folk hero

Nick Thune

Folk Hero
Comedy Central

By Elise Czajkowski

As with so many specials, it’s not that Thune isn’t funny or fun to watch; he has plenty of charm, and it’s easy to see that an hour in his company could be a pleasant night out. But that feeling doesn’t quite translate to his recording.

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Hari Kondabolu

Waiting for 2042
Kill Rock Stars

By Daniel Berkowitz

The talent of 30-year-old New York comic Hari Kondabolu is undeniable: he’s cerebral, witty and occasionally daring. Waiting For 2042, however, is not as uniformly distinguished as its author.

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Jackie Kashian

This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux
All Things Comedy

By Nick A. Zaino III

Kashian is smart, bracing without being bitter, and she knows how to keep the punchlines rolling without seeming manic or insincere. It’s the kind of set that might make those who look down on “club comedy” as the petri dish of the lowest common denominator in stand up reconsider.

me the whole time

Andy Sandford

Me the Whole Time
New Wave Dynamics

By Elise Czajkowski

Recorded in his hometown of Atlanta before a very energetic crowd, Me the Whole Time is everything a first album should be: packed with strong material from start to finish, filled with the type of memorable bits that will make people take notice and completely accessible to newcomers.

Live at the Bootleg

Karen Kilgariff

Live at the Bootleg
AST Records

By John Wenzel

Kilgariff’s a fine singer, with a wavering, vulnerable voice that falls somewhere between coffee shop balladeer and demented children’s entertainer. Her saccharine delivery complements the murky timbre of her acoustic guitar and sells the jokes against the often bleak, angry lyrics.

i did it

Ted Alexandro

I Did It

By Elise Czajkowski

Alexandro is a staple of the New York comedy scene, and he co-founded the New York Comedians Coalition, which fought to raise wages for club performers. He is, in many ways, the epitome of the dependable NYC city comic, guaranteed to improve any show that he’s on.

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Morgan Murphy

Irish Goodbye
New Wave Dynamics

By Elise Czajkowski

She’s got a great comedic mind, and it’s clear why she’s done well for herself as a TV writer—her jokes are smart and her material covers, with equal weight, Planned Parenthood and How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.