Comedy Update: NYC and SXSW

ECNY Awards
ECNY AwardsECNY Awards

The big event in NYC comedy this week is the 7th annual ECNY Awards which takes place tonight (Monday, Mar 14) at the 92Y Tribeca.

The Excellence in Comedy Awards celebrate the comedic performing arts in New York City by honoring the funniest and most creative performers, shows and producers working in the field.

For the last seven years, this event brings together the city’s best stand-ups, sketch artists, improvisers, musical comedy acts, storytellers, writers and more under one roof for a night of winning and losing…mostly losing. Hosted by Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show), the night will feature celebrity presenters, performances by the musical comedy nominees, lots of drinking and (therefore) other surprises.

For the paparazzi reading this, red carpet starts at 6:30; awards begin at 8:30. Buy your tickets here.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunholer and Kristen Schaal were recently seen hawking Karaoke Champ for Groupon.

Kurt and Kristen Sell Karaoke

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s happening in NYC comedy this week, for more details refer to the comedy calendar.

NYC Comedy Events (Mar 14-20)
03/14 ECNY Awards (92Y Tribeca)
03/14 Show and Tell Show: Irish Stories w/ Matthew Callan, Sean Donnelly, Glennis McMurray, SM Shrake ( (Union Hall)
03/14 Hot Tub! with Kurt and Kristen, Jon Glaser, Ted Alexandro, Jen Kwok, Klepper and Grey, Jordan Carlos (Littlefield)
03/14 Whiplash! w/ Chris Gethard, Hannibal Buress, Myq Kaplan, Neal Brennan, Janeane Garofolo (UCB)
03/15 SWEET! with Seth Herzog (Ella Lounge)
03/15 TYF w/ host Dave Hill, Christian Finnegan, Mike Lawrence, Dan Wilbur and Amy Miles (Lolita Bar)
03/16 Channel 101 Screenings (92Y Tribeca)
03/16 SUPERNORMAL w/ Tom Shillue (PS 122 Weekly Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Until Apr 2)
03/17 Comedy Below Canal: Luck Of The Irish With Christian Finnegan, Neal Brennan, Sam Morril, Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (92Y Tribeca)
03/18 The Best and The Brightest Screening (Bell House)
03/19 The Best and The Brightest Screening (Bell House)
03/20 Minnesota State Fair w/ Al Franken (Bell House)
03/20 Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman

In case you happen to be in Austin this week, there is also a ton of comedy going on during SXSW with many names and faces you might recognize from NYC.

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show Live at SXSW
John Oliver

SXSW Comedy Events
03/14 The Nerdist LIVE w/ Chris Hardwick (6PM)
03/14 John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show Live at SXSW w/ Kumail Nanjiani, Brendon Walsh, Al Madrigal, Pete Holmes (Esther’s Follies)
03/15 Talk Nerdy To Me (Esther’s Follies)
03/15 Interactive Interview: Comedians Marc Maron and Doug Benson (IFC Crossroads House 2PM ET)
03/15 Interactive Interview: The Gregory Brothers “Auto-Tune” The News (IFC Crossroads House 4PM ET)
03/15 Party: Comedy Night with IFC and Comedy Death Ray (IFC Crossroads House 8PM ET)
03/17 Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film World Premiere (Austin Convention Centre)
03/17 Meet The Cast of Workaholics – College Humor Live Comedy Show @ Esther’s Follies 4-6PM
03/19 Meet The Cast of Workaholics – Day Party @ Swan Dive/Barbarella 12-6PM
03/19 Meet The Cast of Workaholics – Vice Closing Night Pre-Party @ Starr Building 10:30PM-12AM

Trying to list all the comedy shows at SXSW is really an exercise in futility because there is so much going on during the festival, but if you want to zero in on the various comedy options, you can try searching the official SXSW schedule by the word “comedy“, or search sched.org with the keyword “comedy“, or check out the schedule of events at Esther’s Follies which is hosting a lot of the comedy showcases during SXSW this year.

Minnesota State Fair w/ Al Franken
Minnesota State Fair

Last but not least, in case you missed the announcement, I’ve started maintaining a little NYC comedy calendar on the sidebar (scroll down to your right), here are some of the latest additions to the show list:

The Best and the Brightest (Sneak Preview)
When: Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:30pm to Fri Mar 18, 2011 10pm EDT
Where: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Event Description: This is a private sneak preview screening. Seating is limited. THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST opens nationally on September 20. SPECIAL APPEARANCES by: Adam Stein (opening act), Steve Park, Bonnie Somerville, Kelly Coffield Park, Jenna Stern, Writer-Director Josh Shelov

The Best and the Brightest (Sneak Preview)
When: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:30pm to Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:30pm EDT
Where: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Event Description: This is a private sneak preview screening. Seating is limited. SPECIAL APPEARANCES by: Jonathan Coulton (opening act), John Hodgman, Jenna Stern, Bonnie Somerville, Writer-Director Josh Shelov

Minnesota State Fair w/ Al Franken
When: Sun Mar 20, 2011 3pm to 7pm EDT
Where: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Event Description: Butter Sculpting! Food on a Stick! AL FRANKEN on The Grandstand! Ya you betcha, it’s time again for the MN State Fair! Except in Brooklyn in March. Please join Minneapple in the Big Apple, Minnesota Culture Club, Minnesota State Fair Day (in NYC) and The Bell House on Sunday, March 20, for the finest state fair re-creation you will ever attend. In fact, if we can find a Scrambler that will malfunction and have you spinning for 45 minutes, you may not even believe this isn’t the real deal. Events will include: Grandstand Entertainment: Sam Osterhout of Radio Happy Hour, John & Molly Get Along, State Fair trivia & more! Food-on-a-stick competition: Get creative, bring enough for folks to sample, and if Senator Franken thinks yours in best, win $100! Minnesota Food Trucks DJ spinning MN faves all day long MN beer selections for $3 with Minnesota ID Many more ridiculous activities than could possibly be listed Spread the word and send an email to info@thebellhouseny.com to enter the food-on-a-stick-off.

DING DONG MEOW: The Andrea Rosen Show
When: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8pm to 9pm EDT
Where: UCB Theatre, New York, NY

Raspberry Brothers: Twilight Eclipse
When: Wed Mar 30, 2011 8pm to 10:30pm EDT
Where: Union Hall Brooklyn, NY

The Moth GrandSLAM XX hosted by Dan Kennedy
When: Wed Apr 6, 2011 7:30pm to Wed Apr 6, 2011 10pm EDT
Where: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

Abemixture Comedy Show
When: Mon Apr 4, 2011 8:30pm to 10pm EDT
Where: Union Hall Brooklyn, NY

A+ Class Nerds
When: Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:30pm to 11:30pm EDT
Where: Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Digitour 2011 (Dave Days, David Choi, Destorm, The Gregory Brothers)
When: Sun May 1, 2011 7pm to Sun May 1, 2011 10pm EDT
Where: Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Event Description: Buy Tickets

Royal Comedy Tour – Sommore, DL Hughley, Bruce Bruce, Damon Williams
When: Sat May 7, 2011 7pm to Sat May 7, 2011 10pm EDT
Where: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
Event Description: Buy Tickets

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