NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/26/11

July 26, 2011

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Adam Wade and Jon Friedman

Two of the most beloved nice guys in comedy, Adam Wade and Jon Friedman, perform one-man shows in "Cool as Nice"...

Sean Patton and Eric Andre

...and two of the most beloved wild men in comedy, Sean Patton and Eric Andre, perform tonight at "Righteous Kill"

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): Duo improv from team Snazzle Dazzle ; and improv revolving around “the anticipation, the fall-out, that fragile moment when love blooms or dies” in Double Date

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Two one-man shows from top comedic storytellers beloved for their sweet, vulnerable styles: Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) and Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show) performing at Brooklyn’s Union HallCool at Nice

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, and Marvel Assistant Editors Ellie Pyle and Rachel Pinnelas, talk about Dan’s new story arc Spider Island with super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage, as well as conduct a lively & hilarious discussion aboutfour-color pop culture, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Jennifer Dziura, who hosts Brooklyn’s Spelling Bee and writes women’s blog TheGrindstone.com, debuts a one-woman show about women through the ages, from Eve to Oprah: The History of Women in 60 Minutes

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Airwolf, Mr. Crime, Grandma’s Ashes, Sandino, American Cousinl, and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students acting weird—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: Rebound and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Andy Blitz (comedy genius best known for being an Emmy-nominated and long-time writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien; has also written for Comedy Central’s Important Things, MTV’s Human Giant, etc.; a thoroughly unique stand-up whose sets—ranging from talking peanut butter to jet-flying cats—tend to be unforgettable), 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), Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, TBS’ Lopez Report, Comedy Central, FOX’s In the Flow), and Maysoon Zayid (self-described “Palestinian Muslim virgin with cerebral palsy, from New Jersey;” cast member for two seasons of As the World Turns; pundit for Keith Olbermann) performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($8): Two one-woman shows from Peter Michael Marino’s Flying Solo class: “Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts. And Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, even Katherine Heigel. But she isn’t. Her high cinematic hopes for her love life start to get in the way of reality on her quest for the perfect co-star” in Hopeless Romantic Comedy; and “What is success and what is failure? A tale of a girl growing up, figuring out what is important to her and learning that she can have her cake and eat it too!” in One Fat Step at a Time

[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 Tuesday 6/28/11

June 28, 2011

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Ilana Glazer, Nikki Glaser, and Jon Glaser

Ilana Glazer, Nikki Glaser, Jon Glaser, and more gather for the delightfully silly "Glas/zer Family Reunion"...

Pete Holmes

...and Pete Holmes continues his week-long visit to NYC from LA tonight at "Righteous Kill" and "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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm: Lauren Adams & Megan Maes performing musical improv, plus stellar guest improv troupe Doppelganger, at Warbucks

7:00 pm ($5): Two tough guys from the 1930s will explain the ins and outs of Hollywood at sketch show Listen Kid! ; and duo improv by Dustin Drury and Andrew Yurman-Glaser in Upstate New York

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), 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), Dan Crohn (stand-up visiting from Boston), Justy Dodge, and musical guest Scott Gibson performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

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

[TOP PICK] [FREE; plus free BBQ!] 8:00 pm: Jon Glaser (long-time writer for Conan O’Brien, star of Adult Swim’s Delocated), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), Aaron Glaser (Funny or Die), and brother & sister Eliot Glazer (author of My Parents Were Awesome) and Ilana Glazer (co-star of Broad City) in a very silly show gathering all the comics in NYC whose last names happen to be Glaser or Glazer (only Eliot & Ilana are actually related) at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): The Glas/zer Family Reunion

8:00 pm ($5; includes free tecate): “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor” at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents): The New York City Crime Report

8:00 pm ($8): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, Standard Oil, American Cousin, Sandino, and Airwolf, and at 11:00 pm UCBT students mixing it up with improv veterans—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: Tambourine & BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, Ugly Americans, VH1’s Best Week Ever, staff writer for NBC’s OutsourcedThe New Yorker; co-star of the hilariousFront Page Films), Stuckey & Murray (superb singing comedy duo), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Nick Turner (host of Monsters and Too Cool for School), and guest DJ Matt McCarthy performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) guest-hosted tonight by Roger Hailes (Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, Live at Gotham): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, Ugly Americans, VH1’s Best Week Ever, staff writer for NBC’s OutsourcedThe New Yorker; co-star of the hilariousFront Page Films), Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert Report,Jimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), and Anton Laroid performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[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 Tuesday 12/14/10

December 14, 2010

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Anthony Jeselnik: "Shakespeare" and Hannibal Buress: "My Name is Hannibal"

Top comics with top comedy albums in 2010 perform stand-up tonight at Righteous Kill

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): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, The Marijuana-logues), and Lane Moore (The Onion) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—includes free food, drinks, and prizes!): Fourth Anniversary show—and the last one at The PIT’s current location—featuring comics industry pros Jeff Newelt a.k.a JahFurry (comics editor of Smith, Heeb, Royal Flush; editor of Harvey Pekar Project; twitter.com/jahfurry), Mike Geszel (writer of Tribes: The Dog Years), and Seth Kushner (creator ofCulturePOP photocomix) joining 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, Sandino, Ragnaröck, DeCoster, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film at The Two-Man Movie, plus Laura Grey, Jordan Klepper, and two guest improvisors reenact a 1970s ritual in Key Party—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink minimum): “All-virgin show” consisting of folks who’ve never performed stand-up before, with the awkwardness happening at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) enabled by delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Four top stand-ups selected by Punchline Magazine as creating one of the Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2010: Anthony Jeselnik (album Shakespeare), Hannibal Burress (album My Name is Hannibal), Myq Kaplan (album Vegan Mind Meld), and co-host Joe DeRosa (album The Depression Auction) performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues), God’s Pottery (hilarious pretend Christian folk rock duo), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, VH1), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): “Six strangers are summoned to an unusual meeting by their mysterious host, Mr. Body. When Mr. Body is found dead, these strangers become suspects, each with their own devious motive. Who killed Mr. Body? In which room? And with which weapon?” Young talents make up comedy scenes based on a popular board game in Clue-Prov

[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 11/9/10

November 9, 2010

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Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik, one of the funniest stand-ups ever, performs tonight at Righteous Kill

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 a group of improvisors perform improv based on a single location, in the double-bill The Cascade and Mono-Piece Theatre

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy giants Wyatt Cenac and Eugene Mirman, wonderful human beatbox Shockwave, Prescott Tolk (visiting from Chicago), and more performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry creators Dan Slott & Joe Carmagna (Amazing Spider-Man) join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussionabout 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 Robber Baron, DeCoster, Bastian, Ragnaröck, and Monstro, followed by UCBT students performing alongside improv veterans, all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Dan St. Germaine (quick-witted comic worth keeping an eye on; MTV, College Humor), Jermaine Fowler (Comical Radio, Sirius Xm Radio), Danny Leary (MTV, host of On The Rocks), and Meg Cupernall performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), Andrea Rosen (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien), and MIke Lawrence (Just for Laughs fest) performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and guest-host Mike Recine: Righteous Kill

8:30 pm ($5): “Alan Fessenden shall run the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Tuesday night shall be the real gut check. Alan Fessenden shall be paired with mystery scene partners, that will, most likely, break his spirit. One of these scene partners shall be chosen from you, the audience. Can Alan Fessenden rise to the challenge? Can Alan Fessenden finish? Will he fail? Or will Alan Fessenden be the…” Marathon Man

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), A.D. Miles (head writer for Jimmy Fallon), (Laura Krafft (writer for NBC’s The Marriage Ref and former writer for The Colbert Report), Nick Turner (co-host of Too Cool for School), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1; new feature Web Site of the Week): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 10:15 pm ($7): Improv veterans Carrie Clifford, Rachel Hamilton, and David Razowsky make stuff up at this one-night-only threesome: Hamilton, Clifford, and Razowsky

[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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.