NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/5/11

November 5, 2011

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Mindy Raf and Chris Sullivan (Shockwave)

Brilliant & hilarious comics Mindy Raf (above), Myq Kaplan, and more compete on phenom human beatbox Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan's midnight rap contest The BEATdown

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] 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($35 using discount code FTBBOX online or at the box office): One of my favorite FringeNYC shows (for my 2006 review, please click here) is finally enjoying a commercial run. The mostly-true tale of a man who became the toast of Paris by making music with his ass is playing at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street): The Fartiste

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

[$] 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 11:00 pm ($15 per show): Double-bills at The Magnet for singing improv troupes making up a musical on the spot based on audience suggestions, including Reset List (Chicago) & Proverbial Loons (NYC), Girls Girls Girls (Austin) & Mansical (Chicago), Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine (Minneapolis) & A Tale of Two Genres (San Francisco), and McMurray’s Dream Machine (NYC) & A/C (NYC), : The 2011 New York Musical Improv Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm ($15, which includes 1 drink; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! This evening’s yarn-spinners are David Dickerson (NPR’sThis American Life, The Atlantic), Lisa Kirchner (Washington PostSalon.com), Robin Gelfenbien (Sirius Radio, FringeNYC), and Joey Novick (Politics Unusual). Come to the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) and let host Andy Christie (The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam Champion, exceptionally nice guy) attempt to mislead you at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): “Stories of all sizes that define our place in the universe,” hosted at UCB East by Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), and featuring storytellers Dave Martin, Diana Spechler, and Seth Lind, plus musical guest Shonali Bhowmik (Variety SHAC): Tales of the Cosmos

7:00 pm ($7): Sketches, improv scenes, and videos from a small army of female comics at The PITupstairs theatre that answer such questions as “Why can’t you touch a black girl’s hair? Why do some of us burn our cheating man’s clothes in his car and can’t wait to exhale? How did Foxy Brown know how to get down? Why can two play that game? Why do mad black women write so many diaries?” and more: Mrs Jones

7:00 pm ($5): In-house The PIT sketch comedy troupes show off the videos they’ve created (in the downstairs lounge) for the theatre’s new online TV showcase: The PIT TV Show

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Comedic solo performances—storytelling, sketch, and whatever else isn’t stand-up or improv—at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Bill Stiteler & Adam Schwartz: Wank

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Joe Bill, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, Kay Cannon, Christina Gausas, and/or other stellar performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and legendary Chicago improv institutions, at UCB West all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm ($7): Improv veterans Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft at The Magnetmaking up a play on the spot: Theory of Everything

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) An Iranian-American stand-up (for a sample set, please click here) who’s a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour that featured top Middle Eastern-American comics, and an actor who’s performed on ABC’ s Better off Ted andKnights of Prosperity, FOX’ s Life on a Stick, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC’s The West Wingand ER, and many other shows & feature films, headlining tonight and Sunday at the CarolinesComedy Club: Maz Jobrani

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s starred in his ownComedy Central Presents special, and has performed on Conan O’Brien, ABC, VH1, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Paul Mecurio

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Star storyteller Tom Shillue, and fine stand-ups Helen Hong, Dan Soder, and Dean Obeidallagh, performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City for a podcast that’s a free way to get therapy for host Joe Matarese: Fixing Joe

8:00 pm ($10): Two of the most respected PIT improv troupes performing on this weekly double-bill—and occasionally with comedy giants Kristen Schaal and/or Kurt Braunohler participating: Big Black Car and The Baldwins

8:00 pm ($5): A YouTube star tries out an hour’s worth of new material at The PIT downstairs lounge: John Roberts

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($10): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Sabrina Jalees (Last Comic Standing, Logo’s Year End Review), and Jeff Wesselschmidt performing stand-up at UCB East, hosted by Kara Klenk and Nick Turner: If You Build It

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCB West’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing finalist, Comedy Central Presents), Aaron Berg, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village:Eastville Comedy Club

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics” atThe PIT, following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[FREE] 10:00 pm: A sketch & interview show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Zach Sims: Too Late With Zachary Sims

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Ben Rodgers, Charlie Todd, Jim Santangeli, and/or other stellar improvisors at UCB West interview an audience member about where he or she grew up and then create an entire show based on the mini-bio: The Curfew: Not From Around Here

10:30 pm ($7): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney as comedy duo Trike

10:30 pm ($10): UCBT Harold Night improv troupe Airwolf makes stuff up at UCB EastAirwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

11:00 pm ($8): An improv troupe that’s performed with Cirque de Soleil and appeared in the filmMystery Team performing at The PIT upstairs lounge, opening with a blind date with a member of our audience and then making up scenes based on what they’ve learned: Gentleman Party

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A freestyle rap contest at UCB East that includes superb NYC comics—who tonight are brilliant singer/songwriter Mindy Raf, brilliant stand-up Myq Kaplan, Joyelle Johnson, Luke Meginsky, and Mr. Dead—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius human beatbox Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme) and Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central) at one of my favorite monthly shows: The BEATdown

[FREE] Midnight: Along the lines of Mystery Science Theater 3000, NYC comics make comments about a terrible movie at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Big Fat Scary Saturday

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/4/11

March 4, 2011

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Jawnee Conroy

Hysterical force of nature Jawnee Conroy will be stirring things up tonight at "The BEATdown"

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Pamela Murphy’s autobiographical show is the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT in the past year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Pam’s work, please click here). Don’t miss Jane Borden of Time Out New York‘s pick forBest Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this double-bill, sketch troupe Bleak! performs a show about internal strife: Stomachtown

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.)  An award-winning stand-up who’s performed onConan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Al Madrigal

8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host ofTotally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist of terrific book Grimmer Tales), and Michael Terry (Onion News Network, Party Central USA) 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

[$] 8:00 pm ($20): A benefit for cancer research with Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Rob Cantrell (CBS, Marijuana-logues), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), and Seaton Smith (Opie and Anthony) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($10): Improvised scenes based on the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist at Missed Connections Two-Prov

8:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The not quite 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” Tonight is the Second Anniversary of these sharp improvisors making stuff up as troupe Chet Watkins

[FREE—plus trivia game chances to win free drinks] 8:00 pm: Pat O’Shea (VH1, host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), Justy Dodge, Todd Montesi, Carolina Hidalgo, Robyn Candyce-Schlau, and “a surprise guest” performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) with host Calvin S. Cato: The Pregame Comedy Show

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s written for ABC, TruTV, feature films, and performed his own hour-long Comedy Central special You’ve Changedheadlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Michael Loftus

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

9:00 pm ($7): Comedy friends who, by a wild coincidence, have the same name, debuting a sketch show about pioneers: We’re Matt Weir: Trailblazers

[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] 11:00 pm ($10): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), and TV & movie star Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), plus wonderful musical guest Ted Leo, performing at this monthly comedy talk show hosted by the Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central, Hot Tub Variety): Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight include Jawnee Conroy (a force of nature who was a hilarious agent of chaos on his last appearance), Josh Ruben (College Humor), Alan Fessenden (member of improv troupe 4Track), and stand-ups Joyelle Johnson and Remy Benice —plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius human beatbox Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme) and Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien,Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central) at one of my favorite monthly shows: The BEATdown

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/3/10

September 3, 2010

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Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan

Genius human beatbox Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan (above) co-hosts with genius musical improvisor Eliza Skinner at midnight's The BEATdown

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): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

7:00 pm ($8): “Where there is a stage and a piano, she will be there. Where there are strangers with embarrassing stories, she will be there. Where there is a group of people willing to sit and watch someone make up songs, she will be there. A one-woman musical improv journey through the lives of the audience. You tell the story, Rebecca Vigil sings the soundtrack:” The Vigilante

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Kurt Braunohler practices a stand-up set designed for a TV special; and Peter Blomquist and Jeff Wiens performing a multimedia sketch show, in the double-bill Kurt Braunohler’s Special Stand-Up and Franco & Billy: Diamonds of Fire

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm; Next to Last Show! ($19.50 online using discount code8PUPPET): This is a show for which I have enormous affection; although my joy came from watching not only what occurred on stage, but the faces of the women in the audience turning stonier and stonier as they visibly projected the thought, “Dick tricks? This entire show really consists of dick tricks? All my suspicions about men have just been confirmed…” If you cherish bravery in performers, go forth to the 45 Bleecker Theatre (right next to the #6 subway’s Bleecker Street stop) and experience Puppetry of the Penis

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Ace storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, Risk!), and stand-ups Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Kevin McCaffrey (David Letterman), Ryan Hamilton (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), Ron Babcock (visiting from LA), and Sam Morrill performing at Brooklyn’s Red Star (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Colin Jost (writer for SNL), Louis Katz (Comedy Central), Dan Wilbur (College Humor), and Alex Grubard (Sirius Radio) performing atO’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Ruby: Hot Soup

[$] 8:00 pm ($53 & 2-drink min.)  A TV & film star whose credits include Undercover Brother, Deuce Bigalow, and Scary Movie 3 headlining through Saturday at Carolines: Eddie Griffin

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

9:30 pm ($8): Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Learn the details in his one-man show Disengaged

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

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

11:15 ($5):Roman Rimer performs a one-man show about “inspirational and comedic true stories intertwining spirituality, sex, laws, identity, drug busts, discomfort, fear and discovery from a spontaneous road trip down South” in Evolution

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the sharpest comics in NYC—Rachel Bloom, Jermaine Fowler, Michael Kayne, Nat Towsen, and Alan Starzinski—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

[$] 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 Friday 5/7/10

May 7, 2010

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Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan and Eliza Skinner host one of my favorite monthly shows, a comedic rap battle now at the Friday midnight slot at UCBT: The BEATdown

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] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Some of the finest sketch troupes in NYC, including The Harvard Sailing Team and Murderfist, audition for a prestigious comedy festival: The Just for LaughsShowcase

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: The Secret Donald Glover Show

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.78 online with code VIPMAY, plus 2-drink min.) A YouTube starMad TV star headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Anjelah Johnson

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful comics Kumail Nanjiani, Ben Lerman, Rob Cantrell, Louis Katz, Jason Weems, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[$] 8:00 pm ($49 & 2-drink min.) A TV and movie star who first earned fame on Chappelle’s Showheadlining through Sunday at Carolines: Charlie Murphy

[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): The Harvard Sailing Team

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): In this new show, Thomas Middleditch, Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:00 pm ($5): Dan Hodapp & Natasha Rothwell, champions of the Magnet Theater’s 2009 Improv Duo Tournament, bring nearly five years of improv collaboration to stage “for an evening of bold, committed characters and truthful, grounded scenework” at Hodapp & Rothwell

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC…who tonight are Sara Schaefer (Jimmy Fallon), Victor Varnado (Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show), Mara Herron (That Chick Mara Herron), Tom McCaffrey (VH1’s Best Week Ever), and Sara Jo Allocco (Dream Role)—hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (Baby Wants Candy) at The BEATdown

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/21/10

January 21, 2010

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Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan and Eliza Skinner host tonight's Finals to determine the 2009 Champion of comedic rap competition The BEATdown

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): A now-rare opportunity to see the one-woman show that less than a year ago helped propel NYC comedy jewel Jenny Slate to stardom as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Jenny’s production “takes place during my funeral, if I died right now as an eccentric millionaire and left 300 million dollars to my dog;” and it shows off Jenny’s immense sweetness, darkness, and wit, with treasured moments ranging from cheese thrown with deadly force to Jenny’s unforgettable pronouncement regarding men and porn. Directed by the witty and razor-sharp John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives). Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Jenny Slate live in Dead Millionaire

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($23 online today, or $18 for Friday & Saturday, if you use code VIPJAN [otherwise $30], plus 2-item minimum):A star stand-up who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno; performed three of his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties; is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and the Opie and Anthony radio show; hosted his own radio program on NYC’s 92.3 Free FM; creates periodic Web-based free audio shows for Blog Talk Radio; and has acted on such TV shows as HBO’s The Sopranos and Lucky Louie, and was nominated twice for an Emmy award for his writing on The Chris Rock Show, headlinilng tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Nick DiPaolo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen performing her new more-or-less one-woman show: “After applying for The Greatest French Person in the World Award, Andrée uncovers a dark family secret (she may actually be…Belgian!), and is forced to decide whether or not believing in something is enough to make it true”—for a hint of how much fun you’re likely to have, view a video scene with Andrée and her real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch by clicking here; and superb sketch troupe Trophy Dad performing a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life, in the double-bill French Toast and The Worst Guy Ever!

8:00 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] 9:00 pm ($15): All all-star lineup of top stand-ups—Colin Quinn, Wyatt Cenac, and Morgan Murphy—plus musical guest Bridget Barkan, all performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC…who tonight are five winners of last year’s monthly contests, battling it out for the Championship crown in tonight’s Finals match—Carolyn Castiglia, Rebecca Drysdale, Utkarsh Ambudka, Bob Kulhan, and Michael Kayne—hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas) at The BEATdown

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Hot Sauce and The Brothers Hines battling for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (We Used to Go Out, Mother, Baby Mama) and Ed Herbstman (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. Take advantage of this one-night-only opportunity to see these improvisation comedy stars shine in an intimate setting as The Mantzoukas Brothers

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/15/09

September 15, 2009

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Chris Sullivan, a.k.a., Shockwave, shows off his brilliant set of comedic beatbox sound effects tonight at Sweet

Chris Sullivan, a.k.a., Shockwave, shows off his brilliant set of comedic beatbox sound effects tonight 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Red-hot rising comedy star Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer & performer on Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues) and Chris Mata (Atom.com) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Ragnaröck, Bastian, Law Firm, and The Scam—at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest comics in NYC—Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), genius musical improvisors—and co-hosts of UCBT’s The BEATdown—Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas, Baby Wants Candy) and Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme, The Electric Company), and Jake and Anir (CollegeHumor.com)—performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): A small army of sharp NYC stand-ups—Tom McCarffery, Mike Drucker, Mark Normand, Nick Turner, Lisa Kaplan, Andy Haynes, Sean Lynch, and more—competing for laughs at Eric I’s Comedy Showdown

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): One of the sharpest and most respected comics in the biz, tonight dusting off some of his classic material for an already sold out show (but if you don’t mind standing, you can still probably get in and enjoy): David Cross

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