NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/24/11

May 24, 2011

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Ed Herbstman and Jason Mantzoukas

Ed Herbstman & Jason Mantzoukas will perform breathtaking duo improv tonight as The Mantzoukas Brothers...

Wyatt Cenac and Simon Amstell

...and Wyatt Cenac and Simon Amstell will perform their unique versions of stand-up at "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:

7:00 pm ($5): Duo improv from team Snazzle Dazzle; and improv revolving around “the anticipation, the fall-out, that fragile moment when love blooms or dies” in Double Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book creators join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Host Cyndi Freeman and fellow storytellers Leslie Goshko (delightful & razor-sharp Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko), Peter Aguero, Brad Lawrence, Rory Scholl, Jeff Scherer, and Alex Gallafent tell tales at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue). Cyndi says, “Come early and see ten minutes of sobriety:” The Standard Issues

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia performing a unique blend of stand-up and storytelling that’s one of the best theatrical shows in NYC. For my more detailed write-up, please click here; and then grab tickets at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) for Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm ($5): “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor,” with tonight’s guests Big Jay Oakerson, Danny Solomon, and Chemda at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents): The New York City Crime Report

8:00 pm ($10): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Standard Oil, Very Good Kiss, Ragnaröck, Sandino, and CAPTCHA, and at 11:00 pm a small army of advanced UCBT improv students trying to snatch from order from chaos—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Sound & the Fury and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Simon Anstell (brilliant, charismatic UK comedic storyteller), Nikki Glaser (Last Comic Standing finalist), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, The Liar Show), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien), and “a secret guest” performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($5): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (rising film/TV star; (We Used to Go OutMother, Baby Mama) and Ed Herbstman (stellar comedic actor; co-founder of the Magnet Theater) show off how breathtakingly quick-witted and skillful they are at creating scenes from air. Time Out New York named these guys Best Improv Duo of 2006. Happily, Jason is back in NYC for a while, so take advantage of this opportunity to see these improvisation comedy stars shine—and then engage in an unusually intimate, and potentially awkward, debriefing session with the audience that can be as much fun as the formal part of the show: The Mantzoukas Brothers

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/14/10

September 14, 2010

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John Oliver and Justin Long

John Oliver and Justin Long are among the stars performing tonight at the 6th Anniversary of Seth Herzog's legendary comedy show "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:

7:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: It’s not yet confirmed, but guests planned for tonight’s show include Wyatt Cenac, Chris Gethard, and spanish guitar player Camilla Meza performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The creative team of POOD—Geoff Grogan, Kevin Mutch, Alex Rader, and Adam McGovern—join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in 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 The Opera, Sandino, Ragnaröck, Badman, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students make up a story taking place in a single location in real time (i.e., Death by Roo Roo’snear-unbeatable technique at Cage Match)—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An “all virgin” show of first-time stand-ups—presumably for audience members who enjoy pain—performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’sMy Name is Earl, Adult Swim, The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Danny Lobell (Comical Radio; for set about a plus-sized stripper and the MTA, please clickhere), and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[$] 8:30 pm ($20): Comedy giant Dave Hill and more perform at a one-night-only reunion of Ash Wednesday: “As the brainchild of improv trio Evel Cathedral (Rachel Korowitz, Stan Laikowski, and Chris Schneider), the comedy variety show ran for four years. Now, two years later, it’s back to kick cancer square in the teeth. Come on out to see old and new audience favorites, and enter to win glorious raffle prizes! All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!” at The Ash Wednesday Reunion Show: This Time It’s For Charity

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($7.50 online, $5 at the door): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Jon Glaser (long-time writer & sketch performer for Conan O’Brien; creator & star of Adult Swim series Delocated), TV & movie star Justin Long (NBC’s EdGalaxy Quest, Going the Distance, Live Free or Die Hard, the Mac in Apple Computer commercials), and “special guests” performing at The Studio at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the Sixth Anniversary of the legendary comedy show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Maureen Langan practices a stand-up set in preparation for her upcoming headlining night at Carolines, and Suzen Murakoshi performs a one-woman show about her mother’s dying, in the double-bill Maureen Langan and Breathe Love Repeat

[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 Tuesday 2/16/10

February 16, 2010

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Star comics judge audience members tonight at Seth Herzog's biennial The Laugh Olympics

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 ($5): Adam P. Knave, Vito Delsante, and Nick Tapansky (Popgun) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jiwon Lee (Carly Simon Comedy Hour, AMC’s Date Night), Baratunde Thurston (The Onion), Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing), and Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, truTV) performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) with delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Scootch, The Bishop, People People, Bastian, and Penthouse Riot,
followed at 11:00 pm by five of the finest improvisers in the country—Anthony King, Gavin Speiller, Neil Casey, Shannon O’Neill, and Silvija Ozols—as The UCB Touring Company, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Ali Waller, Mike Drucker, and Max Silvestri performing stand-up at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show guest-hosted tonight by Joe Derosa: Punch Up Your Life

8:30 pm ($10): Seven-minute tales with a Jewish theme from actor/director Jon Golbe (The Colbert Report, Playboy’s Interns), journalist Anna Jane Grossman (Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once Common Things Passing Us By), screenwriter Robert Schwartz, author Ruth Ellenson (The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt), writer Ryan Britt…and one brave audience member, all performing at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space with stand-up host Michelle Collins (VH1’s Best Week Ever): HEEB Storytelling

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv beat-box singer Reggie Watts, red-hot rising star stand-up Hannibal Buress, and movie writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly), plus the biennial edition of The Laugh Olympics (audience members compete in comedy-related events while celebrities score them), all at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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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