NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/18/11

February 18, 2011

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The Pajama Men

There are only two more nights to catch star UK sketch comedy duo The Pajama Men

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 ($7): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver sketch comedy in Good Morning, Ladies!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Colin Jost (longtime staff writer for Saturday Night Live), and Raquel D’Apice, plus the usual sketch comedy gang, and musical band Fortress of Solitude, all performing at Karma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): 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 & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A Los Vegas-based stand-up & writer/actress who’s performed on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, E!, and Chelsea Lately, and is headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Whitney Cummings

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($16.50 in advance by following instructions here): An acclaimed UK-based sketch comedy duo performing the third of their four-night run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Pajama Men

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey perform an acclaimed sketch show in which “they’re bringing their baggage to the stage and dumping it all on you in Baggage; and in the other half of this double-bill, very smart and somewhat nerdy comics Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) doing a show about history’s most infamous rivalries in They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus FREE OPEN BAR!] 8:00 pm doors/free drinks, 9:00 pm show: A special ECNY award nominee showcase—sponsored by Ocean Spray, which from 8:00 to 9:00 pm will give you any drink you like that goes with Ocean Spray at no charge—featuring Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), last year’s ECNY award-winning sketch troupe Murderfist, superb storyteller John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and Robert Dean performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A series regular on Mad TV who’s also performed on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, WB, and such movies as The Hangover, Old School, and Bad Santaheadlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Bryan Callen

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($7): Comedy veterans Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Ari Voukydis perform an improvised play in What a Year!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

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

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:30 pm ($5): Michael Short pulling off the enormously difficult feat of performing an improv show with multiple characters all by himself: Legion

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): “For the last 1,157 years, the NY Academy of Talent has been home to the hottest and freshest acting talent not accepted to an accredited university. This showcase is our students’ chance to show the world their process and their product (and their headshots!). Many casting agents, talent managers, artistic producers, and other important “industry people” have received postcards and voicemails informing them of the event. They are not required to RSVP. So come enjoy the proverbial fruits of our students’ six months of growth as they ripen and fall from our talent tree. Refreshments will not be served.” This delightful-sounding one-night-only event is hosted by Anthony King (brilliant Artistic Director of UCBT) and Jim Santangeli (Reuben Williams), and features such genuine rising stars as Mamrie HartShannon Coffey, and Katie Schorr: NY Academy of Talent: Showcase For Industry (& Parents!)

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/12/11

January 12, 2011

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Rob Delaney and Daniel Kitson
Stellar one-man shows tonight from Rob Delaney (“Naked and Bloody”) and Daniel Kitson (“Interminable Suicide”)

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): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of bookWeird New York) will probably talk about his upcoming show with P. Diddy; while Frank M. Ahearn explains how to disappear in a digital world, and Genghis Barbie plays music, at Ken Freedman’s & Andy Breckman’s live-on-stage taping of their radio show WFMU’s 7 Second Delay

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show from a problem drinker turned popular comedy writer & stand-up: Rob Delaney: Naked and Bloody

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected comics alive. I’ll be catching his life-affirming show about suicide and more today (1/12), but sight unseen am reasonably sure it’s amazing. It’s running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sara Benincasa (NBC, MTV, Sirius Radio, upcoming book), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Meg Cupernall, Doug Smith, and Matt Maragno performing stand-up at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor): It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Emily Epstein, H. Alan Scott, Garry Hannon, Jeff Kreisler, and Katrin Heir performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) hosting this free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show, with tonight’s guests Nick Vatterott, Selena Copppock, Lee Rubenstein, Trevor Williams, and John F. O’Donnell performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories and Dive Comedy), Hilary Schwartz (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad) and Calvin Cato performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) for a free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A double-bill of vibrant improv troupes: Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupe Doppelganger

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/7/11

January 7, 2011

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Pamela Murphy and Daniel Kitson

The two funniest events tonight are life-affirming shows about cancer and suicide, from comedy giants Pamela Murphy ("The C Word") and Daniel Kitson ("The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church")

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): 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 in the past year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Pam’s work, please clickhere). Don’t miss Jane Borden of Time Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010: Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this double-bill, A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe—tonight performing with musical guests Marshall York, Jacob Brown and Chris O’Brien: Centralia

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($30 & 2-item min.): A TV & movie star known for his wry, smart observations headlining tonight through Sunday at the Comix Comedy Club: Larry Miller

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($45): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected comics alive. I’m seeing his one-man play tonight, so will be more specific about it shortly. It’s running through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Mike Lawrence (up-and-coming sharp stand-up), Will Hines (UCBT improv & sketch star determined to become great at stand-up too), and Joe Pera performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Ruby: Hot Soup

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), Damien Lemon, Annie Lederman, and Jono Zalay performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

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

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight include Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York), Liam McEneaney (host of Tell Your Friends), Dave Rosinsky (Whitest Kids U Know), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable Of Gentlemen Podcast), and Whitney Meers (Comedy Central, Atom.com)—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme) and Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central) all at one of my favorite monthly shows: The BEATdown

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