NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/6/14

February 6, 2014

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Congratulations to Joe Pera and friends for transferring
their weekly Creek show to UCB East, starting tonight at 10:30 pm

Shouting at the Screen

Wyatt Cenac and hip-hopper Donwill are back to dissecting blaxploitation films by Shouting at the Screen

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:

6:30 pm ($5): Two sketch shows audition at UCB Chelsea. First up is Langan Dice Kingsley: The Dicewoman Cometh. And then “Six months ago, Karin and Glenn started emailing each other every time they cried; they turned that list into a comedy show” titled This is Going to Hurt

7:00 pm ($10): Erin Bartley & David Craig play six women having lunch at the same Manhattan restaurant, directed by Josh Sharp, at The PIT upstairs theatre: Ladies Who Lunch

7:00 pm ($5): Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star;Conan O’Brien, Jimmy FallonComedy Central Half Hour, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, comedy albumSadamantium), Asie Mohtarez (CNN, Glamour), Jeff Kreisler (Get Rich Cheating), and Ken Schultz performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Sean Crespo, Dan Wilbur, and/or Katina Corrao: Lasers in the Jungle

[$] 7:30 pm ($25; SOLD OUT!; but free afterparty at The Royal (127 4th Avenue) at 10:00 pm, just say Comedy Show Afterparty at the door): Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; former co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Michelle Wolf (staff writer for Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Josh Rabinowitz (FX’s Louie, MTV’s I Just want My Pants Back), Jared Freid, Sara Armour, and Tyler Gildin performing stand-up at The Merlin Room at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues): Betches Comedy Show

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who starred in Comedy Central special Can a Brother Get Some Love?, and has been a series regular on Breaking Bad and Adult Swim’s Sperm Whale, headlines through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Lavell Crawford

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:45 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm ($14 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s lineups include Ali Wong and Vic Henley at the 7:45 show; Greer Barnes, Dan Soder, and Lynne Koplitz at the 8:00 show; Gary Gulman, Ali Wong, Gregg Rogell, Greer Barnes, and Lynne Koplitz at the 9:30 show; and Dave Attell, Mark Normand, Nikki Glaser, and Wil Sylvince at the 11:30 show, with three of the shows at Comedy Cellar(117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) and the 8:00 pm show at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Thursday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea, sketch from gal duo Samantha Schecter & Becky Chicoine, with some help from Kelly Harper and director Matt Dennie: Womantown

…and in the other half of this double-bill, unique comedy talent Brandon Gulya performs witty and surreal one-man show Who Are You People and Why Are You Watching Me?

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm-10:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house improv groups The Boss and Hello Laser performing improv for an hour, followed at 9:00 pm by The Acid Trip (“takes you on a journey through the layers of the mind, where meaning is a relative term and things can get pretty overwhelming…your brain is God”), at 10:00 pm by veteran improvisors making up scenes based on improvised monologues from storyteller Chris Duffy at The Armando Diaz Experience, and finally at 11:00 by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out

8:00 pm ($10): Storytellers Lisa Kleinman, Laura Willcox, Andrea Ilene Shapiro, Carly Ann Filbin, and Kerry Kastin tell “hilarious, gross, awkward, and heartfelt stories of how they started out in NYC” at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Mallory Schlossberg (“who actually is a Girls fan, but once lived in a basement): Real Girls:Lena Dunham Got It Wrong

8:00 pm ($5): Two musical improv groups make up song-and-dance based stories on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, one with a taste for oiled brains and the other for Conium: Slick Zombie and Hemlock

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Anna Drezen (talented character comic blending words and movement; one-woman showSpooky Jerks), Josh Gondelman (G4’s Attack of the Show), Abigoliah Schamaun (co-host of Dicks Open Mic; Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Eli Yudin (SNL’s Weekend Update) performing stand-up at the Double Wide Bar(505 East 12th Street off Avenue A) hosted by Katie Hannigan and/or Julia Johns: Comedy at Double Wild

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jacqueline Novak, Matthew Maragno, Simeon Goodson, Ronnie Fleming performing at Poco Restaurant & Bar (33 Avenue B at 3rd Street) hosted by Sooyah Jun, Jawann Carmona, Conor Boylan, and/or Cassidy Kirch: FTH Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker, blogger for Comedy Central), Joe Machi, Kat Burdick, Kyle Ayers, Maria Heinegg, and Oni Francis performing stand-up at The Creek’supstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Leah Bonnema & Tim Warner: Modern Day Philosophers

8:30 pm ($5): Jon Fisch (David Letterman, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Maeve Higgins (visiting UK stand-up), Mike Brown, Chris Trew, and Tim Dillon performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover (College Humor, Olde English): Fresh Out

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes street in this delightful series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a blaxploitation movie and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s Indie Screen (289 Kent Avenue), with tonight’s film a happy surprise: Shouting at the Screen

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 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): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), 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), and more performing stand-up at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea, Matt Dennie & Josh Sharp prove themselves among the finest writer/performers at UCB with a consistently charming and hilarious version of Forest Gump that covers the entire film in 30 minutes, and features a deliciously funny Jenny played by Brandon Gulya, who also directed, resulting in one of the best sketch shows currently playing on an NYC stage: GUMP

…and in the second half of this double-bill, a musical “based on the true history of the founding of America, in which Jesus Christ embarks on a journey to help build a country that’s courageous, pious, and gun-crazy enough for his precious Constitution…as long as the evil King Barrack Hussein George III doesn’t get in the way,” written by Eric Gersen and directed by John Flynn: Seventeen Seventy-Something

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($5): The UCB East debut of a weekly stand-up show (that previously had a long run at The Creek) hosted by the brilliantly surreal and hilarious Joe Pera ((for a very special one-minute set at Carolines, please click here) plus Charles Gould and Dan Licata. Tonight’s superb guests are Michelle Wolf (staff writer forSeth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC), Dan Soder (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), and Arthur Meyer (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; sketch troupes Pangea 3000, Fambly, and Two Fun Men): Dan + Joe + Charles’ Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($6 & 2-item food/drink min.) Comics heckle a genre feature film—with tonight’s victim the 1987 action flick Code Name: Zebra (tagline: “When It’s Revenge… All Hell Breaks Loose!”; for the trailer, please click here)—at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Devil Science Theater 3000

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Last week improv group Fuck That Shit brutalized Gentle Touch with a win of 78-38. Tonight UCBT weekend improv group The Law Firm will go up against FTS to compete for your laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

Thursday 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 theStand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): PIT musical improv veterans mix with musical improv novices on-stage at the downstairs lounge for Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen receiving 2 minutes—and if that goes well, maybe a hug (but not actual puppies)—at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ross Parsons & Trey Galyon: Free Puppies

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

7:00 pm ($2, which includes a free beer or water): Open mic stand-up providing a whopping 10 minutes per comic. Email PhoningItInMic@gmail.com with subject line Phoning Thursday to sign up; or take a chance at lottery sign-up live between 6:45 and 7:45 at Brit Pack Studios (153 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor) hosted by Ian Fidance: Comics Phoning It In

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

9:30 pm (free for audience members, $5 or 1 drink min. for stand-ups wanting to perform): Open mic stand-up providing 7 minutes per comic (and a free recording of your set!), with order determined raffle-style. Sign up by emailing info@oldmanhustle.com or calling (212) 253-7747, or just walk in and supply your name, to perform at the Old Man Hustle Bar (39 Essex Street) hosted by Solomon Chehebar: Peep Show Comedy Open Mic

[FREE] 11:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve, with each comic getting 3-5 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Josh Alba: Mic and Cheese

[ALMOST FREE] 11:00 pm ($1): An open stage for indie improv groups—and if you’re not in a group, that’s also fine, you’ll simply be added to one—at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Darcy Burke & Donna Lobello: New Team Lunacy

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

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

The PIT
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$15)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

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

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

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

Laughing Devil
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club, with MST3K-style movie night on Thursdays; 2-drink min.)

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/7/12

June 7, 2012

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Shouting at the Screen

Wyatt Cenac and hip-hopper Donwill are back to dissecting ridiculous films by Shouting at the Screen…

New York Funny Songs Festival

…and Jessica Delfino, Carolyn Castiglia, and Jen Kwok are among the stellar comedic talents at the first-ever New York Funny Songs Festival

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] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown) 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 (memorably featured here). Scheduling permitting, I can hardly wait to hear the story Chris has to tell at Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm:Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[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 I know nothing about—and that, frankly, both sound kinda dumb: What Is Wrong With You Humans? and Our First Orgy—audition for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. If you’re feeling adventurous…: 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 downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

[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 & 9:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival is kicked off by stellar NYC comedic singers Jessica Delfino, Mindy Raf, Jen Kwok, The Reformed Whores, Rob Paravonian, Molly Pope, and host Myka Fox at 7:30; and then Ben Lerman, Barbara Holm, Boris Khaykin. Soce, Killy Dwyer, and host Giulia Rozzi at 9:00. Both shows are at the Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street), with more shows at other venues; click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, Livia’s Castle of Enchantment), Jess Dweck (Jimmy Fallon), Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), and more pay homage to film classic Jaws at UCB East, with host Aaron Glaser: Cinerama: A Comedy Variety Show for Film Nerds

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star headlining through Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Susie Essman

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member 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

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: East Side Orphan Riot and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes Phooka, Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Charlie Whitcroft directing Jazz Freddie (improvised scenes that focus on show the past, present, and future of one character and then spirals into an exploration of the character’s world), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improv troupe SidViscous performs a change-of-pace scripted comedic play about “what happens when a gay single father gets caught in a lie and has to pretend his daughter is his wife whenever these mobsters are around, but can’t let his ex-wife or the private investigator she’s hired find out what he’s up to” at The PIT upstairs theatre: My Daughter, My Wife

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), and Michael Che performing stand-up at UCB East with Dan as host/headliner: Bad at the Good Times

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Eric Slovin (former writer for Saturday Night Live, writing partner of Leo Allen), and Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo) performing at UCB Chelsea with the lone remaining NYC member of the SHAC, the lovely Shonali Bhowmik (ace singer/songwriter): Variety SHAC

9:30 pm ($8): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, co-host of Pirate Party and The Shinebox), Jessimae Peluso, Gonzalo Cordova, Sabrina Jalees, Frank Pfefferkorn, Stephanie Holmes, and Jonesy performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with hosts Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: The Stand-Up Comedy Showcase

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: Sharp improvisors from UCBT, The Magnet, The PIT, and/or more try their hand at stand-up at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Improvisers Standing Up

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($9; or FREE COVER if you show up 30-60 minutes early and buy $9 worth of snacks/drinks): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes street in this delightful series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a ridiculous movie and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s reRun (147 Front Street, between Pearl & Jay Streets), with tonight’s film a happy surprise: Shouting at the Screen

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival continues with Myq & Micah, Carolyn Castiglia, Killy Dwyer, Rachel Parenta, and more at The Dressing Room (75A Orchard Street); for other shows running through Sunday, click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Julia Wiedeman (fierce, fearless talent; fabulous one-woman show Naked People), Laura Willcox, and Olivia Henderson telling comedic tales at UCB East hosted by Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion; acclaimed as “adorable”) and Caitlin Brodnick (Moth StorySlam winner): Shut Up: An All-Female Storytelling Show

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Last week Airwolf renamed troupe Nobody’s Token to just Token, utterly crushing it 112-36. It was the 11th victory in a row for this juggernaut of the skies; and tonight Airwolf will set its claws on Hoops, a UCB East Lloyd improv troupe that includes such talents as Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger) and Caitlin Bitzegaio (fine UCBT writer/director). It’s West Side vs. East Side tonight competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/27/11

October 27, 2011

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Wyatt Cenac and  Donwill: Shouting at the Screen

A Halloween film is verbally annotated by Wyatt Cenac and hip-hopper Donwill at the horror edition of their fun new show "Shouting at the Screen"...

Dave Hill and Kevin Allison

...and there's spooky storytelling tonight from comedy warriors Dave Hill at "Tom Shillue's FunnyStory.biz," and Kevin Allison at his award-winning monthly show "Risk!"

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: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s guest host Megan Neuringer (Love Can Suck a Dick, Grandma’s Ashes): Oh, Hey Guys!

6:00 pm ($5): The auditions of three comedic one-act plays hoping to get on the UCBT schedule, and about which I know nothing except they’re titled Dog Fleet, Brandon Gulya Will Be Famous Soon, and The Spin. But at $1.66 per show, it’s hard to go wrong at this frequently surprising and fun UCB West showcase: Spank

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

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Dunk to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Wonderful singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm (sketch troupe Fearsome, musical Grease 3: Threase), sketch duo Chris & Paul (The Chris and Paul Show), Ann Carr (Comedy Central, VH1), and Kevin Barnett (College Humor) join terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) for a comedy variety show at The PIT basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Andy Ross (written for Mad Magazine, The Onion News Network), and Gavin McInnes (author of The Death of Cool) joining star storyteller & host Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing for this monthly show at UCB EastTom Shillue’s FunnyStory.biz

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet co-owner helming The Armando Diaz Experience, plus house troupes Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, Dunk, and The Boss performing improv, followed by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with agame-like challenge component) with terrific troupe Friday Night Sh*w vs. The Washingtons at 11:00 pm: The Magnet’s Night Out

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): At UCB West, a smart troupe consisting of writers for The Onion perform their best sketches: Pangea 3000: 12 Years of Hard Work

…and in the second half of this double-bill, Joanna Bradley performs a one-woman show about how awful people are, directed by the wonderful Becky Drysdale: Everybody’s Dumb and Boring

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (for tonight’s lineup, please click here) performing at The Creek’supstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City accompanied by banjo music from Doug Goldstein and hosted by Andy Kleinman: Happy Sounds Comedy

[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),Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), and Will Hines (The Stepfathers, host ofWheelhouse) performing UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author ofLook At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Top comics and comedic storytellers—eerily not announced this month—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) at The PIT upstairs theatre to share tales revolving around the Halloween theme Spooky NYC at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and Harry Terjanian (Sirius XM Radio) 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 the UCB West stage—along with stand-ups Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TVChelsea Lately, host of The Party Machine; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), Gale Beggy, and David Drake—at CollegeHumor Live

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7; or FREE COVER if you show up 30-60 minutes early and buy $7 worth of snacks/drinks): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes live in this delightful new series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a cinema cult classic—tonight something with a Halloween/horror theme, with the details secret until the screening begins—and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s reRun (147 Front Street, between Pearl & Jay Streets): Shouting at the Screen

[$] 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 the Carolines Comedy ClubPaul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Fuck That Shit and The Beatles competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB West’s raucous Cage Match

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCB East hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/13/11

October 13, 2011

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Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill

News correspondent Wyatt Cenac and hip-hop artiste Donwill provide continual commentary about a classic blaxploitation film for their new show "Shouting at the Screen"...

Erin & Her Cello

...and wonderful comedic musicians including Erin & Her Cello...

Jason Trachtenburg & The Pendulum Swings

...and Jason Trachtenburg & The Pendulum Swings perform for Carol Hartsell's birthday at "Lasers in the Jungle"

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 ($5): The auditions of three comedic one-act plays hoping to get on the UCBT schedule, and about which I know nothing except they’re titled First Day of School, Amazing Book of Stories, and John 3:16. But at $1.66 per show, it’s hard to go wrong at this frequently surprising and funUCB West showcase: Spank

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn and tonight’s lovely guest host Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp storyteller/comic; Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko): Oh, Hey Guys!

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

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Junior Varsity to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion) and Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and genius comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and UCBT’s The Chris Gethard ShowMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York; winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Tweeter) headline at this monthly UCB East show that also lets audience members tell their stories, with the best tale turned into an animated premiering the following month. Hosted by Todd Bieber, it’s Animated Stories

7:30 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet co-owner helming The Armando Diaz Experience, plus house troupes Junior Varsity, The Boss, Dunk and Hello Laser performing improv, followed by improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with last week’s winner pitted against Chairman Golem at 11:00 pm: The Magnet’s Night Out

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): At UCB West, a smart troupe consisting of writers for The Onion perform their best sketches: Pangea 3000: 12 Years of Hard Work

…and in the second half of this double-bill, Joanna Bradley performs a one-woman show about how awful people are, directed by the wonderful Becky Drysdale: Everybody’s Dumb and Boring

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’s Arrested Development, headlining through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy ClubPatrice Oneal

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Leslie Collins performing a one-woman show at The PIT based on her memories of growing up in Texas (and which recently played at FringeNYC for $18): Poteet Girls

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (for tonight’s lineup, please click here) performing at The Creek’supstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City accompanied by banjo music from Doug Goldstein and hosted by Andy Kleinman: Happy Sounds Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): An extra-special all-musical show celebrating Carol Hartsell’s birthday, with Jason Trachtenburg & The Pendulum Swings, Erin & Her Cello, and Reformed Whores performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street), with host Sean Crespo and Carol in the booth: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Gabe Liedman (VH1, co-host of Big Terrific), and “a special guest” performing UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), stellar stand-up Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy 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), and more performing at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street) with host Kevin Janus (sketch duo The Sophisticates): The Comedy Igloo

[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: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “Fresh off their wildly successful tour of the deepest depths of Hell, interdimensional hip-hop sensations Buckwheat Groats are coming to UCB West, and you know what that means: Time to wrap your tits in chain mail and prepare your buttholes for imminent insertion of mango and/or eggplant!” For sample videos, please click here and here, and then decide if you’re ready for Buckwheat Groats: Pray For Rectal Mercy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jimmy Fallon writer Casey Jost performs a one-man show at The PIT in which he plays a myriad of characters revolving around the theme musicFooling Around with Casey Jost

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7; or FREE COVER if you show up 30-60 minutes early and buy $7 worth of snacks/drinks): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes blaxploitation in this delightful new series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a black cinema cult classic and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s reRun (147 Front Street, between Pearl & Jay Streets), with tonight’s film a happy surprise: Shouting at the Screen

[$] 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 the Carolines Comedy ClubPaul Mooney

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Stellar improv troupe Rogue Elephant competing with challenger Alan Starzinski’s One Mansical for audience laughs and votes at UCB West’s raucous Cage Match

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCB East hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my latest book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.