NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/27/11

July 27, 2011

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Scott Adsit and John Lutz

Scott Adsit & John Lutz create genius improv as "John & Scott"...

Erin Lennox's The I LIke You Too Show

...and the delightful Erin Lennox hosts a stand-up event that includes Sean Patton and Jared Logan: "The I Like You Too Show"

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

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives), and Jeff Dye (Last Comic Standing finalist, Comedy Central Presents) joining best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Sam Morril, Amber Nelson, Neal Stastny, Gonzolo Cordova, and Anthony Devito performing stand-up at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this monthly extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here): Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): NYC comics (lineup not annouced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Nick Turner: Monsters

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer forSaturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo who should not be missed: John & Scott

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Short videos from NYC comics (lineup not announced) at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Free Comedy

[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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/11/11

May 11, 2011

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Arden Myrin

Razor-sharp & irresistible comics Arden Myrin...

Erin Lennox

...and Erin Lennox perform at Erin's "The I Like You Too Show"

 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] 2:00 pm: “Something worth watching. Could be a movie, or a TV show. Might be populist and unapologetically entertaining, or hard to find and harder to understand. But you will always leave saying, ‘I am glad that I saw that.'” Hosted by The PIT’s Chris Grace, today’s free film is a highly acclaimed 2006 drama from Thailand about life in a hospital (don’t know why Chris is picking dramas, but he’s going for quality…): Syndromes and a Century

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in New York—Kate McKinnonRachel FeinsteinHarry Terjanian, and more—preview scenes from shows they’ll be performing on the prestigious UCBT schedule over the coming weeks at UCBT’S Spring Showcase

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

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Three NYC sketch troupes—BriTANick, Hammerkatz, and Klepper & Grey—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in a sketch revue hosted by Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): “A very special secret guest,” plus Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Yannis Pappas (Comedy Central, VH1), and Billy Wayne Davis (Rooftop Comedy) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the finest stand-up comics in the country, with credits including the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; and the comedy CDsTwo Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live. But what puts Mike in a class all his own is a unique style he’s developed that mixes the razor-sharp hilarity of the finest stand-up with the depth of emotionally moving theatre. Mike pioneered this approach with his previous off-Broadway hitSleepwalk with Me (which he then turned into a New York Times bestselling book, Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories); but he’s raised his game to a whole new level with this show, which is regularly selling out—for good reason. The $35.50 (discounted via code BOX) price is about what you’d pay at a comedy club…and it’ll buy you one of the richest experiences you’re ever likely to receive from art. To enjoy world-class laughs while being taught how to value what’s truly important, grab tickets while you can at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop); this utterly brilliant one-man show is slated to run only through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up;Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Dan Soder, Mike Recine, Micheal Che, and thoroughly adorable all-gal trio band The Bandana Splits performing at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this monthly extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Leslie Goshko (stellar & utterly charming storyteller; Sirius XM, Sideshow Goshko, The Liar Show), Matt Rohr, Subhah Agarwal, Michael Fisher, Ed Galvez, Kendra Cunningham, and musical group The Reformed Whores 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): Two of the finest improvisors on the planet, Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Let’s Have a Ball, Adsit & Gausas) and Becky Drysdale (Baby Wants Candy, Let’s Have a Ball), are new improv duo Drysdale & Gausas

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Adam Lehman (Here-TV’sHot Gay Comics), and Leah Bonnema performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 45th & 46th Streets) for a gay-themed show guest-hosted by Brad Loekle (Adam Sank will be back next week): That Sank Show

[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

11:00 pm (no cover, 1-drink 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/31/11

March 31, 2011

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Erin Lennox and the I Like You Too Show

The wonderful Erin Lennox shares her vast love with us via her new monthly comedy show "I Like You Too..."

Jane Borden

...and beloved authors Kristen Schaal, Jane Borden (above), and Kambri Crews, plus equally adored singer Adira Amram, celebrate a gal-focused Web site: The G.L.O.C. Launch Party

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($6): A gala launch party for TheGLOC.net, a new Web site devoted to the “Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy,” featuring some of the most brilliantly talented and beloved comics in NYC—authors Kristen Schaal, Jane Borden, and Kambri Crews reading from their recent books, and Adira Amram rockin’ the house—plus prizes, free makeovers, and more: The G.L.O.C. Launch Party

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A writer/comic who’s currently playing Leon Black on HBO’sCurb Your Enthusiasm, and has performed on Saturday Night Live, FOX, Comedy Central, MTV,The Chris Rock Show, and such feature films as Pootie Tang and Mr. Deeds, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: JB Smoove

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Comedic storytelling from ace yarn-spinner Kevin Allison (cast member of MTV’s seminal The State, host of Risk!), Ali Farahnakian (SNL, owner of The PIT), and Mandy Schiemderic performing at The PIT’s basement lounge on the topic of The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to be Cool

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Jesse Falcon (Mother) and Rachel Hamilton (30 Rock, Second City) perform as duo Hamilton & Falcon

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122 (150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 9th: Tom Shillue is Supernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm ($5): Young talents’s providing a mildly amusing and overly loud sketch show about cops in The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour; and in the other half of this double-bill, a sketch show from troupe Bleak about internal disorders in Stomachtown

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), Michelle Wolf, Joe Pera, David Cope, and band The Bandana Splits (“singing songs about truth”) performing at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this new monthly extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) A comedy icon who’s performed on David Letterman over 40 times and The Tonight Show over 10 times, and did the acclaimed HBO comedy specialThis’ll Take About An Hour and Showtime special I Love You, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jake Johannsen

9:00 pm ($12): Terrific NYC stand-ups Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and a rapidly rising star; finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Mike Recine, Maureen Langan, Charlie Gaeta, and more performing at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and guest-host Jeffrey Josephs (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can get a behind-the-scenes peak—plus comics Streeter Seidell, Jeff Rubin, Adam Newman, Jamie Lee, and more—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Law Firm (which impressively trounced The Stepfathers last week to become the new reigning champion) and Standard Oil compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/2/11

March 2, 2011

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Kristen Schaal with doll

Kristen Schaal performs tonight at Totally J/K...

Erin Lennox's "I Like You Too" Show

...and Erin Lennox hosts a new show with an unusual sensibility

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

7:00 pm ($5): Alan Starzinski performing a musical all by himself in the one-man show One Mansical

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Assorted improv troupes performing at The Magnet, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Mike Destefano (Last Comic Standing finalist this past summer, Comedy Central Presents), Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon), Dan Curry (Onion News Network), and “a mystery guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of UCBT’s funniest sketch comedy & stand-up performers at an all-you-can-watch revue: UCBT’s I’m Cool Showcase

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety), Lady Rizo (reportedly unforgettable), Mike Recine, Annie Lederman, and Adam Conover performing at the 11th Street Bar(510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this new once-in-a-while extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[$] 8:00 pm & 9:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): A comic who describes himself as “growing up in a family with anxiety disorders and addiction” but having a “unique ability to embody abstract personas, along with child-like playfulness” headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bob Dibuono

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Eli Olsberg, Katina Corrao, James Harris, Jason Saenz, and David Cope performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Usually terrific NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings for this free biweekly show hosted by delightful dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Will Hines (The Stepfathers, The Chris Gethard Show), Kristeen von Hagen (Comedy Central), Jenn Dodd, Nate Min, Raquel D’Apice, and Jarret Berenstein performing at this free weekly show at Luca Bar (119 St. Marks Place) hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): 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), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Gabe Delahaye (Videogum.com), and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

If you have a thyroid, or know someone with a thyroid, please consider buying my latest book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.