NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/2/10

June 2, 2010

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W.C. Fields and John Oliver

John Oliver tonight analyzes the work of another comedy genius at a screening of W.C. Fields' classic Million Dollar Legs

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] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[FREE] 7:00 pm (no cover, 2-drink min.): Delightful stand-up Phoebe Robinson, plus Akaash Singh, Andrew Schulz, and more performing at the Laugh Lounge with host Damien Lemon: Comedy on the Hump

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): Comedy superstar John Oliver (The Daily Show) and Elliott Kalan (writer/producer for The Daily Show) host and analyze a not-to-be-missed screening at 92Y Tribeca of the W.C. Fields classic comedy film Million Dollar Legs

8:00 pm ($7): Wonderful storyteller Leslie Goshko, sketch duo Team Submarine, and stand-ups Ryan Hamilton and Jesse Joyce performing at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s monthly comedy event¡Sacapuntas!

8:00 pm ($5): Real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with a scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton; and the wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers and Bear With Me

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Sean Crespo, Amy Beckerman, Matt Little, Jay Bois, Arthur Carlson, and Johanna Clearfield performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Ali Wong (hilarious human dynamo), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), and Noah Garfinkel (co-host of Totally J/K) performing stand-up at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-ups Mark Normand, Bruce Cherry, Troy Bynum, Geoffrey Kole, and Walt Murphy telling tales about their first time doing something (subject is up to them) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Evan Morgenstern’s SNC: The Virgin Chronicles

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “The most fabulous show on Earth,” hosted by Tim Gunn (John Flynn) and Tim Gunn (Michael Hartney), featuring wonderful comedic performers (both straight and gay) including comedy genius Kate McKinnon, Christine Nangle (staff writer for Saturday Night Live), superb singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, rapper Soce, and more—plus two audience members who’ll be selected to compete in a design challenge—all at The Same Sex-Tacular

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/30/09

September 30, 2009

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John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

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 in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up; The Onion), and Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, brilliant Daily Show star John Oliver, Daily Show Executive Producer Rory Albanese, Daily Show Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt, and former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show & Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00: Uniformly wonderful stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sarah Schaefer, Eric Andre, Ali Waller, and Claudia Cogan performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC comics Ray Devito, Ilana Glazer, Bruce Cherry, Mo Diggs, Jacqueline Kabat, and Erik Bergstrom at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, The Onion), and Eliot Glazer (co-host of High School Talent Show and New York Shitty) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and sometimes SNL’s Jenny Slate: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, tonight featuring brilliant writer/performers Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), John Flynn, Cecilia Lederer, Tami Sagher, and wonderful host David Martin telling tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Weddings:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the biz; Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life); a superstar comedy guest I can’t announce, but let’s just say he’s even whiter than Pete Holmes; Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Robert Kelly (HBO, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, MTV), and Steve Hofstetter (Craig Ferguson, Showtime, VH1, ESPN)—all performing at ComedyJuice

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/28/09

July 28, 2009

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John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)
John Oliver practices for his next Comedy Central special tonight at both Punch Up Your Life (free) and Sweet ($5)

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—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Marvel Comics writer Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir), and Marvel & DC Comics writer Ivan Brandon (Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape, Viking) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber DeCoster, Ragnaröck, The Scam, Badman, and Bastian—followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), performing at the final summer 2009 edition of this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues; MTV’s The State, legendary comedy troupe Stella, writer/director/star of feature film The Baxter, co-writer/co-star of feature film Wet Hot American Summer), Natasha Leggero (Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Reno 911!, and The Sarah Silverman Program; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Heather Fink (MTV, Adult Swim, CollegeHumor.com, Dr. Phil, co-host of Street Meat) performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm).

and delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Joanne Filan, Pat Galante, and Adrienne Iapalucci at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 7/26/09

July 26, 2009

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John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix
John Oliver completes his spectacular three-evening comedy club run tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, demonstrating why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive as he delivers a deliciously long set during this final evening of his run Headlining at Comix (7:30 pm),

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

typically superb stand-ups at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson & Jacqueline Novak: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel), Matt Goldich (Comedy Central, VH1), and Phil Hanley (Vancouver’s The Comedy Network) at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ben Lerman hosting a group of sharp comics—Mo Rocca, Andrew W.K., Keith & the Girl, Myka Fox, and Rev Jen-—at a new East Village version of a classic game show: Match Game Live (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-ups Michael Kosta and John F. O’Donnell, and comedy group Ronald Reagan,performing at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

[FREE] and Kate McKinnon (brilliant rising star sketch comic & stand-up; cast member for three seasons and counting on Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show), Jodie Wasserman (Comedy Central), and Adam Lehman & Michael Brill (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 7/25/09

July 25, 2009

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John Oliver, facing right
John Oliver continues his stand-up tonight at Comix

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] a blowout celebration of the one-year anniversary of this show, with top NYC comics Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Sean Patton (VH1, Montreal Comedy Festival), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Becky Donohue (Comedy Central), and sketch duo Team Submarine joining hosts Pat Stango, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly at Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will demonstrate why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight and Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the Cage Match Championship—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of Liberty (10:30 pm),

[$] and 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 7/24/09

July 24, 2009

About Last Night: Special kudos to Thursday’s Cage Match for putting on one of the greatest shows I ever expect to see. Musical improv troupe Veal delivered a wonderful series of scenes & songs about airplanes, and proved it deserves more appearances on the UCBT stage. And much love always to hosts Ben Rodgers and Eric Scott. But an extra special acknowledgement goes to the almost superhuman skill, timing, and comedic mastery displayed by last night’s Death by Roo Roo improv focused on, of all things, a bake-off, from Curtis Gwinn, Gavin Speiller, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, and Gil Ozeri. Guys, you are all superstars.

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John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

John Oliver demonstrates his genius at stand-up tonight at Comix

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] [$] John Oliver, the star correspondent of The Daily Show and a genius stand-up, will show why he’s universally considered one of the finest comics alive tonight through Sunday as he delivers a deliciously long set Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a blow-out farewell to this weekly free show’s co-host, Cassidy Henehan, with stellar stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sean Patton, and Jesse Pop, superb sketch comedy troupes Bishop & Douch and The Straightmen, and sexy & hilarious singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm, in Brooklyn at Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School: Bon Voyage, Cassidy Henehan (8:00 pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Pat Dixon, and Danny Solomon answering personal questions on stage at Matt Ruby’s & Mark Normand’s We’re All Friends Here (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Allison Castillo (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, MTV), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories), Eddie Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Logo’s Wisecrack), Jason Saft (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, Eugene Cordero, Sue Galloway, Curtis Gwinn, Anthony King, Adam Pally, Ben Rodgers, Charlie Sanders, Eric Scott, Gavin Speiller, and Caitlin Tegart—writing and/or performing sketch comedy Beneath Gristedes (11:00 pm),

[FREE] and a free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/20/09

July 20, 2009

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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

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 Emily Epstein, Jared Logan, Rob Lathan, RG Daniels, Mark Normand, Luke Cunningham, Matt Ruby, Lisa Kaplan, Raquel D’Apice, Francoise Gordon, Dan Upham, Blaine Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] top comedic storytellers telling tales of being on the road, with tonight’s participants Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion who’s on a cross-country tour while living in her truck and will be performing via Webcam), Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Reno 911), Daisy Rosario (Moth Grandslam Champion), Chris Kipiniak (comic book writer and actor), and Jeff Simmerson (who tells about being a hired killer) at host Seth Lind’s Told: The Rough Guide (7:00 pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Slow Burn and High Treason at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] stand-up comedy in Brooklyn, tonight featuring sharp comedic storyteller Rob Gorden, plus stand-ups Jen Grant, Dan Boulger, Jay Welch, Ruhbin Mehta, Jacquline Kabat, Joe Fury, and Erik Bergstrom, at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly show Ed Sullivan on Acid (9:00 pm),

a comedic play about what goes in an adolescent female mind, and what appears to be an oddball sketch comedy show, in Fantasies of a 12-Year-Old Girl and O’Hooligan and the Holligans (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 Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya) and Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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