NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 12/30/15

December 30, 2015

Mike Lawrence describes his winding career path, from seven years of working a drive-through window at McDonald’s to currently being a staff writer at Emmy Award-winning series Inside Amy Schumer, for my new podcast here.

Sandra BernhardA comic and singer who’s been a movie star, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing her annual new show with her band for New Year’s Eve—but it’s way less expensive if you see it tonight: Sandra Bernhard: Feel the Bernhard (7:30 pm & 9:30 pm, $65 plus  2-item min., Joe’s Pub at 425 Lafayette Street)

More 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] 6:00 pm-midnight: Six free hours of improvisation—including an open-to-all improv jam at 6:00 pm; group Gypsy Danger, which includes Katie Hartman and Evan Kaufman at 8:00 pm; and PIT owner Ali Farahnakian & friends at 10:25 pm—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Super Free Wednesday

7:00 pm-11:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): Four hours of improv from eight groups—plus a free improv jam at 6:00 pm—at The Magnet theatre: Magnet Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Sharp storytellers Aparna Nancherla, Andy Christie, Colin Dempsey, Sadie Stein, and Sean H. Doyle performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley: How I Learned Gravity Always Wins

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:30 pm, 12:15 am, and 2:00 am ($24, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Some of the finest stand-ups in the country spread among five shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) and an 8:00 pm show at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Wednesday

7:30 pm ($5): Expanding the UCB longform improv showcased on Harold Night is this weekly show at UCB East which features three house groups making up scenes on the spot: Lloyd Night

7:30 pm ($6): Sketch comedy and more at Astoria Queens comedy venue QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue) hosted by Black Magic Lab (sketch duo Meggie Spellman & Anne Victoria Clark): New Year’s Eve-Eve Ball of Regret

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which sharp writer/performers—who tonight are Jeff Hiller, Mike Kelton, Sharon Spell, and host Dave Martin—tell tales that are honest and hilarious at the UCB Chelsea theatre: The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically superb stand-ups performing for this free weekly stand-up show at Lucky Jack’s Pub (129 Orchard Street) produced by Kyle Fincham, Lance Weiss, and Brendon Fitzgibbons: Gandhi, Is That You?

[TOP PICK] 9:15 pm ($5): The instructors of UCB’s classes include some of the finest improvisors in the country. In this new weekly show a bunch of them get on stage at UCB East hosted by Doug Mo and/or Ben Rameaka: Hot for Teacher: The UCB Faculty Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At the UCB Chelsea theatre, sketch comedy with trumpets: An Evening with the Trumpet Boys

…and in the second half of this double-bill, sketch group Astronomy Club—which includes Keisha Zollar and Jonathan Braylock—invite you to “join Reverend Professor Ray Cordova in the year 2025 as he delivers a lesson in what really happened in black history. In our past, discover what the Underground Railroad has in common with the MTA, watch in awe as Batman meet the Black Panthers, and in our not-too-distant future, Obama is all washed up, Rick Ross sings protest anthems, and the first female president will shock you! This show is the realization of MLK’s dream…or maybe his nightmare:” Astronomy Club: A Journey Through Black History

9:30 pm ($5): NYC comics performing stand-up or sketch at The PIT downstairs lounge produced by Tovah Silbermann and hosted by Griffin Newman and Andrew Tavin: The Awooga Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: 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’ LIC (10-93 Jackson Avenue), hosted by Chris Laker: The Show

[TOP PICK] 10:15 pm ($5): Improvisors Lauren Adams, Dave Bluvband, Noah Forman, Karin Hammerberg, and Diana Kolsky make up scenes about obsessions at the UCB East theatre: The Fix

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “The Rainbow Dancers are a handful of amateur dancers whose faces are painted different colors of the rainbow. Watch as they create improvised and completely synchronized dances to your favorite holiday and pop songs. Guaranteed to be the weirdest holiday comedy show you see this season” spearheaded by the wonderful Jo Firestone (exceptionally inventive and irresistible rising star; The Chris Gethard Show, radio host of WFMU’s Dr. Gameshow, live-on-stage host of Punderdome 3000, The Unexpectashow, and The Incredible Game Show Showcase) at the UCB Chelsea theatre: New Year’s Eve with Rainbow Dancers

Wednesday Open Mics & Jams

5:00 pm ($5): Two-hour open mic for 20 stand-ups performing for 5 minutes each, with sign-up online here, at the Stand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 5 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ LIC (10-93 Jackson Avenue) hosted by Kaity Neagle & Irene Hartmann: Ragtag Team Open Mic Stand-Up

6:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, running 2 1/2 hours. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Sign up at 5:45 pm for the opportunity to make up scenes at The Magnet with veteran improvisors: Magnet Improv Mixer

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Your chance to improvise on stage at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Anthony Velez & Parker Denton: Recess

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly two-hour open mic storytelling show allows each performer 8 minutes to tell a compelling and funny tale at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Jake Hart and a guest co-host: The Dump

11:00 pm ($3): Open mic stand-up show, with each comic whose name is selected from a bucket getting on stage for 3-5 minutes (depending on the number of comics) at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Camel Butt

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly walk-in open mic stand-up providing 3 minutes for each comic whose name is pulled from a bucket (but no actual punch or pie, that’s just a lure to entice you to come) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Matthew Tenenbaum: Punch & Pie

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your chance to perform on stage with experienced improvisors at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Bernard Maynore and/or Patrick Cucuta: Improdome

[FREE] 11:15 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans: The Improv Jam

For many more shows, please click the following links to top NYC comedy venues:

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world; especially strong on improv, sketch, solo shows, and one-act comedic plays; shows free-$10)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seater; a top comedy venue that focuses more than sister theatre UCB Chelsea on stand-up and screenings, and on experimental shows taking big risks; shows free-$10)

The PIT Striker (Upstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seater; a top venue that’s a powerful rival of UCB, and often surpasses UCB when blending comedy with music and/or theatricality; shows free-$20)

The PIT Underground (Downstairs) Theatre
(123 East 24th Street; 40-seater; often more quirky & experimental than upstairs Striker; shows free-$10)

The PIT Loft
(154 West 29th Street; 50-seater; not at the level of its two sister PIT theatres, but evolving; shows free-$10)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; strong on improv, musical improv, sketch, and energy; shows $5-$10)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; spinning off from Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, brings a fiercely fresh, experimental approach to improv and sketch; shows free-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

Union Hall
(702 Union Street in Brooklyn; R to Union Street; 50-seat theatre; shows $5-$20)

(622 Degraw Street in Brooklyn; R to Union Street; 100-seat theatre; shows $5-$20)

Bell House
(149 7th Street in Brooklyn; R to 9th Street or F/G to Fourth Ave.; 200-seat theatre; shows $10-$25)

QED: A Place to Show & Tell
(27-16 23rd Avenue in Astoria Queens; N/Q to Ditmars Boulevard; 40-seat theatre; shows free-$10)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

Village Underground
(130 West 3rd Street; Comedy Cellar’s larger sister venue, just around the corner with the same top comics; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Other NYC Live Shows, Heavily Marked Down via Goldstar:
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The Stand

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Kinky Boots

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible…It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive. It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 10/22/12

October 22, 2012

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Sandra Bernhard and W Kamau Bell

Sandra Bernhard, W. Kamau Bell, and other sharp comics gather at the Gotham Comedy Club to mock the final Presidential debate

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:

6:00 pm ($1): Weekly hour-long open-mic storytelling show, with audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 8 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge along with host Jake Hart: The Dump

6:00 pm ($5 cover for comics, no cover for audience with code HyReviews, plus 1-drink min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4 1/2 minutes per set and 20 comics crammed into 2 hours—at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club (99 MacDougal Street) for John Morrison’s Village Motel

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): At this Magnet double-bill, first all-gal sketch troupe Black Magic Lab (Anne Victoria Clark, Meggie Spellman, and Krista Jensen) promise “If you like neighborhood serial killers and sexy lady ninjas, you will very much enjoy this show” which is directed by the razor-sharp Julie Klausner; and then another all-gal sketch troupe takes the stage, straight from the seven seas: Black Magic Lab: Jar of Bees and Pirate Sugar

7:00 pm ($5): Brandon Gulya works out the kinks of a new one-man sketch show he’s developing at UCB Chelsea; come help him figure it out with your laughs and silences: Tom Cruise World and Other Novels

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Four improvisers form teams with comics they’ve never performed with before at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Kaleidoscope

7:30 pm ($10; sign-up starts at 7:00 pm): Open mic for stand-ups, storytellers, singers, poets, actors, and more, with 5 minutes per performer and 25 slots available, at One and One Bar’s Downstairs Nexus Lounge (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) hosted by Nathan P., followed by a raucous afterparty with dancing & drink specials from 10:00 to midnight: Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and cowriter-director-producer-costar of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo that’s become one of the very best attractions at UCB Chelsea and should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($9.47 online or $8 at the door): Rob Cantrell, Tony Camin, and Bruce Cherry perform their acclaimed off-Broadway show about pot (written by Doug Benson, Arj Barker and Tony Camin) for one night only at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): The Marijuana-Logues

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller and sharp stand-up with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another),  Coker and Stratton (30 Rock, Comedy Central), Austin Rodrigues (Comedy Central), Brian Longwell (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Andy Kaufman Award finalist), and Jenn Dodd (sketch comic) performing at UCB East hosted by Sharon Spell: The Big Shrink

8:00 pm ($8): The debut of this sketch troupe at The PIT upstairs theatre performing a show titled I Love Your Work: Musical Appreciation Society

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): Sandra Bernhard, W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, Sam Seder, and Frank Coniff riff on the final Presidential debate, supplemented by online commentary from their fellow comics on WitStream, at the Gotham Comedy Club: Presidential Debate Mocking with Sandra Bernhard and More

[FREE] 8:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Hadiyah Robinson, Tom McCaffrey, Josh Gondelman, and Telly Robinson performing at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless back room (557 Manhattan Avenue, near the G subway’s Nassau Avenue stop) hosted by Nimesh Patel, Mike Denny, and/or Michael Che: Broken Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Camille Harris ((irresistible rising star singer/sketch comic/cutie; featured player on The Moon Show, co-host of My High School Boyfriend Was Gay), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of numerous shows), Lisa Kleinman, and Aparna Nancherla performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free biweekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

9:00 pm ($8): “Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts. And Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, even Katherine Heigel. But her high cinematic hopes for her love life get in the way of reality on her quest to find the perfect co-star.” This one-woman show is at The PIT upstairs theatre: Hopeless Romantic Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two UCB Chelsea house sketch troupes try out fresh material: HUNK (which includes such stellar talents as Leslie Meisel, Aaron Jackson, and Zhubin Parang), and Bellevue (which I haven’t seen yet): Maude Night: HUNK & Bellevue

9:30 pm ($5): The debut of the only open-stage show for entire groups of improvisors and sketch comics, running weekly at UCB East hosted by Austin Rodrigues: Bring Your Own Team: Improv/Sketch Team Jam

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Following a club format, hosts Nore Davis & Andrew Short perform stand-up throughout for a total of 25 minutes, two comics each perform a 15-minute set, and then a seasoned headliner closes out the show with a 20-minute set, all at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: On the Road

10:00 pm ($8): Stand-up,. sketch comics, and improv groups mix up their regular routines; plus host Kissing Disease performs an improvised monoscene based on an audience member’s suggested obstacle at The PIT upstairs theatre: Kissing Disease Tries Something

10:00 pm ($5): Comics of a variety of races, views, and shoes perform a variety of comedy bits at The Magnet hosted by Chano Garcia: Stir the Pot

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Karaoke at the UCB East Bar for the 9:30 BYOT improvisors and more, hosted by Joe McGinty: Karaoke Night at the Hot Chicks Room

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Improv students are welcomed onto the stage at The PIT downstairs lounge for this weekly open access show hosted by Gary DeNoia & Langston Belton: Base Jam

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who are no longer being announced in advance, but it’s virtually always a great lineup—at UCB Chelsea guest-hosted by someone wonderful (while Leo Allen is in LA): Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! 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 at this exceptionally supportive stand-up open-mic at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Jared Reed: Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/1/11

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

The recommendations for the best in New York City comedy on New Year’s Day are

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm ($50 cover, plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star, a singer, and lived a roller coaster career, but remains a performer unlike anyone else, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s PubSandra Bernhard

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining tonight and Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 12/31/10

December 31, 2010

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The recommendations for the best in New York City comedy on New Year’s Eve are:

Leslie Goshko

[TOP PICK] [$] 5:00 pm ($20, which includes 1 glass of champaign; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! This evening’s yarn-spinners are Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller and host of The Liar Show TV pilot; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Peter Aguero (Conan O’Brien), and Colin Dempsey (ComedyLand). Come to the West Village’sCornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) and let host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) attempt to mislead you at this special year-end edition of The Liar Show

And, if money is no object:

Amy Schumer

New Year’s Eve with Amy Schumer & Joe DeRosa

Amy Schumer (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Fallon, huge recent national TV ads) and Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction) help you ring in the New Year via an early show at 7:30 pm ($85, including open bar) or the real deal at 9:30 pm ($110, including open bar). To purchase tickets, please click here.

7:30 pm ($85, includes open bar) & 9:30 pm ($110, includes open bar) at Comix,

353 West 14th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)


New Year’s Eve with Sandra Bernhard

A comic who’s been a movie star and singer, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub at 9:00 pm ($100) and 11:00 pm ($150). For details and/or to order tickets, please click here.

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/30/10

December 30, 2010

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Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard performs tonight and on New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub...

Gavin Speiller and Pamela Murphy

...and two of the most brilliant rising stars in the biz are on stage tonight: Gavin Speiller playing both side at "Cage Match," and Pamela Murphy performing her unforgetable one-woman show "The C Word"

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Paul Welsh debuts a one-man show about which comedy giant Shannon O’Neil says “Paul made my job easy and asked me to direct gold covered in crazy. You are going to want to see this show!”; plus Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey debut a sketch show, in the double-bill Men in Paintings: A Day in the Crisp Family Hall of Portraits and Klepper and Grey: Baggage

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($50 cover, plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star, a singer, and lived a roller coaster career, but remains a performer unlike anyone else, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub through New Year’s Eve: Sandra Bernhard

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Pamela Murphy proves herself to be a star in this not-to-be-missed autobiographical show that’s the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT this year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Murphy’s work, please clickhere); plus Michael Hartney performs a one-man show that (as a highly informed and engaged Superman fan) I found way too mild and superficial, but maybe I’ll give it a second look tonight, in the double-bill Pamela Murphy: The C Word and So I Like Superman

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sketch troupe The Upset Triangle—which includes Dan McNamara, animator of the wonderful The Bear, The Cloud, and God series—celebrates its 10th Year Anniversary with guests Free Love Forum (ace musical improvisors), stand-up Adam Newman (College Humor), Daft Punk, Teddy Roosevelt, and Kurt Braunohler, all at The Upset Triangle

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining for one last night at Carolines: Dave Attell

[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 comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set onJimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): UCBT comics, including the delightfully snarky Shannon O’Neill and quick-witted sarcastic sketch troupe Sidecar, look back at what was awful in 2010 at The It Sucked! Awards

9:30 pm ($5): Desiree Nash wrote and co-stars in a sketch show revolving around the comedic travails of dating: Check Please!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Gavin Speiller, who has one of the most brilliant minds to ever grace the improv world, battles himself tonight as his world-class improv troupe Death by Roo Roo competes against his original stellar improv troupe Rogue Elephant for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/31/09

December 31, 2009

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/29/09

December 29, 2009

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Sandra Bernhard continues her comedy & music show tonight at Joe's Pub

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 ($5): Star Trek episodes made up on the spot at the new PIT improv show Start-Trekkin’ New York

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Wednesday (with Amy Schumer) at Carolines: Dave Attell

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups Jena Friedman, Claudia Cogan, Elon James White, Anthony DeVito, and H. Alan Scott performing roughly 140 recent literary achievements at this unique new reading event hosted by Jackie Monahan and Shawn Hollenbach: The Twitter Reading Series

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Scootch, Robber Baron, Ragnaröck, and People People, and (the probable highlight) UCBT troupe Wildhorn! performing two entirely improvised musicals—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): John O’Donnell tells lots of comedic stories in his long-running one-man show The O’Donnellogues

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Musical improv beatbox genius Reggie Watts, The Daily Show correspondents Wyatt Cenac and Aasif Mandvi, and Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness) performing at The Slipper Room for this LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($50 ticket; plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star and singer, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub through New Year’s Eve: Sandra Bernhard

[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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