NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 10/5/14

October 5, 2014

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Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence spearheads a comic book related stand-up show at The Stand

The Cowmen

…and a day-long celebration at The Creek is capped by mind-blowing musical dark comedy from The Cowmen

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:

[FREE] 3:00 pm-Midnight: The Creek’s Cave Comedy Radio celebrates its fans all day with “a big ole sausage and brat cookout, and then a two-stage comedy show, with all your favorite CCR podcasts downstairs and CCR performers doing stand-up and sketch in the upstairs theater; and then at 10:00 pm musical group The Cowmen do a full set” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Creek Cave Radio Sausage Party, Mac & Cheese Cookoff, and All-Day Comedy

5:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): NYC stand-ups (not announced) sit in the audience and “shout out funny questions, comments, or even noises to the host onstage and to each other whenever they feel like it,” effectively becoming their own hecklers, at The Grisly Pear (107 MacDougal Street) hosted by Will Thilly: Noise Factory

7:00 pm ($10): Improv spinning off the mythic TV series The Golden Girls at The PIT upstairs theatre: Four Broads and Cheesecake: Golden Girls Improv

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes superstars in the improv world such as Chris Gethard, and occasionally network TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($7): Comedy groups Action Park and Stockton perform sketch comedy at The Magnet theatre: Magnet Sketch Teams

[$] 7:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Nimesh Patel (Comedy Central, co-host of Broken Comedy), Mike Vecchione (Jay Leno, Comedy Central Half Hour, Last Comic Standing, Howard Stern), and Graham Kay, plus hosts Sam Morril (Comedy Central) & Joe List (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), perform stand-up at the Carolines Comedy Club: The Sam and Joe Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($12): Theatrical improvisors make up a complete play on the spot at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Improvised Play

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm, 9:45 pm and 11:30 pm ($14 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s stand-ups include Colin Quinn and Ryan Hamilton at the 8:00 show; great lineup of Judah Friedlander, Ryan Hamilton, Keith Alberstadt, Donald McEnery, Kevin Brennan, and Zainab Johnson (hosting) at the 9:45 show; and Kurt Metzger, Marina Franklin (hosting), Sam Morril, Zainab Johnson, Joe List, and Damien Lemon at the 11:30 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Sunday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($20; no min.): Part of Comic Con Super Week, Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Half Hour, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, comedy album Sadamantium) spearheads a comic book related stand-up show featuring such other top comics as TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Kurt Metzger (staff writer for Inside Amy Schumer; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central special White Precious, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Dan Soder (smart, edgy rising star; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing; Inside Amy Schumer, HBO, The Apprentice, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Joe List (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Byron Bowers performing at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Comic Book Stand-Up: Mike Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Dan Solder, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Feinstein, Joe List, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb improvisors and guest improv groups join host Skycopter (which includes the incredible David Carl) to make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge: Act One

8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (co-host of TruTV’s Hack My Life; writer and/or producer for a slew of MTV shows; also performed on HBO, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Dive Comedy), Matt Koff (writer for The Daily Show), Ashley Brooke Roberts (co-host of Fresh Out), Jacqueline Novak (Comedy Central, College Humor), Brian Frange, Ricky Gonzalez, and Mike Lebowitz performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon): If You Build It

8:00 pm ($5): Jessica Delfino (CDs Dirty Folk Rock and I Wanna Be Famous; popular animated short film I Wanna Be Famous; to get a feel for Jessica’s range and talent, please click here), Brandon Scott Wolf (contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update), Tom Cowell (Comedy Central), Ariel Elias, and sketch group Math, Science, and The Humanities, plus comedic counseling from Viviana Cortez, all performing at Brit Pack Studios (153 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor) hosted by Ali Levin: Sunday Sessions

9:00 pm ($7): Eight improvisors jointly contribute to the creation of two-person scenes, and then work to refine and morph these scenes together over time at the Magnet theatre: The Blob

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb improvisors Aparna Nancherla (delightfully wry, lightning-quick, and razor-sharp rising star; Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, @midnight, former writer/performer for FX’s Totally Biased), Ashley Ward (Big Black Car), Sarah Nowak (The Baldwins), Morgan Phillips (Diamond Lion), Gary Richardson (Annoyance Theatre), and Brett Wean (Wean Shay) make up theatrical scenes at The PIT upstairs theatre: People Improvising

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: A jaw-dropping dark comedy group, which includes members of ace sketch troupe Murderfist, will terrify and delight you for an hour at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Cowmen

Sunday Open Mics & Open Stages

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (put your name in the bucket at 3:45), providing 3 minutes or more per comic at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by James Ferrarella: Face-Plant Comedy Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 5:00 pm ($1): Sign up at 4:30 pm to do improv with experienced PIT performers at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Sasha Capelli, Eitan Levine, and Shaina Stigler: 10K Jam Jam

6:00 pm ($5): Open-mic stand-up that includes professional feedback on each comic’s 5-minute set at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Mic-Shop: Open Mic Workshop

9:30 pm ($3): Open-mic comedy, with 3-5 minutes per walk-in performer who signs up (first come, first serve) at The PIT downstairs lounge, hosted by Will Neville: Amateur Night At The Gemini

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic show for sketch and character bits running 3-5 minutes at The Magnet hosted by Sebastian Conelli. Everyone who signs up—at 9:45 pm at the box office—is likely to get onstage: Sketch in Progress

[FREE] 10:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show (sign up is at 9:45 pm) providing 5 minutes for each comic whose name is pulled from the bucket at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Christi Chiello: Lance Bass Space Mic

[FREE] 10:00 pm: The only open-stage show for entire groups of improvisors and sketch comics, running weekly at UCB East hosted by Austin Rodrigues: Bring Your Own Team: Improv/Sketch Team Jam

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

The PIT
(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$15)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club, with MST3K-style movie night on Thursdays; 2-drink min.)

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/9/12

December 9, 2012

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John Mulaney and Mike Birbiglia

World-class stand-ups: John Mulaney performs at Comedy Night, and Mike Birbiglia at “Working It Out”…

The Cowmen

…plus there’ll be mind-blowing musical dark comedy in Brooklyn from The Cowmen

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:

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

6:00 pm ($5): Open-mic stand-up that includes professional feedback on each comic’s 5-minute set at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Mic-Shop: Open Mic Workshop

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): A sampling of UCBT’s wonderful talents, both established and on the rise—including Sasheer Zamata, Fran Gillespie, Brandon Scott Jones, D’Arcy Carden, Riley Soloner, Connor Ratliff, and many more—performing at UCB East with host Adam Conover: UCBT 2012 Year End Showcase

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing, MTV, Logo, here! TV), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), and “special guests” performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Daughter Christine DeNoon brings her deceased father’s songs to life in a musical that debuts tonight at The PIT upstairs theatre: Someone To Belong To

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Eric Drysdale (brilliant comedy mind; writer for The Colbert Report), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Jacqueline Novak, Rob Shapiro, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Magnet sketch comedy groups Risky Bottom and Jacktown try out new material at this show with the on-the-nose title Magnet Sketch Teams

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, one hour special & CD/DVD New in Town, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Hadiyah Robinson, John Moses, Oni Perez, and Charlotte MacDonald performing stand-up, plus musical guests Iron Curtain and DJ Tara, at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show; one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Ashley Brooke Robert (co-host of The Dream Show), Michelle Wolf (IFC’s Bunk), Chip Dwyer, and Ryan Connor performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): From Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman (producers of The Scene), improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT upstairs theatre, with tonight’s groups including Double Date, Day Camp Kids, Deer Babies, and The Lottery: Act One

9:30 pm ($5): Magnet sketch comedy groups try out new material at this weekly show. Tonight it’s the double-bill Dispacho and Breakfast for Dinner

9:30 pm ($5): Making great use of UCB East’s previous incarnation as an indie movie theatre, tonight features screenings of the most memorable Channel 101 films running five minutes or less—most of them funny—crafted in the style of TV pilots: The 2012 New York Channy Awards

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($15 at the door or $18.88 online): One of the finest stand-ups and comedic storytellers alive tries out new material, along with some friends: Mike Birbiglia: Working It Out

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A jaw-dropping dark comedy musical group—which includes members of sketch troupe Murderfist—performs a full set at Brooklyn’s Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway, near the J subway’s Kosciusko Street stop): The Cowmen

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/26/12

July 26, 2012

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For best video previews of FringeNYC 2012 shows, please click here.

The Cowmen

Mind-blowing musical dark comedy group The Cowmen perform at Livia’s Castle of Enchantment

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: Lisa L. Kirchner (writer for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Salon.com; host of The Next Chapter) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, atUCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill atThe PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Junior Varsity to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): A show that brings dead celebrities back to life has itself been resurrected at UCB East, with magical comedic chameleon Livia Scott (Conan O’BrienLaw & OrderDirty Movie) hosting tonight as blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield. Joining the party will be The Cowmen (jaw-dropping dark comedy group, with members of Murderfist), Todd Hanson (Adult Swim’s Squidbillies, original head writer for The Onion), and Carla Rhodes (“rock’n’roll ventriloquist;” for shout-out from David Letterman, please click here; for act with “Keith Richards,” please click here): Livia’s Castle of Enchantment

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ira Glass (host/producer of This American Life), Claywoman, musical group The One, and surprises from host Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, The Dave Hill Explosion, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, champion rapper; new book Tasteful Nudes) at The Dave Hill Explosion

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Bob Dorough (Miles Davis, Allen Ginsberg, Schoolhouse Rock) plays music to inspire made-up scenes by superb improvisors from The Story Pirates, UCB, FringeNYC, etc.—plus a monologue from Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There)—plus a monologue from Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There)—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Beauty Love Truth

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill atThe PIT downstairs lounge: The East Side Orphan Riot and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house improv troupes Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, The Boss, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Alex Marino directing Events (improv that explores a single event through flashbacks, dashes, and other time-bending techniques), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component), featuring Aquarius vs. That Annoying Couple: The Magnet’s Night Out

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 [vs. $25] online or at the box office using discount code BBOX): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 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): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Mike Yard (Comedy Central), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

9:00 pm ($5): John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel, FX’s Totally Biased), Matt McCarthy (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death, host of AMC’s Action Pack, Comedy Central, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys, host of Marking Out), Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It), George Gordon, and Adam Sokoll performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Jen Nails (superb storyteller and teacher; author of Next To Mexico), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central), Michael Martin (Thin Skin Jonny), and Britt Genelin performing atThe PIT upstairs theatre to share tales on tonight’s theme The Spirit at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on the UCB Chelsea stage—along with stand-ups Susanna Wolff, Jeff Rosenberg, Brian Murphy, and more—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Truly great improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes was finally toppled by one of the finest troupes in the country, Doppelganger, in a clear win of 115-55. There aren’t many groups around that can best Sasheer Zamata, Nicole Byer, and Keisha Zollar, so the crown will probably be worn by this trio until they’re ready to relinquish it. Tonight they’ll be teaching humility to troupe Graceland in this competition for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): “Secret movie screenings of movies you probably haven’t seen and/or should see again” at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) hosted by Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers), JD Amato (Harold Night), and Mike Roth (Two Boots Video): Secret Movie Show Presented by Two Boots Video

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/5/11

October 5, 2011

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Sesame Street and And I Am Not Lying

Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, is among the guests of new UCB West show "Employee of the Month;" Cyndi Freeman mixes storytelling, burlesque, stand-up, and sword swallowing at "And I Am Not Lying"...

Nick Thune

...Nick Thune performs in LIC at The Creek's "Monsters"...

The Cowmen

...and The Cowmen sing in Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter at "Get Loose"

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:

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

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up providing four minutes per comic, with “15 people chosen randomly through e-mail, and five walk-ins; and a guaranteed spot to anyone who performs in character as a famous explorer” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Comedic Exploration Club of Long Island City, West

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and another genius improv troupe consisting of trio Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of The Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) performs as Outlook of the Poet

[$] 7:30 pm ($16.50, plus 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, MTV, and AMC headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy ClubNick Cobb

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): The Sklar Brothers (stars of MTV’sApartment 2F; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; Emmy-winning episode of HBO’sCurb Your Enthusiasm; ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy; FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; co-creators & stars of four seasons of ESPN’s Cheap Seats), Nick Thune (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Jason Good (Comedy Central, Howard Stern), and Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, Minute to Win It) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The debut at UCB West of this talk show about people with dream jobs and how they got them. Tonight’s guests are Rachel Dratch (cast member of Saturday Night Livefrom 1999 through 2006), Joey Mazzarino (head writer of Sesame Street), Murray (cast member ofSesame Street), and Tillie (Dog/Artist/Mother/Daughter) and her assistant F. Bowman Hastie; plus music from EOTM Band of the Month & Scott Adsit, an awards ceremony, and sheetcake—all hosted by Catie Lazarus: Employee of the Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Storytelling, stand-up, and carny join forces to bring the blog And I Am Not Lying to life on stage, hosted by stellar storyteller & burlesque performer Cyndi Freeman, and with fully clothed storytellers Jeff Simmermon (This American Life, The Moth) and Brad Lawrence (FringeNYC, The Moth), stand-up Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), sword swallower Adam the First Real Man, and second artistic stripper Runaround Sue, all performing at Brooklyn’s Union HallAnd I Am Not Lying Live

8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Vic Henley (Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Bruno), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Mike Trainor (TruTv’s Smoking Gun), and “a secret guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, off Bleecker Street) with host Dan Allen: Sacapuntas!

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This monthly show at Brooklyn’s The Gutter (200 North 14th Street) tonight features The Cowmen, a jaw-dropping dark comedy musical group, with members of Murderfist; and seeing these guys sing their songs of death in a bowling alley is all the reason needed to attend. Also performing will be stand-ups Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, VH1, College Humor), Travis Irvine (Troma Films), Jason Saenz (co-host of Too Cool For School), Jared Fried , and Mookie Thompson, with hosts Aaron Glaser & Lee Rubenstein (Lee’s last show before moving to LA!): Get Loose

[FREE—plus FREE PIZZA for first 30 people, from Artichoke Pizza!] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mark Giordano (MadMan, FoxNews.com), Mike Trainor (TruTV’s World’s Dumbest), Alison Leiby, and Joe Larson performing at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes The Kicks, The Imposters, Featherweight, Phooka, Brick, and Chet Watkins performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Brick at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Open mic stand-up (with sign-up starting at 8:00) at Brooklyn’s Belleville (330 5th Street) hosted by Josh Guarino: The Belleville Mic

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar are first up as the fiercely energetic & entertaining all-gal improv troupe Doppelganger; and then UCBT Harold Night house troupes Very Good Kiss and Mr. Crime make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold

[FREE—plus FREE CUPCAKES and “maybe strippers”] 9:00ish pm: Host Sharon Spell’s birthday show, with stand-ups James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Sue Funke (adorable), and Carrie Gravenson, music from comics Pat O’Shea and Colin Dempsey, cupcakes from Damn Queer Cupcakes…and “maybe strippers”—at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

9:00 pm ($7): The Second Anniversary of this monthly show at Under St. Marks, with host Christian Polanco performing a 30-minute stand-up set, plus guests Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), Thomas Dale (MTV), and Jonathan Morvay, and guest host Chris DiStefano: And Then What Happened: Two-Year Anniversary Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Razor-sharp stand-up Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon,Comedy Central) and his friends, including Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special; Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please click here), Nick Thune (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Scott Moran, and Kate Berlant, performing atUCB West in celebration of Rory’s new comedy CD: Dilation Album Release Show

10:00 pm ($10): Carla Rhodes, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ventriloquist,” performing a show that blends ventriloquism, comedic storytelling, and rock music (with the aid of her band The Extravaganzas). Carla’s dummies include Mick Jagger & Keith Richards; Herschel Ragbottoms, a pigeon living under old newspapers in Tompkins Square Park; the fear-mongering Under Bed Alligator; and cantankerous salt-water-taffy-obsessed 1920’s gentleman Cecil Sinclaire. It all happens at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, off Bleecker Street): The Continuing Story of Carla Rhodes

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: 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 weekly show at UCB West makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house troupe Grandma’s Ashes: The Improv Jam

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/20/11

July 20, 2011

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Jet Eveleth

Chicago's Jet Eveleth—accompanied by Paul Brittain (Saturday Night Live)—performs her one-woman show "Touched"...

The Cowmen

...and mind-blowing musical dark comedy group The Cowmen perform at "Monsters"

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:

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($7): A mostly one-woman show from Jet Eveleth, the artistic director of the Chicago Improv Festival, and who the Chicago Tribune has called “always terrific and subtle” (for video samples, please click here and here), tonight with special guest Paul Brittain (Saturday Night Live): Jet Eveleth’s Touched

8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[$] 7:30 pm ($19 & 2-drink min.): A finalist on two seasons of Last Comic Standing headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Gary Gulman

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($30): Improv geniuses Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey, Chris Gethard, Fran Gillespie, Anthony King, and Shannon O’Neill, plus stand-up Adam Lowitt, performing at a benefit for Gilda’s Club: The Gilda Club’s Summer Night Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): The Cowmen (jaw-dropping dark comedy group, with members of Murderfist), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedyand Stripped Stories), Matt Koff (The Onion, Newlywed Game), Will Hines (UCBT superstar, College Humor), Boris Khaykin, and Grant Gordon performing stand-up at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

[$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s appeared on Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central, and starred in her own CBS series Costello, headlining for one night only at the Gotham Comedy Club: Sue Costello

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Storytellers 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 Jefferson (Moth StorySlam winner), and stand-ups Paul Mecurio (The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Lee Rubenstein (ABC, MTV), Luke Thayer (Tyra Banks, Food Network), and Megan O’Keefe performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, producer of Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Andrea Rosen (most hilarious pregnant stand-up alive; HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, one-woman show Ding Dong Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), comics writer Michael Kupperman, and more sharing memorable tales of their material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[$] 9:30 pm ($19 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up who’s appeared on WeTV’s Cinematherapy, the BBC, and a whole bunch of radio comedy shows, headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Leah Bonnema

[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

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.