NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/20/11

September 20, 2011

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Sean Patton and Myq Kaplan

Sean Patton performs stand-up at "Sweet," Myq Kaplan does the same at "Tell Your Friends"...

Tom Shillue and Shayna Ferm

...Tom Shillue tells sexy tales at "Stripped Stories," and Shayna Ferm sings at "Twat's Up!"

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): A one-man show by Andrew Fafoutakis about his life in Minnesota that’s “part comedy, part storytelling, and part rock concert:” Prince and a Pauper

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 suggested donation): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), star stand-up Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents), and Andy Ross (Real Characters) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling raunchy comedic tales—plus hot songs from Adira Amram (fresh, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act)—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC, which tonight is putting on a special edition for Planned Parenthood of New York City at Babeland Soho (43 Mercer Street, near the #6 subway’s Spring Street stop and the N/R Canal Street stop): Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jon Rineman (writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon), Eric Ledgin (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Costaki Economopoulos (Showtime, Sirius XM) performing at the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), musical guest Mike Doughty (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien; formerly of band Soul Coughing; solo album Sad Man Happy Man), and more performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros 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

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Grandma’s Ashes, Mr. Crime, Sandino, Dance Break, and Very Good Kiss—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm (sketch troupe Fearsome, musicalGrease 3: Threase), and stand-ups R. G. Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), Hadiyah Robinson, Andy Sandford, and Annie Lederman performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Jackie Zebrowski, Julia Johns, and Sharron Paul: Twat’s Up!

8:00 pm ($5): Anne Johnson & Scott Lawrie “combine Eastern religions with Western bass beats to create the duo’s patented dance therapy” at The PIT for Work it Out with Anne and Scott

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: Mint Condition and Rosencrantz

[TOP PICK] 9:00 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), Rory Scovel (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Eric Ledgin (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Justin Silver, Ari Shaffir, and more performing stand-up at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): “Ever watch an improv set and think, Geeze, I want to know everything about how that show came together: What were the performers thinking about? How did they approach each scene? What notes will their coach give them? Yep, us too. Presenting a post-show panel discussion, Q&A session, and debriefing that dissects, explores, and explains some of the ins and outs of improv” at The PIT, with tonight focusing on troupe House Team Stranger and coach Jeff Lepine: The Operation Theater

[FREE] 9:30 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell

10:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show): 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

[FREE] MIdnight: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Boris Khaykin: Tuesdays at Midnight

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/8/11

June 8, 2011

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Kurt & Kristen, and Shayna Ferm

This year's magical SketchFest NYC runs June 8-11 at UCBT. Participants on this opening night include Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler (Kurt & Kristen), Shayna Ferm (Sketch Rocks!)...

Kate McKinnon and Adira Amram

...Kate McKinnon (Gramp's and This Is About Smith), and Adira Amram (Sketch Rocks!)

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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:00 pm – 1:00 am: One of the most delightful comedy festivals to grace NYC, this seventh annual SketchFest boasts shows from Kurt & Kristen, The Onion, The Harvard Sailing Team, The Whitest Kids U’ Know, Comedy Central Digital, Channel 101, and even Marvel Comics!

Other notable shows include a one-night-only reunion of acclaimed all-gal troupe Meat; a “Secret Screening” of something special Friday at midnight; and often the most delightful event of the whole shebang, the closing night Craptacular featuring material from festival participants too rude or bizarre to fit into their regular shows, and this year hosted by Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show).

To get a feel for some of the best troupes who’ll be participating, please click here.

Produced by Alex Zalben, who has superb comedic taste, this is a four-evening extravaganza worth experiencing. Many of these shows will almost certainly sell out, so buy tickets in advancefor the ones you want ($10 each); or simply opt for the $100 all-you-can-see pass to get into any and every show of SketchFest NYC 2011

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Sara Schaefer (Jimmy Fallon, VH1), Eric Bergstrom (author of Grimmer Tales), David Cope (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable of Gentlemen), and Yannis Pappas (MTV, VH1) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($10 plus $10 drink minimum; for reservations, call 212.989.9319): Some of the finest stand-ups in NYC—Jessie Klein, Brooke Van Poppelen, Jared Logan, Dan St. Germain, and Jordan Carlos—performing at the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) with host Gilad Foss: Comedy Under Cornelia

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal line-up of Robin Fox, Mara Herron, and Jeni Aron performing stand-up at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 45th & 46th Streets) for a gay-themed show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[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 Thursday 10/14/10

October 14, 2010

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Show Business Weekly says "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed" about Shayna Ferm's and Katherine Bryant Flaherty's "Grease 3: Threase"

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

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “You’re quite a celebrity around here. We’ve even got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You’ve got a drink named Steve?” A panel of NYC stand-ups and improvisors riff on and take apart jokes like that one in Joke Lab: Dissection of the Joke; plus a second comedy show titled The Interogation Room, all for just five bucks at Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Andrea Rosen, Tim Ellis, Eliot Glazer, Mike Camillo, and Joy Gabriel—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “In Harm’s Way” at one of thefinest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Simon Amstell demonstrates why he’s a star in the UK with a sly and sublimely hilarious one-man show that’s distinctly different from most US comedy sets, and well worth experiencing: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): “Pops” on the WB’s The Wayans Bros. headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Witherspoon

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup of top comics—Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, UK star Francesca Martinez, Jared Logan, and Mike Lawrence—performing tonight at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Star UK comic Glenn Wool, Nick Vatterott, Luke Cunningham, Ben Kissel, and more performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, C, C, & E Improv Factory and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/7/10

October 7, 2010

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Grease 3: Threase

Hilarious & beloved sketch comics including Katherine Bryant Flaherty, 7 months gloriously pregnant Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, Livia Scott, and Amy Heidt star in the long-awaited sequel "Grease 3: Threase"

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

7:00 pm ($5): Desiree Nash wrote and co-stars in a sketch show revolving around the comedic travails of dating: Check Please!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up star Caroline Rhea and Big Terrific’s Max Silvestri join hosts Shonali Bhowmik and Andrea Rosen, who are the S and A of the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Showheadlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Nick Prueher and Mark Breese (Found Footage Festival) host a screening of a very, very bad film from 1985 “shot entirely in Galveston Texas featuring poorly-dubbed dialogue, a naive understanding of how computers work, and two musical performances by heavy metal band Panther:”Computer Beach Party

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: NYC stand-ups (no lineup is announced, so you takes your chances) 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 on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Paranoia; and the storytellers are Kambri Crews (Love, Daddy), Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin), genius musical guest Reggie Watts (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, The Electric Company), and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, Dog Court and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/15/10

July 15, 2010

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Shayna Ferm

Hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Shayna Ferm (above), Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, Chris O'Connor, and Livia Scott perform their spectacular new comedic musical Grease 3:Threase

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] 6:00 pm ($5): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world;” and Paul W. Downs performs another one-man show, in the double-bill Billy Eichner Goes Pop! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday ($29.50 online or at the box office using discount code PPBBOX through July 24th): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from not just watching what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of The Penis

8:00 pm ($10): A fun sketch troupe (for video samples, please click here) present its latest work at Inside Joke Films

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Comedy genius Andy Blitz, the Sklar Brothers (prepping for their headlining run this weekend at Comix), hilarious stand-up Dan St. Germaine, sketch comic Andres de Bouchet, and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield, Nick Turner, Jordan Carlos, Erin Foley, and Dan Wilbur performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), Adam Newman, and a roast for CollegeHumor’s Amir Blumenfeld—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv troupes, Doppelganger and Bully, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/11/10

February 11, 2010

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World-class comedy troupe Fearsome (Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, and Katherine Bryant)...

...and musical comedy duo Stuckey & Murray perform (with clothes) at A-Side/B-Side

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 ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include legendary sketch & stand-up comic Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), acclaimed world-class storyteller Mike Daisey (called “the master” by The New York Times), stellar raunchy storyteller Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Peter Lubell (The Moth), and Juliet Wayne (The Moth)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Obsessions” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing a one-woman extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and BoF in This Old Thing

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers—with tonight’s participants star storyteller Adam Wade, wonderful stand-up & storyteller Brooke Van Poppelen, Jenn Wehrung, Jasmin Singer, Todd Rosenberg, Julia Wright, Boni Joi, and Julianna Forlano—produced in New York by Anne Altman and Julia Wright, with tonight’s theme geared for Valentine’s Day: Mortified: Heartbreak Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of the best comedy troupes in NYC—Fearsome, Stuckey & Murray, and Elephant Larry—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and The Big Ass Movie—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.