NYC Top Comedy Choices for Week of July 5 – July 12, 2009

July 5, 2009

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The incomparable Lennon Parham

This blog is on vacation—aside from sporadic updates—until July 13  so I can focus on book and film projects. (And by the way, if you need help with a book or screenplay, please visit my sites and

Daily listings will resume on July 13th.

That said, here are quick recommendations of notable shows happening this week:

Sunday 7/5 at 6:00 pm: One-woman show I Wanna Be Famous at 308 Broadway from Jessica Delfino

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/5 at 7:30 pm: Pete Holmes headlining at Comix

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Tom Shillue, Vanessa Hollingshead, and Jamie Kilstein at an all-star edition of stand-up comedy show Tell Your Friends

Monday 7/6 at 8:00 pm: A superb Boston stand-up comic headlining at Comix: Doug Saulnier

Monday 7/6 at 11:00 pm: Leo Allen’s star-studded, and entirely free, stand-up comedy showcase Whiplash

Tuesday 7/7 at 8:30 pm: A not-to-be-missed killer stand-up lineup—Janeane Garofalo, John Mulaney, Joe Mande, humor author Bob Powers, and brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes—at Punch Up Your Life

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:00 pm: Lennon Parham demonstrating her comedy genius in her acclaimed one-woman show She Tried to be Normal

Wednesday 7/8 at 7:30 pm: Adam Wade gathering top storytellers to tell their Real Tales of College

Wednesday 7/8 at 9:30 pm: Todd Barry headlining at Carolines

Thursday 7/9 at 8:00 pm: NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler hosting Hot Tub Variety

Thursday 7/9 at 9:30 pm: Ace performers Shockwave, God’s Pottery, and Ben Lerman performing both their best and oddest material at A-Side/B-Side

Thursday 7/9 at 11:00 pm: Death by Roo Roo battling all comers at improv competition Cage Match

Friday 7/10 at 8:00 pm: Jenny Slate performing her delightful & hilarious one-woman show Dead Millionaire

Friday 7/10 at 9:30 pm: Artful & hilarious improv troupe The Stepfathers

Friday 7/10 at 11:00 pm: Brilliant storyteller Chris Gethard telling amazing true tales via his Magic Box of Stories

Friday 7/10 at midnight: Pete Holmes hosting the best free open-mic stand-up in NYC, Gutbucket

Saturday 7/11 at 9:00 pm: The gutsiest improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo

Saturday 7/11 at 10:30 pm: All-star improv troupe Reuben Williams

Sunday 7/12 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza ASSSCAT 3000

Sunday 7/12 at 8:00 pm: Marc Maron performing a condensed version of his superb one-man show—for free!—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Scorching the Earth

Also, more broadly, to keep up with what’s happening in NYC comedy please visit the Web sites of these stellar & inexpensive venues:

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Peoples Improv Theater

Ochi’s Lounge at Comix

The Magnet

The Creek and the Cave (Queens LIC)

Union Hall (Brooklyn)

And for comedy clubs, please visit:


Carolines Comedy Club Discounts

Finally, please buy lots of copies of Adira Amram’s just-released album Hot Jams for Teens:

Hot Jams for Teens

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