NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/5/12

June 5, 2012

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Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander (above), Rich Vos, Christian Finnegan, and more perform at Tell Your Friends…

Ali Wong

…and one-of-a-kind Ali Wong graces NYC with a rare visit from LA at Sweet

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] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about this month’s topic “Unmasking Cliché,” with topics ranging from Comic Strips, Stripped to The Art Of Making People Excited To Do Your Bidding, at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street) for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Comics creator Jim Zub (writer of Skullkickers) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club

7:00 pm ($5): “Cruella de Vil hosts the city’s hottest and most successful public speaking seminar. Go from voiceless nobody to victorious villain in no time! Tonight’s workshop will feature recent graduates who have come to show off their newly-formed public speaking skills, including Snow White, Pocahontas, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, and Jasmine” at The Magnet: Wrestling with Ursula: Finding Your Voice Without a Prince’s Help

7:00 pm ($5): Sisters Ariel Karlin & Lily Karlin perform duo improv and more at The PIT downstairs lounge as troupe Karlinator

[FREE] 7:00 pm: A one-woman show by storyteller Ali Berlinski at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge: A Beautiful Mess

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Surfing, Bucky, and The Pox at this first half (see 9:15 pm for more) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; Comedy Central Presents; Opie & Anthony radio show), Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1; to watch his hit video Pachelbel Rant, which has been viewed by over 9 million people on YouTube, please click here), Kambri Crews (storyteller, author of Burn Down the Ground), Adam Spiegelman (writer/producer/podcaster whose credits include Jimmy Kimmel Live), Chris Deluca (creator/star of Spike TV’s MoCap LLC) and Summer Banks (visiting from Berlin) performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or $12.75 online): The debut of a show featuring storytellers, book & TV writers, and stand-ups focusing on various aspects of being a fan, with tonight’s guests Hallie Haglund (staff writer for The Daily Show), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion, co-host of The Story Collider), and Andy Ross (writer for The Onion News Network) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Kerri Doherty & Nate Fernald: Geeking Out

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Storytelling, stand-up, and carny join forces to bring the blog And I Am Not Lying to life on stage, hosted by stellar storyteller & burlesque performer Cyndi Freeman, and with fully clothed storytellers Jeff Simmermon (This American Life, The Moth) and Brad Lawrence (FringeNYC, The Moth), stand-up Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), and burlesque by Peter Aguero and Amelia BareParts performing at the R Bar (218 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Streets): And I Am Not Lying Live

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s guest co-host Andy Rocco (host of Underground Americana) at UCB East for this first show without co-founder John Gemberling (who’s now busy taking over LA): The Tony and ??? Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City), and more, plus stand-up videos and a video from Improv Everywhere at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Andy Kaufman Fun House

8:00 pm ($8): Newest PIT house sketch troupe National Scandal performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rosencrantz and Aquarius

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; Jay Leno, FOX, cast member of NBC sitcom Are You There Chelsea and FOX’s Breaking In; regular panelist on Chelsea Lately; upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages; rare NYC appearance since Ali’s moved to LA), Barry Rothbart (current spokesman for Taco Bell; TNT’s Men of a Certain Age;” Jay Leno), “a special guest,” and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, host of Crime & Punishment Tuesdays at Cake Shop), Sean Donnelly (host of numerous shows) performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: 72 Virgins

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, GoodGirl, and Sandino—plus advanced students repeatedly rearrange elements of scenes to create improv anagrams—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($8): At The PIT upstairs theatre, musical/rap improv from troupe The Boombox Kids and more musical improv from troupe The Jam Academy

9:30 pm ($5): A showcase of NYC stand-ups not yet represented by a manager or agent (i.e., fresh meat) at UCB East hosted by Luke Thayer & Nick Cobb: Unmanageable Stand-Ups

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, videos, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre with Jeffrey Joseph and hosts Ron Krasnow & Joel Walkowski: The Short Bus

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Tom Papa (host of Jerry Seinfeld-produced NBC comedy The Marriage Ref; numerous appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno; three Comedy Central specials), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Present),Stand-up superstar Dave Attell (newest show is Showtime’s Dave’s Old P@rn), Joe Matarese (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, podcast Fixing Joe), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Showtime), Dean Edwards (SNL, Carson Daly, VH1), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Freid: ComedyJuice

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe Rosencrantz to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

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

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/16/12

February 16, 2012

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Rich Vos

Star stand-up Rich Vos headlines for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club...

Nicole Byer

...and Nicole Byer will be a standout tonight at both a parody of The Bachelor and raucous improv competition Cage Match

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: Kambri Crews (author of Burn Down the Ground) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

6:30 pm ($5): Two shows about which I know nothing audition for a regular spot on the prestigious UCB Chelsea schedule: Immatured and Death Wears Stilettos. These might be great or awful; but at $2.50 per show, you can’t go far wrong either way. That’s part of the fun of Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Mortified

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre: Hot Diner and THEM

7:00 pm ($5): Improv duo Steve Soroka (BoF) & Jen Curran team with improv troupe The Imposters at The PIT downstairs lounge to kick off your Evening Bliss

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe The Boss to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): “If you were alive in the 70’s, you may have attended some ‘Key Parties’ where you were randomly paired with someone to go home with and engage in free spirited coitus. (Today we either stay at home alone or congregate at an improv theater.) Key Party combines the 70’s arrangement with modern anxiety, exploring the rich moments leading up to that act of coupling and the fallout that follows” at UCB East with stellar comics Jordan Klepper, Laura Grey (delightful old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm), and guest improvisors: Key Party; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv based on the iPods, CDs, and mp3 players provided by audience members, executed by superb performers Fran Gillespie, Ryan Karels, Megan Neuringer, Jesse Falcon, Silvija Ozols, Doug Moe, Lou Perez, Sue Galloway, and Emily Axford: Soundtrack USA

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($22 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s starred on two seasons of Last Comic Standing; has performed a very popular Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; was a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; was the first white comic on Def Jam; wrote for Chris Rock; played Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams; was an unlikely guest on The View; and is a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show, headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Rich Vos

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy duo Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney perform new sketches at UCB Chelsea, as well as host stand-up and improv guests: BriTANicK: The Monthly Mankerthon

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre: Frogmen and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Junior Varsity, Hello Laser, and Phooka performing improv, followed at 10:00 pm by the brilliant Ed Herbstman directing improvisors to perform in the style of a feature film for The Director Series: The Movie, and then at 11:00 pm improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with last week’s winner competing against The Surge: The Magnet’s Night Out

8:00 pm ($5): NYC comics Raquel D’Apice, Lauren Maul, Eric Frost, Red Tie Mafia, and Peter Oasis performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by the delightful Abbi Crutchfield (VH1) and comedic rapper Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and/or comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), Jermaine Fowler, Jaqi Furback, and more performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for this weekly comedy show hosted by Sean Crespo & Dan Wilbur and produced by Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

9:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Lang Fisher, Adam Conover, and more performing at UCB East with host Noah Garfinkel (co-host Joe Mande is at UCBT-LA this week): Totally J/K

9:30 pm ($5):A parody of The Bachelor written by UCB Chelsea faves Caitlin Bitzegaio (MTV, PBS, ESPN, writer or director of numerous UCBT sketch shows) and Leila Cohan-Miccio (Stone Cold Fox, Pig: A Restaurant), and worth catching if only to experience the delicious comedic performances of standouts Morgan Grace Jarrett (Big Fish, Love Liza, Buffy fan) and Nicole Byer (Doppelganger)—who are especially fun when they turn into an unlikely a comedy duo…: The Bachelor: Romance, Roses, and Romance

…and in the second half of this double-bill, a one-woman show by Sue Smith about anger, directed by the always inventive and delightful Laura Grey: Minimum Rage

9:30 pm ($5): Brilliant comedy writer Eric Drysdale (The Daily Show, The Colbert Report) will deliver a monologue to launch improvisors making up scenes—further inspired by the music of Lianne Smith—<at The PIT upstairs theatre: Beauty Love Truth

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge for The Scene

[FREE] 9:30 pm: A monthly showcase of both stand-ups and improvisors at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by stand-up Zach Broussard and improv troupe Priest & the Beekeeper: Pig Pile

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Juggernaut improv force for chaos Fuck That Shit has stomped three challengers in a row. Tonight Its formidable opponent is improv troupe Dance Break (which includes powerhouses Ellena Chmielewski and Nicole Byer). Expect trouble as these mavericks compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

9:00 pm ($5): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, film actor; host of Sweet), Zhubin Parang (The Daily Show), Adam Newman (MTV, College Humor, comedy CD Not for Horses), and Jason Kanter (FOX’s Red Eye) performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Chris Wilkes (Thunder Gulch): After Dark

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 12/24/11

December 24, 2011

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Janeane Garofalo

TV & movie stars Janeane Garofalo...

Todd Barry

...and Todd Barry celebrate the holidays in their own special ways at 92Y Tribeca's "Hanukkomedy"...

Myq Kaplan and Rich Vos

...and Myq Kaplan, Rich Vos, and other Jews perform at Carolines as "The Chosen Ones"

Most comedy venues are dark for Christmas Eve, but there are still events well worth attending for those of us in need of laughs beyond the painfully awkward ones provided by relatives. Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy tonight (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

[$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s appeared on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, and The Apprentice headlining tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club with fellow Jews Rachel Feinstein and Barry Weintraub: Jon Fisch

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, 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), Sandy Marks (CBS’ King of Queens, director of documentary Manhattan Comedy Nights), and MC Mr. Napkins performing (mostly) stand-up at 92Y Tribeca with host  Liam McEneaney: Hanukkomedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) Utilizing its network of expert talent scouts, theCarolines Comedy Club has managed to locate several Jewish comedians in New York City: Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingDavid Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and onTough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show), Bonnie MacFarlane (Comedy Central, Cheat; okay, not born Jewish, but Jew-ish via marriage osmosis), Adam Newman (MTV, College Humor, comedy CD Not for Horses), and Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo; winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award) . The results are on stage tonight celebrating the Festival of Lights: The Chosen Ones

[$] [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): Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), Mike Yard, Aaron Berg, and more performing stand-up at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/23/11

September 23, 2011

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Mamrie Hart

Mamrie Hart mourns the passing of Gwyneth Paltrow at Celebrity Funeral...

Rich Vos

...and Rich Vos headlines tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club

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: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekdownstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

7:00 pm ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords, while all-gal improvisors Alexis Saarela, Brigid Boyle, Elizabeth Findlay, and Ashley Ward perform as troupe Taco Supreme

7:00 pm ($5): A one-woman show by Alexis Lambright about her quest to pop her cherry: Combating Adult Virginity

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): “Called ‘a seedbed for mighty comedy talents’ by Time Out, this UK sketch comedy troupe has helped launch such stars as Monty Python, Hugh Laurie, Peter Cook, Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams, Emma Thompson, and Sacha Baron Cohen…This current show has already played a string of prestigious London venues and a sell-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival. Now it transfers to the US, stopping off at Second City (Chicago), iO West (Los Angeles), and UCB West (New York):” Cambridge Footlights’ International Tour Show: Pretty Little Panic

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Superb improvisors—tonight featuring guests Fran Gillespie, Jim Santangeli, and Ari Scott—making up a musical on the spot at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the box office using discount code TMAN): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, see Faye be a Green Bean by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Friday nights to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[FREE] 8:00 pm:Three sketch teams compete, with the winner decided by combining audience votes with that of a panel of judges. And while the votes are being tallied, a well-known sketch troupe outside of the competition will perform. Tonight’s show is part of a 15-team sketch tournament at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Arena Sketch League Finals

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A writer/comic who’s currently playing Leon Black on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has performed on Saturday Night Live, FOX, Comedy Central, MTV, The Chris Rock Show, and such feature films as Pootie Tang and Mr. Deeds,headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: JB Smoove

[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 downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s starred on two seasons of Last Comic Standing; has performed a very popular Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; was a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; was the first white comic on Def Jam; wrote for Chris Rock; played Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams; was an unlikely guest on The View; and is a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Rich Vos

8:30 pm ($7): Sketch comedy, sometimes interwoven with a live band: Citizen Models

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from UCB West’s all-star members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The unsinkable Mamrie Hart (rising star who’s snared over 180,000 visits to date with her Harry Potter viral video) hosts eulogies for Gwyneth Paltrow, with participants including Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Henry Zebrowski (Murderfist), Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, and a small army of other comics at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Celebrity Funeral: Gwyneth Paltrow

[$] [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): Gary Gulman, Jon Fisch, Wil Sylvince, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15): An award-winning sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar situations & rituals on their head (for a video about how boys will be girls, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

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): Jon Gabrus, Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at UCB West’s The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:00 pm ($5): NYC comics Sad on Vacation, John Hartman, and Uber Luber Death Metal (Adam Newman & Trevor Williams) performing at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Gentrify

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): One of the finest improvisors alive, Joe Bill (Bassprov, iO, co-founder of the Annoyance Theatre) spearheads a breathtakingly brilliant group of improvisors from Chicago and New York who’ll blow the roof off with lightning-quick dark comedy unlike anything else in NYC. Chicago-based Joe visits NYC only once a month; if he’s at this performance, upgrade it to “MEGA-TOP PICK.” Either way, the other superb players are Jordan Klepper (Klepper & Grey, iO, ), Jodi Lennon (Comedy Central’s Exit 57), Ari Voukydis (UCB instructor, VH!’s Best Week Ever), Doug Stoley (Conan O’Brien, UCB), Rick Andrews (Magnet performer), Mark Grenier (Magnet instructor), Jen Sanders (Magnet performer), and Chet Siegel (Magnet performer), all declaring Lights Out, Shirley!

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

[FREE] Midnight: This show typically isn’t much fun for audience members—which is why it hasn’t been on the UCBT schedule for a long time—but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB West stage. Hosted by Maude troupe Onassis: Liquid Courage

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/13/11

September 13, 2011

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Jessi Klein and Janeane Garofalo

Jessi Klein headlines at the MTV Comedy Showcase, Janeane Garofalo performs at both Tell Your Friends and After Hours with Gene Hackman...

Wyatt Cenac and Rich Vos

...Wyatt Cenac does stand-up at It Is It, and Rich Vos jokes around at Righteous Kill

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Justin Peters about—wait for it—condiments. “Mitch ‘Packets’ Franco has demonstrated condiments at groceries, farmers’ markets, superstores, and gas stations in all 50 states; over the course of 25 minutes, he’ll give you the inside squeeze on how all your favorite condiments are marketed, shipped, distributed, and sold; how to seduce a checkout girl; how to tell a supermarket by its odor; and other lessons learned during his wild life in America’s grocery aisles” at The Magnet: Confessions of a Condiment Hustler

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Blowout line-up of TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), “secret guests who cannot be named,” plus musical guests Sean Bones and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing at the Lolita Bar to celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of the late great Gene Hackman, with tonight’s guests TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, stand-up Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), sketch duo Team Submarine, singer Amy Miles, tweeter Alex Baze, and more performing at UCBeast (UCB East at 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends

[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), Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Dan Soder, Michael Che, Reese Waters, and host Andy Haynes performing at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the one-night-only MTV Comedy Showcase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Marc Bernardin (writer for SyFy Channel’s Aphas) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: At this unique show, comics play videos they’ve made about themselves and then perform sets, with tonight’s guests musical duo The Reformed Whores, plus stand-ups RG Daniels, Andy Haynes, and Tom Sibley at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Anecdotal Evidence

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, American Cousin, Dance Break, Sandino, and Standard Oil—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rosencrantz and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) celebrate the birthdays of Harrison Greenberg and Baratunde Thurston at Bar 82 (136 Second Avenue, between 9th & St. Marks Streets): Happy Birthday Harrison & Baratunde

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show), Bonnie MacFarlane (Comedy Central, Cheat), Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), and Tim Dimond performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features debuts of the one-person shows How I Learned to Love Getting Fired and And That Responsibility Is Overrated, both with the theme of Blown Jobs

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A stellar stand-up show hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show) moves to UCBeast (UCB East at 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B), with tonight’s guests Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), and Henry Phillips: It Is It

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[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 Wednesday 7/13/11

July 13, 2011

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Rich Vos and Mindy Raf

Rich Vos and a fun mix of other comics tell stories for host Tom Shillue at Carolines, while brilliant singer/songwriter Mindy Raf is a Comedy School Dropout

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($11 & 2-drink min.): Star yarn-spinner Tom Shillue hosts a storytelling show with performances by an endrearing mix from our comedy community spectrum: Rich Vos, Kurt Braunohler, John Flynn, and Swords, all for one night only at—of all places—the Carolines Comedy Club: Tom Shillue’s FunnyStory.biz

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers ofThe Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm form one of the finest comedy troupes in NYC as Outlook of the Poet; plus in the other half of this double-bill, Chelsea Clarke & Brandon Gardner perform as the duo Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter; VH1), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Abbi Crutchfield (MTV, VH1), and Annie Lederman (Comedy Central) performing stand-up 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!): Typically terrific NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Carla Rhodes (acclaimed ventriloquist), Calvin S. Cato (Game Show Network), Boris Khaykin (Comedy Central’s Atom TV), Kristeen von Hagen (Showtime’s Comics Without Borders), and Rae Sanni performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

9:15 pm ($5 if you say the code Not Guilty, What? at the door): Stand-up Adam Newman (College Humor), The People Sketch Association, and “a mystery guest from Toronto” performing at UNDER St. Marks for Sketch Block

9:30 pm ($5): A new UCBT sketch show by Ryan Karels: Radio Rogue; and in the other half of this double-bill, a mini-play that pleased the college-age audience I saw it with, but that I wish wasn’t written to be so calculating and by-the-numbers (e.g., the ending was dead obvious within the first few minutes)…but is probably worth seeing if only for the genuinely fresh & funny tailor scene: Brad Sacks Gets a Handjob

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[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 in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/3/10

March 3, 2010

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Todd Barry experiments with telling dirty jokes while Rich Vos goes wholesome at Comix's The Squeaky Dirty, Filthy Clean Show

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] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm ($5): Brent Sullivan performing his one-man show about extreme homophobia in Fag Life: A Conversation with Fred Phelps

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen performing a one-woman show in which she applies for “The Greatest French Person in the World Award” only to discover a terrible family secret involving waffles—and while performance trumps material here, Andrée is a fresh young talent worth discovering (for a memorable show highlight, shot with Andrée’s real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch, please click here); plus real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with this new scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton, in the double-bill French Toast and D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7; or save a buck and avoid a sell-out by buying in advance online): Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), plus superb stand-ups Rachel Feinstein, Jon Friedman, Seth Herzog, and Baratunde Thurston, at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s popular showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online using code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item min.): A mix of clean and blue stand-ups—who might opt to switch places—tonight including stellar comics Todd Barry, Rich Vos, Bonnie Franklin, Myq Kaplan, and host Bryan Kennedy: The Squeaky Dirty, Filthy Clean Show

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Rachael Parenta, Jay Bois, Dave Konig, Dan Hirshon, Garry Hannon, and Carrie Gravenson performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, Look At This F**king Hipster), Frank Lesser (writer for The Colbert Report), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), and “a special guest” performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo Roo, Rogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) comprise one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC, and they’ll demonstrate that tonight as troupe Outlook of the Poet; plus genius Death by Roo Roo improvisors Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik will create an epic film on the spot at The Two-Man Movie

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.