NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/8/10

February 8, 2010

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Superb stand-ups Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, and Hannibal Buress reunite after their fun "Awkward Kings of Comedy" concert film at tonight's Tell Your Friends

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 (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] 7:00 pm ($5): Adam Wade is a hilarious storyteller who’s won the Moth GrandSlam twice, and is a record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; has written for The New York Times Magazine; and is host of True Tales of College. Tonight Adam performs his monthly show at Under St. Marks that’s likely to be a treat, with guest storyteller Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories): The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele, Michael Terry, Sean O’Connor, Erik Rivera, and Tirrell Abraham performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A reunion of the superb stand-up comics in the concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy, with Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), 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), and Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), plus Hari Kondadbolu (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), and wonderful musical guest Jessica Delfino, all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman performing sketch comedy following an acclaimed run at last August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Fun political outrage from Janeane Garofalo, Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), and Jeremy Scahill (Democracy Now, The Nation), plus musical guest Jack Dishel (The Moldy Peaches), all performing at Citizen Radio LIVE!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including guest host Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; recent killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Jessi Klein (brilliantly fresh, organic stand-up; staff writer for Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), John Mulaney (brilliant & lightning-fast stand-up; Conan O’Brien, staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Tig Notaro (Comedy Central Presents, The Sarah Silverman Program; for stand-up video about Tig’s name, please click here), and Gabe Liedman (co-host of Big Terrific)—performing at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/25/10

January 25, 2010

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Some of the finest TV & film comedy stars in the country—including Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Schaal, Lewis Black, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, and Fred Armisen—perform stand-up to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders tonight at Tell Your Friends: Haiti Relief Edition

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 (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

[FREE] 7:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Mark Normand, Dan Mahoney, John Clark, Vlad Caamano, and Matt Maragno performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A blowout gathering of top TV & film comedy talent—including Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Schaal, Lewis Black, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Fred Armisen, Victor Varnado, and producer Liam McEneaney—for this fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders at the Lolita Bar: Tell Your Friends: Haiti Relief Edition

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis, and Broadway & off-Broadway stars Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos, Diary of Anne Frank), Kevin Kelly (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night), mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Becky Drysdale, Anthony King, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher —as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comic Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), and improvisors making up a feature film in 30 minutes at Big Ass Movie, auditioning for a spot on the UCBT lineup in tonight’s double-bill of tryout show Spank

9:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-up comic Carmen Lynch (Comedy Central) debuting a one-woman show, and Leah Bonnema debuting a one-woman show about waiting for her comatose mom to wake up, in Fishy and Mom in a Coma

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), razor-sharp rising star Sean Patton (Comedy Central, ComedyJuice), Ireland comedy star Des Bishop (Desfunctional), and Louis Katz (Carson Daly)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/8/09

December 8, 2009

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog joins forces with such comedy giants as John Oliver, Kristen Schaal and Todd Barry for a charity fundraiser: We'll Kick Cancer's Butt!

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 ($5): World-class musical improvisor Eliza Skinner debuting a one-woman show making fun of the musical Cats, plus a comedy group auditioning a sketch show, in the double-bill Eliza Skinner: Jellicle Balls and Deceptively Chubby: The TiVo is Full

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Hilary Schwartz and Rachael Parenta hosting an intriguing show at Ochi’s Lounge described as “emotionally inappropriate comedy:” Please, Someone Kill Me

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics creator Jesse Blaze Snider (Dead Romeo) joining in on 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, People People, The Law Firm, and Penthouse Riot
followed by UCBT advanced students improvising a musical—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($30 & 2-item min.) Stand-up comedy geniuses John Oliver (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Kristen Schaal (also a shining star on The Daily Show) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (oughta be on The Daily Show), Todd Barry (makes even Triumph tremble), Caroline Rhea, and Eddie Brill perform at this gala charity fundraiser hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends: We’ll Kick Cancer’s Butt!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: UK comedy stars Maeve Higgins and Tom Allen, Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and David Cope performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, ComedyJuice, The New Yorker) and Sean Patton (standing in for Jessi Klein tonight): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, Irish comedy star Maeve Higgins, stand-up Michelle Collins (who recently won the UCBT BEATdown contest by rapping about her hemorrhoids), and Bryan Callen (former cast member on Mad TV) performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, Jackie Monahan, and Gloria Bigelow in Ochi’s Lounge hosting guest comics Sharon Spell, Kara Klenk, and Cory Davis at Dykes on Mics

[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 9/21/09

September 21, 2009

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TV star Aziz Ansari headlines tonight at both Tell Your Friends and Whiplash

TV star Aziz Ansari headlines tonight at both Tell Your Friends and Whiplash

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

[FREE] 7:15ish pm: Sharp stand-ups Helen Hong, Julian McCullough, Tom McCaffrey, Dave Greek, and Jayson Cross performing at this new free weekly show at the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): World-class stand-up and TV star Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant), The Trachtenburg (hilarious family musical act), stand-ups Jamie Kilstein, Mike Birch, and Rob Paravonian, and an eating contest pitting The Onion editor Joe Garden against show producer Liam McEneaney at the Lolita Bar for the 4-year anniversary celebration of Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): The talented young writer/performers of UCBT scripted comedy house troupes Slow Burn and High Treason try out their newest sketch material at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include TV star Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant), Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer & co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), and Ben Kronberg (visiting from LA)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/27/09

July 27, 2009

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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:

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 Dan St. Germain, Adam Lehman, RG Daniels, Julia Segal, Luke Cunningham, Shannon Brandt, Raquel D’Apice, Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, and Matteson Perry.—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway & TV actors Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee for Avenue Q; Sesame Street), Arden Myrin (Mad TV, Reno 911), Brian Patacca (Minor Gods), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] the brilliant staff writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, who are all stellar stand-ups and/or comedic performers in their own right—Anthony Jeselnik (phenomenal comic specializing in darkly shocking jokes and one of my favorite stand-ups ever), Morgan Murphy (former writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live), AD Miles (Conan O’Brien, Dog Bites Man, Reno 911, TV Funhouse, Human Giant), and Ali Waller (former writer for Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade)—performing at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends: Jimmy Fallon Edition (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Jared Logan (hilarious razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for SNL, The Onion, McSweeney’s), Blaine Perry (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There and Ochi’s Motel), and Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel) at John Morrison’s Morrison Motel (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-man show from a razor-sharp sketch comic, and a series of funny horror tales, in the double-bill Matt McCarthy and I Laughed Until I Died (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show) and Joe Mande (winner of the 2008 ECNY Award winner for Best Emerging Comic; co-host of live comedy show Totally J/K; author of upcoming book about hipsters from St. Martin’s Press)—guest-hosted tonight by John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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