NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/22/09

January 22, 2009

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Sketch comedy troupe Pangea 3000

Sketch comedy troupe Pangea 3000

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] superb comedic actress Amanda Duarte performing a one-woman show about working in the entertainment biz: Lucky Pink Wonderland (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ann Carr in a one-woman show about the crap New York actresses endure, and hot Broadway actresses Sarah Litzsinger & Kate Reinders as award-winning comedy duo TASTiSKANK, in the double-bill Use It and Skanks and the City (8:00 pm),

typically superb stand-up comics at a free weekly Brooklyn show hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] world-class sketch troupe Pangea 3000, hilarious comedy duo Team Submarine, and surreal troupe Murderfist performing both their best and strangest routines in what promises to be a spectacular sketch comedy revue: A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and The Stepfathers (one of the finest improv troupes in the country) and Ben Rodgers (a lone performer who’s become an improv force of nature) delivering brilliant comedic performances while competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/21/09

January 21, 2009

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Hold for the Laughs

Margie Kment, Myq Kaplan, and Pete Holmes: Hold for the Laughs

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

a mysterious new show in which comics talk about God: True Religion (7:30 pm),

fine NYC stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Moody McCarthy, Emmy Rivera, Christina Cataldo, and Arthur Carlson trying out new material at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

30 Rock actor and stellar storyteller Anthony Atamanuik delivering a fascinating autobiographical show about his doing massive drugs while writing children’s television, plus “a one-man family sitcom,” in the double-bill Pissing My Pants on Vine and Sertainly Seth (8:00 pm),

comics, writers, and others telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus homemade cookies!—followed by a full-blown comedy show with Pete Holmes (one of the quickest minds & funniest stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), James Smith (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), and Becky Ciletti —hosted by the lovely & hilarious Margie Kment at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/31/08

December 31, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendation for the best in New York City comedy on New Year’s Eve is:

[TOP PICK] a Comedy Central star, plus other superb NYC comics, at New Year’s Eve with Greg Giraldo (7:30 pm & 10:30 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/30/08

December 30, 2008

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Seth Herzog

Seth Herzog

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Karen Batista, Vicky Kuperman, Paola Dattner, Chris Grace, Phil O’Reilly, and Dave Celestian—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Law Firm, Bangs, Ragnaröck, Bastian, and Whorenado—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb comics Pete Holmes (lightning-quick & one of the funniest guys in the country; VH1, Comedy Central), Brett Gelman (always daring and often brilliant experimental comic & character chameleon), Josh Spear (Conan O’Brien, Bravo), and surprise guests at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

and a gala free opportunity for you to perform with world-class improvisors at UCBT’s final show of 2008, The End of The Year Improv Jam (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 12/29/08

December 29, 2008

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Brett Gelman

Brett Gelman

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, tonight including Helen Hong, Vicky Kuperman, Karen Batista, RG Daniels, Matt Ruby, Josh Comers, Blaine Perry, Sean Donnelly, Aalap Patel, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar stand-ups including comedy genius Anthony Jeselnik (Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central, VH1), Bobby Miyamoto (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson), Greg Barris (MTV2), Jeff Kreisler (Shoot the Messenger), and more at a free weekly comedy show in Brooklyn hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

fun perspectives on 2008 from a small army of comics at The 5th Annual It Sucked! Awards (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), Brett Gelman (Comedy Central), Kerri Lendo, and Sean O’Connor—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/28/08

December 28, 2008

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Jordan Carlos

Jordan Carlos

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[TOP PICK] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] typically stellar stand-ups at one of the funniest free productions in NYC—and winner of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Variety Show—President Johnson (8:00 pm),

terrific NYC comics Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report), Myq Caplan (Comedy Central), M. Dickson (NC Comedy Arts Fest), and more at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

and terrific stand-up comics Vanessa Hollingshead (HBO, Comedy Central, just back from touring Iraq), Ophira Eisenburg (Comedy Central), Anne Necypor (Logo’s Hot Gay Comics), and Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Busted) at a free gay-themed show tonight guest-hosted by Scott Ryan: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 12/27/08

December 27, 2008

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Patrice Oneal

Patrice Oneal

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

four sharp storytellers trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

acclaimed comic Matt Higgins (Comedy Central), plus Jason Kalter (Rue Brutalia) and Chris Manley (New Exc!tement), each performing his favorite one-man sketch routines in Flyin’ Solo (7:00 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing this extraordinary new one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a TV and movie comedy star who frequently appears on HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime, and is a hilarious comedy club veteran: Patrice Oneal Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which this season broke the Cage Match record for winning streaks with 18 triumphs in a row, and has now taken over UCBT’s prestigious prime-time Saturday night slot—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised TV shows about audience members via world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

and a comedy game show about life and trivia: Are You Paying Attention? (midnight).

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