NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/24/10

June 24, 2010

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Jenny Slate

SNL's Jenny Slate is among the superb comics spinning tales of revenge at tonight's Risk!...

50 Best Jokes

...and an army of top stand-ups offer their A-list material at 50 Best Jokes

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] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Jenny Slate (SNL), Matt Gallagher (author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War), Glennis McMurray (Dream Role), Ann Carr (Comedy Central), and Keri Heidecker (Freak Magnet)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Revenge: Settling Scores Big and Small” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country:Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($33.48 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): Unforgettably hilarious co-star of NBC’s Ed, member of legendary sketch troupe & seminal MTV series The State, co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, and much more headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Michael Ian Black

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners inOchi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

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): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004;recurring character on 30 Rock) perform acclaimed two-man improv in 2 Square

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): The debut of what promises to be a very special event: Fifty of the best comics in NYC gather to each tell his or her very best joke. Expect extreme hilarity at 92Y Tribeca’s 50 Best Jokes

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman performing & hosting other comics in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Determination; and the storytellers are Brian Longwell (Edinburgh Fringe), Erin Goodwin (Off The Record), musical guest Thin Skin Johnny, 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 troupe troupes, Badman and Doppelganger, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/19/10

January 19, 2010

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Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU) performs at the Comix Comedy Club tonight to express her "Indignation"...

...and Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) appears at The Slipper Room to make your evening "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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($5 online using discount code VIPJAN & 2-item min.) NYC cultural treasure Jane Borden (Comedy Editor of Time Out New York), Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU), and host Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special) perform on-the-spot rants about pop culture topics suggested by the audience at the elegant Comix Comedy Club’s Indignation with Joe DeRosa

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The wonderful Alex Zalben is busy with both a new baby and a Marvel Comics mini-series (Thor and the Warriors Four), and the delightful Justin Tyler is busy doing lord knows what, so tonight Pete LePage hosts solo—with guest DC Comics Editor Robert Joy—conducting 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 Scootch, Bastian, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Penthouse Riot followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Myq Kaplan (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), and Rory Scovel (Comedy Central) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker)…and that used to be co-hosted by the equally brilliant Jessi Klein, but Jessi’s now busy as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): All-star comedy lineup, including Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Donald Glover (NBC’s Community and 30 Rock, Mystery Team), and Abby Elliott & Jullian Bell (cast member & staff writer on Saturday Night Live) performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): Bobby Tisdale (legendary co-host of seminal NYC comedy show Invite Them Up), Adrienne Iapalucci, Andy Haynes, and hosts Mike Drucker (writer for Saturday Night Live, The Onion) and Jon Clarke (writer for McSweeney’s) performing stand-up at The Writer’s Room

[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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 9/7/09

September 7, 2009

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Hannibal Burress, the newest staff writer of Saturday Night Live, performs tonight at Comedy at Cobble Hill

Hannibal Burress, the newest staff writer of Saturday Night Live, performs tonight at Comedy at Cobble Hill

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] [FREE COOKIES] 8:00 pm: Hosts Doug Adler & Harris Bloom providing free chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the birthday of Bloom’s wife Josie; plus rising star Hannibal Burress (who was just hired as staff writer on Saturday Night Live), and stand-ups Mark Normand, Phil Murphy, and Danny Cohen at the Cobble Hill Bar performing Comedy at Cobble Hill

8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy from talented troupe Party Central USA

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Several entirely improvised musicals from genius comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner as I Eat Pandas

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: John Mulaney (staff writer at Saturday Night Live, and one of the finest stand-ups in the country), Phil Jupitus (UK star visiting NYC), Hugh Moore (visiting from LA), the Found Footage Festival, and Dan Naturman—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/4/09

September 4, 2009

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For photo & video mini-profile of Jenny Slate, please click here.

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

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 ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) playing five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and ace sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing all-new routines, in the double-bill Best Actress and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[TOP PICK] [FREE] A CD release party for superb stand-up Rob Cantrell, with performances by such other superb comics as Victor Varnado, Tony Camin, and Yannis Pappas, at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan (AfterEllen), Adam Lehman (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), William Mullin (PTown Favorite), Monrok (Winner of California’s Funniest Females), and more performing at Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight are Baron Vaughn, Becky Drysdale, John Dixon, Diane O’Debra, and Nate Shelkey—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

[FREE] 12:20ish am:A free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage

[$] 12:30 am ($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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/3/09

September 3, 2009

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Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

Huge congratulations to Jenny Slate on becoming the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live!

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:

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

8:00 pm ($8): “Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Follow his story in the premier of this hilariously heartbreaking one man show:” The Breakup

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jessica Delfino (back from her UK tour!), Tami Sagher (writer for 30 Rock), Eric Slovin (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central Presents), and short filmmaker Edmond Hawkins joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($10 with code SETH online & 2-drink min.): Who but the wonderful Seth Herzog (VH1’s Best Week Ever, Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) would kick off the description of his debut show at Comix as “kind of the night you wish you could have at a comedy club all the time”—effectively pissing at every other show playing at that club? Seth is a dynamic performer and engaging stand-up; plus he’s friends with most of the top comedy talent alive, so there’s no telling who’ll be dropping in for Seth Herzog’s Night of Fun

[$] 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): Death by Roo Roo tonight facing a challenger of equal brilliance—C, C, & C Improv Factory, the 2007 Season Cage Match Champion—in a battle for audience laughs and votes of such mammoth proportions the gods themselves will be watching Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/31/09

August 31, 2009

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Jason Sudeikis (SNL) performs with other TV and Broadway stars tonight at Gravid Water

Jason Sudeikis (SNL) performs with other TV and Broadway stars tonight at Gravid Water

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 & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill, Victor Varnado, Joe DeRosa, and Dan St. Germain, plus sketch duo Laura & Bradford, performing at Lolita Bar in Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV stars Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) and Scott Adsit (30 Rock), and luminous Broadway actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos), Alison Pitt (Tony nominee for The Lieutenant of Inishmore), and more mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water

9:30 pm ($5): Two comedy shows with intriguing titles trying out for a regular slot on the UCBT stage: The Movie Set and Morality Plays

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A gathering of some of the finest stand-ups in the country—who tonight are Eugene Mirman, Marc Maron, Hannibal Burress, Joe DeRosa, and Rory Scovel—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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