), 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 Mike Drucker (writer for SNL) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

9:30 pm ($5): Stellar storyteller Leslie Goshko, plus Darcy Burke, Amy Dixon, Joel Jones, and Jay Dixit, spin yarns at Campfire Stories

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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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.


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/20/10

July 20, 2010

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

Marc Maron and John Oliver

Marc Maron performs a one-man show tonight at Brooklyn's Union Hall, while John Oliver performs at Punch Up Your Life

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] 7:30 pm & 9:20 pm ($12): A comedy legend who’s exceptionally passionate and personally revealing, and highly respected for his observations; frequent guest on David Lettermanand Conan O’Brien; performed solo comedy special for HBO and two solo specials for Comedy Central Presents; many other TV appearances include being a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; performed a popular off-Broadway one-man show, Jerusalem Syndrome, which he then turned into a 2001 book; co-hosted Morning Sedition on Air America Radio, hosted The Marc Maron Show on LA’s KTLK-AM, and currently hosts podcast WTF; and tonight performs new material in a not-to-be-missed one-man show at Brooklyn’s Union HallMarc Maron

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Charlyne Yi (winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart; one-woman show tomorrow night at UCBT), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Ann Carr (Louie), and comedy duo Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join 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 Monstro, The Opera, Badman, Sandino, and Bastian; and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students improving scenes taking place simultaneously—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Evan Morgenstern (host of Switzerland Neutral Comedy), Luke Thayer (co-host of The Living Room), George Gordon, and Laura Prangley performing at Cellar 58(58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3):John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), and Danny Solomon performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan:Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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


NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/1/10

June 1, 2010

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Andy Blitz

Fresh, unique comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central) delivers his special version of stand-up tonight at Punch Up Your 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about “Unconventional Wisdom” (e.g., Turning Jail Into Joy and Jogging with Jesus at the Reanimation Library) at Charles Star’s Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: World-class storyteller Kevin Allison (Risk!, The State), plus stand-ups Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Bobby Miyamoto (Craig Ferguson), Mark Normand (Hot Soup), and Raquel D’Apice performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Decoster, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) and The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($3): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien; writer for Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin); Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), Mike Lawrence, and “a special surprise guest” performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO, Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour) and Nick Turner (Too Cool for School): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new bookLook at This F*cking Hipster), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/18/10

May 18, 2010

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Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes hosts his weekly NYC show for the final time before moving to LA: Punch Up Your 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliantly original & hilarious singer/songwriter Adira Amram, plus Mike Ennis, Kareem Green, Carrie Gravenson, and Daniel Mahoney, performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer:Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Opera, Sandino, DeCoster, Bastian, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film) and C, C, & E Improv Factory (Charlie Todd, Eric Scott, Chuck Dauble, and the spirit of Charlie Sanders in LA)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($3): Kumail Nanjiani, Myq Kaplan, Matt Goldich, Charles Star, and Sheng Wang performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted—for the last time!—by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker—and moving to LA to be a staff writer on new TV comedy Outsourced): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): 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), Sam Brown (The Whitest Kids U’ Know), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.