NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/13/12

March 13, 2012

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The Onion

Joe Garden and Todd Hanson, the editors of The Onion, perform at Tell Your Friends...

Myq Kaplan

...and Myq Kaplan performs 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:

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Joe List (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker), Leah Bonnema, The Lucas Bros, and Robert Dean performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A birthday celebration for Joe Garden (editor of The Onion), plus Todd Hanson (another editor of The Onion), Mike Trainor (TruTV), and “a super special secret guest stand-up” performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry guests joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PITdownstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Pat Bellatina “being selected as the keynote speaker at his former high school’s commencement. Will he be brave enough to admit that he knows nothing? This comedic musical memoir explores the illusion of success, the joys of lying, and growing up in the Bronx while pretending you didn’t” at The PIT upstairs theatre following a sold-out run at Ars Nova: No No No Yes

8:00 pm ($5): Ann Carr, Greg Johnson, Laura Prangley, and George Flanagan performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Still Mike, Creature, Very Good Kiss, Grandma’s Ashes, and Deckard—and at 11:00 pm a range of UCBT students getting on stage with improv veterans at The Lottery—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rosencrantz and Mint Condition

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingDavid Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Phoebe Robinson, Matt Ruby, Scott Moran, and Nate Fridson performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A): The Afterlife

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Charlie Kasov, Tyler Gildin, Jason Quarles, and Ben Asher performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by twins Adam & Todd Stone, who for this weekly show leave behind their trademark suits: Jackets Off

9:30 pm ($5): D&D-style epic fantasy improv, plus nerdy stand-up and music from David Cope and Jonathan Mann, at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Eric Grundhauserled as your Dungeon Master

9:30 pm ($5): Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Neil Constantine, and Andrew Sanford performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show) and maybe a top female stand-up who’s performed on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, E!, and Chelsea Lately, plus lots more at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives), team up to create their special dark version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Streeter Seidell (CollegeHumor), and Todd & Adam Stone (Last Comic Standing): The Tony and Johnny Show

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe Rosencrantz to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/13/09

May 13, 2009

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Beloved fake newspaper The Onion is the focus of tonight's Rejection Show

Beloved fake newspaper The Onion is the focus of tonight's Rejection 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] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] stellar storyteller Adam Wade and comic Jake Goldman hosting a show in which top writers and comedians—who tonight are Brad Lawrence, Phaea Crede, Jennifer Glick, and Molly McCloy—share their favorite true campus anecdotes at Real Tales of College (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from genius comedy duo Eliza Skinneer and Glennis McMurray: I Eat Pandas (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] some of the top comics in NYC—Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Chris Gethard (brilliant comedic storyteller & improvisor; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, Magic Box of Stories, Weird New York), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, award-winning Verizon FIOS guy), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central)—gathered to celebrate Gabe Liedman’s birthday at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Donald Glover (30 Rock, Derrick), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Stripped Stories), Sean O’Connor (VH1, NPR’s This American Life), Jonathan Morvay, and Matthew Rittberg at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] terrific stand-ups Jon Fisch, Moody McCarthy, Giulia Rozzi, Matt Ruby, Robin Cloud, and The Bitter Poet at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a show showcasing rejected material by top writers and comedic performers, tonight focusing on beloved weekly fake newspaper The Onion: Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/23/09

March 23, 2009

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Long-time Conan O'Brien writer Brian Kiley...

Long-time Conan O'Brien writer Brian Kiley...

Andy Blitz

...and long-time Conan O'Brien writer Andy Blitz

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 Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a show showcasing rejected material by top writers and comedic performers who were then rejected again by Jon Friedman when submitting to his recently-published book Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled—plus performances and readings from contributors who were actually accepted into the book—at a special free edition of The Rejection Show (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] some of the most lightning-quick & hilarious stand-up comics in the country—including Anthony Jeselnik (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; HBO, Comedy Central), Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), Big Jay Oakerson (HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV), and many more—relating tales of when they used to support their art by working as waiters: Service Not Included! (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a going-away party for Brian Kiley (brilliant writer for Conan O’Brien since 1994; David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Christian Finnegan (two Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Jason Reich (four-time Emmy winner for The Daily Show), Joe Garden (Features Editor for The Onion; co-author of The Devious Book for Cats), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Jessica Delfino (brilliantly funny and stunning rising star comedic writer/singer), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Dan St. Germain (MTV), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and more performing at a free weekly variety show in Brooklyn hosted by endearing dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from genius improv duo Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include as guest-hosts magical comedy duo Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) & Kurt Braunohler (Penelope, Princess of Pets; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Director), plus guests Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Conan O’Brien since 1999), Seth Herzog (VH1’s Best Week Ever, host of Sweet), and Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central, VH1, host of Tell Your Friends)—at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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