Summer Guide 2010: Comedy

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Conan O’Brien
Conan’s The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour stops in New York for two nights of music and a lot of NBC bashing. You’ll have to scalp tickets to get in, but it’ll be worth it. Plus, the special musical guests will probably be amazing.
June 1 & 2, Radio City Musical Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (at W. 50th St.), 212-247-2777, www.radiocity.com; 8, $44-84.

SketchFest 2010

SNL is nothing without Betty White, so check out UCB for some sketch that doesn’t suck. You’ll see local groups including Elephant Larry, Free Love Forum, Pangea 3000, FUCT and Murderfist.
June 10 through 12, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176, www.ucbtheatre.com; $TBA.

Conan O’Brien comes to Radio City for some high quality NBC bashing.

Jim Breuer
He was Brian in Half Baked, but now he’s got three kids. He’s probably still as crazy, though. If you’re baked, you’ll have a good time.
June 11 through 13, Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-367-9000, www.gothamcomedyclub.com; $30.

Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is one of the two Michaels from Stella and the only Ian Black to write for McSweeney’s. His stand up is also pretty good.
June 24 through 27, Comix, 353 W. 14th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-524-2500, www.comixny.com; $28.

Comedy Central Park: The Daily Show and Friends
Lewis Black, our favorite angry, ranting comic, will host the fourth free comedy show in Central Park, featuring Daily Show regulars John Oliver and Rob Riggle.
July 21, Central Park SummerStage, enter park at East 63rd Street & 5th Avenue, 212-360-2756, www.summerstage.org; 8, Free.

Punch Up Your Life!
Joe Derosa and Pete Holmes host a weekly stand-up show in the stacks of Housing Works. Alright, maybe it’s not in the stacks, but I’m sure you can still grab ahold of that totally underappreciated Beat writer’s first novel to impress the girl standing next to you.
Tuesdays, Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St. (betw. E. Houston & Prince Sts.), 212-334-3324, www.housingworksbookstore.com; 8:30, $3.

Comedy Night with Victoria Well
Nirvana isn’t just the best band ever, it’s also the name of a nice Indian restaurant. Above the door, the sign reads “Indian Culinary Bliss.” So you probably don’t know on Tuesday nights you can watch people do stand-up while you scarf down some samosas and curry.
Wednesdays, Nirvana, 346 Lexington Ave. (betw. E. 39th & E. 40th Sts.), 212-983-0000, www.nirvanany.com; 7, Free.

No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips
Enjoy a famous Volcano Bowl at the bar while you sit back and enjoy comedy that’s as funny as a shrunken head or that episode of The Brady Bunch where Bobby finds an idol in Hawaii. Alright, maybe it’s just funnier than that first thing.
Second and Third Fridays, Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. (betw. Aves. A & B), 212-228-2240, www.ottosshrunkenhead.com; 8, Free.

Reuben Williams Attacks!
One of the premier improv troupes in New York and still cheaper than a movie. Prepare to have your head blown, your ass kicked, your neck broken and maybe something happen with your fingernails.
Saturdays, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 212-366-9176, www.ucbtheatre.com; 10:30, $10.

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